tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-88390910053831838832015-01-16T18:33:19.900+06:30Unreported News of Rohingya{"Because of the ongoing systematic crimes against humanity in Burma, the de-facto stateless Rohingya Arakanese people need the same protection, assistance, education and a safe environment like others”}NDPHRnoreply@blogger.comBlogger1131125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-22282043325994402422015-01-16T18:33:00.001+06:302015-01-16T18:33:19.950+06:3098 Rohingya migrants detained<div dir="ltr">Source Bangkokpost, 11 Jan<div><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div><div><ul><li style="margin-left:15px"><font size="4"><a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/search/news-and-article?xAuthor=1&amp;xAdvanceSearch=true" target="_blank"></a></font><a href="http://allianceantitrafic.org/news/?attachment_id=324" rel="attachment wp-att-324" target="_blank"><img alt="A Rohingya migrant receives a health examination at a detention centre in Songkhla's Sadao district. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD" src="http://allianceantitrafic.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/463035.jpg" height="330" width="513" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">A Rohingya migrant receives a health examination at a detention centre in Songkhla's Sadao district. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD</span></span></font></li></ul></div><font size="4"></font></div><font size="4"></font><div><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">A total of 98 Rohingya migrants, believed to have been smuggled into the country by a human-trafficking ring, were arrested at a checkpoint in Hua Sai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province early on Sunday, according to Manager Online. </font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Pol Capt Somporn Thongcheen, deputy suppression chief of Hua Sai district, said police set up the checkpoint on the Nakhon Si Thammarat-Songkhla road at Village Group 2 in tambon Sai Khao after obtaining information that a number of illegal migrants would be sent through Hua Sai district, heading for Songkhla.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">At about <span><span>4am</span></span>, a convoy of vehicles was spotted moving along the road toward the checkpoint. Officers were able to stop five of them, but the rest managed to escaped. The vehicles were three four-door pickup trucks, one pickup truck modified as a van, and a Toyota Fortuner.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The drivers of three vehicles fled the scene. Only two drivers were arrested. They were identified as Sawat Phadungchart, 29, of Ranong&#39;s Suksamran district, and Suthipong Chuaypat, 49, of Surat Thani&#39;s Chaiya district.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The 98 Rohingya migrants were found crammed in the five vehicles. One of them, a woman, died, probably because she had been squashed tight in a vehicle for a long time. All of the others appeared exhausted.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The Rohingya were taken to Hua Sai district police station for examination and official recording. They were then taken in small groups to Hua Sai Hospital for treatment as all had been crammed into the vehicles without food for two days.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Under initial questioning, the two drivers said they had picked up the Rohingya from a coastal area of Phangnga and were taking them to Songkhla.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Churin Khwanthong, chief of the social development and human security office of Nakhon Si Thammarat, assigned officials to interview each of the Rohingya migrants through interpreters to find out if they were victims of a human-trafficking movement.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Many local Muslim people, on learning of the arrest of the Rohingya, came to the police station to give them food and clothing. </font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The dead Rohingya woman was buried by workers of the Pracha Ruamjai Foundation.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><br></p><p style="font-size:13px"></p><div style="font-size:13px"><ul></ul></div></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-47172193885290599022015-01-16T18:23:00.001+06:302015-01-16T18:23:20.156+06:30Rohingya dies in crammed pickup truck<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/456133/rohingya-dies-in-crammed-pickup-truck">Bangkokpost</a>, 12 Jan<div><br></div><div><font size="4"> </font><img alt="" src="http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/dcx/2015/01/12/740973.jpg" border="1" height="256" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="456" class="" tabindex="0" style="font-size: 13px; margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr" style="font-size:13px"><div id=":21u" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><br style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">Rohingya migrants wait to be questioned at Hua Sai police station in Nakhon Si Thammarat after they were arrested early yesterday. Nucharee Rakrun.</span></span></font><br><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:16px">She was among 98 Rohingya migrants believed to have been smuggled into the country by a human-trafficking ring. They were arrested at a checkpoint in Hua Sai district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province early... </span><br></div><div><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:16px"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:large">The dead woman was buried by workers from the Pracha Ruamjai Foundation.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Pol Capt Somporn Thongcheen, deputy inspector in charge of crime suppression at Hua Sai poli ce station, said the 98 migrants were found crammed into five vehicles.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">He said the woman most likely suffocated and the others appeared exhausted.</span><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Pol Capt Somporn said Hua Sai police set up the checkpoint on the Nakhon Si Thammarat-Songkhla road at Village Group 2 in tambon Sai Khao after obtaining information that a number of illegal migrants would pass through the district on their way to Songkhla.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">About 4am yesterday, a convoy of vehicles was spotted heading towards the checkpoint.</span><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Officers were able to stop five of the vehicles, but the rest escaped.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">There were three four-door pickups, one pickup modified as a van and a Toyota Fortuner.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">The drivers of three vehicles fled the scene and the other two were arrested. They were identified as Sawat Phadungchart, 29, of Ranong&#39;s Suksamran district, and Suthipong Chuaypat, 49, of Surat Thani&#39;s Chaiya district.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">The migrants found in the five vehicles were later taken to Hua Sai police station.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">They were then taken in small groups to Hua Sai Hospital for treatment. All had been travelling without food for two days, Pol Capt Somporn said.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">The two drivers said they had picked the Rohingya up from a coastal area of Phangnga and were taking them to Songkhla.</span><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Human trafficking rings have changed their routes from Andaman coastal provinces to provinces along the Gulf of Thailand to avoid strict suppression there, Pol Capt Somporn said.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Churin Khwanthong, chief of the social development and human security office of Nakhon Si Thammarat, said he assigned officials to interview each migrant through interpreters to find out if they had been victims of a human-trafficking movement.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">If they were victims of human trafficking rings, authorities would find ways to deport them back to their country of origin, Mr Churin said.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Many local Muslims came to the police station to give food and clothing to the Rohingya after learning of their arrest.