Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A Jingoist Media Foments Violence in Burma's Arakan state

Source Asia Sentine, 30 Oct

It's not all good news
It's not all good news

Is democracy creating more trouble?

Encouraged by a rabidly irresponsible nationalist press, the Buddhist nationalists that constitute Burma's majority population, along with the ethnic Rakhine minority, have adopted a siege mentality that Rohingyas, whom they call "Bengali" illegal immigrants and terrorists, are causing the problems in their otherwise peaceful country. 

The earlier anti-Rohingya campaign has now become an anti-Muslim movement. Victims of fresh violence that broke out on October 23 in central Arakan state are ethnic Kaman of Islamic faith. According to the United Nations, more than 28,000 people have been displaced in the past seven days – 27,300 of them Muslims, mostly Kaman. Thousands of homes have been razed and more than 100 people have been killed, according to most estimates. 

Similarly, Human Rights Watch released satellite images on October 26 showing a vast land area in Kyauk Pru township in Arakan State being burned to the ground. The organization said thousands of Muslims were floating in the sea, while many have landed on the banks of islands and ports in life-threatening condition. Aid organizations, international media around the world, and the once-exiled Burmese media are reporting the worsening persecution. 

Quite contrary to what the world is witnessing collectively –that Muslims are the mass victims in the Arakan conflict – the Rakhine and Burmese majority continue to believe they are the victims. This is not to deny that Rakhines are not victims. In fact, many have been killed and many houses have been razed. It is undeniable, however, that Muslims constitute a much larger majority of victims and refugees. 

Yet the majority population keeps repeating that Bengalis, even when the victims are not Rohingyas, are terrorists and troublemakers who fomented the violence and that therefore they and their religion must be suppressed. The majority do not accept that the violence must stop immediately, and that nobody deserves to be killed, tortured or expelled. They have not realized that the problems must be solved through political settlement. 

The political effect of self-victimization is that it lends support to an anti-Muslim campaign which is already manifested in large-scale violence. 

The immediate reason that Buddhist majority support the continuing violence is the domestic media, which has been publishing exceedingly biased news and nationalistic views, perpetuating public anxiety, feelings of insecurity and the sense of victimhood allegedly caused by 'Rohingya terrorists'. 

In such a politicized environment, the first step to stop violence in Arakan state is to suspend the domestic journals, at least temporarily. It might sound quite bizarre to advocate the suspension of print journals in the new so-called "democratic" Burma. The ugly truth, however, is that the Burmese-language journals published are feeding misinformation and subjective perspectives that are turning the increasingly polarized population into a mob that won't shy away from violence. 

In Burma, the power of the newly unleashed domestic journals is immense. The people, previously starved of information for decades, find newly established publications to be an oasis. In major cities and even small towns, newsstands are now everywhere. New journals keep appearing one after another, with an audience ranging from rickshaw drivers to government officials. 

The two most popular journals in the country are the Weekly Eleven and the Voice Weekly. They are also leading a media war against those whom they call "Bengali" illegal immigrants. These journals are not celebrating freedom of expression with responsibility. Even though the ideal of freedom of expression, which ideologically permits their political existence in a reformed Burma, is derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of human rights for all is nowhere close to their culture, ethics or political aspirations. 

Instead, they are pitting Buddhist Rakhines against the Muslim Rohingyas, who are altogether seen as 'foreigners' and a national security threat, however unproven. They support the former's political interests at the expense of the latter, who have already taken the brunt of the abuse. Such a nationalistic stance is responsible for the people's delusion. 

For example, The Voice Weekly published a story on October 27 (one day after Human Rights Watch released satellite images), that was entirely based on a single Rakhine source of information, the Arakan League for Democracy. It referred to a simplistic but politically motivated statement by the party and cited a comment by Myo Kyaw, secretary of the Arakan League, saying that a foreign organization, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, had ignited the conflict. The journal then weaved into the story a previous announcement by President Thein Sein that made it appear that the government and the Arakan League were in agreement against international organizations. 

Similarly, the Weekly Eleven ran two opinion pieces on October 28th (two days after the Human Rights Watch report and the same day the UN said almost all of the displaced victims are Muslims). Both pieces proceed from a Rakhine perspective that denies any chance for coexistence between Rakhines and Rohingyas. The authors accuse Rohingyas (and Muslims) as the cause of the problems. 

The second article, titled "Who pulled the strings from behind?" accused Rohingyas of initiating ethno-religious conflicts to realize their 'ethnic dream'. It cited 30 Muslim religious leaders from home and abroad as visiting Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships during the conflict. The narratives suggest that Muslims perpetrated the violence, never mind the fact that those running desperately for their lives are Muslims.

Such biases and perspectives are not exceptions, they are the rule. Since June this year, both journals have consistently printed and posted explicitly anti-Rohingya news and views. 

Collectively, the journals fan popular misunderstandings and prejudices that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants despite living in the region for hundreds of years, that they are source of the problems, that they started the conflict by setting their own homes on fire and ran away, and that they are responsible for violence. The publications alleged that the Rakhines, not Rohingyas or Muslims, are the victims of the violence. 

By repeating the arguments about victimhood and "Rohingya guilt", the journals mask the ugly truth that it is predominantly Muslims who are facing the violence. They continue to bombard peoples' minds with anti-Rohingya views and accusations at the expense of the opportunity to call for ending the violence. 

Given that the two journals have become the most popular in the country regardless of quality and ethics, the audience uncritically accepts the information and views presented. They disregard all alternative information and views as false and manipulated. As such, the Burmese are having trouble accepting what the outside world is witnessing. 

To be fair, the violence is not all fomented by Rakhines. There have been attacks and counterattacks from both sides, with both taking casualties. But no one can deny that Muslims experience much worse attacks than their Rakhine counterparts. Otherwise, the 27,300 out of 28,000 displaced people in the past few days would not have been Muslims. 

Whoever started the conflict, there is no justification for the media to side with one group to support the expulsion of another. Yet, the most popular and influential journals in Burma have failed miserably. Instead of stopping violence, they have fueled the conflict by deceiving the public, by perpetuating public hatred of Rohingyas and by provoking fear, insecurity and victimhood, driving the public to legitimize violence and support angry mobs. 

Thus, the first step to stop violence in Arakan state shold be to temporarily suspend the Burmese language journals, which are shaping public opinion towards mob culture. Otherwise, people will continued to be fooled so as to keep rallying for violence. This is not a call to back away from freedom and democracy for a return to military rule. This is a call that unethical and abusive media costing human lives and dignity must be suspended.

(Sai Latt is a Burmese and a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University in Canada.)


