Monday, 31 March 2014

Turkey Supports IOM Aid to Rohingya Migrants Detained in Southern Thailand

Source Reliefweb, 28 MArch
 

Thailand - IOM will to continue to help Rohingya migrants detained in southern Thailand over the next three months, following a new contribution of over USD 51,000 from the Government of Turkey.

The majority of Rohingya migrants in Thailand were detained en route from Myanmar's North Rakhine state to Malaysia, where they hoped to find work.

Since May 2013, IOM and the Royal Thai Government have provided humanitarian support – health assistance, supplementary nutrition and hygiene items – in immigration detention centres and family shelters.

The number of Rohingya in the custody of the Thai authorities, assisted by IOM, reached a peak of over 2,000 a year ago, before declining by year end.

Following recent police raids on areas where people-smuggling takes place in the south of the country, a further 900 men, women and children are now being assisted by IOM and its partners, while the Thai government continues to explore viable solutions for them while they are under its care. The total now being assisted is just under 1,000.

"Our involvement is to improve the mental and physical health of migrants in detention centres and shelters and we are grateful to the Turkish government for this new support," said Jeff Labovitz, IOM's Chief of Mission in Thailand.

"As has been the case up to now, we will supply health assistance, supplementary nutrition, cleaning materials, and hygiene items to the affected groups, and ensure the care that these vulnerable migrants get is in accordance with international norms."

For more information please contact

Jeff Labovitz IOM Bangkok Email: jlabovitz@iom.int

Friday, 28 March 2014

Buddhist mobs attack aid workers' homes in Myanmar

Source omaha, 27 March

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Buddhist-led mobs tore through streets hurling stones at the offices and residences of international aid workers in Myanmar's western Rakhine state Thursday, prompting the evacuation of almost all non-essential staff, residents and officials said. Some were flown out, others placed under protection at a police guest house.

There were no immediate indications anyone was hurt in the violence, which started in the state capital, Sittwe, late Wednesday and picked up again early Thursday, with angry crowds swelling in size from several hundred to more than 1,000.

At least one building was looted and three cars damaged, aid workers said on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation.

State-run television said a commission would be formed to investigate the incident.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, emerged from a half-century of military rule in 2011. But newfound freedoms of expression that accompanied its transition to democracy have given voice to religious hatred, causing violence that has left up to 280 people dead and sent another 140,000 fleeing their homes.

Most of the victims have been members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

Aid groups that have been providing care for those now living in crowded camps — where they have little access to food, education or health care — have for months faced threats and intimidation by Buddhist Rakhine, hampering their ability to work.

Last month, the government stopped the Nobel Peace Prize-winning aid group, Doctors Without Borders, from working in the state altogether, in part because it had hired Rohingya.

Tensions in Rakhine have reached fever pitch ahead of next month's national census — the first in 30 years. Many Buddhists say members of the religious minority should not be allowed to identify themselves as Rohingya — while not listed among the 135 ethnicities, there is an "other" category where respondents could write it in — over fears it could legitimize their existence in the country.

Though many of their families arrived generations ago, they have been denied citizenship by law.

As part of the anti-Rohingya campaign, Buddhist flags have been place in front of almost every house and office in Sittwe in recent days.

Up to 300 people surrounded Malteser International late Wednesday following reports that a woman had removed the flag from the group's office, Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said, adding that police had to fire 40 to 50 warning shots to disperse the crowd.

The organization could not immediately be reached for comment, but residents said the woman who took down the flag was seen holding it near her waist, a sign of disrespect.

The violence continued Thursday, with more than 1,000 people running through a street that houses international aid workers, throwing rocks at homes and damaging several of the residences.

"If police stopped them at one place, the mob moved to a different location and threw stones at (nongovernmental organization) houses," Sittwe resident Aung Than said by phone.

Police escorted aid workers from their homes for safety reasons Thursday, he said.

Dozens were taken to a guest house.

Other aid groups said they were evacuating all local and foreign non-essential staff from Sittwe, some on regularly scheduled flights, others on charters. Nearly a dozen arrived in Myanmar's main city of Yangon on Thursday afternoon, some carrying blue "Save the Children" bags.

Among those shepherded to safety Thursday were three Americans.

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon said it was deeply concerned by the mob violence and the inability of security forces to stop its spread.

"Unhindered and regular humanitarian access to communities in need, and the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers to ensure the effective delivery of these services, are core international principles," it reminded the government in a statement.

