US Lawmakers: Ethnic Cleansing Taking Place in Myanmar

US Lawmakers: Ethnic Cleansing Taking Place in Myanmar STATE DEPARTMENT / CAPITOL HILL —  U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to declare that ethnic cleansing is taking place against the Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar — a majority-Buddhist nation also known as Burma, which has seen improved ties with Washington in recent years. Meanwhile, […]

Myanmar Buddhists protest repatriation of Rohingya

Myanmar Buddhists protest repatriation of Rohingya In Myanmar, hundreds of Buddhists this weekend protested the government’s suggestion that it might take back the nearly 600,000 minority Muslims known as the Rohingya, who have fled into Bangladesh amid killings by government soldiers since late August. Farah Kabir, of the NGO ActionAid, joins Hari Sreenivasan from a Rohingya […]

Conditions Bleak at Rohingya Refugee Camps

Conditions Bleak at Rohingya Refugee Camps October 18, 2017 5:04 PM Mud, sludge and rains, coupled with improper sanitation, create a “perfect environment” for disease at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, according to Dr. Imran Akbar, who shared photos of his visit to the camps with VOA. Show more A sick baby is seen at […]

US: Myanmar’s military accountable for Rohingya crisis

US: Myanmar’s military accountable for Rohingya crisis More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled the military’s brutal crackdown in Myanmar [Al Jazeera] MORE ON MYANMAR In the footsteps of a Rohingya refugee – In 360 degreestoday US: Myanmar’s military accountable for Rohingya crisistoday Amnesty: Myanmar committed crimes against humanityyesterday What’s happening in Myanmar is genocideyesterday The United States holds […]

US senators praise Hasina’s ‘strong leadership and compassion’ on Rohingya issue

US senators praise Hasina’s ‘strong leadership and compassion’ on Rohingya issue   Nine US senators have sent a letter thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her ‘strong leadership and compassion’ on the Rohingya crisis. The letter praised Bangladesh’s decision to keep the borders open and provide assistance to more than half a million refugees fleeing […]

EU to cut ties with Burma over the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

EU to cut ties with Burma over the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims Use of sanctions also being considered if there is no improvement in situation Shehab Khan @shehabkhan Newly arrived Rohingya refugees board a boat as they transfer to a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Cathal McNaughton/Reuters The European Union is reportedly set to cut ties with Burma over the […]

Rohingya not native, Myanmar army chief says

Rohingya not native, Myanmar army chief says 12 Oct 2017 MORE ON MYANMAR Bangladesh: Wild elephants attack Rohingya camp, kill 4today Rohingya crisis explained in mapsyesterday Open letter from a Rohingya to Aung San Suu Kyiyesterday Rohingya survivor: The army threw my baby into a fire2 days ago Rohingya are not native to Myanmar and were brought by British […]

Who really attacked the Rohingya Hindus in Rakhine?

Who really attacked the Rohingya Hindus in Rakhine? Mahadi Al Hasnat Published at 12:44 AM October 01, 2017 Last updated at 01:24 AM October 01, 2017 Hindu villagers react as they identify the bodies of their relatives found by government forces on September 27, 2017, that authorities suspected were killed by insurgents last month, in […]

A Chilling Documentary, the UN Discusses the Rohingya and an International Judges Tribunal Declares Genocide

A Chilling Documentary, the UN Discusses the Rohingya and an International Judges Tribunal Declares Genocide By Arshad M Khan        The UN Security Council held its first meeting on Rohingya in nine years last Thursday (September 28, 2017). The language was harshly critical of Myanmar. Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the situation as a “human rights nightmare” […]

The UN Toughens its Myanmar Stance – Five Years into the Rakhine Crisis

The UN Toughens its Myanmar Stance—Five Years into the Rakhine Crisis Blog Post by Joshua Kurlantzick September 29, 2017 Rohingya refugees queue for aid at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on September 26, 2017.  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters At the UN Security Council yesterday, both the UN Secretary-General and a number of UNSC members called for tough pressure on the Myanmar […]

Under Heavy Fire, Myanmar Defends Position on Rohingya Crisis Before UN Security Council

Under Heavy Fire, Myanmar Defends Position on Rohingya Crisis Before UN Security Council By Roseanne Gerin 2017-09-29 Myanmar National Security Adviser Thaung Tun speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss recent violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state at the United Nations in New York, Sept. 28, 2017.  AFP Despite heavy condemnation by […]

U.N. chief to brief Security Council on Myanmar on Thursday

U.N. chief to brief Security Council on Myanmar on Thursday Reuters Staff FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will publicly brief the Security Council on […]

UN Security Council moves to confront Myanmar crisis

UN Security Council moves to confront Myanmar crisis By AFP PUBLISHED: 13:56 EDT, 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:56 EDT, 26 September 2017 Rohingya rehugees walk along a road on the proximity of the refugee camp of Thwangkhaneari near the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss the violence in Myanmar, […]

Rohingya Muslim children’s drawings depict horrific acts of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar military

Rohingya Muslim children’s drawings depict horrific acts of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar military Young Rohingya refugees’ drawings are filled with traumatic scenes such as people being shot or burned alive by the military. By David Sim Updated September 26, 2017 16:29 BST    Children make up about 60 percent of the more than 430,000 people who have poured in […]

Christian MP issues genocide warning over Burma

Christian MP issues genocide warning over Burma Wed 27 Sep 2017 By Eno Adeogun A Christian MP has warned that unless stronger action is taken, ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar will turn into “another genocide”. Fiona Bruce MP, who is chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission welcomed action by […]

Rohingya Muslim crisis: Burma’s security forces using scorched earth tactics to drive out minority, new evidence finds

Rohingya Muslim crisis: Burma’s security forces using scorched earth tactics to drive out minority, new evidence finds Entire villages are being burned down in an orchestrated campaign, it is claimed Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burma Getty Security forces in Burma are using scorched-earth tactics to drive out Rohingya Muslims, new evidence appears to show. Entire Rohingya villages are […]

Myanmar: new footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya

Myanmar: new footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya Government accused of systematic strategy in Rakhine state as Rohingya claim soldiers torched their homes and fired on them after urging them to leave Play Video 0:21 Kate Hodal @katehodal Thursday 14 September 2017 10.30 EDTLast modified on Friday 15 September 2017 06.22 EDT Satellite imagery has shown flames engulfing huge […]

Aung San Suu Kyi is neglecting her moral responsibility

Aung San Suu Kyi is neglecting her moral responsibility By Charu Lata Hogg Updated 5:21 PM ET, Thu September 14, 2017 Who are the Rohingya and why are they fleeing? 01:35 Charu Lata Hogg is an associate fellow of the Asia program at Chatham House, an independent foreign affairs think tank based in London. The opinions in […]

Bangladesh hospital at breaking point taking Rohingya victims

Bangladesh hospital at breaking point taking Rohingya victims By Rebecca Wright, Alexandra Field and Sugam Pokharel, CNN Updated 9:05 AM ET, Thu September 14, 2017 Children among injured in Rohingya attacks 02:02 Story highlights Staff fear the hospital could soon run out of basic supplies, including medicines More than 380,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since […]

State Department. official to travel to Myanmar following Rohingya attacks

State Dept. official to travel to Myanmar following Rohingya attacks By Michelle Kosinski and Laura Koran, CNN Updated 7:50 AM ET, Thu September 14, 2017 STORY HIGHLIGHTS An estimated 380,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence Murphy summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to the US, Aung Lynn, Wednesday to express US concerns about the violence (CNN)Deputy Assistant […]

Rohingya crisis: Meeting Myanmar’s hardline Buddhist monks

Rohingya crisis: Meeting Myanmar’s hardline Buddhist monks By Fergal KeaneBBC News 14 September 2017 The monks of Ma Ba Tha regard the international media with deep suspicion. The leader of the organisation, Ashin Wirathu, covered his head and raised an umbrella to block our camera when we approached him in Mandalay. Hostility towards journalists is […]

Bangladesh seeks European Parliament’s help to repatriate Myanmar refugees

Bangladesh seeks European Parliament’s help to repatriate Myanmar refugees Sun Online Desk     13th May, 2017 10:59:02 Bangladesh has requested the European Parliament (EP) to help the Rohingyas to get back their Myanmar citizenship with full rights, responsibilities and dignity, reports BSS. Law Minister Anisul Huq and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam […]

Myanmar arrests Buddhist nationalists accused of stoking tensions with Muslims

Myanmar arrests Buddhist nationalists accused of stoking tensions with Muslims Parmaukkha talks to media during a press conference about a scuffle between Buddhist nationalists and Muslims in Yangon, Myanmar, May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun By Wa Lone | YANGON Myanmar police have arrested two radical Buddhist nationalists and are seeking several more after they […]

In Myanmar, extremist monks threaten mob rule

In Myanmar, extremist monks threaten mob rule By TEJ PARIKH, Global Policy Analyst MAY 13, 2017 1:19 PM (UTC+8) Anti-muslim vigilante groups led by Buddhist nationalists risk stirring communal tensions in Myanmar’s most populated and ethnically diverse city. In recent months, extremist mobs have descended upon Yangon’s various townships in an attempt to clampdown on followers […]

Myanmar, EU at odds over Rohingya rights mission

Myanmar, EU at odds over Rohingya rights mission European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini gives a news conference with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Brussels, Belgium May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal By Robin Emmott | BRUSSELS The European Union clashed on Tuesday with the visiting leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu […]

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffs UN probe into Rohingya abuse

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffs UN probe into Rohingya abuse EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini clashes with Myanmar’s de facto leader on fact-finding mission. By Vasudevan Sridharan Updated May 3, 2017 10:20 BST Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed a UN inquiry into alleged rights abuse against minority ethnic Rohingya Muslims in […]

With Death Threats and Arson, Life is Precarious for Jammu’s Rohingya Refugees

With Death Threats and Arson, Life is Precarious for Jammu’s Rohingya Refugees BY SYED JUNAID HASHMI The latest campaign against the Rohingya has been triggered by false rumours that government documents – Aadhaar cards, state subject certificates, ration cards and voter I-cards – had been recovered from them. Rohingya refugees in Jammu (Credit: Syed Junaid […]

Ending Myanmar’s Blame Game

Ending Myanmar’s Blame Game JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA José Ramos-Horta is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of Timor-Leste JANELLE SAFFIN Janelle Saffin is the Chair of the Australian Labor Party’s International Party Development Committee and a former chair of the Australia-Myanmar Parliamentary Group YANGON – Human-rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have led to […]

Myanmar’s Armed Rohingya Militants Deny Terrorist Links

By  Grant Peck The Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — An armed militant group fighting Myanmar’s government on behalf of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority has issued a statement asserting its right to self-defense and denying links to any terrorist group. The statement, dated March 29 but released Tuesday through overseas sympathizers, is the first public […]

Myanmar Army Chief: Tatmadaw Will Prevent Political Intervention on Rohingyas’ Behalf – A Highly Incendiary Statement

Army Chief: Tatmadaw Will Prevent Political Intervention on Rohingyas’ Behalf The 72 Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw. / Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy By HTET NAING ZAW 27 March 2017 NAYPYIDAW — Burma Army Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has warned against what he described as a political intervention in Burma in the name […]