The persecution of the Rohingya: how a benighted minority in Burma suffer at the hands of despots

Source from The Independent, 30 Oct

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The latest attacks against ethnic Rohingya, with thousands of homes destroyed and probably more than a thousand killed, have once again drawn attention to Rakhine State in Burma. International attention had largely moved on following the first large scale outburst of violence in June, but attacks against Rohingya hadn't ended, they had just taken on a new form.

Within days of the violence starting in Rakhine State, my organisation,Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK), started to receive reports of families trapped in their homes running out of food. In the weeks that followed, in among the many reports of attacks, rapes and killings we were receiving, the reports of hunger and starvation grew into what appeared to be a deliberately organised plan to starve the Rohingya out of Burma.

Elements of this starvation policy are being implemented by local communities, and by state and central government. Buddhist monks and other groups have called upon the ethnic Rakhine population to boycott the Rohingya minority.  They have called for a rice embargo and are targeting their Muslim neighbours.  Many Rohingya who try to leaves their homes or villagers to buy food or harvest crops are attacked and beaten or killed.

Starving

International aid is now reaching almost 100,000 Rohingya who have fled to temporary camps, but hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in towns and villages are not getting any aid, and many are slowly starving in their own homes.

After the violence erupted many Rohingya households were surviving on existing food stocks, which for most people is now used up. Their suffering is made worse by the departure of aid agencies that were forced out when the violence started.  Aid workers were arrested and jailed, while others were forced to flee the area. For villagers in areas further away from Sittwe, where no international visitors are allowed, there is no help coming, and children are starving to death.

While my people have suffered for decades, denied citizenship, the right to marry, and have been expelled over the border to Bangladesh, these latest developments signal a new level of abuse. 

Ethnic cleansing is happening in Burma. If anyone needed further evidence for the role of the central state in the latest campaign, they only need to consider the request made by President Thein Sein to the UN Refugee Agency, for the UN to assist in expelling Rohingya from Burma. His request has been enthusiastically greeted by many sections of Burmese society which have used their new found press freedoms to voice hateful opinions about the Rohingya and their place in Burma.

Inaction

Out of sight, people are dying every day because they do not have any food. Thousands of people are facing starvation in the countryside remote areas, and the crisis is unreported and ignored.

The governments of America and Europe have tried to justify their inaction in the face of this ethnic cleansing by arguing it is difficult to get accurate information. Yet they take no action to secure a UN investigation which would establish the truth, and at the same time they welcome a government established investigation which has no Rohingya members, but does contain members who have publicly stated they want all Rohingya expelled from the country. What hope can there be that this investigation will come close to revealing the truth about what is taking place?

Nor does the America or the European Union support what is the only hope for a truly independent investigation into what is going on. That is for the United Nations General Assembly to establish a Commission of Inquiry. They can do this in the resolution on Burma which is being drafted now. The mere establishment of such an inquiry, where for the first time their criminal actions will be verified, might persuade them to end the policy of starvation and mass arrests. Just by being set up, the Commission would save lives.

But while this Commission does its work, the most urgent issue is to end the attacks, and to ensure aid agencies can freely access all the areas where Rohingya live, providing life-saving aid. People are dying now. They need help. Independent international observers are also need on the ground now.

There have been many changes in Burma in the past two years, but not all of them have been good. For the Rohingya, and other ethnic people such as the Kachin, the situation has got worse. It's time for the international community to pay attention to the bad things still happening in Burma, instead of only welcoming the good.

Tun Khin is President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Rohingya Boatpeople 'Helped On' at Sea off Thailand: More Likely to Flee

Source Phuketwan, 29 October


PHUKET: A boatload of about 100 Rohingya men and boys was intercepted off the coast of Thailand yesterday, a senior Thai Navy source confirmed today.

A regular patrol came alongside the vessel about nine miles north of the Thai island of Surin about 5pm yesterday, Phuketwan was told. 

''Those on board were given food and water and medical assistance,'' the source said, ''as human rights require.''

Thailand's ''help on'' policy was introduced to replace the ''pushbacks'' campaign, introduced in secrecy, which led to the deaths of hundreds of boatpeople in the sailing season of 2008-2009.

Under the ''help on'' policy, the Thai Navy and onshore paramilitary volunteers intercept the Rohingya boats in open waters to provide passengers with food, water, medical assistance and mechanic help if required. But they will not allow the boats to land in Thailand. 

With the end of the monsoons and the arrival of the safe sailing season that usually lasts until April, a greater number of Rohingya than ever before are expected to put to sea in the next few weeks.

The Rohingya men and boys who take to the boats will be seeking a new life and sanctuary because of the ethnic cleansing now taking place in Burma, also known as Myanmar. 

There was a time when the Rohingya hoped that Burma's new openness and the freeing of Aung San Suu Kyi would end their plight, so they stayed ashore.

As Burma's new government lifted restrictions, what actually happened was the opposite of what the Rohingya had hoped. 

Their neighbors in Rakhine state used the new openness to denounce the Rohingya and burn their villages. Scores of Rohingya have been killed and thousands of homes razed in two waves of ethnic cleansing, the first in June and the second this week.

Some of them were forced to flee in boats. Others will be doing the same soon, probably by the thousands, heading south past the holiday island of Phuket to what they hope will be a haven in Malaysia.

Almost 5000 Rohingya came ashore in Thailand in the sailing season of 2007-2008, a nuisance for Thai authorities that led to the secretive and deadly ''pushbacks'' in the following season.

The boat that was intercepted yesterday is expected to be perhaps the first of many. Most of the boats have in the past sailed from Cox's Bazaar in neighboring Bangladesh. 

Now the game has changed. The latest repression is likely to produce departures from much further south, with more desperate people taking more desperate options. 

Where once the would-be refugees fled in ricketty old vessels that were often barely capable of staying afloat, of late many Rohingya men and boys have opted to catch small boats out to sea, where they join larger boats. 

That way, more of them are able to avoid Burmese navy vessels. Perhaps 12 ''ferries,'' as they are called, may leave ports along the coast.

Perhaps two may be stopped, with perhaps 10 reaching a rendezvous point. With as many as 300 on board a small cargo vessel, the journey south is much faster and safer.

In past sailing seasons, emaciated passengers by the hundreds have come ashore north and south of Phuket or on the famous holiday island, most often because they run out of food and water. 

Bangladesh rejects the Rohingya, Thailand helps them on, and most of the world ignores their plight. With torched villages, open displacement camps and hatred at their backs, it's little wonder that the Rohingya are prepared to take enormous risks.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Refugees accuse Burmese government of ignoring ethnic cleansing: 'If we stayed, we would have been killed'

Source Independent, 28 Oct
   

Refugees accuse Burma's civilian government of standing by as dozens die in communal violence

When the fire truck arrived at his burning village in Burma's western Rakhine state late last Monday, local teacher Khin Maung Kyi thought help had finally come. Muslim villagers in Kyauk Pyu township had been battling the blaze for hours, after a petrol bomb attack by their Buddhist neighbours. But instead of dousing the flames with water, Khin Maung Kyi claims that the firemen sprayed the fire with petrol.

