“I’d kill him” – Racist violence as state policy in Burma

By Andrea Gittleman

In some areas of remote Rakhine State in western Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar), mothers struggle to find medicine for their sick children, people avoid visiting clinics for fear of violence, and entire communities face serious illness and even death from preventable diseases. This black hole of medical care – created specifically to punish members of the minority Rohingya ethnic group – threatens millions of people in Rakhine State.
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Government strategy paper on Rohingyas

Let humanitarianism prevail

By C.R. Abrar

JUNE 20 marked the World Refugee Day. The day beckoned the fortunate ones who have a place to call home to reflect and ponder on those who cannot go back to their homes for fear of persecution. This day, therefore, provides an opportunity to engage in soul searching about how as a nation we should treat those who come to our land fleeing persecution.





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The Rohingya: A history of persecution

 By Ahmad Ibrahim

The UNHCR estimates that at the moment there could be as many as 500,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees inside Bangladesh. This number is in excess to the 25,000 that are registered refugees and are living in two of the camps provided by the UNHCR. What it means is that half a million people are living on Bangladeshi soil without any legal rights or provisions. They exist like ghosts in the wind because the government of Bangladesh does not recognise their presence.


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Bangladesh-Myanmar border crisis

By Mahmood Hasan

WHAT happened on 28 May at Naikhanchori on the Bangladesh Myanmar border was most unfortunate and totally unwarranted. Unprovoked firing by Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar killed Nayek Md. Mizanur Rahman (43), a brave soldier of Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB). Myanmar BGP opened fire without provocation near border pillar 52 at Naikkhanchhari of Bandarban district, wounding Mizanur. BGP then intruded into Bangladesh territory and took away injured Mizanur. Mizanur apparently died without medical attention at the hands of BGP.

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Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored?

By Tun Khin

Last week the London School of Economics hosted a conference on the Rohingya, with academics, legal experts and human rights advocates from all over the world attending. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma also addressed the conference.
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Proposed solution to enumeration – no race, no religious and no code

By Huson Salm

The immigration department of union of Myanmar has declared that the nationwide enumeration has approximately been collected except Kachine state and part of Rakhine state. Since then, government higher authorities have been interviewing with Burmese programs of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America that the enumeration process phase for Kachine state and north and central part of Rakhine state be extended for additional (8) weeks until the enumeration process accomplished to targeted destination.
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Dr. Fuller’s Ludicrous Theory about ethno-centric Buddhism

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

My attention has been drawn to Dr. Paul Fuller’s article which has appeared in the DVB. Here below I share my observations.

Throughout history there have always been people, even those who appear to be intellectuals, who justified the crimes of despots and ruthless murderers under certain pretexts. There were no shortages of German, Austrian and Italian fascist intellectuals who were not only supporters of the Nazi Fascism of the Hitler era but greatly promoted the evil cause. One would have thought that Nuremberg Trials and the wholesale condemnation of the evil ideology in the subsequent years and decades had put that dark chapter behind us, and no one and surely not the so-called educated intellectuals who teach at the college and university levels would be a devil’s advocate. But our expectations have always been unrealistic. There are still evil geniuses around our world who are willing to act as intellectual whores and pimps selling their credentials to the highest bidder. Some deranged folks are even willing to sell their morality for even very little price.
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Du Chee Yar Tan massacre

By Nurul Islam

Du Chee Yar Tan popularly known as Kilaidong is a village 6 miles south of the border town of Maungdaw in Burma’s Arakan/Rakhine State. It is a farming society with about 4000 Rohingya people. During recent years a Buddhist Rakhine settler village with a police outpost was established alongside the Rohingya settlement.

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ဇြန္လ(၂)ရက္ ၂၀၁၃ခု မနက္ပုိင္း RFAမွာ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာလူဦးေရ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ေရးကိစၥကုိ ကေနဒါက ေဒါက္တာခင္ေစာဝင္းနဲ႔ အေမရိကက ကုိေအာင္မုိးဝင္းတုိ႔ ေထာက္ခံ ေဆြးေႏြးသြားတာကုိ စိတ္မသက္မသာ နားေထာင္ရတယ္။ အဲဒီမတုိင္ခင္ကလည္း ေဒါက္တာခင္ေစာဝင္းရဲ့ ေထာက္ခံေဆြးေႏြးခ်က္ကုိ RFAက အႀကိမ္ႀကိမ္ ထုတ္လႊင့္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။
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