Joint Statement by Arakan Rohingya Union and European Rohingya Council Welcoming the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Fact-finding Mission for Crimes Against Humanity in Arakan/Rakhine state, Myanmar

March 24, 2017 (#AE0317) PRESS STATEMENT (For Immediate Release) Arakan Rohingya Union and The European Rohingya Council Welcome the Adoption of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Myanmar The United Nations Human Rights Council has agreed to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape, and torture by Myanmar armed […]


E.U. CALLS FOR U.N. PROBE OF MYANMAR ROHINGYA HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY REUTERS ON 3/16/17 AT 8:06 PM WORLDUNITED NATIONSEUROPEAN UNIONMYANMAR The European Union called on Thursday for the United Nations to send an international fact-finding mission urgently to Myanmar to investigate allegations of torture, rapes and executions by the military against the Rohingya Muslim […]

EU risks complicity in crimes against Rohingya

 EU risks complicity in crimes against Rohingya   Rohingya refugees gather for aid supplies at the Balu Khali refugee camp in Chittagong, Bangladesh | Allison Joyce/Getty Images   SITTWE, Burma — Burma is spiralling into violence once again, and as the former military dictatorship engages in another wave of mass atrocities, the European Union has […]

Myanmar must ‘allow Rohingya to leave camps’

Panel led by ex-UN boss Kofi Annan says camps where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are trapped should be closed According to the UN, 74,000 people have fled the conflict zone since October [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters] Myanmar should close bleak camps where tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims have been trapped for nearly […]

Malaysia condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma as ‘ethnic cleansing’

Malaysia condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma as ‘ethnic cleansing’   Harriet Agerholm   ‘This practice must stop, and must be stopped immediately,’ Muslim majority country warns   Boys stand among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State near Sittwe, Myanmar Reuters Malaysia […]

US cautions crackdown in Myanmar could radicalize Muslims

US cautions crackdown in Myanmar could radicalize Muslims By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Dec. 3, 2016 1:12 PM EST FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, a Muslim woman wears a mask of Myanmar’s Foreign Minister WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a scene straight out of Myanmar’s dark past: a military offensive waged beyond world view […]

Statement by the Spokesperson on the recent escalation of violence in Myanmar

Statement by the Spokesperson on the recent escalation of violence in Myanmar Bruxelles, 02/12/2016 – 22:24 – UNIQUE ID: 161202_6 The announcement by the Government of Myanmar of the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the recent violence in Rakhine State is a welcome one. The announcement by the Government of Myanmar of the establishment of a […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says international attention fuelling divisions in north

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says international attention fuelling divisions in north By Aradhana Aravindan and Yimou Lee | SINGAPORE/SITTWE, MYANMAR Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the international community on Friday of stoking resentment between Buddhists and Muslims in the country’s northwest, where an army crackdown has killed at least 86 people and sent 10,000 […]

UN: Food aid for 80,000 Rohingya blocked by Myanmar

Military clampdown following unrest has prevented any supplies from reaching Muslim minority group in Rakhine state. Food aid deliveries planned for more than 80,000 people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been blocked because of a military clampdown in the area, according to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). A predominantly Rohingya area in the north […]

WFP censures Myanmar lockdown on Rohingya in Rakhine

The World Food Program says tens of thousands of people, mostly Muslims, have been deprived of its routine delivery of food due to Myanmar’s military lockdown in areas in the northwestern state of Rakhine. “There is military everywhere and a curfew in place, and so it’s impossible to access any of the areas affected,” Arsen […]


Arakan Rohingya Union-European Rohingya Council Joint Press Statement (For Immediate Release) Arakan Rohingya Union and European Rohingya Council Condemn the Violence in Northern Arakan/Rakhine State and Expresses Deep Concerns over the Emerging Humanitarian Crisis On October 9, 2016, a group of unknown armed attackers reportedly carried out a surprise predawn attack on Burmese paramilitary border […]

UN calls for protecting civilians as fighting, though reduced, continues in north-west Myanmar

UN calls for protecting civilians as fighting, though reduced, continues in north-west Myanmar 19 October 2016 – Even though fighting between security forces and a group, identified by the Government as the Aqa mul moujahideen, in some villages on the outskirts of Maungdaw township in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine province appear to have reduced in severity, […]

WFP censures Myanmar lockdown on Rohingya in Rakhine

WFP censures Myanmar lockdown on Rohingya in Rakhine The World Food Program says tens of thousands of people, mostly Muslims, have been deprived of its routine delivery of food due to Myanmar’s military lockdown in areas in the northwestern state of Rakhine. “There is military everywhere and a curfew in place, and so it’s impossible […]

Myanmar policemen killed in Rakhine border attack

Myanmar policemen killed in Rakhine border attack The attacks on three police posts near Maungdaw early on Sunday appeared to be co-ordinated, they said. Police said those responsible were from the persecuted Rohingya minority group. Rakhine has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim populations. Several attackers were also killed in Sunday’s attacks, […]

Kofi Annan to Visit Arakan State Next Week

RANGOON — Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan will arrive in Burma on Sunday and visit Arakan State on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, to introduce his role as chair of the new Arakan State Advisory Commission to local Buddhist and Muslim stakeholders, according to Arakan State government secretary U Tin Maung Swe. Kofi Annan […]

UN chief calls on Myanmar to make Rohingya citizensUN chief calls on Myanmar to make Rohingya citizens

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s stateless Rohingya should be given the right to citizenship after generations living in the country, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said on Tuesday (Aug 30). Many from the million-strong Muslim minority are denied citizenship, voting and work rights and reviled as imposters in overwhelmingly Buddhist Myanmar. More than 120,000 have been displaced, many to […]

US calls on Myanmar to stop abusing Rohingya Muslims

A US government agency has urged Myanmar’s new regime to reverse its “abusive policies” against the country’s minority Rohingya Muslims. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a statement released on Thursday called on the new Myanmar government to safeguard freedom of religion in the Southeast Asian nation. “One such step is Burma’s government radically changing its abusive […]

BURMA: USCIRF Urges Government to End Religious Freedom Abuses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) sends warm New Year’s greetings to the people of Burma and urges the new government to start the New Year by protecting the freedom of religion or belief.  USCIRF also urges the international community to continue its support […]

Aung San Suu Kyi made angry ‘Muslim’ comment

‘No-one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim’ Moment Burma democracy heroine Suu Kyi lost her cool with BBC’s Mishal Husain after being quizzed over violence towards Muslim minority By SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 18:51 EST, 24 March 2016 | UPDATED: 07:42 EST, 25 March 2016 She is […]

US State Department Atrocities Prevention Report

Atrocities Prevention Report March 17, 2016 Targeting of and Attacks on Members of Religious Groups in the Middle East and Burma Consistent with Section 7033 of P.L. 114-113, this report describes targeting of and attacks against civilians, including members of religious and ethnic groups in the Middle East and in Burma. Although there is no […]

Rohingya: Myanmar’s ethnic timebomb

Country’s new government up against years of ingrained prejudice in solving situation of one of the most persecuted people in the world March 22, 2016 By Kyaw Ye Lynn YANGON, Myanmar Myanmar’s newly-elected president has proposed the creation of a ministry aimed at solving the country’s long-standing ethnic issues, but on a list of the country’s […]

Burma: Number of refugees fleeing persecution falls as hope for religious freedom grows

Burma: Number of refugees fleeing persecution falls as hope for religious freedom grows Carey Lodge CHRISTIAN TODAY JOURNALIST 21 March 2016 The number of people fleeing persecution Burma has fallen dramatically this year, the UN refugee agency said today, as hope grows that religious freedom will improve under the new Burmese government. “It is striking, […]

Congressmen Crowley and Chabot Introduce Resolution Calling for Human Rights and Democratic Reforms in Burma

Resolution Commending Burma’s Recent Elections Acknowledges Progress, Urges Additional Steps to Move Burma Forward » Burma Resolution Human Rights 03-03-2016.pdf Mar 3, 2016 Issues: Foreign Affairs Washington, D.C. Today, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), leaders in the House on Burma, introduced a resolution noting the successes in Burma’s democratic elections after decades of […]

Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union and the New US Ambassador to Burma Meet in Washington

US Commitments to Assisting Burma in Democratic Reform and the Prosperity Reemphasized Posted by BT Admin Washington. Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union and Chairman of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America, Dr. Wakar Uddin, and the team of U.S. Ambassador-designate to Burma/Myanmar, HE Scot Marciel, met in the State Department in Washington on […]

Dozens of Burmese troops killed in Arakan, rebels claim

Dozens of Burmese troops killed in Arakan, rebels claim A file photo of an Arakan State Army unit from the group’s Facebook page. Ethnic rebel group the Arakan Army said it killed over 30 government troops in a clash in Burma’s west on Thursday evening. The Burmese army has not reported the fight or confirmed any […]


BURMA SITTWE: A CITY DEVIDED By Moe Myint / The Irrawaddy| Thursday, March 3, 2016 A group of men sit outside a mosque in Aung Mingalar, Sittwe’s Muslim quarter—also known locally as Ambala—in late February this year. (Photo: Thu Mratt) SITTWE, Arakan State — It has been more than three years since riots shook Arakan State, […]

Rohingya Muslims: The world’s most persecuted minority

Rohingya Muslims: The world’s most persecuted minority Mar 2, 2016 Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi Rohingya Muslims are considered to be the most persecuted minority in the world. This fact is recognized by the United Nations and by almost all human rights organizations. Several prominent international human rights activists have noted that Rohingya Muslims have been subjected […]

Arakan Army denies drug trade accusations

Arakan Army denies drug trade accusations By Ye Mon   |   Tuesday, 01 March 2016 Arakan Army officers have strongly denied a government accusation that they fund their military activities and weapons purchases through the sale of illegal drugs. The United League for Arakan, the group’s political wing, has lashed out at a story in state-owned media yesterday […]

U Shwe Mann up for chairing commission

U Shwe Mann up for chairing commission By Htoo Thant and Pyae Thet Phyo   |   Tuesday, 01 March 2016 Former Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann is today likely to be confirmed in his new role as chair of a powerful legal review committee in Nay Pyi Taw. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaint Than announced that Thura […]

A president for Myanmar: Can Suu Kyi seize this opportunity of steering her country to a path of democracy?