"The firemen threw petrol on the flames, as if it was water! The authorities are one-sided. We can never trust them," he said. Last Wednesday, the entire Muslim community in Kyauk Pyu decided to flee in their fishing boats, joining thousands of others trying to escape a new outbreak of communal violence between the majority Buddhist Rakhine population and the Muslim Rohingya.

"The first sign of trouble was when our Rakhine neighbours began to leave their homes. Then at 8pm [on Monday] we heard the ringing of a bell. Soon after, a car turned up full of Rakhine," said Khin Maung Kyi, 64. "They threw petrol bombs at our homes and then sped away. When we tried to put the fires out, the Rakhine attacked us with swords and spears."

Satellite images of Kyauk Pyu and its coastal surrounds, released by Human Rights Watch at the weekend, show the extent of the devastation. Where once there were houseboats and floating barges moored along a harbour town packed with houses, now there is charred desolation, with 811 homes and other structures destroyed.

"If we had stayed, we would have been killed," said Khin Maung Kyi. "This is like Bosnia. This is ethnic cleansing." The violence stems from an incident in May, when a Rakhine Buddhist woman was raped and killed, allegedly by three Muslim men.

A few days later, 10 Muslims were killed on a bus. In the violence that followed, around 100 people were killed, and 100,000 fled to camps in and around the state capital, Sittwe – the vast majority of them Muslim Rohingyas, an ethnic minority described by the United Nations as one of the most oppressed groups in the world. While tensions calmed for a few months, unrest flared again last week, with at least 67 people killed.

The violence in Rakhine state has placed the new civilian government in a difficult position, as it emerges from decades of dictatorship. There is widespread hatred in Burma of the Rohingya, who are considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. But accusations from abroad of ethnic cleansing are not what the government needs when it trying to attract foreign investment and diplomatic recognition. A recent report by Human Rights Watch accused the government of "both failing to intervene to stop sectarian violence and directly participating in abuses". Villagers fleeing the stricken areas say police have opened fire indiscriminately, injuring both Muslims and Buddhists.

"At first the army protected us," said Mohammed Salim, 31, who fled Pauk Taw township. "But the Nasaka border security force told us this is Rakhine land and we should leave. If anything happened, they couldn't protect us. They refused to take any responsibility for our safety."

A spokesman for Burma's President, Thein Sein, told the BBC at the weekend that "there have been incidents of whole villages and parts of the towns being burnt down in Rakhine state", and said police had been deployed to restore order. The government has in the past denied any abuses in the area, and said security forces act with "maximum restraint".

Buddhist residents of Rakhine also speak of atrocities against them. In the grounds of a Buddhist monastery in Sittwe, mother-of-three Ma May Than, 34, feeds balls of rice to her daughter. She fled Pauk Thaw and arrived here on Saturday. "The Muslims are buying and making diesel to set fire to our houses," she claimed. "They surrounded our village and tried to set it on fire. We were so afraid, so all the women and children from our village have come here. There's no way we can ever live together again."

While the inaccessibility of the worst-hit regions, and the long history of animosity between the communities, make the claims and counter claims difficult to verify, the scale of the exodus speaks of the horrors on the ground. UN and government officials said yesterday that 20,000 more people – mostly Muslims – had fled the latest violence. Some have set up makeshift shelters on the beaches, while other pack into already crowded refugee camps. Those who fled and made it ashore also allege that the authorities have prevented boatloads of Rohingya from landing on the coast near Sittwe. At least 20 boats from Kyauk Pyu were held offshore on Thursday. Villagers who had made it to land said two women had given birth on the boats and two people had died. Former residents of Pauk Taw said that a government ferry had rammed their fishing boats at sea, with dozens drowning. Officials at the ferry's jetty in Sittwe refused to answer questions about the incident.

The inhabitants from Number 3 and Number 4 village in Pauk Taw fled on Monday. "The violence began on 23 June, when the Rakhine set fire to our homes. The security forces intervened and fired at both sides. Two Rakhine were injured. But that didn't stop them," said Noor Nahar, 27. "They threw stones, bamboo and spears at our homes the whole night. We didn't dare to go outside."

So when violence flared again this month, the Muslims of Pauk Taw decided it was safer to leave, and set sail in their fishing boats with their families. They left just in time: the latest rumour around Sittwe is that their village is now up in flames as well.

The violence began in May, when a Rakhine woman was raped and killed, allegedly by Muslims

 
 

West media silent on systematic genocide of Rohingyas: Expert

Source Presstv, 28 Oct
 
 
Here we have an entire community being wiped out, a genocide, a holocaust is taking place and people are still making simple statements."

Adnan Rashid, a historian and Islamic Studies expert

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The Western mainstream media have imposed a news blackout on the systematic "genocide" of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, an expert tells Press TV.


"It appears that the Western media and the Western governments have turned a blind eye to the plight of the Muslims in Burma," said Adnan Rashid, a historian and Islamic Studies expert, in an exclusive interview with Press TV.

"It was clearly seen that the mainstream media machines in the West failed to address this issue satisfactorily in the month of June when all this violence started and the language which is being used in this case is very, very well calculated," he added.

"Here we have an entire community being wiped out, a genocide, a holocaust is taking place and people are still making simple statements," the analyst pointed out.

Rashid lashed out at the Myanmarese government for its stance towards the Muslims in the country and pointed out that in practice Naypyidaw treats the Rohingyas as "illegal citizens," who "should be wiped out."

"On the other hand, we have a systemic attempt to wipe these people out with the support of the army, the police and the media and even the Buddhist religious clergy is also inflating a lot of this violence and hatred against Muslims," he added.

Rashid called on the West and the UN to change their hypocritical position and take "some solid action" to put an end to the genocide of Muslims in Myanmar.

Sectarian violence re-emerged between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims on October 21 and continued all week in at least five townships of Minbya, Mrak-U, Myebon, Rathedaung, and Kyauk Pyu.

Rakhine State spokesman Win Myaing said on Friday that 112 people had been killed in the latest clashes between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities. He said 72 people were reported injured, including 10 children.

The Myanmarese government says more than 2,800 houses were burned down in the violence.

Communal violence and related abuses by state security forces against Rohingya Muslims began in early June.

Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas as Myanmarese citizens and classifies them as illegal migrants, although the Rohingyas have resided in the country for centuries.