</span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large">Rohingya have fled their homes in Rakhine state in Myanmar via Thailand to Malaysia in increasing numbers recently. </span><br style="font-size:large"><br style="font-size:large"><span style="font-size:large"> </span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:16px"><br></span></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-45852988112808162322015-01-08T18:12:00.001+06:302015-01-08T18:12:35.058+06:30Thai govt negotiating with third countries for Rohingya resettlements<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Thai-govt-negotiating-with-third-countries-for-Roh-30251391.html">Nationalmultimedia</a>, 7 Jan<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div style="font-size:13px"><div><a href="http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media/images/photographs/2013_Thailand_Rohingya_August19.jpg" rel="lightbox[field_imagefile][&lt;p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Undocumented Rohingya Muslim immigrants gather at the Immigration Detention Center during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand on July 10, 2013.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/p&gt;]" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/scale-300x/media/images/photographs/2013_Thailand_Rohingya_August19.jpg" height="391" width="587" class="" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a></div><div><a href="http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media/images/photographs/2013_Thailand_Rohingya_August19.jpg" rel="lightbox[field_imagefile]" target="_blank"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"></span></span></font></a><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">Undocumented Rohingya Muslim immigrants gather at the Immigration Detention Center during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kanchanaburi province,  </span></span><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">Thailand on July 10, 2013.© 2013 Reuters</span></span></font></div><br></div><h2>Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Yutthawong said Wednesday that the government has been negotiating with foreign governments for resettlements of Rohingya people who have been arrested and detained in Thailand.</h2><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">But Yongyuth declined to give details of the third countries. He added that the Thai government does not want to deport the<a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/?keyword=+Rohingya+" target="_blank">Rohingya </a>for fear that they would be in danger.</font></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-18000905397025710442015-01-07T17:48:00.000+06:302015-01-07T17:49:00.703+06:30'Stopping the boats' a fiction as Australia grows ever more isolationist on asylum Ben Doherty<div dir="ltr"><font color="#6d84b4">Source<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/31/stopping-the-boats-a-fiction-as-australia-grows-ever-more-isolationist-on-asylum"> theguardian</a>, 31 Dec 2014</font><br><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(20,24,35);font-family:Helvetica,Arial,&#39;lucida grande&#39;,tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.3199996948242px"><br></span></div><div><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255);font-family:&#39;Guardian Egyptian Web&#39;,&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;background-color:rgb(230,113,27)">'Have the boats stopped reaching Australia?' is the wrong question to ask. A better one by which to judge the success of its policies is this: are more people safer? Or fewer?</span><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">The boats have not stopped. They have stopped reaching Australia but people are still drowning in seas in our region and across the world.</span><span style="color:rgb(20,24,35);font-family:Helvetica,Arial,&#39;lucida grande&#39;,tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;line-height:19.3199996948242px"><br></span></div><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">More than 350,000 asylum seekers boarded boats in 2014, <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/5486e6b56.html" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">the UN has found</a>, leaving their homeland to seek protection somewhere else. Of those, 54,000 people <a href="http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/en/unhcr-imm" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">boarded a boat in south-east Asia</a> – Australia's "<a href="http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/Pages/2014/jb_sp_140516a.aspx" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">neighbourhood</a>", in the words of the foreign minister.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">At least 540 people died on boat journeys in that neighbourhood – starved, dehydrated or beaten to a death by a crew member and thrown overboard – or drowned when their unseaworthy vessel sank.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">The great majority of those travelling in Australia's region were Rohingya, a persecuted ethnic minority from Burma, <a href="http://www.fortifyrights.org/publications.html" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">who are brutalised by their own government</a>, denied any rights to citizenship, to education, banned from having more than two children and from work in certain industries. Regularly, Rohingya<a href="http://time.com/9518/burma-rohingya-crime-against-humanity/" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">villages are torched</a> and their occupants forced into remote tarpaulin camps, where malnutrition and disease are rife.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px"><font color="#ff0000">Australia has <a href="http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm219647.htm" class="" style="border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background-image:initial;background-color:transparent;background-repeat:initial">signed an agreement</a> with Burma with the aim of "boosting Myanmar's immigration and border control" – essentially to prevent Rohingya from leaving.</font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">In 2014 Australia stopped 441 asylum seekers in 10 vessels, the UN says, forcing them back to the countries they last departed.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">The government regards these figures as evidence its policies are working. Thanks to boat turnbacks, offshore processing and regional resettlement, the argument goes, boats are no longer able to reach Australia. The people smugglers no longer have a product to sell: the "sugar is off the table".</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">But that view fails to look over the horizon. It ignores – because Australia knows they are there – all the unseaworthy boats, and their desperate passengers, still looking for a safe port to land or dying in the seas to our north.</p><div id="dfp-ad--inline1" class="" style="overflow:hidden;width:18.75rem;margin:0.25rem auto 0.75rem 1.25rem;min-height:4.625rem;text-align:center;height:17.125rem;float:right;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px;background-color:rgb(246,246,246)"><div class="" style="height:1.5rem;margin:0px auto;padding:0px 0.5rem;border-top-width:0.0625rem;border-top-style:solid;border-top-color:rgb(223,223,223);color:rgb(110,110,110);text-align:right;font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Sans Web&#39;,&#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,Arial,&#39;Lucida Grande&#39;,sans-serif;font-size:0.75rem;line-height:1.25rem;background-color:transparent">Advertisement</div><div id="google_ads_iframe_/59666047/theguardian.com/australia-news/article/ng_1__container__" style="border:0pt none"></div></div><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Even allowing (almost certainly over-generously) that several times that figure of 441 were deterred from trying to come to Australia, this country's boat arrivals remain a tiny fraction of the world's figure.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">The number of people in our region still boarding boats bound for somewhere else is demonstration of the irrelevancy of the "stopping the boats" shibboleth. It is not a statement of policy, it is a tool of political rhetoric.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">"Have the boats stopped reaching Australia?" is the wrong question to ask. A better question by which to judge the success of Australia's asylum policies is this: are more people safer? Or fewer?