A president for Myanmar Mihir Bhonsale Can Suu Kyi seize this opportunity of steering her country to a path of democracy? Suu Kyi the crusader is radically different from Suu Kyi the ambitious statesman Photo- REUTERS Wide speculations have embroiled the nominations for the presidential candidate in Myanmar. The National League for Democracy (NLD) leader, […]


THE ROHINGYA ISSUE IS MORE THAN A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS EUNSUN CHOEunsun Cho is a student at Georgetown University majoring in international politics. Taking advantage of her living, studying and traveling abroad experience The ongoing religious tension fueled by extremism may become a substantial threat to Myanmar’s democracy. With a new parliament sworn in and the date for […]

ANP gets Speaker and deputy posts in Rakhine State

ANP gets Speaker and deputy posts in Rakhine State Myanmar Times By Nyan Lynn Aung   |   Monday, 08 February 2016 Rakhine State parliament has appointed its Speaker and deputy from the Arakan National Party which emerged as the single largest party in the state legislature in last November’s elections. U San Kyaw Hla, an MP from Ponnagyun […]

In Myanmar, Rumors Swirl of Possible Aung San Suu Kyi Presidency

In Myanmar, Rumors Swirl of Possible Aung San Suu Kyi Presidency Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks along with lawmakers of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party to attend the inauguration session of Union Parliament, Feb. 8, 2016, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Katie Arnold, VOA February 08, 2016 8:43 AM YANGON—There is growing […]

The Rohingya ordeal: a maritime ping-pong

The Rohingya ordeal: a maritime ping-pong 21 January by Mihir Bhonsale Mohammad Haryot |1| aged 15 left one of the camps in Rakhine state of Myanmar with seven other members of his family for Malaysia. A boat ride to reach a larger vessel cost them $500 each after which they set sails in the Bay of […]

NLD insists it will choose Arakan/Rakhine State chief minister

NLD insists it will choose Arakan/Rakhine State chief minister By Nyan Lynn Aung   |   Monday, 25 January 2016 The National League for Democracy insists it will appoint the chief minister and government for Rakhine despite protests by the Arakan National Party which won a majority of the state’s elected seats in last November’s elections. However the NLD […]

Suu Kyi’s party stays mum on choice for president

Suu Kyi’s party stays mum on choice for president Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during the Peace Conference at the Myanmar Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Jan 12, 2016.PHOTO: EPA Published 24th January :4 hours ago She is set to be real power behind ceremonial post, for which party […]

Buddhist Peace Conference Kicks Off With Presidential Cameo

Buddhist Peace Conference Kicks Off With Presidential Cameo President Thein Sein, center, and Sitagu Sayadaw, right, attend the World Buddhist Peace Conference in Sagaing Division on Jan. 22, 2016. (Photo: Zaw Zaw / The Irrawaddy) MANDALAY — A diverse crowd of religious figures from around the world convened in central Burma on Friday for the […]

Myanmar Muslims Weigh Post-election Politics

MANDALAY, MYANMAR— There will be no members of the Muslim faith among the representatives in Myanmar’s next parliament. The country’s largest Muslim party, the United National Congress, has conceded it will not win any of the seats it contested, and a handful of other Muslim candidates have also come up short. Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Statement on Parliamentary Elections in Burma

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE With today’s elections, the people of Burma marked an important event in their path to democracy, one that has seen many ups, downs and false starts over the years, and I congratulate them for taking this […]

The Rohingya Are Suu Kyi’s Litmus Test for a Legitimate Democracy

The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party is poised to win an historic landslide victory in Myanmar’s parliamentary elections. The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for […]

Burma election: Rohingya Muslims look to sea not ballot box as new wave of Asian ‘boat people’ prepares to flee

Members of Burma’s reviled Rohingya minority tell The Telegraph they will risk all for harrowing voyage to flee Burmese internment camps Yasmin, a Rohingya Muslim, pictured with two of her children Photo: Philip Sherwell By Philip Sherwell, Asia Editor, in Sittwe Yasmin, a young mother-of-four, knows only too well the dangers that will imperil her family […]

Rohingya ‘excluded’ from Myanmar election contest

November 4, 2015   Achara Ashayagachat Rohingya, Muslim men check their names on final voter list displayed at Dar Baing Internally Displaced Parsons camp near Sittwe of Rakhine state, western Myanmar, on Tuesday. (EPA photo) YANGON — Politicians with ties to Myanmar’s Muslim ethnic Rohingya have accused the government of excluding them from running in […]

Myanmar’s punk rockers challenge anti-Muslim rhetoric

Ahead of crucial election, musicians rail against government-sanctioned repression of persecuted Rohingya minority. Hanna Hindstrom | 03 Nov 2015 09:35 GMT | Rohingya, Racism, Myanmar, Buddhism, Religion Some musicians in Myanmar are risking their lives and freedom to sing out against injustice [Hanna Hindstrom/Al Jazeera] Yangon, Myanmar – A riotous crowd gathered before a throbbing stage […]


For immediate release Statement by Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, on the upcoming elections in Myanmar. (New York, 4 November 2015) The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser […]

Burma’s ‘free and fair’ elections in doubt

Burma’s ‘free and fair’ elections in doubt Michael Mazza The Burmese military doesn’t exactly have a stellar record when it comes to upholding election results. But on Monday, the Burmese commander-in-chief assured, “The Tatmadaw’s [the Burmese military] desire is to see the upcoming elections be held free and fair. We will approve and support the results […]

Muslim parties fear exclusion from election

By Ye Mon   |   Thursday, 27 August 2015 With the Union Election Commission slated to wind up its scrutiny of candidates today, Muslim political parties fear their nominees – like some of their voters – will be struck from electoral rolls. The National Democratic Party for Development plans electoral victory. (Kaung Htet/The Myanmar Times) At least half-a-dozen […]

Displaced Rohingya rocked by devastating floods

Displaced Rohingya rocked by devastating floods Monsoon storms have wreaked havoc on Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims. Mark Fenn | 26 Aug 2015 12:55 GMT | Rohingya, Human Rights, Weather, Environment, Myanmar The Rohingya have faced violence and isolation – and now devastating floods [Mark Fenn/Al Jazeera] Sittwe, Myanmar – Amid the mud and drizzle, Khin Maung Myint surveyed the scene from his single-room bamboo hut. With […]

Myanmar Lawmaker Barred From Re-election on Citizenship Grounds

THOMAS FULLER AUG. 23, 2015 YANGON, Myanmar — As an elected lawmaker and member of Myanmar’s governing party, U Shwe Maung attended dinners with the president and made speeches from the floor of Parliament. But this weekend, the country’s election commission ruled that despite more than four years in office, he was not a citizen and thus was […]

Myanmar approves controversial religion bills

Asia Pacific, Aug 2015 The bills regulating religious conversion and polygamy were approved by parliament on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition, who said his party had voted against the proposed legislation over fears that it was detrimental to human rights. YANGON: Myanmar’s parliament passed two controversial bills proposed by […]

Rights group urges Myanmar to prevent Rohingya disenfranchisement

AFP, August 2015 Rights group urges Myanmar to prevent Rohingya disenfranchisement Yangon (AFP) – A US-based rights group has urged Myanmar to prevent the exclusion of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya from voting in crucial November elections after the minority were stripped of their identity cards earlier this year. The Carter Center also warned that […]

Myanmar Ousts Rising Political Star

If anyone had doubts, it’s clear that the military still calls the shots in Myanmar. BERTIL LINTNER The sudden removal of one of Myanmar’s most powerful men sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community in the old capital of Yangon, where foreign embassies are still located. It seemed more like a midnight coup than an ordinary […]

The Rise of Militant Monks

BY LION’S ROAR STAFF Michael Jerryson reports on the growing tension between Buddhists and Muslims in South and Southeast Asia, where senior Buddhist monks are actively inciting violence and intolerance despite outcries from the international community. Recent developments in Burma have brought the world’s attention to the ongoing conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims in South and […]

OIC and ARU Delegation Meets with the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council Joachim Rücker

ARU Director General Appeals to the President for Special Session on Rohingya Head of the OIC Mission at UN in Geneva, Ambassador Slimane Chikh, President of UN Human Rights Council, Joachim Rücker, Director General of ARU, Dr. Wakar Uddin, and OIC Diplomatic Officer, Ms. Dina Madani    Geneva. Delegations of Organization of Islamic Cooperation and […]

The 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: Persecution of Rohingya and Rohingya Human Right issues in Myanmar continue to receive wide coverage

The 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: Persecution of Rohingya and Rohingya Human Right issues in Myanmar continue to receive wide coverage Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union addresses the OIC Ambassadorial Special Session Geneva, Switzerland. United Nations Human Rights Council continued to provide coverage on persecution of Rohingya ethnic minority and […]

In Thai detention centers, female migrants remain in limbo

June 17, 2015, by Hanna Hindstrom Thai authorities have refused to grant refugee status to hundreds of Rohingya who arrived through human traffickers. PHUKET, Thailand — Roshida was languishing in a squalid displaced people’s camp in western Myanmar when an unfamiliar man offered her a job in a nearby city. Unemployed with two children, she immediately agreed. The […]

Religious extremism looms over Myanmar

Migrant Boat found floating in Thai Waters David Scott Mathieson is the senior Burma researcher for Human Rights Watch. The views expressed are his own. (CNN)The impact of Myanmar’s repressive policy toward Rohingya Muslims was made clear in recent weeks with scenes of desperate people crammed into boats, an escalation of a miserable maritime flight in which […]

ARU Director General at the 29th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

June 15th, 2015 The 29th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council began on June 15, 2015. On the first day in the opening session, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addressed the human right issues in various parts of the world, and the consequences of the human rights violation against ethnic and religious minorities. […]

Myanmar’s Buddhist hardliners, monks protest in Rakhine against Rohingya migrant rescues – See more at:

Buddhist monks shout during a march to denounce foreign criticism of the country’s treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims, in Yangon, Myanmar, on May 27, 2015. About 500 Buddhist hardliners, backed by monks, gathered in Sittwe, in troubled Rakhine state, on Sunday, June 14, to protest against help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on […]

Myanmar rejects Mahathir’s push for ASEAN expulsion

Senior government officials yesterday reacted strongly to a suggestion by former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad that Myanmar should be punished and even expelled from ASEAN for its policies toward the Rohingya Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks at an event in Kuala Lumpur Deputy Foreign Minister U Thant Kyaw told The Myanmar Times that Mr […]

On the trail of Myanmar’s Rohingya migrants

Malaysian authorities say they have discovered a number of mass graves near the border with Thailand. They say more than 100 bodies could be buried there, with many thought to be Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The global publicity surrounding the plight of the Rohingya has led to a crackdown on trafficking networks, which […]

Obama calls on Myanmar to end Rohingya discrimination

US President Barack Obama has said that Myanmar needed to take seriously the issue of how it treats the Rohingya people, if it wanted to be successful in its transition to a democracy. Obama, speaking to a group of young Asians invited to the White House, said the US was focused on making sure Rohingya, […]

Arakan Rohingya Union at the Oslo Conference on Systematic Persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar

Provides the International Perspective on Rohingya Political and Human Right Issues Arakan Rohingya Union has participated at the Oslo Conference on Systematic Persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar. There were several speakers, including a number of Nobel laureates, prominent leaders from international community, and Rohingya activists from inside Myanmar and diaspora. World renowned figures, George Soros, […]

UN urges Myanmar to grant citizenship to Rohyingas

30 May, 2015 Baku- APA. The United Nations (UN)’s refugee agency has slammed Myanmar for imposing restrictions on the “basic freedoms” of its persecuted Rohingya community, urging Naypyidaw to grant citizenship to the country’s Muslim minority, APA reports quoting Press TV. Addressing a Friday summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on ways to tackle the migrant crisis in Southeast Asia, Volker Türk, […]

Press Conference in Rangoon, Burma

Press Conference Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Rangoon, Burma May 22, 2015   DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN: I am very pleased to be with you today in Myanmar, and I thank the people of Myanmar for welcoming me and my colleagues with such kindness and warmth. Yesterday I met with President Thein Sein and other […]