TOP TEN RAKHINE WAR CRIMINALS BEHIND THE RECENT ROHINGYA MASSACRE: IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS FOR WAR CRIMES TRIAL

By Dr. Abid Bahar,

Crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed in Arakan of Burma. Many international observers of Arakan are asking: What made Arakanese Rakhine population to unitedly fight against their Rohingya neighbors to its ongoing ethnic cleansing? Research shows it is their dream of establishing a Rakhine kingdom that was destroyed by Burmese king in 1784. It is the Rakhine war criminal's sense of their ethnic identity over humanity that turns them into acting like monsters. It seems like the story of the former Yugoslavia revisits in Arakan again. After all we are all human beings with the darker side of our brain capable of causing death and destruction to our fellow beings. The Reakhine leadership sees Rohingyas in their dehumanized existence sees the Rohingyas as the intruders into Arakan and as the most dreadful enemy in their dream for an eventual independent Rakhine state.


The armed Arakan Liberation Party members run its operation from Bandorbon of Bangladesh


Historically speaking, Rakhine leadership is good at bluffing and alliance building. During the medieval period they through forming alliance with the Portuguese built a strong force in the Bay of Bengal, causing great distress to the Bengali people. It continued to be a menace for over two centuries. Indeed, historian Alamgir Serajuddin expresses rather bluntly the reasons behind the Arakan problem by saying, "The Arakanese [Rakhines] were a daring and turbulent people, a terror at once to themselves and to their neighbours. They fought among themselves and changed masters at will. Peace at home under a strong ruler signaled danger for neighbors." In our contemporary period, the alliance has been built with the Buma having the excuse of their common Buddhist faith. The Rakhine leader Aye Kyaw even could successfully convinced the dictator Ne Win to constitutionally declare the Rohingya as the non citizens of Burma.

From 1962 till today there are approximately 60 thousand Rohingya death and over a million Rohingya exterminated from their homeland Arakan. The atrocities still continues.The world can not sit watching a bunch of Rakhine war criminals killing, raping women and razing Rohingya houses to the ground. Here we are identifying the war criminals: These criminals acts like turtle heads hide under the Burmese Buma shell. Well, now that we know their names, they can run but can't hide. They have to face justice for their crimes. For now is the time to take them out from their safe hiding places. In the following we have identified top ten war criminals and their organizations.


RNDP and its sister organization "Wan-thar-nu-rakita" Rakhine Patriotic association (a seperatist group), Arakan liberation army, Arakan women's organization and Rakhine exiled groups in Bangladesh are the leading organizations responsible for the war crimes in Arakan,


THE WAR CRIMINALS IN THE POLITICAL FRONT

1. Aye Maung, master mind behind the Rohingya genocide is the Chairman of the RNDP.
"Dr. Aye Maung, a Bangladeshi by birth is member of parliament and chairman of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) because in his interview with Venus News Journal on June 14, 2012, he said, "The Rakhine state should be established in the way Israel was initially established."

"RNDP was formed comprising with the people of mass and class Rakhine fanatic, terrorists, religious faked monks, student union, women's association, Rakhine cultural association, merchants, Karate youth club, and high level intellectuals who are working in government offices and harboring networks with those outsiders (local and international) who have involved full time activities under the direction of RNDP in this carnage trick.

"The party's master-plan, it secretly organized Bengal Rakhine fanatics via RNDP's network from Bangladesh, where nearly a million Bangladeshi Rakhine indigenous resides in accord U Aye Maung, the Rakhine RNDP party lets the Rohingyas villages and people from each township destroyed, burned, torched, killed and driven away from their original places for unknown, mysterious destination as internally displaced persons by Rakhine fanatic brought Bangladesh with a combined help of local Rakhine hooligans who are mostly Ra-Ma-La, ex-Rakhine liberation forces."

2. RNDP's Secretary General, U-Oo-Hla-Saw.jpg


3. KO KO GYI, the big mouth anti Rohingya provocateur and his gang


4. U Hla Maung Tin rule the Rakhine state as the style of "mobo-cracy

"The entire Rakhine State administration was put into the hand of the mob, which included –Rakhine fanatic, armed terrorists, rude people, disguised yellow ribbon monks, secret police, merchant, karate association, so called educated man and women and so called intellectual academic, journalists, reporters and so on — by U Hla Maung Tin to rule Rakhine state as the style of "mobo-cracy" at this situation and which Nay-Pyay-Daw government is wait and see position.

"RNDP's sister organization called "Wan-thar-nu-rakita" Rakhine Patriotic association of Taung-goup has lynched 10 Muslims religious pilgrims on 28 May, 2012—then posing a great threat to all over the Rakhine state to date. Though these people were lynched by three hundred people in front of the police, none of the perpetrators of the Ten Pilgrim has yet been arrested while it was widely known via Myanmar state owned media that some 300 or so armed Rakhine terrorist attacked them in front of police & security forces.

5. Rakhine state Hluttaw which is run by U Hla Maung Tin. Most policemen along the Rakhine state are involved. Most district and township administrative officers and staffers are also involved.

6. Saw Mra Zar Lin is the chairperson of the Rakhine Women Union (RWU) based in Bangladesh as well as a central committee member of Arakan Liberation Party(ALP).

Saw-Mra-Raza-Lin

WAR CRIMINALS IN THE INTELLECTUAL FRONT
7. Aye Chan, whose father was a Bangladeshi Buddhist coauthored a book identifying the Rohingyas as "Influx Virus"recommended that they ne required to be exterminated.
"In recent months, there have been an increasing number of anti-Rohingya activities, including seminars in Rangoon and Arakan state organized by the RNDP and anti-Rohingya demonstrations," Tun Khin, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK, recently said in the British parliament.

IN THE RELIGIOUS FRONT: DHAMMA TALK AND PREMEDITATED KILLING
8. Ashin Nayaka and "many Rakhine monks who engage in community riots asking for expulsion of national people and always instigating communal rampage rather than propagation of Buddhism in a monastery."

"In recent days, monks have emerged in a leading role to enforce denial of humanitarian assistance to Muslims, in support of policy statements by politicians," said Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan project, a regional NGO. "A member of a humanitarian agency in Sittwe told me that some monks were posted near Muslim displacement camps, checking on and turning away people they suspected would visit for assistance."
The Young Monks' Association of Sittwe and Mrauk Oo Monks' Association have both released statements in recent days urging locals not to associate with the group.

IN THE LAW AND ORDER FRONT:
9. NaSaKa Chief Commander- Aung Gyi

10. Rakhine state Attorney General Hla Thein
Khaing-Soe-Naing-Aung of the Arakan Liberation party

11.The Rohingya killer Hmuu Zaw, of the security forces

The Burmese "regime imposed many restrictions on Rohingya marriage, travel, religious freedom, forced labor, etc. The Rohingya have been denied citizenship since the 1982 citizenship act was passed when the dictator Ne Win was in power. Two out of three lawmakers at the time of the 1982 citizenship act were Rakhines."