Local Rakhine residents have been angry with international non-governmental staff since communal violence first erupted in mid-2012, accusing them of being biased in favor of the Muslim community. There have been several peaceful protests in the past, but this is the first time property of the international aid organizations has been so directly targeted.

Authorities were driving around the city announcing the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew through loudspeakers, said Tun Tha, a Sittwe resident, adding that soldiers and police were being stationed near the offices of the United Nations and international aid groups.

A statement by the U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Myanmar, Toily Kurbanov, urged the government to protect aid workers and warned that "any reduction of humanitarian presence could negatively affect the protection of vulnerable people."

He called on authorities to make sure those responsible would be held accountable.

Almost all of Myanmar's 1.3 million Rohingya live in Rakhine. Some descend from families that have been here for generations. Others arrived more recently from neighboring Bangladesh. All have been denied citizenship, rendering them stateless. For decades, they have been unable to travel freely, practice their religion, or work as teachers or doctors. They need special approval to marry and are the only people in the country barred from having more than two children.

 
 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Another Set Ablaze Rohingya Shops in Dudan, Northern Maungdaw

Source Burmatimesnet, 26 March
Rohingya Shops in Dudan, Northern Maungdaw, Set Ablaze

Burma Times – Northern Maungdaw, Arakan- Around 4.15 AM on 26th March 2014, Rohingya shops at the market of village of Dudan (Ludain), northern Maungdaw, were set ablaze apparently by two unidentified 969 Group. It has been reported that seven shops have burnt to ashes to till date. Many other shops have also been partially destroyed.

"Local Rohingyas spotted two stranger Rakhines nearby the market of Ludain just before the curfew time on 25th March 2014 night. And the Rohingya shops caught fire around3AM of the same night (i.e.26th March 2014 morning). There were around 40 shops at the market. Of them, seven shops got burnt to ashes. Many other shops were partially burnt. Some Rohingyas were able to save some shop-stuffs" said a local of the village.

Notorious Police Burned The Genitals Of Five Rohingya

Source RB, March 24
                             

Photo: Notorious Police Burned The Genitals Of Five Rohingya Women    http://bit.ly/1eFrp2w
RB News March 24, 2014

Maungdaw, Arakan – Police from Kyain Chaung police station have burned the genitals of five innocent Rohingya women after being arrested on March 10th and 15th on false allegations.

An innocent Rohingya woman from Sin Thay Pyin hamlet of Longdon village tract was arrested by police on false allegation that she torched houses within the village. More than 100 houses were burnt down to ashes on March 10th. Although Phan Myaung hamlet of Nga Sar Kyu village tract was a distance away and a there is stream that is 100 feet wide between the two hamlets, 72 houses in Phan Myaung hamlet was also burnt down. The fire wasn't accidental but it was systematically torched by Rakhine extremists by using chemicals.

Again, fire started in the same hamlets on March 15th and 15 houses burnt down to ashes. Four innocent Rohingya women were arrested on that day and were brought to Kyain Chaung police station. The police harassed them by various ways. They burnt their genitals with candles. The women were sent to Kyain Chaung hospital on March 16th for the treatment. The doctor of the hospital, Dr. Nu Kaythi Zan blamed the police for inhumanly burning the genitals of the women, according to locals.

On March 17th, the women were sent to the court in Maungdaw for interrogation and later brought back to Kyain Chaung police station. As one woman has a baby who still in need of mother's milk, the police brought the baby to the police station through the village administrator. The villagers from Kyain Chaung provided 3 sets of clothes for the women as they don't have the clothes to change into.

From March 21st, the women were brought to Maungdaw police station and now they are under custody of Maungdaw police, the locals told RB News.

MYRAF contributed in reporting.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Burma: pipeline plans behind Rohingya cleansing?

Source ww4report, 19 March

Burma's persecuted Muslim Rohingya people were in the news again over the weekend with the Thai navy's denial that its forces opened fire on a group of refugees off the country's southwestern coast last month, killing at least two. Survivors said that Thai naval troops fired a boat of around 20 refugees off Thailand's Phang Nga province on Feb. 22, as they jumped into the water to escape custody. "Navy personnel fired into the air three times and told us not to move," a refugee told Human Rights Watch (HRW). "But we were panicking and jumped off the boat, and then they opened fire at us in the water." More than 100,000 Rohingyas have been displaced since ethnic violence broke out in western Burma last year. Burma refuses to recognize the Rohingya as citizens and labels the minority of about 800,000 as "illegal" immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh—which in turn disavows them as nationals.  (BBC News, March 15; Press TV, March 13)
  
The massacres against the Rohingya occurred in June and then again in October last year, leaving thousnads living as displaced persons in camps in the Burmese state of Arakan, with more having fled for Bangladesh, Thailand and elsewhere. After the first massacre in June,Human Rights Watch stated that "Burmese security forces committed killings, rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims after failing to protect both them and Arakan Buddhists." After the second wave of violence in October, Human Rights Watch again stated that "attacks and arson" against Rohingya "were at times carried out with the support of state security forces and local government officials."