U.N. council has first-ever briefing on rights in Myanmar

Plywood with the words ”We are Myanmar Rohingya” is seen in an abandoned boat which carried Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants from Thailand, found off the coast near the city of Kuta Binje, Indonesia’s Aceh Province May 20, 2015. The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focussing on […]

The Latest on Rohingya: US military preparing air patrols

The Associated Press, May 21, 2015 School children hand out food to a Rohingya young girl from outside the fence of a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, Indonesia, Thursday, May 21, 2015. In the past three weeks, thousands of people — Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty — […]

International Symposium on Muslim Minorities and Contemporary Challenges

International Symposium on Muslim Minorities and Contemporary Challenges Director General of ARU Spoke on Religious and Ethnic Persecution of Muslim Minority   Click here for the video link: Religious and Ethnic Persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar Taipei, Republic of China. The International Symposium on Muslim Minorities and Contemporary Challenges was held in Taipei, Taiwan on […]

Human traffickers find easy prey among Myanmar’s minorities

April 18, 2015 · The beach at the Thae Chaung Internally Displaced Persons camp, where many refugees begin their dangerous journeys at sea. It’s been 47 days since Abdul, a scrawny Rohingya male in his 40s, sent his 14-year-old daughter Dildar away from the Internally Displaced Persons camp where they’d been living in squalid conditions with little […]

Myanmar’s US Lobby Link Enters the Spotlight

April 18, 2015 John Podesta with Hillary Clinton in 2007. This week, several media outlets reported that Myanmar had hired the Podesta Group, a powerful US lobbying firm, to represent its interests in Washington. Connections between governments and other influential actors in Washington are far from unique to Myanmar. And speculations about links between the […]

UN asks Myanmar to end discriminating minorities

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations Special Reporter on the human rights situation in Myanmar Wednesday warned against categorizing Rohingya Muslims as “illegal aliens” and called for addressing the continuing discrimination against the country’s minorities. “During my last visit in January 2015, I witnessed how dire the situation has remained in Rakhine state,” Ms Yanghee Lee said […]

Kingdom demands end to government discrimination against Rohingya

Saudi Arabia today expressed regret for the continuing wide-spread systematic violence in Myanmar, particularly against the Rohingya Muslim minority according to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee. Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Aqla, member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission and member of Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the UN […]

Myanmar: UN officials pledge humanitarian, development assistance for country’s future

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark (wearing blue cap) and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (wearing yellow) visit the Thet Kae Pyin settlement for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Photo: UNDP/Shobhna Delcoitre The United Nations remains committed to helping Myanmar achieve its humanitarian and development needs in order to boost living standards for all […]

Myanmar police arrest scores in violent student rally crackdown

Myanmar arrested 127 protesters when baton-wielding police dispersed a student rally on Tuesday, as the second crackdown in recent days sparked Western condemnation and fears of a return to the repressive reflexes of the junta era. Student protesters struggle with riot police to remove a barricade during a protest ahead of a crackdown in Letpadan, […]

UN says Myanmar sliding towards conflict

UN special rapporteur says government backtracking on human rights pledges and distrust and hostility is spreading. UN investigator, Yanghee Lee, said she observed no improvements for displaced Rohingya Muslims [FILE – EPA] Myanmar is sliding towards conflict as the government backtracks on pledges to protect human rights and “fear, distrust and hostility” spread, a UN […]

Kachin investigation team to seek UN participation

The Kachin Baptist Convention plans to ask the United Nations to join its team investigating the rape and murder of two female volunteers in northern Shan State in January, a senior official said. On February 5, the KBC formed a 15-member committee, comprising legal experts and Christian leaders, to monitor the work of a government-appointed […]

UN rights chief warns of widespread abuse in Myanmar

Thursday 26 February 2015 JURIST, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said [press release] Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful protests have led the […]

Secretary of State John Kerry administered the swearing ceremony of Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein, in Washington

Ethnic cleansing and violence against Rohingya and Muslim population in Burma stated in the ceremony Washington, D.C. The Government of United States has appointed David Saperstein as Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom. Secretary of State John Kerry administered the swearing ceremony of the Ambassador at the State Department on February 20, 2015. A number […]

President’s Office denies Burmese army killed civilians in Laogai

 21 February 2015, Naw Noreen Bodies in civilian clothes were left in the streets of Laogai earlier this week. (PHOTO: DVB) The President’s Office has rejected accusations that Burmese government troops have killed a number of civilians in Laogai during ongoing clashes with Kokang rebels since 9 February. The response comes following comments by Myanmar […]

Burma Christian Women Killed For Preaching Christ

February 21, 2015  BosNewsLife Asia Service YANGON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)– Two young women have been raped and killed in Burma because of their Christian work in a Buddhist village, Christian activists said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Saturday, February 21. The women, who were serving as volunteer schoolteachers in a village located within Kachin State, had […]

Martial law declared in Kokang; Red Cross convoy attacked

 AYE NAI, 18 February 2015 Burmese armed forces guard a checkpoint at Laogai, 17 February 2015. (PHOTO: DVB) The Burmese government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency and martial law in northern Shan State’s restive Kokang Self-Administrated Zone where heavy fighting between government forces and Kokang rebels is continuing. President Thein Sein on 17 February […]

Rights that should be upheld

February 18, 2015 Last week two seemingly unrelated events attracted the attention of this writer. The first was the announcement in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar that the temporary ID documents known as white cards will expire at the end of March and those who hold them will lose their voting rights. As a result […]

Myanmar’s Buddhist terrorism problem

The country’s Rohingya minority is one of the most persecuted groups in the world February 18, 2015 On Feb. 11, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein rescinded a voting rights offer to the country’s Rohingya community amid intense pressure from far-right Buddhist groups. Last week hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets to denounce the continuation of a […]

Beyond Myanmar’s embattled Muslims, Christians say they face their own persecution

Mang Suan Kim | Religion News Service February 17, 2015 YANGON, Myanmar — Despite democratic reforms and international pressure that have pushed Myanmar to improve its human rights record in recent years, religious freedom remains heavily constrained across the country. The persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in this majority Buddhist country has attracted much international […]

Britain spends £140k on Myanmar army

Press TV, February 2015 Child soldiers in Myanmar (file photo) The UK spends around £140,000 of taxpayers’ money on training the Myanmar army, which is accused of the recruitment of child soldiers, journalist intimidation, and using rape as a weapon. According to the recent revelation by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), 60 Myanmar military officers […]

Myanmar’s treatment of Muslims baffling

Perhaps the most depressing indication of the Rohingya’s plight is the relative silence of Suu Kyi, a global icon for democracy and human rights Ishaan Tharoor, February 2015 In 2009, Myanmar’s then consul-general in Hong Kong sent a letter to local newspapers and fellow diplomats posted in the Chinese territory. It was addressing concerns over […]

White card protests continue in Arakan

Demonstrations were held around Arakan State on Saturday, protesting the granting of some voting rights to white card holders (Photo: DVB) Residents from several towns across western Burma’s Arakan State held simultaneous demonstrations on Saturday, protesting against the granting of the voting rights in a proposed constitutional referendum to temporary residents, or “white card” holders. […]

UN under fire over resident coordinator’s advisor on Rakhine

Tim McLaughlin, February 2015 Mr Jacques Leider, an historian from Luxembourg, was hired in late January as a senior consultant to the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar. Photo: Youtube The appointment by the United Nations of a controversial academic as an advisor on Rakhine State has been slammed by Rohingya politicians, who allege […]

US official raps Myanmar’s ditching of temporary ID cards

US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Mr Tom Malinowski (L) and National League for Democracy Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (R) meet in Nay Pyi Taw on January 15, 2015. Photo: NLD A tops US official has stepped into the controversy over the Myanmar government’s invalidation of temporary ID […]

Why does this Buddhist-majority nation hate these Muslims so much?

Ishaan Tharoor,  February 2015 Burmese Buddhist monks shout slogans as they march to protest against a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly calling on Burma to grant citizenship to Rohingya, Friday, Jan.16, 2015, in Rangoon, Burma. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) In 2009, Burma’s then-consul general in Hong Kong sent a letter to local newspapers and fellow diplomats posted in the Chinese […]

Myanmar gives Rohingya voting rights, backtracks immediately

February 12, 2015, Tim Hume, CNN Click on link below to watch video: (CNN)Myanmar has stripped away temporary voting rights given to the country’s embattled Rohingya minority only a day earlier, following protests by Buddhist nationalists. About 1.3 million Rohingya, a Muslim minority, live in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are regarded as foreign interlopers from […]

Tens of thousands flee war, airstrikes in Kokang region

Kokang refugees arrive at the Nansan International Exhibition Center, Yunnan Province, China, after fleeing fighting in and around Laogai, northern Shan State. Tens of thousands of Kokang civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly, have flooded across the Chinese border into the town of Nansan following three days of intense clashes between Burmese government forces […]

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

11 February 2015 Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests. The protesters demanded that the Rohingya’s right to vote be revoked Analysts suggested the law might have been passed under international pressure The move to annul the rights is seen as […]


February 10, 2015 Oslo, Norway. The European Rohingya Council (ERC) convened a conference in Oslo, Norway, on Rohingya political and human rights and their ethnic identity in Burma on February 7, 2015. The invited guest speakers were Dr. Nora Rowley, a Physician and independent humanitarian worker, Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union, Azlinariah […]

UN official hits back over government statement

Wa Lone,  Monday, 09 February 2015 A Myanmar-based United Nations official has criticized a recent Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement that said the UN special rapporteur on human rights had created “discord” during her latest visit. The statement, which was published in state-run newspapers on February 4, accused Yanghee Lee of “interfering on issues which […]

Sittwe residents begin protests

Protests in  against a parliamentary decision to allow temporary ID holders to vote in a planned referendum are to culminate in state-wide demonstrations on February 15, according to organizers. Monks and laypeople take part in a protest in Sittwe in March 2014. (Si Thu Lwin/The Myanmar Times) On February 2, MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour […]

A New Generation Takes to the Streets in Burma

FEBRUARY 9, 2015 The fighting peacock rides again. That long-standing symbol of the Burmese student movement, an emblem of resistance to authoritarian rule, once again adorns countless bright red flags held aloft by student activists. Thousands of the students, including high Schoolers scare now marching — in some cases for hundreds of miles — from several major […]

It’s not wrong to say enfranchising foreingn residents is public desire- Chief Minister

The Rakhine State chief minister said it was not wrong to say that granting voting rights to foreigners holding white cards, who are applying for citizenship, is public desire, according to Mizzima Daily. Maung Maung Ohn told the newspaper that enfranchising temporary citizens or white-card holders in the forthcoming referendum for charter change was public desire. […]

Racist Monks Protest Rohingya Muslims’ Vote

Saturday, 07 February 2015 YANGON – A few days after approving Rohingya Muslims’ right to vote in constitutional referendums, nationalist monks have threatened to protest against the decision, calling on the parliament to reverse it. “No matter what the parliament has adopted concerning this issue, the ANP will continue fighting relentlessly until the white card […]