IMMIGRATION ISSUE AND CURFEW ONLY FOR ROHINGYA

The mastermind of the Rohingya massacre Aye Maung of RNDP's "parents only emigrated to Arakan state in 1953-54 from Bangladesh. If citizenship should be verified as he is a non-citizen Bengali-Magh," said Htay Lwin Oo, an activist from the United States. There were many Buddhist settlers in Arakan state after the independence of Burma, but the regime never raised the issue because the agenda is only to drive out the Muslims. The Rakhine people are officially accepted as an ethnic people of Burma and in Bangladesh too, while Rohingyas are denied citizenship in Burma and recognized as refugees in Bangladesh".

Arakan Liberation Party (ALP). It is an armed group of Rakhines works from Bangladesh. "The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), which was founded in 1968, struggling to get back its lost Kingdom, held meetings in Malaysia last year where an attendee asked a question about the struggles and aims of ALP, which wants an independent Arakan state. ALP's struggle is not for federalism but for independence, ALP members told the Bangladesh-based Narinjara news agency. ALP and the Rakhine state government held peace talks early this year, but the two sides have still not reached a cease-fire agreement. A recent RNDP statement said, "The government and Rakhines must combine forces to lay down a security protocol for Rakhine state and the Rakhine people." It seems that the RNDP wants to bring ALP's forces into the region to oversee the Muslims."
Violence continues
Recently, "in Buthidaung Jail 43 dead bodies of Rohingyas were buried in a mass grave near the jail's fencing on the 24th of July. They were tortured jointly by the Rakhine and jail's authorities. There are over 500 Rohingya prisoners arrested from Maung Daw and Buthidaung recently, have been tortured and leaving without food and drink."
Similar concern of "Summary Execution In Buthidaung Prison", was raised by Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand (BRAT) during a memorandum submission at Government House on the same day of Burmese Junta Thein Sein visit on 23 July 2012. The statement said,
"The information received from a prisoner who got released recently on Saturday- 22 July 2012 after completion of two years sentences, confirmed that there are 650 Rohingya detainees in a compound of Buthidaung Jail. 5 Rohingyas are dying daily from inhumane tortures. The dead bodies were packed by gunny and Rakhines carried away by bamboo pole in every early morning. It is very horrible that none of these Rohingyas prisoners can walk well and stand strait. They
sent messages to their families that they could not be able to back alive and the wounds they got were damaged inner parts of organs."www.arakanforward.com

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Rakhine police failed to keep order for the Rohingyas. They became part of the problem. "All Rakhine police should be balanced employing Muslims staff in this department or instead of Rakhine police in Rakhine state, other ethnic policemen should be replaced who would not be biased in the protection and the rule of law in the future.

"In an attempt to control further violence spreading to others, president Thein Seing has issued an emergency order (144) on June 10,2012– benefiting the issue for Rakhine terrorists to arson, killed, torched and threat even in day light on Rohingyas people — in the other hand, the Rakhine state government's tools such as police and security forces displacing, oppressing, harassing and stopping the food and foodstuff into the Muslim community and freely people' movement within blocks in Sittwe — reasoning insecurity of Rakhine people while letting Rakhine freely establishing livelihood for their cheerful survival and starving scheme for Rohingya Muslims in one hand — what a double standard dealing and the gratitude of the issuance of (144) by the president who has even been praised for Nobel peace prize in international arena for a additional promotion of carnage—exactly happened after returning back from the United Nations Assembly meeting.

"Rakhine state affairs should be handled by the Union directly because these Rakhine fanatics do not deserve to rule the state, if the affairs put in the hand of Rakhine people, the entire state's integrity would be tarnished in the sight of the international community again and again, only because of Rakhine people, the fate of the union should not be stained over and over. All Rakhine police should be balanced employing Muslims staff in this department or instead of Rakhine police in Rakhine state, other ethnic policemen should be replaced who would not be biased in the protection and the rule of law in the future."

It is unfortunate that neither Burma, nor Bangladesh understand the long term ambition of these war criminals. To stop the Rakhine province to secede from Burma, Rakhine leadership is right that it is only Rohingyas that can help Burma stay together. It is important to know that Rakhines are only 5% of Burmese population but are 30% in the Burmese army. If they go to jungle, it will be a major challenge for Burma. Also for Bangladesh, research shows, the rebellion in Chittagong Hill Tracts has been instigated largely by the Rakhine separatists. Some innocent looking Rakhine monks were found to carry weapons in Bangladesh. For its internal security it would be good for Bangladesh to monitor these war criminals and their movemets within Bangladesh.For the Rohingyas, if the international community ignores the Rohingya killing by the Rakhine leaders, they and the international community must have the right to arrest them and send them to the ICC and stop their criminal bugging in that part of the world. Surely, if timely actions are not taken, there is a price to pay by both Burma and Bangladesh for silence!

REFERENCES:
Burma killings shocking video: Must See and Share !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_cKhxPzVjE&feature=related)
Rohingya Massacre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2XED9cs7Z8&feature=related
Bangladesh PM says Bangladesh cannot help Rohingya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IF_wu4dxUk&feature=relmfu

Sunday, 28 October 2012

(Myanmar Observer Group) Situation in Rakhine State: Over 40,000 displaced in the violence that occurred due to questionable security and rule of law

by NDPHR(exile),

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Attacks Continue in Pauktaw town and update news of survivor boat people

By NDPHR(exile),

There are one side mass attacks of onslaught and torching houses have been going on in all over Arakan state but the government just eloquently responding to international.
 

From the beginning of violence, the government authorities did not install Law and Order for Rakhine people therefore the Rakhine people plus monks are openly and vigilantly terrorizing against the Arakanese muslims. UN has yet to learn a new chapter about  the regime government that had quietened the 65 millions people in the past five decades pretends to be uncontrollable and directly contributing the attacks in materialization of the burmanization and buddization in the support of Rakhine people' desires of extermination of the Rohingya in regard to install its own independent state. So, all Arakanse muslims have been targeted for their agendas and facing the worst genocidal attacks in the history. Sadly, it is very regrettable that the world mechanism body UN has not yet paved a workable solution to end the crises, as well as, it has forwarded such matters of ethnic cleansing onto the terror government.

Beside, we are also surprised with many reports still express as 'clashes' and do not clearly state about 'who attack whom in whose villages'.


Pauktaw town

28 Oct, 18:00: Rakhines plus monks attack the Rohingya village
Shikka Rwa (Sandawma @Sandawshin side), Pauktaw town. The Rakhines 2,000 came around 17:00 once but drove away by the villagers but soon they back with monks and attack with guns, arrows and torching the houses by using fire-throwers. Detail is not yet escalated because the houses are still burning and the blazes can be seen from Sittwe port.
The Rakhine people tried to attack this village from the evening of 26 Oct but the government authority didn't take any action.