Last week the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission warned: "We are extremely concerned about the increase in propaganda against the minority Rohingya in Burma. It suggests that there is a high possibility of a third massacre against the Muslim minority." IHRC chair Massoud Shadjareh said, "There is a hidden genocide taking place in Burma, and we must speak out before even more of the Rohingya are murdered.  The international community need to come together and stop a third wave of violence taking place."

Much of the violence has been in the port of Sittwe, which is to be the starting point for the new Shwe pipeline project due to open later this year. The Shwe pipeline will allow oil from the Persian Gulf states and Africa to be pumped to China, bypassing a slower shipping route through the Strait of Malacca. It will also ship gas from Arakan's offshore fields to southwest China.

Speaking to Oil Change International, Jamila Hanan of UK-based Save the Rohingya said: "We are anticipating a third massacre of the Rohingya on the same scale which took place in Rwanda. We have been informed that this will take place sometime between now and mid-April." Hanan added: "There is a definite link between the oil development and the elimination of the Rohingya. The Rohingya are being cleared out of Sittwe which is being developed as a deep sea port to take oil tankers from the Middle East. There is huge number of economic developments around the port of Sittwe as a result of the new pipeline."

Potentially lucrative oil and gas blocs which have previously been off limits due to sanctions are also at stake in Arakan. Next month, Burma plans to launch a much-anticipated bidding for 30 offshore oil and gas blocs, likely to receive bids from majors such as Chevron, Total and ConocoPhillips. "Our politicians must put their own economic interests aside and act urgently to prevent this imminent human disaster," said Hanan. "Never before has the public been so informed through social media that a massacre was about to happen—our governments must not be allowed to sit back and do nothing." (Oil Change, March 18)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Another Fire In Longdon Village Tract In Maungdaw

Source RB, 19 March

Maungdaw, Arakan – For the third time, a fire has been reported in Longdon village tract in Maungdaw Township of Arakan state. The fire didn't burn many houses but it wasn't accidental. As usual, it was a systematic torching.

The fire started on the roof of a Rohingya house at 10 pm on 19/03/14 in Kyun Gaung hamlet of Longdon village tract in Maungdaw Township. The fire spread to the Madarasa (Islamic School) but the Rohingya villagers managed to extinguish the fire once it did. The house and the Madarasa were damaged by the fire but not completely burnt.

The villagers said that the fire wasn't an accidental one as it started from the roof of the house. They said that extremists are systematically torching the structures.

At 9 pm a group of 5 Rakhine extremists holding swords and patrol gallon cans entered Ridaa hamlet of Aung Sit Pyin village tract in Maungdaw Township to torch the houses but the extremists couldn't implement their plan as the villagers saw them. Although the Rohingya villagers tried to catch them in order to hand them over to the authorities, all five managed to escape from the village.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Rafsanjani Criticizes World Powers for Ignoring Muslims' Rights in Palestine, Myanmar

Source fars, 17 March
Rafsanjani Criticizes World Powers for Ignoring Muslims' Rights in Palestine, Myanmar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lashed out at the world powers for ignoring the rights of the Muslims worldwide.

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"The super powers' green light to Israel and sometimes their weaponry and political assistance to the usurper regime has doubled the oppression against the oppressed people of Palestine," Rafsanjani said in a meeting with a delegation from the international crisis group.

He further pointed to the atrocities made against the Muslims in Myanmar, and said, "Muslims live under much oppression in Myanmar, while international groups do not do anything."

Last week, a report said Israel is planning to demolish more Palestinian homes and water wells in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces invaded the village of Yatma in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus to give eviction orders to three Palestinian families, said Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official in charge of monitoring illegal settlers' activities in the area, on Tuesday.

The Palestinians' privately-owned houses are planned to be demolished soon.

Also a staff from the Israeli civil administration backed by military forces arrived in the village of Kherbat al-Fakhit in the Southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and handed two local residents notices for demolishing their two water wells used for collecting rain water for daily supply, said Ra'ed Jubur, an anti-settlement activist.