Week of Protests Planned Against Suffrage for White Card Holders

YEN SNAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Thursday, February 5, 2015 A man identified as an ethnic Bengali holds up his temporary citizen “white card.” (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy RANGOON — Nationalist monks and laypeople plan to stage seven days of protests beginning on Monday to denounce a parliamentary decision this week allowing temporary citizens to vote […]

Chin Christians ready to go to jail to stop cross removal

Francis Khoo Thwe, January 29,2015 Built by members of the Christian community in Hakha, the 16-meter cross targeted by local authorities stands on a hill that overlooks the state capital. Since it lacked the proper permit, the authorities ordered the cross’ removal and said that they would prosecute its builders. “If the authorities say I […]

Burma: Rights Heading in Wrong Direction

Repression of Rohingya, Attacks on Media, Stalled Political Reform JANUARY 29, 2015 (New York) – Burma’s human rights situation declined in 2014, setting back progress made since the reform process began three years ago, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Donors and influential governments have done little to pressure the army and […]

Firebrand monk has tarnished Buddhism and Myanmar

The Nation January 25, 2015 Wirathu’s ugly attack on UN rapporteur shows he is unfit to wear the saffron robes; the Thein Sein government should cut him adrift Just days ago hundreds of monks in Myanmar rallied against the United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee in response to her criticism of a controversial draft law that touches upon […]

How religion is being used to win power in Myanmar

Htun Aung Gyaw Special to The Nation Controversial monk Wirathu, head of the 969 group, is abusing Buddhism to help the USDP win the election In Myanmar this month, an extremist monk gave a speech laden with the language of hate aimed at stirring sentiment against Muslims, flouting Buddhist teachings in doing so. Meanwhile, a […]

Referendum: MPs spurn President over ban on white card holders

Myanmar’s parliament convenes in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw on January 21, 2015. Photo: Supplied/NLD Lawmakers have rejected a recommendation from President U Thein Sein that would allow temporary citizens to vote in the constitutional referendum scheduled for May. The decision by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Bill Committee on January 21 is the latest move […]

A mass call from Myanmar’s civil society to drop ‘Nation, Race and Religion’ bills

Street scene near the Sule pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, March 16, 2011.Photo: EPA The four proposed bills to “Protect Nation, Race, and Religion,” have been accused of contravening a number of national and international frameworks, including the constitution of Myanmar, by 180 civil society organisations. The organisations including; women’s networks that span the entire […]

US Senate Introduces Rohingya Resolution

113TH CONGRESS         S. RES. __________ Calling on the Government of Burma to develop a non-discriminatory and comprehensive solution that addresses Rakhine State’s needs for peace, security, harmony, and development under equitable and just application of the rule of law, and for other purposes. IN  THE  SENATE  OF  THE  UNITED    STATES _______________ Mr. MENENDEZ (for himself, […]

Govt Criticizes Ban Ki-moon Over Use of ‘Rohingya’ Term

KYAW HSU MON, THE IRRAWADDY  Thursday, November 13, 2014 | United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shakes hands with Myanmar president Thein Sein as he arrives for the East Asia Summit (EAS) plenary session during the ASEAN Summit in Naypyitaw November 13, 2014. (Photo: Reuters) NAYPYIDAW — Burmese government officials on Thursday criticized UN Secretary General Ban […]

Obama warns Myanmar against ‘steps backward’ in reforms

US president says ‘deeply concerned’ about treatment of Rohingya and other Muslim communities ‘who continue to endure discrimination and abuse.’   World Bulletin/News Desk United States President Barack Obama has warned against “steps backward” in Myanmar’s reform process ahead of high-level meetings Thursday in the country’s capital Nay Pyi Taw.  “In some areas there has been […]

Obama Confronts Shortcomings in Myanmar Reforms

            NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Nov 12, 2014, 4:30 PM ET By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent U.S. President Barack Obama, right, walks along with Myanmar Labour Minister Aye Myint, left, upon his arrival at Naypyitaw International Airport to attend the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit Wednesday, […]

UN sec-gen urges Rohingya rights

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addresses a press conference at the 25th ASEAN Summit in Naypyidaw on 12 November, 2014.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out in support of Rohingya rights to self-identification and dignified treatment on Wednesday, advising “the leaders of Myanmar [Burma] to uphold human rights, take a strong stance against incitement, and ensure […]

Myanmar: Rohingyas not welcome

By Ivan Watson and Tim Schwarz, Tue November 11, 2014 Sittwe, Myanmar (CNN) — Everyone you talk to from this country’s Rohingya minority knows someone who attempted the dangerous and illegal journey by sea: a relative, neighbor or friend. In recent weeks, the United Nations says there has been a surge of boat people, hundreds of Rohingyas cramming into […]

Thailand: No More Rohingya Boatpeople

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn. REUTERS/Samrang Pring TUESDAY, 11 NOVEMBER, 2014 TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Thai authorities announced on Monday that it plans to turn away 259 Rohingya refugees back to sea. The decision immediately sparked numerous protests from Thailand’s human rights activists, who criticised the government for putting the lives of the refugees […]

Rohingya Voices at a Global Scale – Harvard University

“Rohingya Issue at a Global Scale” ARU-DG, Dr. Wakar Uddin, States at the Rohingya Event at Harvard University Cambridge, MA. The Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) in conjunction with FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Department of Global Health and Social […]

EU urges Myanmar to stop reidentifying Rohingya

World Bulletin/News Desk Draft resolution calls on country to abandon plans to force Rohingya Muslims to identify as ‘Bengali’ – term used to brand them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The United Nations is set to vote on a new draft resolution urging Myanmar’s government to abandon its plans to force Rohingya Muslims to identify […]

UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan

By CARA ANNA UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging “access to full citizenship on an equal basis.” The European Union-drafted resolution, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, is one piece of international pressure on the […]

Myanmar faces UN pressure over campaign against Rohingya

Associated Press in New York Rohingya refugees gather to receive medicine at a village clinic in Rakhine state, Myanmar. Photo: AP A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims accept an identity they reject, and urges they be granted “access to full citizenship on an equal basis”. […]

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar United Nations General Assembly A/69/398 Distr.: General 23 September 2014 Sixty-ninth  session; Agenda item 68 (c) Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives Situation of human rights in Myanmar Note by the Secretary-General* The […]

Rohingya activist U Kyaw Hla Aung released

Bill O’Toole   |   Thursday, 09 October 2014 Less than two weeks after being convicted of rioting in a Sittwe court, Muslim community leader U Kyaw Hla Aung was released under a presidential amnesty on October 7.   U Kyaw Hla Aung U Kyaw Hla Aung was arrested on July 15, 2013, following a clash in the […]

Myanmar pardons 3,000 prisoners

Inmates to be freed “on humanitarian grounds” one month before Asia Pacific summit set to be attended by US president. Myanmar’s President Thein Sein has already freed more than 1,000 political prisoners since taking office [File: AFP] Myanmar’s government has pardoned 3,073 prisoners, including 58 foreign nationals, as part of an amnesty that rights groups […]

Burma’s Rohingya Plan Is a ‘Blueprint for Segregation’

DW Interview with Phil Robertson, OCTOBER 6, 2014 Burma recently confirmed to the United Nations that it is on the verge of completing a plan that would grant Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin. Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin told AP that his government has started a “verification process” to […]

Government plans resettlement from Jan ’15

Tim McLaughlin   |   Monday, 06 October 2014 The government will solicit help from the United Nations from January 2015 to resettle individuals from Rakhine State who do not qualify for citizenship under its controversial verification plan, according to a draft Rakhine State Action Plan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is almost certain to […]

Rohingya Issue at the 69th UN General Assembly – OIC Special Envoy to Burma and Arakan Rohingya Union Director General Speak at the OIC Ministerial Contact Group Meeting

New York. The OIC Ministerial Contact Group convened at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.  Important issues on Rohingya ethnic minority and strategies to find a permanent and lasting solution were discussed in the meeting. Delegations from several countries have expressed their concerns on the lack of progress on Rohingya issues in […]

Muslim Aid at the 69th United Nations General Assembly

The Event “Ending the Poverty: Why Strong, Accountable Institutions Matter” at the UN General Assembly New York. Transparency International, UK Aid from the British People, and Freedom and Justice jointly convened an event, “Ending the Poverty: Why Strong, Accountable Institutions Matter”, at the United Nations 69th General Assembly on September 24, 2014.  Over 200 delegates […]

Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union at the State Department’s Special Event “Displacement of Religious Minorities”

Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union speaks about Rohingya issues at the State Department’s Special Event “Displacement of Religious Minorities” at the UN General Assembly US Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Tom Malinowski and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights., Sarah Sewall New […]

Rakhine residents ready to protest the return of MSF

Thursday, 18 September 2014 Residents of Sittwe protest in front of MSF-Holland’s office on February 25, demanding that the medical NGO leave the state. (Photo-Than Hlaing/Sittwe) Residents of Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe, will protest against any attempt by Medicins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF) to return  to the state, they said, following an announcement by the government that […]

Are Myanmar’s reforms backsliding?

Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights. Philip Heijmans, 19 Sept 2014 Despite the president’s pledges, press freedom and human rights have been slow in coming in Myanmar [EPA] Yangon, Myanmar – When Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar in November 2012, […]

Arakan officials snub OIC offers of help

SHWE AUNG,  September 2014 Malaysian former Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar led an eight-member delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to Arakan State capital Sittwe. (PHOTO: Wikicommons) An eight-member delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), led by Malaysian former Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, wrapped up a two-day trip to Arakan State […]

Senior UN officials head to Arakan

Alex Bookbinder,  9 September 2014 The UN’s Assistant Secretary-General Haoliang Xu. (PHOTO: UNDP) A senior United Nations delegation departed for the Arakan State capital of Sittwe on Monday to “take stock of the ongoing humanitarian and development situation in Rakhine [Arakan] State and review priorities for the UN system,” according to a statement. Assistant Secretary-General Haoliang […]


ROHINGYA EVENT AT THE  51st ISNA CONVENTION HELD IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA Detroit, Michigan, USA. Over 25,000 people attended the 51st Convention of the Islamic Society of North America. Held at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan, President Jimmy Carter was the keynote speaker. Among the numerous events at the Convention, there were two […]

Thailand: Migrant Children Locked Up

Thousands Held in Immigration Detention Thailand holds thousands of migrant children in detention each year, causing them physical and emotional harm, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Child migrants and asylum seekers are unnecessarily held in squalid immigration facilities and police lock-ups due to their immigration status or that of their parents. The 67-page report, “‘Two […]

UN chief expresses concerns over “Buddhist extremism

“In both Myanmar and Sri Lanka, I am concerned that Buddhist communities are being swept up by a rising tide of extremist sentiment against other groups,” United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon said on Friday. He said that in Myanmar, it “is critical to resolve the issue of status and citizenship of the minority Muslim […]

Myanmar to start taking back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh in two months

Myanmar will start the process of repatriating Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh’s camps within two months in ‘a breakthrough’ in bilateral relations, the foreign secretary has said. M Shahidul Haque said they would start the process of taking back 2,415 of its nationals it verified earlier. The decision was conveyed at the secretary-level talks on […]