</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Has the sum of protection for people who need it – against sectarian violence, against ethnic discrimination or political oppression, against arbitrary detention in a transit or destination country – increased as a result of Australian policies?</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">The answer is no. There is less protection in the world for people who need it as a result of Australia's policies.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Australia voluntarily ratified (<a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/refugee/convention2002/03_introduction.pdf" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">in fact helped draft</a>) the UN refugee convention. It willingly accepted the treaty's obligation to offer protection to those who need it. But Australia's policies now consistently place it in breach of that convention.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px"><font color="#741b47">In announcing the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/burma" class="" style="border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background-image:initial;background-color:transparent;background-repeat:initial">Burma</a> partnership</font><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51)">, the then immigration minister, Scott Morrison, proclaimed: "Assisting our regional partners in building stronger, more effective borders is a priority of the Coalition government."</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">But Australia is neglecting this obligation. Australia's regional neighbours, its "<a href="http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm213547.htm" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">partners</a>" in addressing the asylum issue, are more overwhelmed than ever.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px"><span style="color:rgb(51,51,51)">Malaysia has 41,000 registered "persons of concern" and thousands more unknown. </span><font color="#0000ff">Australia and Indonesia are locked in a long-running spat over boat towbacks and Australia has announced it will not resettle any more refugees from Indonesia.</font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">It is, instead, looking to move refugees with claims for protection in Australia to third countries: Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Cambodia. Australia's concern, it seems, ends at the edge of its territorial waters.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Two year-end speeches have highlighted the growing divergence between Australia and the rest of the world on the issue of asylum.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px"><font color="#0000ff">In Geneva, the UN high commissioner for refugees, <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/54882c149.html" class="" style="border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background-image:initial;background-color:transparent;background-repeat:initial">António Guterres</a>, urged countries to work more cooperatively to address the issue of irregular migration. He said dealing with the number of displaced people could never be as simple as stopping boats and shutting borders.</font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">"Focusing only on border control and deterrence will not solve the problem," he said. "It is the duty of any government to ensure security and to manage immigration but these policies must be designed in a way that human lives do not end up becoming collateral damage … an exclusive focus on security and targeting criminal activity only risks making these journeys even more dangerous."</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Australia has a different attitude – a different world view – on asylum. In a speech barely reported (it was given the same day as the government's temporary protection legislation was being debated by the Senate), the head of the immigration department, Michael Pezzullo, said border protection, along with military power and diplomacy, formed the "trinity of state power" essential to any country's existence.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">While recognising it was "beyond the capacity of any one country … to tackle the global problem of refugee flows and numbers", he emphasised that Australia must, alone, "control our maritime approaches".</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">"The ocean around us is the crown jewel of our border protection system, and we must do everything reasonable within law, resources and government policy to ensure that this remains the case."</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Given the long-running antagonism with Australia's most significant neighbour over boat towbacks, the actions of his department reinforce this emphasis on the unilateral over the cooperative.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px"><a href="https://www.immi.gov.au/about/speeches-pres/_pdf/sovereignty-age-interdependency-04122014.pdf" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">Pezzullo's speech</a> was largely a dissertation on the continued primacy of sovereignty even in an increasingly interconnected, globalised world. It also made broader allusion to the new secretary's view of the role of immigration in Australia's development, and the country's future population. He suggested Australia had enough people.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">"When we transition from our current state to the new department next year, and commence on the path of the next phase of our journey, we should take a moment to reflect on what has been achieved since 1945. I contend that we will be able to declare the original mission of 1945 – to build the population base – to have been accomplished."</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">It is a significant departure from the tone of his long-serving predecessor, <a href="http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/speeches/2011/leadership-in-immigration" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">Andrew Metcalfe</a>, who urged a continued drive to populate Australia. "Our job as a department is to help build our modern Australian nation ... we have been extremely well-served by our migration programs," he said. "Economically, our migration program has been, and continues to be, a backbone to many of our industries. People migrate to succeed, not to fail."</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">Ordered migration and seeking asylum are separate issues, and should not be conflated, but Australia cannot fail to recognise more people are moving now than at almost any time in history. There are more displaced people in the world –<a href="http://www.unhcr.org/53a155bc6.html" class="" style="color:rgb(0,86,137);border-bottom-width:0.0625rem;border-bottom-style:solid;border-bottom-color:rgb(220,220,220);text-decoration:none!important;background:transparent">51.2 million</a> – than at any time since the second world war: continued conflict, discordant economic opportunities, climate change – all will force more people to move, and more often.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 1rem;padding:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:medium;line-height:24px">As the world urges closer cooperation on the issue of mass and irregular migrations, Australia grows ever more isolationist. Moving the problem over the horizon is not the same as addressing it. The boats have not stopped.</p><div><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255);font-family:&#39;Guardian Egyptian Web&#39;,&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;background-color:rgb(230,113,27)"><br></span></div><div><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255);font-family:&#39;Guardian Egyptian Web&#39;,&#39;Guardian Text Egyptian Web&#39;,Georgia,serif;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;background-color:rgb(230,113,27)"><br></span></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-18490254643008440332015-01-07T17:34:00.001+06:302015-01-07T17:34:55.932+06:3050 Rohingya held after chase in Phang Nga, smugglers escape<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/50-Rohingya-held-after-chase-in-Phang-Nga-smuggler-30251327.html">nationalmultimedia</a>, 6 Jan<div><h2>More than 50 migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, were apprehended after a pursuit yesterday in Thailand&#39;s southern province of Phang Nga when smugglers attempting to transport them in three pick-up trucks were intercepted by civilian authorities.