According to a report by a Southeast Asia-based human rights organization, Myanmar state and central government officials committed crimes against humanity.

Fortify Rights' report 'Myanmar: Abolish Abusive Restrictions & Practices Against Rohingya Muslims,' published leaked documents that allegedly show the state's involvement in the persecution of the Rohingya minority, Al-Manar reported.

The report highlights human rights violations, including restrictions on freedom of movement, marriage and childbirth.

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Systematic Repression of the Rohingya Minority Continues

Source maungzarni, 13 March

"What can we do, brother? There are too many. We can't kill them all."

He said it matter-of-factly—a former brigadier and diplomat from my native country, Myanmar, about Rohingya Muslims.

We were in the spacious ambassadorial office at Myanmar Embassy in an ASEAN country when this "brotherly" conversation took place. I am familiar with Myanmar's racist nationalist narrative. I have also worked with the country's military intelligence services in pushing for the gradual re-engagement between the West and our country, then an international pariah. Apparently, knowledge of my background made the soldier feel so at ease that he could make such a hateful call in a friendly conversation on official premises in total candor: Islamophobia normalized in the highest ranks of the bureaucracy and military in Myanmar.

He wanted to make sure I understood he had special knowledge of the situation, stressing that he was stationed for years in Rakhine state, the state that borders Bangladesh and is the Rohingya ancestral homeland. The diplomat then went on to tell me that Bangladeshi even use folk songs to encourage people to migrate to Myanmar, mythically envisioned as the land of plenty, and cross the river that divides the two countries' porous borders. He recited one particular stanza:

"There, Buddhist women are beautiful.
Staple rice is plentiful. Land is fertile.
Opportunities are ample. Resources are abundant.
Go ye go to Myanmar."

His point is that these "Bengali," a racist local reference to the Rohingya, are "invaders" in our predominantly Buddhist country, whose virus-like spread must be repelled by any means necessary. It's incredibly important to realize that this conversation is in no way an extreme example in Myanmar. It's not even that shocking that a relatively better-educated graduate of the country's elite military academy would express such genocidal views. This is where generations of young—and largely Buddhist Burmese—men between the ages of 16 and 21 are conditioned to view themselves as Myanmar's future ruling elites. Even more troubling is this: my friend's view is widely held among virtually all Myanmar people from all walks of life—common men on the street, socially influential Buddhist monks, Christian minorities, former dissident leaders (most notably Aung San Suu Kyi), the mainstream intelligentsia, the ruling generals in uniform and ex-generals in silk skirts.

Myanmar's prevailing popular psyche has been molded by decades of fear of Islam manufactured by the state. Even Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi chillingly spoke about "the global rise of Muslim power" in a BBC interview.

As a group, the Rohingyas' ancestral home straddles strategically important western Myanmar, neighboring Bangladesh, and the Bay of Bengal, which opens into the Indian Ocean. The Rohingyas' demographic and ethnic history is not different from the histories of peoples around the world, like Croatians, Serbs or Macedonians, whose ancestral lands have been erased from the political maps of the big powers. Even within Myanmar itself, the ancestral roots of other "borderland" ethnic peoples (such as the Kachin, the Chin and the Karen) are transnational and predate the post-World War II emergence of new modern nation-states.

But uniquely, the Rohingya have been subjected to a government-organized, systematic campaign of mass killing, terror, torture, attempts to prevent births, forced labor, severe restrictions on physical movement, large-scale internal displacement of an estimated 140,000 people, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest, summary execution, land-grabbing and community destruction. Three decades of such policies have produced appalling life conditions for the Rohingya. The doctor-patient ratio is 1:80,000 (the national average is about 1:400), the infant mortality rate is three times the country's average, and 90 percent of Rohingya are deliberately left illiterate in a country with one of the highest adult literacy rates in all of Asia. Consequently, there have been an unknown number of deaths and large scale exoduses over land and sea to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Australia and Canada.

The first Myanmar government-organized campaign against the Rohingya was launched as early as 1978, in the guise of an illegal immigration crack-down. Consequently, an estimated 200,000 Rohingya were forced to relocate to newly independent Bangladesh, where they have been equally unwelcome. Even then the Far Eastern Economic Review termed the plight of the Rohingya "Burma's Apartheid." Nearly four decades on, during his visit to Rangoon, South Africa's Desmond Tutu, a veteran anti-apartheid campaigner in his homeland, used the same word, apartheid, to characterize the Rohingya oppression.