Rakhine government delays IDP resettlement plan, says ECC

United Nations special envoy to Myanmar Vijay Nambiar (right) talks with residents of an IDP camp at Myae Pone Township in Rakhine State on August 24. Mr Nambiar visited Rakhine from August 23 to 25. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA Rakhine Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn has told the state’s Emergency Coordination Centre that a plan […]


Alexandria, VA- Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director-General of the Arakan Rohingya Union, released the following statement commemorating Nelson Mandela International Day. “The legacy of Nelson Mandela should be honored by promoting peace, equality and justice throughout the international community. Nelson Mandela took a stand and advocated for those not able to fight for themselves. He was […]

Burma must keep promise to release prisoners of conscience

One year after President Thein Sein pledged to clear Myanmar’s jails of prisoners of conscience – a pledge which to date remains unfulfilled – Amnesty International calls on the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those who have been imprisoned simply for the peaceful exercise of their human rights. On 15 July 2013, […]

Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence

Displaced by religious violence, in the name of politics? YANGON, 15 July 2014 (IRIN) – In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumors spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and […]

New UN Rights Rapporteur to Begin Burma Visit This Week

THE IRRAWADDY| Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Yanghee Lee, the new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma. (Photo: The new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Yanghee Lee, will make her first official visit to the country from July 17-26, the Office of the UN High Commissioner […]

Myanmar police arrest 34 over fatal Mandalay riots

34 suspects arrested for involvement in communal riots that witnessed a Buddhist and a Muslim man beaten and hacked to death. World Bulletin / News Desk Police in Myanmar’s second city of largest Mandalay have arrested 34 people suspected of taking part in communal riots earlier this month that left two people dead, state media […]

Riots in Myanmar put US on the spot

Nirmal Ghosh, The Straits Times July 14, 2014 A visit to Myanmar next month by United States Secretary of State John Kerry is set to pose a diplomatic challenge, as skepticism rises in Congress over Washington’s embrace of Naypyitaw’s democratic transition. The trip will precede President Barack Obama’s own visit to Myanmar in November. Rampages by […]

Rights groups, US condemn Myanmar for jailing journalists

July 11, 2014 Myanmar had been making gains in press freedom, but rights groups say jailing shows the country is back to its old ways The United States expressed concern Friday over Myanmar‘s sentencing of four reporters and a magazine chief executive to 10 years of hard prison labor, saying the move sends the “wrong message” about […]

US concerned over Myanmar journalists’ sentences

Myanmar journalists release imprisoned birds as others take photographs after a prayer session in supports of four reporters  the chief executive of the Yangon-based Unity journal whom were sentenced to 10 years of hard prison labor in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, July 11, 2014. A Myanmar court sentenced the five men Thursday for violating Myanmar’s national […]

Myanmar Court Sentences Journalists to Prison and Hard Labor

THOMAS FULLER, JULY 10, 2014 MANDALAY, Myanmar — A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the head of a weekly newspaper and four of its journalists to 10 years in prison and hard labor for publishing a report that said a vast and secretive government factory was designed to produce chemical weapons. Burmese journalists […]

Bangladesh bans marriages for Rohingya refugees

AFP, July 2014 DHAKA: Bangladesh said on Thursday it has barred official marriages between its nationals and Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya refugees, whom it claims are attempting to wed to gain citizenship Photo shows a family of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.—Photo: UNHCR Law minister Syed Anisul Haque said he has ordered marriage registrars not to officiate […]

Myanmar monk rejects accusations of instigating unrest

Some in Myanmar have blamed controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu for heightening ethnic tensions with his graphic photos and posts of the recent violence in Mandalay. But he has rejected accusations that he is fanning the fire. May Wong, July 2014 File photo: Wirathu at a monastery in Mandalay, central Myanmar. (AFP PHOTO/SOE THAN WIN) MANDALAY: […]

Burma: the clash of church, state and society

David Scott Mathieson 9 July 2014 Burma’s government and political leaders are now paying a bitter price for allowing the reform process to be undermined by violence, racism and hatred. Photo Courtesy: AFP Destroyed Buildings in the ongoing Sectarian Violence in Mandalay Burma’s simmering religious tensions flared in its second biggest city, Mandalay this week, […]

Raid by Thai police exposes human trafficking ring

Jul 9, 2014 BANGKOK (AP) — A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar’s ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the country, police said Wednesday. The raid on Saturday came two weeks after Thailand was demoted to the lowest level in the annual U.S. rankings of governments’ anti-trafficking efforts, […]

Facebook Suffers Brief Outages in Violence-Hit Myanmar

              Riot police block a road in Mandalay,  Myanmar, on July, 2014. –EPA  European Press photo Agency By Shibani Mahtani and Newley Purnell Some users say Facebook FB -0.24% has been inaccessible in Myanmar’s second largest city for brief periods since a curfew began Thursday night following an outbreak of […]

Amid fears of communal violence, Myanmar’s Muslims struggle to rebuild Read more

Nigel O’Connor Foreign Correspondent, July 2014 Reconstruction was not approved until December 2013 and residents face many bureaucratic obstacles to rebuild. Lazar Simeonov for The National MEIKHTILA, MYANMAR // Mohammad Yusud’s eyes cloud with sadness as he recalls when the Muslim population of his central Myanmar town were driven from their homes amid three days […]

Democracy fades in Myanmar

NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE, THOMAS FULLER Police on guard in Mandalay on Friday. (AFP) Naypyidaw (Myanmar), July 4: More than three years after Myanmar’s ruling generals shed their uniforms and propelled the country on an ambitious journey towards democracy, security forces are back on the streets of the former military dictatorship. A rampage by […]

Burma Holding Rohingya Activist Without Reason, Says Rights Group

By International Federation for Human Rights Media Release Saturday, July 5, 2014 Rohingya Activist Kyaw Hla Aung BANGKOK: The Burmese Government must end the prosecution of Rohingya human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung and immediately release him, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint program, and the Alternative ASEAN Network […]

Religious Freedom Debated in Myanmar

Steve Killings, June 28, 2014. Religious freedom is being debated in the South-East Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma, where the government is considering a new law that would require Burmese citizens who plan to convert to another religion to first gain the permission of the government’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, […]

Rohingya refugees face health crisis

Refugees in Myanmar suffer from poor sanitation and lack of access to professional healthcare Two years since anti-Muslim riots killed dozens of people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Rohingya refugees face a health crisis. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled their homes to live in makeshift camps that lack proper sanitation, and access   to professional healthcare is highly […]

Women activists charged for protesting in Chin State

Women’s rights protesters take to the streets of Matupi on Monday, 23 June 2014. (Photo courtesy of Chinland Guardian) Four activists who organised a protest against sexual violence in the town of Matupi in Chin State have been charged for staging a rally without permission – Chapter Three of Burma’s controversial Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful […]

Myanmar weighs religious marriage curbs

Agence France-Presse in Yangon, Myanmar (China Daily) Proposals by radical Buddhist monks to criminalize interfaith marriage in Myanmar face strong opposition from women’s rights groups in a tussle over the nation’s religious identity that has sparked international alarm. Buddhist nationalists, feeding off the fear and uncertainty caused by successive waves of anti-Muslim violence, have issued […]

Genocide In The Name Of Religion

Thu, 2014-06-26 08:06 — Editor, The Asia Tribune The world has grown accustomed to a gentle image of Buddhism defined by the self-effacing words of the Dalai Lama, the global popularity of Buddhist-inspired meditation and postcard-perfect scenes from Southeast Asia and beyond of crimson-robed, barefoot monks receiving alms from villagers at dawn. But over the […]

Rohingya Muslim students hope for better lives

Rohingya Muslim students at a private tuition class prepare for their next exams at the Thet Kay Pin IDP camp. But education discrimination persists against this minority of 1.3 million people MYANMAR’S most repeated motto under President Thein Sein is: “Building a modern developed nation through education”.For thousands of Rohingya Muslim schoolkids, education is a way of […]

Racist unrest

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 SQUIRMING under media criticism over the mob Buddhist violence on June 15 that killed four persons, wounded over 80 and resulted in the destruction of nearly 100 homes and business establishments of the minority Muslims on the southern coast of the country, the Sri Lankan government geared up, rather belatedly, to […]

General Appointed Arakan Chief Minister, Govt Tells Local MPs

Deputy Border Affairs Minister Gen. Maung Maung Ohn (R), seen in this file photo from 2010. (Photo: The Irrawaddy) RANGOON — President Thein Sein has appointed Burma Army general and Deputy Home Affairs Minister Maung Maung Ohn as the new chief minister of Arakan State, a decision that was announced in the state’s legislature on […]

Kerry Recognizes World Refugee Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks for World Refugee Day Washington, DC – In recognition of World Refugee Day, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement about America’s important role in helping refugees across the globe: “Abraham Lincoln once spoke of our nation as the […]

Burma’s President Sacks Religious Affairs Minister

THE IRRAWADDY, Friday, June 20, 2014 Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint has been accused of misusing government funds. (Photo: Kyaw Hsu Mon / The Irrawaddy) RANGOON — Burma’s minister of religious affairs has been sacked for not performing his duties efficiently, while the chief minister of restive Arakan State has resigned, state media reported Friday, In […]

UN frustrated at Myanmar gov’t inaction on Rohingya

19 June 2014,  Erol Avdovic UN Secretary General special representative tells AA international community must work ensure issue is resolved.  UNITED NATIONS The United Nations is ever frustrated that its calls for action to stop the suffering of Rohingya Muslims continue to be ignored by Myanmar’s government. Vijay Nambiar, the UN Secretary General’s special adviser for Myanmar, told the Anadolu […]

41st Council of Foreign Ministers to discussion

Jeddah, Jun 18, 2014, SPA — The members of OIC Contact Group met here today on the sidelines of the 41st Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the issue of the Rohingya Muslims and challenges facing them. During the meeting, Iyad bin Ameen Madani, OIC Secretary General, chaired the meeting, thanking the members for participation […]

Level of suffering in Arakan ‘never seen before’: UN

  Kyung-wha Kang, UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs (United Nations) A senior UN official has referred to the humanitarian situation in western Burma’s Arakan State as “appalling”, upon concluding a four-day visit to the country. Kyung-wha Kang, UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told reporters in New York on Tuesday that she witnessed “a level of human suffering in IDP […]

Syed Hamid Presents Plan On Rohingya Muslims

JEDDAH, June 19, 2014 (Bernama) – A month after being appointed as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Special Representative on Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar has outlined his action plan at a special meeting here.OIC Secretary-General, Iyad Ameen Madani chaired the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Muslims […]

Mounting alarm over Myanmar draft laws on marriage and faith

Laws undermine women and could spark violence, say critics Henry Zwartz, Mae Sot Myanmar June 10, 2014 Myanmar police take up position outside a mosque on April 4 during anti-Muslim riots on the outskirts of Yangon. (Picture: AFP Photo/Soe Than Win) International watchdogs and community groups have expressed mounting alarm over new draft legislation regarding […]

INGOs return to Sittwe, with new strings attached

By Wa Lone   |   Monday, 19 May 2014 The United Nations says aid groups in Rakhine State are running at less than 50 percent of normal capacity, despite most having been allowed to return to the state following violence in late March. Protesters hold placards during a protest against Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland in the Rakhine State capital […]