Sittwe town update news of survivor boat people
Yesterday evening on 27 Oct, about 53 boats total landed in Ongdaw (Bariza fara @ Coconut filed) mostly from Kyaukpyu town since 25 Oct, were freed to refuge in Sittwe refugee camps after negotiation was approached by the aid staffs of UN and Turkey. However, the rest 12 boats load of about 2,000 displaced Rohingyas landed on the shore of Taechaung from Ward-3 and Ward-4 of Pauktaw town from 23 Oct, are still surrounded by the Nasaka forces and facing starvation and various abuses.

These survivor boatpeople who have been now freed into refugee camps say that the Nasaka forces extorted and looted cash what they had about 30 Lakhs from Kyaukpyu people and about 20 Lakhs from Pauktaw people, and looted their jeweleries in exchange to allow to land and refuge in Sittwe refugee camps. Some of them were also beaten up for saying about 'Rakhines burnt down their houses'.




The number of total boats landed in Maungdaw town is 20 boats and all of them were brought separately into the land by yesterday but about where they would be relocate is unknown yet.


Myanmar’s president admits deadly attacks on Rohingya Muslims

Source Presstv,

Myanmar's President Thein Sein has admitted that an extraordinary wave of ethnic and sectarian violence has targeted Rohingya Muslims in the west of the Southeast Asian country.
Policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar. (File photo)
Policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar. (File photo)Myanmar's President Thein Sein (R) answers a question from a journalist during a press conference at the presidential residence in Naypyidaw on October 21, 2012.
Policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar. (File photo)



"There have been incidents of whole villages and parts of the towns being burnt down in Rakhine state," Thein Sein's spokesman said on Saturday.

"If necessary, we will send more police and military troops in order to get back stability," presidential spokesman Zaw Htay added.

Earlier on Saturday, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued separate statements, calling for Myanmar to take action to protect Rohingya Muslim population.

Human Rights Watch issued satellite pictures showing extensive destruction in a predominantly Rohingya area n Myanmar's coastal town of Kyauk Pyu. It said the victims were mostly Rohingya Muslims, who were targeted by non-Muslims.

The New York-based international organization stated that the area of destruction measures 35 acres, and includes 633 buildings and 178 houseboats as well as floating barges.

Earlier in the day, the office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement, saying, "The vigilante attacks, targeted threats, and extremist rhetoric must be stopped."

Sectarian violence re-emerged between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims on October 21 and continued all week in at least five townships of Minbya, Mrak-U, Myebon, Rathedaung, and Kyauk Pyu.

Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said on Friday that 112 people had been killed in the latest clashes between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities. He said 72 people were reported injured, including 10 children.

The Myanmar government says more than 2,800 houses were burned down in the violence.

Communal violence and related abuses by state security forces against Rohingya Muslims began in early June.

Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas as Myanmarese citizens and classifies them as illegal migrants, although the Rohingyas have resided in the country for centuries.



Myanmar Refugees: Babies are Dying Aboard Boats that Can't Come Ashore

Source Salam news, 27 Oct

It doesn't have to be this way... people in this world are calling for justice.

Rohingya refugee
Despair underscores the entire Rohingya refugee movement.

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - In spite of fragmented efforts by the Burmese government to quell violence stemming from religious unrest, a long, systematic series of attacks from the Rakhine Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims continue, as these 'stateless people' recoil under the most brutal conditions.

Those who remain in their villages are being raped and murdered; the favored weapon of the Buddhist mobs certainly is fire.

However as we have shown in different photos over the last several weeks, they absolutely pack machetes and other types of swords and other weapons.

In the mix of Rohingya attackers are, intermittently, police and military forces who carry various types of guns. They are accused of widespread rape and murder.

While Buddhists have been killed; some while participating in mob activities and others by government forces who opened fire on crowds of angry demonstrators this week, nearly all of the victims of mob violence have been Muslim.

Experts say the Rakhines' efforts to eliminate this ethnic group are in this case, not not just ethnic cleansing, but Genocide - Bosnia style.

Within the international criminal courts, this is a much larger allegation with much harsher sentences for those who are convicted.

With tens of thousands of Rohingya creating a Diaspora of refugees, many have taken to boats and as we reported yesterday, neither Bangladesh or Burma / Myanmar will allow them to reach land and if they do ultimately go to Burma, military forces await them along with a terrible fate.

The U.S. media needs to begin covering this action and not leave it all to the Asian and European agencies that are carrying many reports that never see the light of day in the United States. Efforts to reach the mainstream population need to be accelerated.

As I cite in nearly all of these reports, the international community is moving very slowly in their effort to assist these refugees. They are in boats without supplies andthey are dying, the babies are dying, and no agencies are able to help.

Recent funds allotted for the Rohingya, it was reported in an interview this week by Human Rights Physician Nora Rawley, is not reaching the Rohingya people at all. It is all being intercepted by other interests in this Buddhist majority country.

The Rohingya had their status as legal residents removed in the 1980's by a murderous military junta, when it was considered a pariah state.

The U.S. government recently lifted sanctions against Myanmar's president without requiring the country to recognize the existence of its own citizens.

The Rohingya incidentally, are only one Muslim group in Burma, however all Muslims are under potential attack in recent weeks.

According to my best contact in Sittwe, Burma, one village after another continues to go up in smoke.

    "Now, 10,000 people in Pauktaw, and nearly 4000 in Mre Bun have being blocked and are starving for 4 days."

As the photos attest, the degree of misery is off the charts and it is taking place while U.S. media concentrates on a political election.

Caption goes here

Regarding the victims doomed to possibly live out their last days in sight of land that they are restricted from landing on, my contact stated:

    "Some them had already died, 2 boats of people were taken by military to Maungdaw but they didn't land Maungdaw, people believed that military killed them."

Nurul Islam, a human rights activist and writer in Bangladesh, reports about the Rohingya crisis frequently for Salem-News.com.

Nurul wrote today:

    The floating boats loaded with Rohingyas landed at Sittwe (Akyab). But some boats are still floating near Bangladesh.
    One of the most reliable sources informed over the telephone that eventually, the Burmese authority allowed the floating boats loaded with displaced Rohingyas at Sittwe. But the figure of displaced Rohingyas landed at Akyab is unknown. News still coming. Some floating boats loaded with Rohingyas are still floating near Bangladesh and awaiting to land at Shapar Dwip, Teknaf (or) Maungdaw.

It has become abundantly clear that the president of this rogue nation in the U.S. trade spotlight, which has minerals used in the creation of 'dirty' warfare, has no control over the forces he commands.

My friend says nearly 400 victims are on hunger strike because they were forced by NaSAka (Burma's border security force) to follow them go Maungdaw.

Everything taking place with regard to the plight of the Rohingya population is unethical at best. In reality what is taking place is a series of mass murders.