</h2><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The group, six of whom are children, have been detained by police pending charges of illegal entry and repatriation, Manit Phianthong, chief of Takua Pa district, said. <br><br>Manit led a stakeout that intercepted the three vehicles and later pursued two of the cars, which sought initially to get away.<br><br>Manit said they had received tip-offs from residents that illegal migrants were on their way to Malaysia, after being smuggled into Thailand via Ranong. A stakeout was set up <span class="" tabindex="0"><span class="">on Sunday</span></span> evening and they spotted the three cars at <span class="" tabindex="0"><span class="">3:30am</span></span>. The three drivers managed to escape in the darkness, after one hit a power pole and two others headed into palm plantations and got stuck.<br><br>Of the 53 people held, 37 are believed to be from the<a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/?keyword=+Rohingya+" target="_blank"> Rohingya </a>minority, with the remainder from Bangladesh - a source of increasing numbers of migrants arriving on Thai shores.<br><br>Twenty-one of the group are aged under 18 and some are as young as five, according to the chief of Takua Pa district in Phang Nga province.<br><br>&quot;The group were from Myanmar and Bangladesh,&quot; Manit said. &quot;They arrived on boats and were taken in three trucks into Takua Pa before dawn <span class="" tabindex="0"><span class="">on Monday</span></span>&quot; for transit through to Malaysia.<br><br>&quot;We had already set up checkpoints as we had information they would come,&quot; he added, explaining the trucks were forced onto a side road where the drivers fled, leaving the migrants behind.<br><br>The migrants have been taken to be interviewed by social workers to determine if they are victims of trafficking.<br><br>&quot;If they are found to be victims, they will be witnesses in a human trafficking case and will be put in shelters... but if not, they will be charged with illegal entry,&quot; Manit said. <br><br>Thousands of<a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/?keyword=+Rohingya+" target="_blank"> Rohingya </a>- a Muslim minority group not recognised as citizens in Myanmar - have fled deadly communal unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine state since 2012. Most have headed for mainly Muslim Malaysia.<br><br>Myanmar views its population of roughly 800,000<a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/?keyword=+Rohingya+" target="_blank"> Rohingya </a>- described by the United Nations as one of the world's most persecuted minorities - as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and denies them citizenship.<br><br>Rights groups say the stateless migrants often fall into the hands of people-traffickers.<br><br>They have also criticised Thailand in the past for pushing boatloads of<a href="http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/?keyword=+Rohingya+" target="_blank"> Rohingya </a>entering Thai waters back out to sea and for holding migrants in overcrowded facilities.<br><br>Thailand said last year it was investigating allegations that some army officials in the kingdom were involved in the trafficking of Rohingya.</font></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-21756241701788738282015-01-06T04:14:00.001+06:302015-01-06T04:14:22.678+06:30Starving Rohingya Escapees From Kyauktaw Imprisoned To The Long Term Jail<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.rohingyablogger.com/2015/01/starving-rohingya-escapees-from.html#sthash.KDwVpFo7.dpuf">RB</a>, 2 Jan<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><div style="font-size:13px"><div style="text-align:justify"><div style="text-align:center;clear:both"><br></div></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><b>Buthidaung, Arakan</b> – Eleven Rohingyas who were starving had escaped from the Kyauktaw Township. They were arrested and imprisoned to the long term jail, according to a local in Buthidaung Township of Arakan State.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">As the Rohingyas in Kyauktaw Township of Arakan State have no job opportunities, no access to medication and unable to move around in their town, eleven starving Rohingyas were in search of better a living situation and job opportunities. They left their town of Kyauktaw and travelled to Buthidaung Township, passing through various hills for four days. They got arrested on November 25, 2014 in Kin Taung village in Buthidaung Township before reaching their destination. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">The arrestees were sued by the authorities in the name of violating movement restrictions. Among the eleven Rohingyas, nine were sentenced for five years with hard labour and the remaining two were sentenced for two years with hard labour on January 1, 2015.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Among the arrestees, 80 year-old religious cleric Noor Bashar and 78 year-old Noor Mohammed were also included. None of them have any rights to hire a lawyer.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">The local said that the Judge at Buthidaung court is completely racist, an extremist and biased. He has been punishing Rohingyas based on his racism, not based on the law. Therefore this punishment is unjust and the higher authorities from the union government must scrutinize this judgment.</font></div></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-69571200209771070432015-01-06T04:12:00.001+06:302015-01-06T04:12:58.759+06:3050 Rohingya held as traffickers flee<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/454454/50-rohingya-held-as-traffickers-flee">Bangkokpost</a>, 5 Jan<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><br style="font-size:13px"><div style="font-size:13px;text-align:center"><div><font size="4"><img alt="" src="http://asiancorrespondent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ThailandRohingyaPolice.jpg" height="236" width="444" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":1kk" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.</span></span><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"></span></span></font><br></div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"></span></span></font></div><font size="4"><br>Fifty Rohingya Muslims were detained the Thai traffickers who allegedly smuggled them through Thailand escaped after one of their vehicles slammed into a power pole in Phangnga province early Monday. <br><br>Some 30 officials and volunteers led by Takua Pa district chief Manit Pianthong  had been on guard in Takua Pa district since Sunday night following a tip that a human-trafficking gang would traverse the area to smuggle illegal Rohingya migrants en route to Malaysia. The officials hid in a roadside rubber plantation, in Bangkrak Nai village in tambon Khok Kian awaiting their arrival, Manager Online reported Monday.<br><br>At about <span class="" tabindex="0"><span class="">3.30am</span></span>, a pickup truck with a Bangkok license plate came through the area, prompting the officers and volunteers to stop the vehicle for a search. But the driver sped past and hit two vehicles parked nearby. Even then, however, the driver did not stop. Still attempting to escape, he slammed into a roadside power pole.  He managed to flee before officials could apprehend him, abandoning the damaged truck and 16 Royingya inside.<br><br>Two other pickups also sped past before the drivers fled into a palm-tree plantation, leaving their vehicles and migrants on the road.<br><br>A total of 50 Rohingya were rounded up. The migrants, including six children, had been smuggled from neighbouring Ranong province. Authorities have stepped up a hunt for the three drivers, who were Thais.