Myanmar’s Buddhist Bigots

Kenan Malik, May 19th 2014 LONDON — There is perhaps no religion that Western liberals find more appealing than Buddhism. Politicians fawn over the Dalai Lama, celebrities seek out Buddhist meditation, and scientists and philosophers insist that Buddhism has much to teach us about human nature and psychology. Even some of the so-called New Atheists […]

Regional leaders steer clear of Rakhine violence

Tim McLaughlin and Nyan Lynn Aung,  Monday, 19 May 2014 The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims was left off the agenda as leaders from Southeast Asia gathered in Nay Pyi Taw for the ASEAN Summit on May 10-11. The failure to discuss the issue drew criticism from rights groups, who called for a more active […]

Obama extends some sanctions against Myanmar despite reforms

Obama walks from the West Wing of the White House in Washington (Yuri Gripas Reuters, / May 14, 2014) Reuters4:50 p.m. EDT, May 15, 2014  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama extended some economic sanctions against Myanmar for another year on Thursday, telling Congress the step is needed despite some progress on reforms made by the country formerly known as Burma. Obama notified leaders of […]

How Thailand is contributing to the misery of Burma’s persecuted Rohingya

By Editorial Board, Thursday, May 15,2014 FOR SOME time now, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing persecution and economic deprivation in Burma, also known as Myanmar, by boat. While some go off to work and send money home, others have staked all on a permanent exodus, setting sail in search of better times. They don’t always find it. Hundreds […]

Thailand wants to arrest writers of prize winning article

Reporters with the Reuters news agency could face arrest in Thailand in connection with a Pulitzer Prize-winning article alleging Thai military involvement in people smuggling, police said Monday. The Reuters journalists will be summoned in the next few days to acknowledge defamation charges, Lieutenant Somkid On-Jan told AFP from the southern island of Phuket where […]

Interfaith Initiative Centre County – The forgotten people: Rohingya face harsh persecution in Southeast Asia

May 10, 2014  By Sarah Naeem Uddin       In many places in the world, little understanding, cooperation or compassion exists between faith groups. This month’s essay describes one of these places. Here in Centre County, Interfaith Initiative works “to foster compassion, charity and goodwill, and build a healthy interfaith community by promoting respect, […]

Voice of Rohingya is well recived worldwide

Click on the link below to listen to another successful News episode from the Voice of Rohingya Radio. Dear Listeners, The interval music in today’s episode is composed and played by VOR host Zach Taylor. He is a ” full time college student, a musician, full time worker, a composer, documentary director and voice of […]


Eric A. Freidman, May 9, 2014 Imagine a government that would take the only effective medical care away from part of its population for no reason other than that they are a reviled minority, forever outsiders, who are being subjected to murderous attacks – and the health providers could be witnesses to that violence. And […]

US House Resolution 418: ARU/BRANA Press Statement

The Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) and the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America (BRANA) congratulate and thank the United States House of Representatives for sending a clear message to the Government of Myanmar that the ongoing persecution of Rohingya must end immediately. That message was sent by Congress in the unanimous passage of House Resolution 418, “Urging […]

Arakan Rohingya Union’s Testimony at US Congress Hearing on Human Trafficking, “Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

Washington, D.C. US House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations conducted a hearing on global human trafficking, “Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”.  The Honorable Mark Lagon, Global Politics and Security Chair, Georgetown University (Former Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State), […]

Shocking images of the world’s most forsaken people starving to death

Ishaan Thatoor, April 30th 2014 WARNING: Some images in this gallery may be disturbing because of their graphic nature. The Rohingya may be the most well-known forgotten people on earth. The minority Muslim community living along Burma’s western border has been discriminated against for decades by the central Burmese state. Their plight is well-documented, but that has changed few of […]

U.S. lawmakers press Obama administration on human trafficking

Rohingya people from Myanmar, who were rescued from human traffickers, react from inside a communal cell at Songkhla IDC (Damir Sagolj Reuters, / February 13, 2014) Reuters7:10 p.m. EDT, April 29, 2014 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers called on the Obama administration on Tuesday to punish countries that do too little to fight human trafficking, […]

Subcommittee Hearing: Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Rayburn House Building Washington, DC 20515 | Apr 29, 2014 2:00pm WITNESSES The Honorable Mark Lagon Global Politics and Security Chair Master of Science in Foreign Service Program Georgetown University (Former Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State) Mr. Brian Campbell Director of Policy and Legal Programs International Labor Rights Forum Mr. Blair […]

Burma rejects US allegations

A file photo of Burma’s Presidential spokesman Ye Htut (PHOTO: DVB) COLIN HINSHELWOOD, April 28, 2014 Burma’s presidential spokesperson Ye Htut has rejected US President Barack Obama’s allegation that Burmese Muslims are oppressed, and has refuted US claims that communities in Arakan State have been left in a precarious situation by the absence of international aid […]

Arakan National Conference Gets Underway in Kyaukphyu

NYEIN NYEIN,  THE IRRAWADDY, Monday, April 28, 2014 Buddhist monks are among the audience at this week’s Arakan National Conference in Kyaukphyu. (Photo: Nyi Nyi Maung/ Arakan National Conference) A five-day conference on the future of western Burma’s Arakan State got underway in Kyaukphyu Township on Sunday, with thousands of people, including government officials, in attendance. […]

Obama warns against repression of Muslims in Myanmar

Published on Apr 27, 2014 US President Barack Obama addresses young student leaders at the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall during a visit to University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur on April 27, 2014. US President Barack Obama warned on Sunday, April 27, 2014, that ethnic and religious conflicts could move Myanmar in a […]

“US – Burma Relation & the Plight of the Rohingya” at School of International Studies at the American University in Washington

VIDEO STREAM: . Washington, DC. The Centre for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs of the School of International Studies at the American University in Washington convened the event, “US – Burma Relation & the Plight of the Rohingya” on April 24, 2014. The event was presided by Dr. Jeff Bachman, Director of the Centre […]

in Southern Thailand human trafficking on the rise

Steve Sandford Published April 23, 2014 Cases of human trafficking are on the rise in Southern Thailand as authorities struggle to control criminal gangs transporting illegals across the border to other destinations. Steve Sandford reports on the exploitation and abuse that many of the victims face in their journey to escape the oppression in Burma, […]

Census extended in Rakhine, Kachin states, says official

Wednesday April 23, 2014 Census data being collected in Yangon on March 30. The collection of census data has been extended in Rakhine and Kachin states for another two months. Photo: Nyainthit Nyi/Mizzima ensus data will be collected in Rakhine and Kachin states until June 10, a senior Ministry of Immigration and Population official told Mizzima on […]

UN Chief Calls for Burma to Investigate Military Rape Claims

Burma Army soldiers on parade in Naypyidaw on Armed Forces Day on March 27. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy) The chief of the United Nations has officially called on the Burmese government to conduct full investigations into allegations of rape and sexual assault made against its soldiers, according to a document made public this week. […]

Myanmar’s Rohingyas in dire conditions: Aid groups

International aid workers say Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s crowded refugee camps are in desperate need of food and medical aid. Volunteer workers from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday that at least eight people have died and 31 babies have been delivered under unsanitary conditions since the beginning of the year. The critical situation […]

Atrocities in Myanmar

April 18, 2014 Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence. “They refer to the Rohingya as subhuman, but beyond that they actually believe the Rohingya are subhuman,” says Matthew […]

Pakistan delighted at envoy’s OIC victory

Muhammad Naeem Khan RIYADH: GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN,  Wednesday 23 April 2014 Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Muhammad Naeem Khan has been elected the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from among 18 member states of the Asian Group. The election was held in Jeddah on Monday during the meeting of the […]

U.S.-Burma Relations & the Plight of the Rohingya: Event at AU School of International Service

Washington, DC. The distinguished panel at the event at American University School of International Service in Washington will present various perspectives on the plight of Rohingya ethnic minority in Arakan state, Burma. The panel will address government policy on Rohingya, human right and political issues, the crisis faced by Rohingya in IDP camps and vulnerable […]

Voice of Rohingya Radio Exclusive – Interview with Joseph Griebowski, CEO of JUST and Member of ARU Board of Advisors

Joseph Grieboski is the Chief Executive Officer of JUST Consulting, Founder and Chairman of The Institute of Religion and Public Policy, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Arakan Rohingya Union, in Washington, DC. From a perspective of  a CEO of a social justice-based consulting firm, Mr. Griebowski discusses the plight of Rohingya […]

Some Foreign Aid Groups Return to Sittwe After Riots

A warehouse of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is seen damaged by the recent violence in Sittwe March 28, 2014. (Photo: Reuters) RANGOON — International humanitarian organizations have begun returning to Arakan State after aid workers fled riots in the state capital of Sittwe last month, a police official and a United Nations representative […]

Myanmar’s Rohingya face a humanitarian crisis

Displaced Muslim Rohingya do not have adequate access to healthcare or clean water. Carlos Sardina Galache, 19 April, 2014 The Rohingya were rendered stateless by a citizenship law passed in 1982 [Reuters] Sittwe, Myanmar – Ruk and Kun Suma were born five minutes apart on March 27 in a camp for displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State, a […]

Briefing on Myanmar

Tomorrow morning (17 April), the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, will brief Council members during informal consultations under “any other business”. It appears that the UK requested a briefing on the situation in Myanmar as it has been almost exactly a year since this issue was discussed. (Nambiar last briefed Council members on […]

U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

UNITED NATIONS, Thursday April 17, 2014 U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power speaks to the media after voting on a resolution approving U.N. peacekeepers for Central African Republic, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, April 10, 2014. (Reuters) – U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday urged the Myanmar government to […]

THE 2014-POLITZER PRIZE WINNING REPORTS: A Compilation by Arakan Rohingya Union

  The main page: Specific Reports:  (January 17, 2014)  (December 5, 2013)  (December 5, 2013)  (April 8, 2013)  (May 14, 2013)  (June 27, 2013)  (June 27, 2013)  (July 17, 2013)  

Madani dismayed over deteriorating situation of Rohingyas

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Jeddah Iyad Ameen Madani The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed concern about the recently conducted national population census in Myanmar and the government’s decision not to allow census respondents to self-identify as Rohingya, stating that this decision does not conform with international […]

OIC calls for release of abducted girls in Nigeria

                            Iyad Ameen Madani Arab  News, Thursday 17 April 2014 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the abduction of more than a hundred girls on Tuesday from their school in North Eastern Nigeria, and called for their immediate release […]

Myanmar: Hope, terror share new dawn

The following article was published in the March-April 2014 “We are preparing for the dawn of a new era of freedom, democracy, justice, peace and hope … a new era of fraternity,” wrote Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon as 2014 began. “There are many reasons for hope … We are just at the very beginning of […]

Rohingya Muslims massacred as the world averts its eyes

Brad Dell,  April 16, 2014 The genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is being orchestrated. As they experience countless acts of violence from anti-Muslim Buddhists, the media murmurs, and the world merely lets out a small sigh. Where is the uproar? Where is justice for these minorities living in this small Southeast Asian country? Al […]