The president of this trouble ridden and corrupt nation needs to stand up for the welfare of his own people regardless of their religion and so far he is barely doing this.

War crimes and crimes against humanity are being carried out every day and all of these murderous acts are direct violations of international law under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

These are just some of the latest images to arrive in our newsroom today, please make this tragedy known; talk about it at work and call your local TV stations and newspapers and ask why they aren't doing something to educate people before it is too late.

I am listing the stories I have written on this ethnic cleansing period in Burma that began in July. You can use our 'Myanmar' or 'Burma' tag below to take you to hundreds of stories beyond those I have personally written. Salem-News.com has become a virtual magnet for the advocates and reporters who are also following this story, most of whom are in Europe and Asia, which is why your help is needed.

Government forces opened fire on mobs of Buddhist protestors within the last 24-hours, killing several. This has to stop immediately and should have never happened.

This, following a systematic genocide of Rohingya homes and villages and unforgivable mob violence and murder. People are being tortured to death as we have reported, and this is all happening at the hands of the Myanmar government.

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Oct-26-2012: Burmese Boat People Flee Genocide Increasingly Compared to Bosnia

Oct-24-2012: Torture and Murder Ignored: Burma Falls Toward Ghastly Depravity Extremely Graphic Photos

Oct-19-2012: U.S. Media Mostly Silent as Buddhist on Muslim Violence in Myanmar Spirals Out of Control

Oct-18-2012: British Document from 1826 Establishes that Muslims are Longtime Inhabitants of Burma

Oct-16-2012: U.S. Media and Press Are Guilty of Murder

Oct-15-2012: Tortured to Death in Burma - Extremely Graphic!

Oct-05-2012: U.S. Ignores Burma's Ethnic Cleansing, Now Bangladesh Sees Retaliation

Sep-20-2012: U.S. Directly Encourages Destruction of Muslim Culture in Burma

Sep-20-2012: Ethnic Cleansing Nightmare: Buddhist Bloodstains on Burma's Barren Soul

Aug-11-2012: Corporate Profits and Dead Muslims: Burma's Sticky Trail of Money and Blood

Jul-20-2012: Why Are Buddhists Committing Genocide Again?


 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Australian RISE: Urgent Call for International Intervention-Rohingyas death toll 10 000

 Source RISE,
A number of members from the refugee community in Australia consist of Rohingya Burmese and this group of refugees has been reported by UNHCR to be one of the most oppressed communities in the world. 

With the refugee issue being a global issue, RISE (Refugees, Survivors, Ex-detainees) believes that it is important that the push factors that cause people to be forced to flee from their homes and seek refuge in other countries be addressed in a just, transparent and humane way.  RISE is therefore extremely concerned by an alert we have received from the Rohingya community in Australia about serious incidents of State Sponsored ethnic cleansing and genocidal attacks in Myanmar, in the state of Arkan.  The community has informed us that the death toll of Rohingyan now exceeds 10,000 from Sittwe township alone and a few thousands covering the Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Kyauktaw townships. Most of them were shot dead, brutally beaten to death, burnt alive, with killings in the thousands; the rest of them have been taken away by security forces into hidden areas.

By around September 2012, 16,000 Rohingya houses from 67 villages and at least 55 mosques from seven different towns of Sittwe, Maungdaw, Rathedaung, Kyauktaw, Rambre, Myebon and Pauktaw townships were burnt down and more than 100,000 Rohingyas are displaced and facing direct harassment in these regions. 

Additionally, at least 7 people a day are dying from starvation-most of them are children and elderly people.

Since October 21 2012 the attackings have sharply resumed with another 1000 people killed, 6000 plus more than a dozen mosques burnt down in 22 villages a cross 6 different towns-Minbya, Mrauk U, Kyaukpyu, Myebon and Pauktaw, Kyauktaw towns..

The involvment of the Burmese government in the genocide of the Rohingya is evidenced by the following:

1) Imposing Curfew and Order on only Rohingya while Rakhine people are freely allowed to carry out killing of Rohingyas,
2) Permitting Security forces to shoot Rohingyas,
3) Seizing lands of Rohingyas which were burnt down and disposing them into concentration camps.
4) Blocking foods and compelling them to die from starvation, and
5) Rejecting their rights and pushing them to relocate to a third country.

Please contact the Australian Minister of Foreign affairs and relevant bodies and ask the International community to Intervene.
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Attacks in Kyauktaw town and Displaced survivor boatpeople crisis

By NDPHR(exile),


The Rakhines are attacking village to village all over Arakan and the government authorities are again arresting and starving the displace survivor refugees so how the government is sincere to solve the crises. The differences are that in the past five decades during military government, its authorities directly cleansed the Rohingyas but now the government authorized its Rakhine people to materialize similar pogrom.
photo- [boatpeople of Kyaukpyu landed in Sittwe beach]

Displaced survivor boatpeople crises: total boats landed are counted as below;
1) 3 boats and 40 canoes load of about 700 Rohingyas of Pauktaw town have been stopped by Navy forces on the arrival of the mount of Sittwe Point from yesterday dark evening.

2) Ko Ko Lin email confirmed that 3 more boat floating near Shamapura Island of Bangladesh today after-noon. But the Bangladeshi border security forces blocked them from landing on their soil.


3) 12 boats load of about 2,000 displaced Rohingyas landed on the shore of Taechaung from Ward-3 and Ward-4 of Pauktaw town after their villages were burnt down on 23 Oct, are also still floating and the Nasaka authority doesn't allow them to land.

4)13 out of 17 boats arrived
from Kyaukpyu town on 25 Oct are still surrounded on the shore of Ongdaw (Bariza fara @ Coconut filed) of Sittwe town.

All of them been have been starved for days and many of them are bared but none of them received foods, waters and clothes. The Nasaka authority opened fires to the Rohingya villagers from Sittwe who approach to hand foods and clothes.


Kyauktaw town

27 Oct: Marsh Fara village near the Taung Bwe village was attacked from yesterday evening around 15:30pm. 50 out of about 150 houses and 2 Rohingya killed by Rakhines in the attacks. Newly deployed military forces have been somehow prevent the attacks. But the Rakhines said they will resume the attacks by midnight until the Rohingya villagers leave from the village.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Update: Burning and Attacking Continue in Southern Arakan

By  NDPHR(exile),

Half of Arakanese Rohingya, Kaman and Rakhine muslims about 15,000 people escaped by boats
from Southern Arakan towns are still missing and where about they are still unknown. 
The rest made to Sittwe beach are surrounded on the shore from 24 Oct and even some Rohingya villagers from Sittwe managed to deliver foods and clothes have been threatened by Nasaka forces through several warning shots.. Those reached near Kyaukpando of Maungdaw Town South are not allowed to land despite the NGO staffs rushed to the scene according to information received by ARU.
This kind of additional harsh orders intend to death from starvation is instructed by the Rakhine state chief minister, a Rakhine U Hla Maung Tin.