It isn't even as if the Rohingya were never recognized by the central government as a distinct people. Within a decade of independence from Britain in 1948, the government of the Union of Burma officially recognized the group as "Rohingya," the group's collective self-referential historical identity. They were granted full citizenship rights and allowed to take part in numerous acts of citizenship, such as serving in parliament. They were able to broadcast three times a week in their own mother tongue, Rohingya, on Myanmar's then sole national broadcasting service (Burma Broadcasting Service or BBS) and held positions in the country's security forces and other ministries. Rohingya were permitted to form their own communal, professional and student associations bearing the name "Rohingya," and above all, granted a special administrative region for the two large pockets in western Burma made up of 70 percent Rohingya Muslims.

The evidence of Myanmar engaging in a systematic persecution of the Rohingya as a distinct ethnic people supports charges of crimes of genocide against the group. So far, the world's human rights organizations such as the Human Rights Watch, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Irish Centre for Human Rights have fallen short of calling the 35-years of Myanmar's genocidal persecution of the Muslim Rohingya a genocide. They have stuck wth "crimes against humanity" and "ethnic cleansing" as their preferred charges against Myanmar government.

This spring, the University of Washington Law School's academic publication, the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, however, is scheduled to publish a three-year study of Myanmar's atrocities against the group. The article, which I co-authored with a colleague from the London-based Equal Rights Trust's Statelessness and Nationality Project, is entitled "The Slow-Burning Genocide of Myanmar's Rohingya." Our research has persuaded the journal's editors and anonymous peer-reviewers that since 1978, successive Myanmar governments and local Buddhists have been committing four out of five acts of genocide spelled out in the United Nations' Genocide Convention of 1948. Our study finds Myanmar to be guilty of the first four acts, such as "killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group".

Still, misleadingly, international media and foreign governments have characterized the Rohingya persecution as simply "sectarian" or "communal." Not only does this ignore the instrumental role Myanmar's successive governments have played in the death and destruction of the Rohingya, but it also overlooks the fact that the Rohingya have no rights or means by which to defend themselves.

The 1.33 million Rohingya Muslims may be "too many to kill," but that has not stopped the state security forces or the local ultra-nationalist Rakhine from carrying out waves of pogroms against the Rohingya. The state's racist draconian policies make life so unbearable that the Rohingya would rather risk their lives on voyages across the high seas than wait like sitting ducks to be slaughtered in their ghettos or "open-air prisons," as the BBC put it.

In my view, despite growing evidence, the international community has avoided calling this "genocide" because none of the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council have the appetite to forego their commercial and strategic interests in Myanmar to address the slow-burning Rohingya genocide. There's the domestic political factor for those states, too: no world's leader would want his or her photo taken shaking the blood-stained hands of the Burmese generals and ex-generals with an unfolding genocide in their backyard. Indeed Myanmar's genocidal military leaders have re-fashioned themselves 'Free Market reformists', opening up the resource-rich country for commercial engagement. On the persecution of the Rohingya, the outside world has taken at face value Myanmar's narrative of the Rohingya persecution as simply 'communal' or 'sectarian' conflicts between them and the local Buddhist Rakhines who make up 2/3 of the local population of Rakhine state. Human Rights Watch proved prophetic when the authors of its 2009 report "Perilous Plight: Burma's Rohingya Take to the Sea" wrote: "Because they [the Rohingya] have no constituency in the West and come from a strategic backwater, no one wants them [and no one is prepared to help end their decades of persecution] even though the world is well aware of their predicament."
Maung Zarni is a Burmese scholar in exile. He is an expert on the political affairs of Myanmar, and currently Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics. In this article he writes about the oppression of the minority people Rohingya, whom the Burmese government classifies as "immigrants" and thus not eligible for citizenship.
This article was firstly published by The Dissident Blog.
- See more at: http://www.maungzarni.net/2014/03/the-systematic-repression-of-rohingya.html#sthash.SDZzgLsg.dpuf

Monday, 10 March 2014

11 Homes, A Shop And A Mosque Burnt Into Ashes In Duchiradan Middle Hamlet

Source RB, March 9

Maungdaw, Arakan – A fire broke out in Duchiradan middle hamlet on the morning of March 9, 2014 at 10:30am in the middle hamlet in Duchiradan village in the Maungdaw Township of Arakan State. 11 Rohingya houses, a shop and a mosque burnt down into ashes there.

A local told RB News; "Maungdaw district and township administrator came to Duchiradan after the incident. Two Rohingya women from the east hamlet claimed that they saw four police entered into the village by riding two motorbikes and the fire broke out 20 minutes after they got into village. The women were arrested immediately and taken to the Maungdaw police station."