Human rights abuse in Burma and the role of Buddhist nationalism

Wai Yan Phone, 16 April 2014 Myanmar is taking significant strides towards political and economic liberalization after decades of military dictatorship, yet a series of violent attacks against Muslims is shaking confidence in the country. Surprisingly, Buddhist monks support much of the violence, notes Wai Yan Phone Buddhism is widely perceived as a fundamentally peaceful […]

NGOs Face Danger in Aid to Myanmar’s Rohingya

Aid agencies seek to aid hundreds of thousands of persecuted minority Rohingya boy bathes at Rakhine IDP camp Written by IRIN, Tuesday, 15 APRIL 2014 Aid agencies are trying to find practical ways of getting humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State following a series of attacks on the aid community there, […]

Census divisions add to Myanmar’s burden

Global Times | April 15, 2014 20:23 By Bi Shihong Myanmar’s first census in three decades, which kicked off on March 30 and aimed to better outline national development based on the real population numbers and social conditions, has reignited long-smoldering tensions among different ethnic groups. The information gathered through the census will be crucial […]

Australian faces jail for coverage of same story that won Reuters a Pulitzer prize

Lindsay Murdoch, April 16, 2014 Award-winning coverage: Akram, an 18-year-old Rohingya, who cannot walk, rests on a makeshift bed at a mosque near Songkhla, close to Thailand’s border with Malaysia. Photo: Reuters Bangkok: Reuters’ international news agency has a won Pulitzer prize for exposing the violent persecution of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority while an Australian journalist and his […]

U.N. condemns Thai court case against journalists over people trafficking report

Prosecutors should be investigating the poor treatment of Rohingya boat people instead of targeting journalists. Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch By Sophie Brown and Kocha Olarn, CNN, Mon April 14, 2014 Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are facing criminal defamation charges over an article on people smuggling (CNN) — A criminal defamation case against two journalists in Thailand is set […]

Humanitarian Aid At Risk In Rakhine State Violence

Tensions are high in an area of eastern Burma following attacks on the offices and residences of the United Nations. International and national staffs of non-governmental organizations transfer into a bus upon arriving in domestic airport in Yangon from Sittwe, Thursday, Mar 27, 2014. Tensions are high in an area of eastern Burma following attacks […]

In Pictures: Myanmar’s census bars Rohingya

Muslim Rohingya are excluded from political representation as a result of not being counted. Hereward Holland, 14 April, 2014 Myanmar’s million-plus Muslim Rohingya population doesn’t officially exist on government records. Branded “Bengali” and considered illegal immigrants, they’ve been living under systematic discrimination since sectarian violence erupted in 2012 in the coastal Rakhine state. In the past six months, resentment of aid […]

Voice of Rohingya Radio

The Voice of Rohingya Radio reports Rohingya human right issues at the 8th Annual Conference on Global Governance at George Mason University in Washington, DC, status on US House Resolution 418, census issue in Burma, attacks on INGOs in Arakan, and much more… Click on the link to listen: The Voice of Rohingya Radio second […]


Washington, D.C. The International Affairs Council of George Mason University in Washington held its 8th Annual Conference on Global Governance at Edwin Meese Conference Center on April 11th 2014. The Conference hosted a number of honorable speakers representing different regions and institution of the world on the theme “The Dynamics of Democracy”. Eight honorable speakers […]

Internationally Funded Burma Census Cops Criticism

A human rights advocacy group calls for investigation into Britain’s decision to give millions in aid money to assist the Burma government’s census as international criticism mounts over the census process. April 12, 2014, Karen News Burma Campaign UK, a human rights advocacy group based in Britain, has called for an official inquiry into the “decision […]

Myanmar’s controversial census

Down and out for the count? The vice president of the Rakhine Literature and Culture Association, Dr San Hla Kyaw, was adamant that the people who call themselves Rohingya should not be counted in Myanmar’s first census in more than 30 years. “Those who identify as Rohingya do not have citizenship in Myanmar and should […]

Burma’s First Census in 30 Years Completed Amid Controversy

Volunteers attend a census training course at a school in Rangoon, March 23, 2014 Reuters, April 11, 2014 RANGOON — A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms entering neat notations on spread sheets by hand.The women will have to go through 37,579 family […]

Senior US Official Raises Arakan Concerns With Thein Sein

SAMANTHA MICHAELS , THE IRRAWADDY, Friday, April 11, 201 At the head of the table, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, right, and US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell, left, speak with reporters on Thursday at the US Embassy in Rangoon. (Photo: US Embassy) RANGOON — The US assistant secretary of state for East Asian […]

Aid activity freeze hurts Myanmar’s Rohingya

Suspension of NGO operations after attacks on their offices leaves aid-dependent minority group even more vulnerable. To listen to the audio click on the link below: April 11, 2014, Aljazeera Weeks after the suspension of foreign aid operations, the humanitarian situation for Myanmar’s most vulnerable people, including the ethnic Rohingya people, is worsening. International […]

Myanmar: UN welcomes establishment of probe into recent attacks on aid workers

A group of internally displaced people in Myanmar 10 April 2014 – The top United Nations official in Myanmar welcomed the Government’s condemnation of the recent attacks against UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) premises in Sittwe, and its commitment to see perpetrators brought to justice through a newly established investigation commission. “I welcome the response […]

US envoy urges Myanmar to help aid groups return

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 YANGON, Myanmar — As Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar face acute shortages of water, food and medical care, a visiting U.S. State Department official urged the government to work quickly to facilitate the return of aid groups, saying the word was watching. Daniel Russel, the assistant secretary for East Asia […]

UN Envoy Raises Alarm on Abuses Against Rohingya

Yangoon, Myanmar. April 10th, 2014 By Robin McDowell Internally displaced Muslims boys draw water from a public well at a camp on the outskirts of Sittwe in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine on March 30, 2014. Acute shortages of water and medical treatment in western Myanmar following attacks on humanitarian groups are the latest hardships […]

Myanmar sets up committee to protect foreign aid workers

The Myanmar government has formed a new committee, empowered with authority at the national level, to develop more measures to better protect foreign aid workers in Rakhine Myanmar police stand guard in front of a destroyed Non-Govermental Organisation (NGOs) office in Sittwe, Rakhine state of western Myanmar. (AFP/SOE THAN WIN) YANGON: The Myanmar government has […]

Commission Criticizes Arakan Govt’s ‘Weak’ Handling of Riots

A warehouse of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is seen damaged by the recent violence in Sittwe March 28, 2014. (Photo: Reuters) LAWI WENG, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RANGOON — A commission established by the Burmese government to investigate mob attacks on the premises of international nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations in Sittwe last […]

Burma Vows to Protect Aid Workers in Rakhine State

FILE – Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) staff wait at Sittwe Airport to return to Rangoon, in Sittwe, March 28, 2014. VOA News April 09, 2014 The Burmese government has promised to protect and cooperate with international aid agencies, whose workers were forced to flee western Rakhine state following riots.Buddhist mobs last […]

Humanitarian alarm in Myanmar

9 April 2014 – The alarm bell has gone off in Myanmar. The human rights situation in the Rakhine State is deteriorating even further since the beginning of hostilities in 2012. After recent attacks on UN and NGO sites in Sittwe, the capital of the Rakine state, aid workers are being evacuated from the area. […]

UN raises alarm over Rohingya Muslim abuse

Human rights envoy says the long history of persecution in Myanmar could amount to “crimes against humanity”. A UN report has decried the “systematic discrimination and marginalization” of Rohingya Muslims [Reuters] A UN human rights envoy says severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a […]

UN envoy urges Myanmar to allow aid access to Rohingyas

A Rohingya man carrying his child looks at police and volunteer conducting a national census at a Rohingya village in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar, April 1, 2014. TREUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun YANGON, April 7 (Reuters) – A U.N. envoy on Monday urged Myanmar to allow the return of aid groups forced to flee […]

Burmese army threatens force to complete census in KIO area

File Photo: Ethnic Kachin people sit in the doorways of shelters at a temporary camp for people displaced by fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army. (PHOTO: Reuters) Kachinland News, April 7th, 2014 About 1000 troops from the Burmese army’s Magwe-based 88th Light Infantry Division and Theinni-based 16th Military Operation Command on Wednesday arrived near Man Win […]

Meikhtila: one year on and 8,000 remain in IDP camps

“They started to set fire to Muslim homes and I begged them not to burn mine, because I am very poor, but one of them told me: ‘Don’t worry, the government will rebuild your house’. And they went ahead and burned it down anyway.” CARLOS SARDINA GALACHE, April 6th, 2014 One year after a wave […]

Rohingya Muslims attacked in Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have come under attack by a group of Buddhist extremists. Click on the link below to watch: The attack targeted Rohingya Muslims living in the town of Hlegu, located on the outskirts of Myanmar’s main city of Yangon, on Friday. The anti-Muslim mob of about 100 people threw rocks and […]


Human Rights, 4th April, 2014 Last April, I joined Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) in documenting a massacre of Muslim students and teachers at a boarding school in Meiktila, located in central Myanmar. After hiding from marauding bands all night, a desperate group of about 150 men, women, and children was told they would be […]

Unspeakable violence against Muslims in Burma

Editorial Board, LONG-SIMMERING ethnic tensions in Burma exploded in January. In the village of Du Char Yar Tan in Rakhine state, at least 48 people were killed in two separate incidents when Buddhist mobs went on a rampage against Rohingya Muslims. A police sergeant was reported to have been captured and killed by the Muslim […]

Optimism in Washington over Myanmar’s transformation ebbs as Muslims’ plight worsens

In this April 2, 2014, photo, a Myanmar Muslim family, who identify themselves as long-persecuted “Rohingya” Muslims, look out from their tents at Da Paing camp for Muslim refugees in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Myanmar, optimism in Washington over […]

Burma’s Top Leaders Divided Over Constitutional Reform

President Thein Sein speaks in Parliament on March 26 to mark the third anniversary of his government’s inauguration. (Photo: JPaing / The Irrawaddy) RANGOON — Burma’s top leaders are clarifying their stances on constitutional reform, with obvious rifts forming between the president and the army chief on the one hand, and the speaker of the […]

Burma census is not counting Rohingya Muslims, says UN agency

(AP, April 2, 2014) Worldwide Religious News The UN agency helping Burma conduct its first census in decades has said it is deeply concerned that members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population are not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word. In the violence-scarred state of Rakhine, census workers were asking […]

UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar

More than 800,000 people lack adequate healthcare in strife-torn western Myanmar after aid workers fled the region, the UN has warned, with children deprived of life-saving treatment. An internally displaced Rohingya receives medical treatment near a camp on the outskirts of Sittwe in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. (AFP/Soe Than Win) YANGON: More than 800,000 people […]

United States Concern Over Events in Rakhine State

Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 2, 2014 The United States remains deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State. Violent mob attacks on United Nations and nongovernmental organization offices worsened an already troubling situation stemming from restriction of the operations of a major humanitarian […]

Sittwe violence ‘an attack on entire humanitarian response in Rakhine State’: UN

A damaged and closed United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe, on March 28. The top UN official in Myanmar has described the attacks on UN and international non-government organizations in Sittwe on March 26 and 27 as “an attack on the entire humanitarian response in Rakhine State”. Photo: EPA/Lynn […]