Pauktaw town

26th Oct: From 9:30am, the four Rohingya villages of Nga Chaung, Dong Rwa, Zawgyi and Thaung Rwa have been attacks by thousands of Rakhines. The sources say the houses are still burning. Detail is not yet escalated. Moreover, the Rohingya houses in Shikka Rwa (Mayukul) is also surrounded by Rakhines from the evening about 20:00pm.

Midnight 12:30am, the following 4 Rohingya villages were burnt down;
1) Shuli Pyin    177 houses with 1050 people,
2) Kyan Pyin    120 houses with 800 people,
3) Tae Ywa    135 houses with  890 people, and
4) Kyani Pyin    320 houses 2256 people.

On 25 Oct, Nasaka authority told the villagers frankly that they could not protect them from Rakhine's attacks therefore acting 7 Rohingya leaders from Lambadiya, Sarmyiettaung, Zawgyi, Ngachaung, Dong Rwa villages were went to find boats for their villagers. On the arrival of the shore of Rakhine village Zaycho Rwa, Rakhine gang opened fires them. 2 acting Rohingya leaders identified as Mala Ahmed-34 s/o Musta Ahmed and Ko Hla Maung-30 s/o Khawbiramed were captured by the gang and the rest 5 persons escaped. The two victims' relatives confirmed they been killed by the gang.


Sittwe town

More than ten thousands of displaced muslims arrived by 17 different boats from Kyaukpyu town from 25 Oct are still surrounded on the shore of Ongdaw (Bariza fara @ Coconut filed) and the authority does not allow them to get shelter at refugee camps or Rohingya villages under the instruction of Rakhine state chief minister U Hla Maung Tin after a request came from Kyaukpyu town police chief. However, 4 boats loads of Rohingyas have been entered into before the authority's interception.
Another 12 boats load of about 2,000 displaced Rohingyas landed
on the shore of Taechaung from Ward-3 and Ward-4 of Pauktaw town after their villages were burnt down on 23 Oct, are also still floating and the Nasaka authority doesn't allow them to came down from the boats.

None of these displaced boat-people are provided food or waters by authority and even some Rohingya villagers from Sittwe managed to deliver foods and clothes have been threatened by warning shots.


Kyaukpyu town

Some hundreds of displaced muslims lifted to poliie station from 24 Oct morning are still laid on the ground within police station premise and no food or water has been provided yet. As well as, police authority threatening them to say those houses burnt down were by their own.
A Kaman muslim, Dr Maung Ni was chased by police after interviewed with VOA quoting about he is going to get the boat. His villagers doubt on VOA reporter because the police chasing him was very soon after his conversation with VOA reporter.

The displaced survivors who arrived in Sittwe town also confirmed that the Rakhine gangs attacked the two other boats loads of about 200 Rohingyas which were pulling by another boat after the engines broke down during they departing from Kyaukpyu town. The boat that pulled the two other had also loaded about hundred Rohingyas therefore they left the two boats behind. The boats were sank by gun shots and the people on board swam towards the shore. How many killed, drowned and survived are unknown.


Myebon town
25 Oct: The Rakhine gangs surrounded and attacked the hill where displaced muslims are hiding after their villages were burnt down from
the evening 20:00pm of 23 Oct. Eventually, the gangs set fire the hill so what happen to them is unknown. Authority did not prevent Rakhine people torching and attacking  the houses even setting fire the hill.
This information was firstly received by ARU and confirmed again by our sources.


Kyauktaw town
The military forces who are other ethnic people have been removed from Taungbwe (Mura Fara) village as a result of the forces protected Rohingya villagers during the attacks occurred at 15:00pm of 25 Oct and shot dead 15 armed Rakhine terrorists.


Rambre town
From the morning of 25 Oct, the military forces who are non-Buddhists newly took control of the village Kyuaknimaw. The remaining villagers decided not to escape anymore and better to die in the village because the Rakhine gangs are await on the shore and followed behind the escapees.

360 dead and destroy 3500 homes in renewed clashes in Arakan State

Source Kaladan Press, 25 Oct

Akyab, Arakan State:
More than 360 people have been killed and more than 3500 homes destroyed in the renewed clashed – Rohingyas and Rakhines- in Arakan State on October 21, according to a lawyer from Akyab.

"We are receiving information day by day increasing death numbers and burning homes from the ground, but, the Arakan State government saying only 56 people dead and only 2000 homes burned down."

"More than 200 Rohingya dead bodies were mass buried in a long burrow in Maruk –U as the community is not able to make separately to bury. The Rakhines tried to kill them at time with the help of security force."

Today, evening at about 15:00pm, Rakhines set on fire the Taungbwe (Mura Fara) village of Kyauktaw where 80 Rohingyas' homes burned down and 2 Rohingya killed, according to sources from Kyauktaw.

"The Military on security in the town seized 12 arms from Rakhine terrorists who attacked the Rohingya village, but, no action against the Rakhine."

The sources also confirmed that early morning, additional 8 boats load of thousands of Rakhine people came from other towns through Kaladan River were chased by military before docking to the shore. The military seized arms, knives, arrows and fuels from 4 boats but freed the people.

"These Rakhine people have been sheltered at the Buddhist monastery of Taung Pauk village."

More than 50 boats with full load of Rohingyas from Kyaukpru and Minbya had left their homes villages to save their lives yesterday. The boats conditions are not known, but unconfirmed information stated that some boats held by Burma Navy of Akyab.

Bangladesh mobilized extra patrols along its river border with Burma today after getting information about  tens of boats carrying Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing the clashes from Arakan State – Minbya and Kyaukpru.

"We've stepped up watchfulness to make sure they can't enter our territory," Border Guard Bangladesh commander Colonel Zahid Hasan.

Security forces opened fire in a Rohingya living area in Rathedaung- a town situated northwest of Akyab- and about 10 houses were burned, according to locals, published by Reuter on October 25, 2012.

The United Nations has called for calm in response to the new violence today.

"The U.N. is gravely concerned about reports of a resurgence of inter-communal conflict in several areas in Rakhine State – which has resulted in deaths and has forced thousands of people, including women and children, to flee their homes," Ashok Nigam, U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burma, said in a statement.

"UN was appealing for immediate and unconditional access to all communities in accordance with humanitarian principles."

The statement said large numbers of people fleeing the new violence were headed for already overcrowded refugee camps currently housing about 75,000 people previously made homeless.

"Short term humanitarian support and action towards long term solutions are urgently required to address the root causes of the conflict," said the statement.

The unrest is some of the worst reported in the region since June.

Tensions still simmer in part as the government has failed to find any long-term solution to the crisis other than segregating the two communities in some areas