</font><br></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-47290223892091448202014-12-27T16:39:00.001+06:302014-12-27T16:39:39.568+06:30Democracy in Myanmar and the Plight of the Rohingyas<div dir="ltr">Source<a href="http://kashmirwatch.com/opinions.php/2014/12/24/democracy-in-myanmar-and-the-plight-of-the-rohingyas.html"> Kashmirwatch</a>, 24 Dec<div><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="font-size:13px"><tbody><tr><td><br><hr color="#cccccc" size="3" width="650"></td></tr><tr><td><div align="justify"><font size="4"><br>Written by: Prof. Anna Malindog<br></font><br><div style="width:1000px;background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"><img alt="" src="http://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/images/2014/1/20/2014120155643342895_8.jpg" class="" tabindex="0" width="715" height="476" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":1c1" class="" title="Download" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div></div><div style="padding:5px;width:990px;min-height:15px;text-align:right;color:rgb(153,153,153);background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">/Andrew Stanbridge/Al Jazeera</div><div style="padding:5px;width:990px;text-align:left;color:rgb(255,255,255);background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"><p>One of the first and largest IDP camps outside of Sittwe, Myanmar, where the first wave of Rohingyans fled when Buddhist mobs began to attack their villages, burning homes to the ground.</p></div><font size="4">"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die"<br>-Nelson Mandela-<br><br><font color="#0000ff">"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity"</font><br>-Nelson Mandela-<br><br>Myanmar is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, lying strategically between India, China, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. In the 19th century, the British took over Burma and formed a single entity under the Indian colonial administration. The Japanese occupied Burma during the 2nd World War but were driven out by the British Empire Forces as the war drew to an end. In view of the strong Burmese nationalism headed by Aung San (Burmese National Hero), British granted Burma independence in 1948. Burma after independence faced communist insurgencies. The government afterwards found itself facing an increasing number of armed ethnic based conflict resistance groups all over the country most of which were seeking their own independence even until this very day.<br><br>In 1962, General Ne Win, the head of the Burmese Army, - the "Tatmadaw" overthrew the civilian government and established a military rule. Since then the military junta became the de-facto government of Myanmar. This led to many insurgencies, human rights abuses and atrocities, economic crisis, massive street demonstrations and rallies which killed thousands of people. Many also fled to areas controlled by ethnic and communist armed groups to form their own political rebel groups. <br><br>Then came November 2010, when the first ever general election in Myanmar happened after more than two decades, or to be more precise, after 22 years since the last general election in 1990. Then March 2011 happened when the ruling military government that ruled Myanmar for almost five decades since 1962 was not only dismantled, but more importantly, the generals in Yangon relinquished power to the newly elected and formed "civilian government" headed by President Thein Sein. Undeniably, these two historic political events marked Myanmar's transition towards democracy and democratization. These events also generated mixed and varied emotions and thoughts among the different stakeholders of Myanmar. For some people, what is currently happening in Myanmar is quite bizarre. Others are simply happy about the prospects of democracy taking a foothold in the country. Others are very skeptical and cynical. But there are also some who are hopeful that, indeed, this path, this transition towards democracy will continue and will persist until Myanmar becomes fully democratic. <br><br>Moreover, cynicism and skepticisms among many observers loom around this new political trajectory that Myanmar is pursuing. For one, the military is still and remains still the "arbiter of power" in the country. The military occupies and governs still all the important state institutions created after the November 2010 Elections. The military directly controls a quarter of the legislatures, which were filled with lower-ranking officers, ensuring that the military bloc remains cohesive and compliant with the wishes of the military superiors. With the provision of a quorum of 75% necessary to change the Constitution, the military effectively has a veto power over constitutional changes, since it occupies more than 75% of all the seats both at the lower and upper house of the Parliament. The new National Defense and Security Council is the most powerful institution and this is controlled by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. In terms of civil–military relations, the military remains fully autonomous subject to neither executive nor judicial civilian authorities. Furthermore, the issue about the on-going conflict between the Burmese army and the ethnic-based armed groups remains crucial and unresolved. To add, this current "civilian government" in Myanmar needs still to fashion a politically inclusive process of national reconciliation with the involvement of all possible actors such as, the National League for Democracy, the military, and the ethnic nationalities among others if it wants to confidently sustain the democratization process that is said to be taking place nowadays in the country. <br><br>Moreover, the already skeptical and cynical perception of many international observers about the real score if indeed Myanmar is serious in its quest towards democratic transition once again was challenged by recent events in Myanmar. <font color="#ff0000">The cynicisms and skepticisms of people whether Myanmar is serious and genuine in pursuing democracy grew more due to the worst ever humanitarian disaster on the planet that happened just in the recent past, and that's the enormous "genocidal vehemence" against the "Rohingyas". These apartheid atrocities against the "Rohingyas" already claimed thousands of lives of ethnic-civilian "Rohingyas".</font> It is being estimated that around 1.3 million "Rohingyas" from Myanmar's Western Arakan/Rakhine region have been uprooted since June 2012. <font color="#0000ff">"Rohingyas" are victims of intermittent religious violence, killings, internal displacements, and most of them ended up in filthy camps for internally displaced peoples in countries like Thailand, Bangladesh, and Malaysia to mention the least. In these countries, "Rohingyas" are seen as illegal migrants and they writhe from stern discriminations, hefty restraints on marriage, religious activities, health, and educational opportunities. In extreme cases, they are not even permitted to identify themselves as "Rohingyas", and are forced to ascertain themselves as "Bengalis"</font>. <br><br>"Rohingyas" are a minority ethnic group who practice Islam. They speak "Rohingya", an Indo-European language of the Easter Indic branch, closely related to "Chittagonian" of Bangladesh, and more distantly to Bengali. The UN ascertained that these people are one the most discriminated and persecuted minority groups so to speak of this day and age. Their sojourn in Myanmar is disputed. <br><br>Some claim that they are to some extent indigenous inhabitants of Rakhine/Arakan state given that they settled in this part of Myanmar for thousands of years already. But many Burmese, most especially the Buddhist Rakhines are challenging this claim. They are saying that "Rohingyas" are originally from Bengal (Bangladesh) and therefore are "Bengalis". Accordingly, "Rohingyas" migrated to Myanmar during the British rule. Thus, they are not indigenous to Myanmar and are categorically being labelled as illegal migrants. <br><br><font color="#0000ff">Sadly, the perpetrators of this "genocidal infringement" against the "Rohingyas" are said to be government-sponsored "state security forces", and the "Rakhine Buddhist extremist militias". Just this year (2014), the so-called "civilian government" of Myanmar disqualified "Rohingyas" from participating in the census. The same government according to reports just last September also drafted a plan conscripting "Rohingyas" to identify themselves as "Bengalis&quot;.