Another local from Duchiradan said; "Only two houses and a mosque were burnt down in the beginning but another fire broke out from northern side after the police forces entered into the village from all sides while we were extinguishing the fire at the first two houses and the mosque. Finally we lost another 9 houses and a shop." He explained RB News how he saw the two houses and a mosque were burning and how the fire popped up from another side of the village as a different group of police entered. Villagers who were fighting the fire were forced to flee from their effort when the police entered. 

The owners of the houses and shop lost in the fire are:

(1) Muzawbawr S/o Issali  

(2) Salimullah S/o Mamed Hussein 

(3) Zawfaw Hussein S/o Issali  

(4) Sawmaid S/o Zawfaw Hussein  

(5) Ameen S/o Musali  

(6) Shabir Ahmed S/o Saleh Ahmed  

(7) Sultan Ahmed S/o Tawzum Ali  

(8) Yaseen S/o Tawzum Ali  

(9) Noor Ameen S/o Kalaya  

(10) Mamed Alam S/o Dawbir 

(11) Noor Ahmed S/o Ruskum Ali  

(12) A Shop of Shukur Ahmed

The police torched the houses in at that time, mostly abandoned Duchiradan's west hamlet on the last week of January 2014 and made false news that the houses were torched by the owners themselves. Often holding witnesses and forcing them to sign papers to clear local authority of any wrongdoing. Placing blame on the owners of the property. 

The two female witnesses who were arrested after talking about the police presence for the fire began were held in similar fashion as the witness in January. Forced to say that the fire was started by the locals. Their names are Daw Lay Doe and Daw Halima. They were released by police after fulfilling this demand. Now the Ministry of Information of Myanmar posted in their news portal and said that the burnt properties in were also torched by the owners themselves.

"As usual it is a joke by Ye Htut, presidential spokesman. Everyone who has good ability in thinking can imagine whether it could be true or not. Ye Htut will never torch his house to get promotion. Ministry of Information is (there) to propagate and they never write anything about their crimes. They are (there) to protect their government. They never circulate any correct information in their life time. Now this type of propaganda is becoming nothing but a big joke for the international community." a Rohingya activist told RB News.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Muslims are Responsible for All Muslims in the World

Source burmatimesnet March 3,
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By Harun Yahya,

As we all know, there is a stirring in the Islamic world in the recent days: Military coups are taking place, there is strife and conflict; in brief, persecution against Muslims is spreading significantly. When we look at world media and review the headlines in newspapers, televisions and social media, everyone is searching for the perpetrators. It is an undeniable truth that the Islamic geography is impaired because of the unjust practices based on "Islamophobia". Yet, do the Islamic countries have no share in the current turmoil?

How will the Islamic world benefit by complaining, bringing excuses, crying out that this is unjust treatment, or protesting and finding others at fault?

When will the Muslims comprehend that they are responsible for all Muslims and need to act in unity?

It is the Responsibility of Every Muslim to Protect Muslims Under Persecution

It is apparent that Muslims are being oppressed and in affliction in Palestine, Indonesia, East Turkestan, Patani, Egypt, Syria, Burma or in other parts of the world. Still, there are wars and civil uprisings in the majority of Muslim lands. Hundreds of thousands of unarmed civilians lose their lives in such conflicts, women are raped, tortured and millions of Muslims are deported from their homes and countries, mutilated, and lose their family members. Innocent children are targeted with bullets, babies slaughtered in cradles, and people trying to flee are permanently disabled when they step on mines planted here and there. People are subjected to unprecedented savagery, and tormented severely. Even as in incidents in Egypt, they are martyred ruthlessly while performing prayers. In many countries where Muslims are living, women and children are persistently oppressed and tyrannized. Muslim communities lose their independence one by one, and expect people of conscience to help them but they cannot make their voices heard.

Everyone is aware of these Muslims who are being martyred, because almost everyday it is possible to encounter images of these outcast people in destitute in newspapers and on television broadcasts. Many see the circumstances of these persons and pity them, but later on, when they change the channel or topic of discussion, or flip the pages of a newspaper, they forget the existence of such people. Or a majority of them never consider that they need to make efforts for saving these people from that affliction and Muslims are responsible for one another. By thinking wrongly, "While there are rich and powerful countries and leaders in the world, is it not my duty to save those people", they push that responsibility onto others.