</font> In any case, "Rohingyas" remain stateless and many of them are unfortunately forced to stay in detention camps, ghettos, are internally displaced, and worst of all, those who fled from Myanmar to take refuge in other countries like Thailand, Bangladesh, and Malaysia suffer from severe discriminations, and are way too far being treated as lesser mortals. The plight of these people is indeed somewhat bleak and precarious. <br><br>Many have observed and even the Burmese people in general alleged that the root cause behind all the atrocities against the "Rohingyas" are far more complex and has historical underpinnings. Nonetheless, whatever the root cause of these persecutions and discriminations against the "Rohingyas", one thing is clear, a government that claims to pursue a democratic path, and in this case the current "civilian government" in Myanmar, must not turn a blind eye to the quandary of these people. One of the basic tenets of democracy is the recognition and respects of the basic rights and existence of people including minority/indigenous groups like the "Rohingyas" regardless of their creed, religion, color or race. Recognition and respect are not always or not necessarily and directly denote political recognition if the situation does not seem right yet given the volatile political landscape of the country. However, at the barest minimum, recognition and respect of the basic rights of peoples, and in this case the "Rohingyas" can mean accepting that indeed these people exist, that they are human beings, and that they need to be respected and treated accordingly and humanely.<br><br>If indeed, the so-called "civilian government" in Myanmar that claims to be crisscrossing the pathway towards democracy is serious in its democratic pursuits, then by all means, they should resolve and do whatever is necessary to put an end to the atrocities, discriminations, and persecutions accorded to "Rohingyas". This same government in Myanmar, if it truly wants to pursue a democratic path where recognition and respect for the fundamental freedoms of human beings flourish, must extend to the "Rohingyas" the rights to self-identification and citizenship. Only through this democratic act, to a greater extent, one can ascertain that indeed Myanmar is truly in its path towards a genuine democracy. <br><br>Anna Malindog is the human rights advocate. She is also an academic. You may get in touch with her through<a href="mailto:armalindog@mail.com" target="_blank">armalindog@mail.com</a></font></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-8731818664199910192014-12-24T18:47:00.001+06:302014-12-24T18:47:23.354+06:30Indonesian officials seek desert island for refugees<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/12/22/indonesia-officials-desert-island/20757157/">ustoday</a>, 22 Dec<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div style="font-size:13px"><div><font size="4"><img alt="AP MYANMAR ROHINGYA TRAFFICKING I MYN" src="http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/1617756645cd53588f08f733dd136e8327d7b7ac/c=245-0-4012-2832&amp;r=x404&amp;c=534x401/local/-/media/2014/12/22/USATODAY/USATODAY/635548416491118712-AP-Myanmar-Rohingya-Trafficking.jpg" height="334" width="445" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":1co" class="" title="Download" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">A boy wades through the water carrying a basket of fish at the Chaung refugee camp, on the outskirts of Sittwe, Burma.(Photo: Kaung Htet, AP)</span></span></font></div><div><font size="4"></font></div><p><font size="4"><b>JAKARTA</b> — Senior Indonesian officials say they are looking for an island to accommodate some 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees waiting for resettlement in the country, as they have become a &quot;burden.&quot;</font></p><p><font size="4">Asylum seekers flock to Indonesia from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, hoping to reach Australia. But Indonesia&#39;s southern neighbor has recently announced that all refugees registered at the Jakarta office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from July 2014 will now automatically be banned from resettlement in Australia.</font></p><p><font size="4">Australia&#39;s immigration minister Scott Morrison compares the ban to &quot;taking the sugar off the table,&quot; and says it&#39;s in Indonesia&#39;s interest. &quot;We&#39;re trying to stop people thinking they can go to Indonesia and wait around till they get to Australia,&quot; he told Australia&#39;s ABC Radio in late November. &quot;This is designed to stop people flowing into Indonesia. It will help Indonesia.&quot;</font></p><p><font size="4">But Indonesian authorities don&#39;t see it that way. &quot;It&#39;s Australia&#39;s right, but it&#39;s creating a burden for us,&quot; said Indonesia&#39;s Justice and Human Rights minister Yasonna Laoly on Australia&#39;s ABC News. &quot;There are 10,000 foreign citizens, which becomes a burden for us.&quot;</font></p><p><font size="4">As a signatory to the United Nations&#39; Refugee Convention, Australia is bound by international law to protect refugees. Indonesia has not signed the treaty.</font></p><p><font size="4">Several high-ranking Indonesian officials have reportedly suggested to president Joko Widodo that these refugees should be moved to one of Indonesia&#39;s 17,000 islands.</font></p><p><font size="4">&quot;If the Australian government cannot handle them, we suggest placing them on an empty island, so they don&#39;t disturb the public,&quot; Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno told local media in late November.</font></p><p><font size="4">It&#39;s not the first time this option has been put on the table.</font></p><p><font size="4">In the early 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Indochinese refugees were placed on Galang Island, in the northwest of Indonesia. In 2013, a plan to forcibly resettle refugees on the impoverished and isolated Sumba Island, in the eastern part of the archipelago, was finally abandoned.</font></p><p><font size="4">&quot;Now we have started thinking again about this policy,&quot; Laoly told <i>The Australian</i>. &quot;We only need to find the island.&quot;</font></p><p><font size="4">While Indonesian officials have suggested UNHCR could be involved in handling the refugees&#39; cost of living, the agency&#39;s Indonesian representative Thomas Vargas told GlobalPost he hasn&#39;t been contacted on the matter. He did not want to comment on this specific proposal, but said UNHCR would &quot;certainly not encourage&quot; this kind of option. Placing refugees and asylum seekers on an island &quot;is probably the costliest and the most ineffective way&quot; to deal with the situation, he said.</font></p><p><font size="4">New asylum seekers arrive in Indonesia every week. Many sleep on the pavement, in front of the UNHCR gates in Jakarta. Tolosa, an 18-year-old Ethiopian, says he made it to Indonesia just two months ago, before Australia announced its new policy. But he says he would have come anyway. Like many here, he says he has nowhere else to go. Tolosa was hoping to get to Australia, but he&#39;s happy to be resettled anywhere.</font></p><p><font size="4">Actually, even the idea of an empty Indonesian island doesn&#39;t seem to bother him much. &quot;If I go back to my country I might die, so I&#39;m OK with staying on an island,&quot; he said. Other asylum seekers agree. Faisal, a 23-year-old Somalian who calls Australia&#39;s policy &quot;inhumane&quot; and &quot;cruel,&quot; says even an empty and isolated island &quot;is better than going back home and dying there.&quot;</font></p><p><font size="4">Ahmad, 18, is from Pakistan. He registered in UNHCR&#39;s office in Jakarta more than a year ago, and hopes he will still get to resettle in Australia. He worries though, as Australia has announced it will also reduce the quotas of resettlement for refugees who registered before July 2014. Soon, Ahmad won&#39;t have any money left. He says he might present himself to one of Indonesia&#39;s overcrowded and run-down detention centers. &quot;Many people try to get into detention centers, even if it&#39;s like prison, because they don&#39;t have money,&quot; he says.</font></p><p><font size="4">Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott&#39;s anti-immigration &quot;Operation Sovereign Borders&quot; was launched shortly after he took office in late 2013, and has created tensions with Jakarta. Indonesian authorities haven&#39;t been happy with Australia towing back boats of migrants en route to Australia toward Indonesian waters.</font></p><p><font size="4">Thomas Vargas says Australia, one of the only signatories of the Refugee Convention in the region, should set the example. But Australia&#39;s current policies, he says, are &quot;certainly not in the spirit of the Refugee Convention, and not in the spirit of regional cooperation.&quot;</font></p><p><font size="4">&quot;Unilateral action by states is not going to work,&quot; he says, calling for all affected countries to work together on a solution that meets the protection needs of refugees and asylum seekers.