Such people may rather prefer standing back by saying, "I have no problems at home, nothing is wrong in my business, and children are fine at school". However, such a mindset could only prevail in people who are passionately attached to this world, and only run after worldly interests in this transient and fleeting lifespan. Muslims should never forget that this oppression, of which he keeps silent and does not struggle against, could turn into a giant force and harm him drastically one day. He must be aware that not objecting to violence that does not harm him would be a remorseless act, opposite to a believer's conscience. Particularly, ones who appear to be like "lions" in negligible matters suddenly leave aside all this responsibility to others when confronted with such important incidents instead of making efforts for the good pleasure of God; it would not be proper for a sincere and true believer to leave Muslims alone under persecution and watch these atrocities from the side and act through a mindset which says "Why should we have any concerns for that country, let us care about our own".

Every Muslim of conscience should find it his responsibility to strive for saving these Muslims who are suffering under torment. Almighty God is informing us of this obligation for all Muslims:

"What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of God – for those men, women and children who are oppressed and say, 'Our Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!'?" (Surat an-Nisa, 75)

The Only Solution is Islamic Union for Having Peace and Tranquility Established in Muslim Countries

The most important and reasonable effort that Muslims should carry out is to institute "unity". If the Islamic world wants to free itself from being directed from outside or intervened against in its internal affairs, or would like to gain independence economically from foreign countries or the system which obliges them to listen to the advice of global powers, it should establish unity right away. If a responsible Muslim is thinking that "We do not want to give in to the treacherous plans of dark circles that attempt to put off the rising star of Islam and take away the Qur'an from the hands of Muslims because of their disturbance of Islam's spreading all over the world ", then he must surely advocate Islamic Union. Even disbelievers come together in union with opposing ideas or philosophies for wrongdoing, mischief and turmoil and they are quite capable of finding the least mutual grounds for their selfish interests. If the Islamic world does not make an alliance within itself, God informs us that there would be mischief and turmoil in the land:

Those who disbelieve are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way (be friends and protectors of one another) there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption.(Surat al-Anfal, 73)

The coming together of Muslims in unity, and their saying, "In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful", by seeking refuge in God from the accursed satan, will be a great pleasure as being the start of this obligation that Almighty God commanded. Our Lord reveals that entire Muslims need to be brothers and one community in the verses:

"This nation of yours is one nation and I am your Lord, so worship Me. But they disagreed and split into different sects. Each one will return to Us." (Surat al-Anbiya, 92-93)

"Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate. Remember God's blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. In this way God makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surat Ali ─░mran, 103)

Alawite, Sunni, Shia, Wahabi, Jafari or Muslims from all other schools should come to the realization that they are one another's brother in religion; they should heed the cries of Muslims who are tortured and deported from their homeland, killed or mutilated, and comprehend that they have lost a great amount of time and should endeavor right away not to lose more. We should never forget that acting in unity and never separating is an obligation for every one of us as God's commandment. It is clear that carrying out this commandment of God will be the best practice possible with the good pleasure of God.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Style of Myanmar backtracks on aid group expulsion

Source Aljazeera, 2 Mar

"Doctors Without Borders had been allowed to resume work in Kashin and Shan states, as well as the Yangon region but not for Rohingya in Arakan state region."

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Myanmar government accused MSF of being impartial and lacking transparency [EPA].

A day after Doctors Without Borders announced its expulsion from Myanmar, the government has backpedaled, saying the aid group will be allowed to resume operations everywhere but Rakhine, a state plagued by bouts of sectarian violence.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement that it had been allowed to resume work in Kashin and Shan states, as well as the Yangon region.

"While MSF is encouraged by this and will resume these activities for now, MSF remains extremely concerned about the fate of tens of thousands of vulnerable people in Rakhine state who currently face a humanitarian medical crisis," it said.

"All MSF services are provided based on medical need only, regardless of ethnicity, religion or any other factor."

The group has been giving care in Rakhine state to both ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a mostly stateless minority who live in apartheid-like conditions and who otherwise have little access to health care.

The United Nations and human rights groups say at least 40 Rohingya were killed by security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist civilians in a restricted area of the state in January.

Myanmar's government denies that any massacre took place.

Government spokesman, Ye Htut, accused MSF in comments to media on Friday of falsely reporting that it had treated victims near the scene of the alleged mass killing.

Negotiations continue

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence since it moved from dictatorship to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

Up to 280 people have been killed and more than 140,000 others forced to flee their homes, most of them Rohingya.

Doctors Without Borders, which provides care across religious, ethnic and racial lines, has come under fire for working on the behalf of the Rohingya.

It was told earlier in the week that its license was being revoked, in part because it was hiring "Bengalis," the name Myanmar's government uses to refer to Rohingya. The group also was accused of being impartial and lacking transparency.

Ye Htut said negotiations were continuing between the Ministry of Health and Doctors Without Borders about the aid agency's work in Rakhine

'Rohingya in real limbo'

11 Rohingyas Killed By A Rakhine Extremist Group While On Their Way To Yangon

Source RB, 28 Feb

Minbya, Arakan – 11 Rohingyas from Minbya and Mrauk-U townships in Arakan state were killed while trying to make their way to Yangon on February 14, 20.

18 Rohingyas from Minbya and Mrauk-U townships in the southern part of Arakan state left from Minbya for Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar on February 12th. They left with the help of two human traffickers of Chin Ethnicity.

After two days of travel the group reached Kone Kar stream. The Kone Kar stream is outside of Minbya township. On February 14, they were found by and organized group of Rakhine extremists who are sheltering in the forest. When attacked, the 18 Rohingyas tried to escape from the group of thugs. Only 7 of them managed to get away. 11 people were slaughtered. This, according to the survivors who made it back to their villages after a few days. No injuries by the hands the Rakhines were reported by the 7.

The names of the 11 killed Rohingya people are:

(1) Nazir Ahmed S/o Molvi Abdul Jail (18-year-old)

(2) Kala Chay S/o Abdul Rahman (17-year-old)

(3) Maung Ba S/o Abdul Razak (25-year-old)

(4) Abdul Mabud S/o Dudu Ali (23-year-old)

(5) Zawna Bawdin S/o Fawzol Karim (19-year-old)

(6) Enamul Haque S/o Mohammed Hamza (22-year-old)

(7) Ali Akbar S/o Mohammed Akbar (25-year-old)

(8) Mohammed Noor S/o Abu Taher (30-year-old)

(9) Anwar S/o Noor Hasan (20-year-old)

(10) Omar Farooque S/o Abdul Gaffar (24-year-old)

(11) Wazi Rahman S/o Abdul Hashim (25-year-old)

As the Rohingya people in Arakan state are living in an open prison, they have no job opportunity and are facing a lot of problems for their daily livelihood. To live better, they are forced to put their lives in the hands of human traffickers within Myanmar. Many have been taking dangerous voyages to other places. Many take to the sea in boats and by foot on land. Many have been killed since 2012 while struggling to reach another destination while searching for some place, anywhere any place better then where they were

A Young Boy Suffering Tonsil Pain Died At Sittwe Hospital After Injection By Nurse

Source RB, 2 Mar

Photo: A Young Boy Suffering Tonsil Pain Died At Sittwe Hospital After Injection By Nurse    http://bit.ly/1hyjLIa    (Photo: Kyaw Swar Win/RB News)

Two year old boy, Aung Myo Khant (Photo: Kyaw Swar Win/RB News)

Sittwe, Arakan – A young boy from Aung Mingalar ward of Sittwe, the capital city of Arakan state, who was suffering from tonsil pain died in Sittwe Geberal hospital after injection by a nurse on March 1, 2014.

A two year old boy, Aung Myo Khant, son of Maung Maung Khine, was admitted the government run hospital in Sittwe on Wednesday, February 26th. His family was instructed to admit him to the hospital by local doctors. The young boy died on March 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm. 

"He wasn't in serious condition and needed no surgery according to local doctors. He was instructed to be admitted to the government hospital. His situation was quite alright during past three days. Here the procedure is we need to buy the required injection from outside and need to keep with the patient at the hospital. The nurse or doctor used to come to the bed at the hospital and ask the patient or caretaker to provide the injection. Then the nurse gives injection at that place." a resident from Aung Mingalar explained about the procedure of the government hospital to RB News.

He continued "Yesterday at 2 pm a nurse came to the bed of Aung Myo Khant. She said she has to give injection. The caretaker of the patient was in fear to ask why the nurse didn't ask for the injection from the patient. At the end the nurse gave an injection to the young boy. The boy died after two and half hours after getting the injection."

The Rohingya residents in Aung Mingalar are shocked to know about the death of the young boy. As the boy died after the injection of the nurse which wasn't provided by the patient's caretaker, the people in Aung Mingalar believed that the boy hadn't died normally. 

They have a big doubt about the nurse. As the law in Arakan state does not protect the Rohingyas they are unable to file a complaint against the death of the boy. The people said they are unable to do anything but they are very sad for the death of the boy.