</font></p></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-51691122416015939402014-12-24T18:45:00.001+06:302014-12-24T18:45:32.083+06:30Arakans sentenced to hard labor for refusing Myanmar census<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/151293/egypt-receives-10-apache-helicopters-from-us">worldbulletin</a>, 20 Dec<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div style="font-size:13px"></div><div style="font-size:13px"><img title="Arakans sentenced to hard labor for refusing Myanmar census" alt="Arakans sentenced to hard labor for refusing Myanmar census" src="http://media.worldbulletin.net/250x190/2014/01/23/arakan_1.jpg" height="410" width="605" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":1ar" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><br>file photo <br></div><h2>Many Rohingya have previously refused to register as &quot;Bengalis&quot; because they say the term implies they are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.</h2><div style="font-size:13px"><p><font size="4"><strong>World Bulletin/News Desk</strong></font></p><p><font size="4">Eight Arakan Muslims (Rohingya) from Northern Maungdaw Township in Arakan State were sentenced to two years for refusing to participate in census conducted by Myanmar Border Guard Police, Rohingya Blogger reported.</font></p><p><font size="4">Myanmar&#39;s national government gave around a million members of the persecuted Arakan Muslims a bleak choice: accept ethnic reclassification and the prospect of citizenship, or be detained.</font></p><p><font size="4">On August 1st, 2014 the Border Guard Police conducted a census in the name to register Arakans as illegal Bengali immigrants. As the census referred to Arakan Muslims as illegal Bengali immigrants the villagers refused to participate. Although the whole village refused, nine were targeted and arrested, according to the report. One of them was released on that day and eight were tried and sentenced to two years prison with hard labor.</font></p><p><font size="4">The court decision was made on December 2, 2014 at Maungdaw Township court, according to locals. They were tried under Burma panel code 353 which is assaulting a public servant during the time they are on duty. The arrestees didn't convince anyone in the village to refuse participation in the census nor organized any event to deny the unofficial census conducted by BGP. They simply stayed at home not willing to participate if the term 'Rohingya' is forbidden. The authorities targeted against them for the term "Rohingya" and they were punished unjustly.</font></p><p><font size="4">During the hearing at the court, the families were not allowed to attend and the arrestees were not allowed to hire a lawyer.</font></p><p><font size="4">Ages of the eight Arakan Muslims who were imprisonment for two years with hard labour are ranges from 17 to 50.</font></p><p><font size="4">Most of Myanmar&#39;s 1.1 million Arakan Muslims already live in apartheid-like conditions in western Rakhine, where deadly clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in 2012 displaced 140,000 people, mostly Rohingya.</font></p><p><font size="4">The government plan proposes Rakhine authorities &quot;construct temporary camps in required numbers for those who refuse to be registered and those without adequate documents&quot;.</font></p><p><font size="4">Many Rohingya lost documents in the widespread violence, or have previously refused to register as &quot;Bengalis&quot;, as required by the government under the new plan, because they say the term implies they are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.</font></p><p><font size="4">Rights advocates say it could potentially put thousands of Rohingya, including those living in long-settled villages, at risk of indefinite detention.</font></p><p><font size="4">The government will offer citizenship for those that accept the classification and have required documentation.</font></p><p><font size="4">Many Arakan families have lived in Rakhine for generations. They are stateless because the government does not recognise the existence of the Rohingya ethnicity, and has to date refused to grant the majority of them citizenship.</font></p><p><font size="4">Accepting the term Bengali could leave the Rohingya vulnerable should authorities in future attempt to send them to Bangladesh as illegal immigrants.</font></p></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-10104481921320663712014-12-24T18:43:00.001+06:302014-12-24T18:43:25.762+06:30Pickup truck crash injures 19 Rohingya<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/451339/pickup-truck-crash-injures-19-rohingya">Bangkokpost</a>, 21 Dec<div><br style="font-size:13px"><img alt="undefined" src="http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/content/wpvi/images/cms/108292_630x354.jpg" height="248" width="442" class="" tabindex="0" style="font-size: 13px; margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr" style="font-size:13px"><div id=":16o" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><span style="font-size:13px">&quot;Pickup truck crash in Talleyville, Delaware&quot; title=&quot;1 injured after pickup trucks crash head-on&quot;&gt;</span><div style="font-size:13px">Pickup truck crash in Talleyville, Delaware</div><br style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><b>PHATTHALUNG </b>— Nineteen Rohingya migrants were injured, 11 of them seriously, after a pickup truck veered off a slippery road in Khao Chaison district on Sunday morning. <br><br>The group, reportedly including a few children, were going from Ranong to the Padang Besar border checkpoint in Songkhla province when the accident took place on a local road in Moo 1 village in tambon Koke Muang at <span class="" tabindex="0"><span class="">8am</span></span>. It was raining at the time. <br><br>Police said the unidentified Thai driver failed to negotiate a curve in the wet conditions. He lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into a roadside ditch and overturn.  <br><br>The driver fled the scene, leaving the injured Rohingya behind and unattended. They were later taken to Tamod and Khao Chai hospitals.  <br><br>Speaking through an interpreter, a Rohingya migrant told police the group had left Myanmar by boat for Thailand. They stayed overnight in a forest behind a military camp in Ranong province before setting out on their journey to the Padang Besar checkpointearly Sunday. They were supposed to travel to Malaysia from there. The Rohingya migrant said each of them paid a Thai middle man 60,000 baht.  <br>   <br>Chaison district police chief Pol Col Pon Wanna said police are now investigating the Myanmar minority Rohingya and trying to track down the driver who is believed to be a member of a human trafficking gang.</font><br></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-40185104894530544942014-12-21T08:43:00.001+06:302014-12-21T08:43:23.198+06:30A Controversial Report of "Burma and Bangladesh: A Strategy to Combat Statelessness"<div dir="ltr"><i>By admin,</i><div><br></div><div>A new report written on 14 Dec 2014, came out here. </div><div><h1 class="" rel="nofollow" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:1em;font-family:&#39;Trebuchet MS&#39;,&#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;color:rgb(46,46,46);line-height:18px">&quot;<a href="http://www.netipr.org/policy/node/42">Burma and Bangladesh: A Strategy to Combat Statelessness</a>&quot;</h1><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><i>How controversial is- </i></div><div><span style="font-size:13px">Despite the report calls to solve the crisis strategically, it undermines the primary existence of the people through wisely labelling as recent settlers from the waves of Bangladeshi migrations..</span><br style="font-size:13px"><div style="font-size:13px"><br></div><div style="font-size:13px">The writer itself viewing &#39;sympathizer&#39; and much eager to bring the solution over the problems. In deed, the hidden fact is that the writer smartly and wrongfully proving  these vulnerable people as late settlers by crediting on the doggy documents of the dictators and other oppressive operations/processes which were forcefully exercised during 1978-King Dragon Operation, 1990-Pyi Taryar Operations..</div><div style="font-size:13px"><br></div><div style="font-size:13px"><i>Specially in these parts from-</i></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font color="#0000ff"><span style="font-family:&#39;Trebuchet MS&#39;,&#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px">&quot;The Rohingyas are mainly the descendants of Bengali/Chittagonian labour migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh who had settled in Arakan after the 1824 British annexation of that province. After Burma gained her independence from Britain in 1948, an unknown number of settlers from the Chittagong area continued to enter as migrants.&quot;</span><br></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font color="#0000ff"><span style="font-family:&#39;Trebuchet MS&#39;,&#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px">&quot;</span><span style="font-family:&#39;Trebuchet MS&#39;,&#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px">Those 800,000 stateless Rohingya/Bengali are often referred to as Temporary Registration Card (TRC) or White Card holders. This group of stateless people were recorded in the 1983 Burma Census as foreigners. There are indications that the 1973 Burmese Census has registered this same group as foreigners. It would appear that the Burmese immigration begun issuing Temporary Registration Cards (TRC) to this group of foreigners since 1950s. After 1995, with the returning of 230,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and at the requests of UNHCR, the Government uniformly issued the TRCs to all those 800,000 stateless people within Arakan State.&quot;</span></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><br></div><div style="font-size:13px">This is how the educated one&#39;s double dealing and instigation of all parties in order to keep the crisis alive. So, no Burmese, nor government will take initiation to issue citizenship to people who are being indicated as &quot;late arrivals&quot;.</div><div style="font-size:13px"><br></div><div style="font-size:13px">The writer doesn&#39;t understand the plights of Rohingya at all or intentionally undermine the several waves of violences that have been conducted on Rohingya during 1942, 1949, 1958-60, 1967-68, 1978, 1990-92 and the crisis of &quot;<b style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:Arial,Tahoma,Helvetica,FreeSans,sans-serif;line-height:18.2000007629395px;text-align:justify"><span style="color:black;font-size:11pt"><span style="font-weight:normal;font-stretch:normal;font-size:7pt;line-height:normal;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;"><a href="http://www.ndphr.net/p/populationconcern-there-are_17.html"> </a></span></span></b><span style="color:rgb(68,68,68);line-height:18.2000007629395px;text-align:justify;font-family:Calibri"><b><span style="color:black;font-size:11pt"><a href="http://www.ndphr.net/p/populationconcern-there-are_17.html">1784-1824- The 40 year Burmese tyrannical rule</a></span></b><span style="color:black;font-size:11pt"><a href="http://www.ndphr.net/p/populationconcern-there-are_17.html"> </a><b><a href="http://www.ndphr.net/p/populationconcern-there-are_17.html">of Arakan</a>&quot;.</b></span></span></div><div style="font-size:13px"><span style="color:rgb(68,68,68);line-height:18.2000007629395px;text-align:justify;font-family:Calibri"><span style="color:black;font-size:11pt"><b><br></b></span></span></div><div style="font-size:13px">The such over-championing reports should not be re-credited..</div></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-17256618366767518392014-12-20T07:53:00.001+06:302014-12-20T07:53:45.524+06:30Turkish aid agency sends aid to Rohyinga muslims<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.worldbulletin.net/palestine/151016/turkish-aid-agency-sends-aid-to-rohyinga-muslims">worldbulletin</a>, 17 Dec<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div style="font-size:13px"><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><img title="Turkish aid agency sends aid to Rohyinga muslims" alt="Turkish aid agency sends aid to Rohyinga muslims" src="http://media.worldbulletin.net/news/2014/12/18/arakan-tika.jpg" height="649" width="957" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":1no" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><br><font size="4">file photo</font></div><h2>The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency has distributed food, clothing, and stationary to the people of Myanmar in Arakan state.</h2><div style="font-size:13px"><p><font size="4"><strong>World Bulletin/News Desk</strong></font></p><p><font size="4">The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency has distributed food, clothing, and stationary to the people of Myanmar in Arakan state.</font></p><p><font size="4">Along with AFAD (Turkish State Emergency Services), distributed food, clothing, stationary to the Rohyinga muslims of Arakan state – 600,000 people have benefitted from the distriubtion that took place in the Yangon area, with two separate shipments of 600,000 tons to the capital Sitwe.</font></p><p><font size="4">The Rohyinga Muslims live 20km away from the capital city where they are in 10 different towns and districts. The organisation of the distribution was done jointly with TIKA and local ngo&#39;s.</font></p><p><font size="4">In the press statement, it was explained that many were in camps and faced difficult condition with nearly 300,000 were close to starvation and the local organisations thanked TIKA and AFAD.</font></p><p><font size="4">At the same time, the Myanmar United Nations Food programme had reduced their limit and as a result many Muslims in Rohynga are starving.</font></p><p><font size="4">The Muslims who live near in the camps and villages expressed their gratitude for the people of Turkey for helping them in their difficult time.</font></p><div><font size="4"><br></font></div></div><font size="4"></font></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-91225746182855126572014-12-20T07:49:00.001+06:302014-12-20T07:49:03.760+06:3032 Rohingyas Arrested And Tortured By Arakan Army, To Be Sold as Slaves In Thailand<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.rohingyablogger.com/2014/12/32-rohingyas-arrested-and-tortured-by.html">RB news</a>, 15 Dec<div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><b style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em">Maungdaw, Arakan</b> – 32 Rohingyas working in four fishing boats owned by a Rakhine businessman from Aley Than Kyaw village tract of Southern Maungdaw Township in Arakan State were arrested and tortured by Rakhine Militia, Arakan Army. They will be sold in Thailand according who escaped. <br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em">On Saturday night, December 13, 2014, four fishing boats owned by Than Htay (a.k.a) Maung Saw Tin from Aley Than Kyaw village tract of Southern Maungdaw Township, carrying 40 Rohingyas fishermen who were fishing at sea. The Arakan Army came by Thai boat which is commonly used for human trafficking and terrorizing the fishermen while they are fishing. </div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)">Among 40 fishermen, 8 could manage to escape from the brutal attacks and torture of Arakan Army on their fishing boats. The remaining 32 were tortured on their boats and later they were detained and taken onto the boat of Arakan Army. </div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)">On the Thai boat operated by the Arakan Army approximately 200 Rohingyas were carried. Normally such boat carried 600 but as the Rohingyas in Northern Arakan were alerted of the risk to be victims of human trafficking, the human trafficking led by Arakan Army received less than they expected, picking up the fishermen from the sea and torturing them. Their intention is to sell all these Rohingyas as slaves in Thailand, according to 8 survivors. </div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)">The four fishing boats remain in the location they were left at and blood stains remain on the boats as 32 Rohingyas were brutally tortured and terrorized before they were taken to Thai boat by Arakan Army men, according to a local. </div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)">Although three ships from Myanmar Navy at the Naf river saw that the Rohingyas on the fishing boats were being tortured by the Arakan Army they ignored the crimes and didn't rescue them because they were Rohingyas. </div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)"><br style="margin:0px;padding:0px;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1em"></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-family:&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;,&#39;Century Gothic&#39;;outline:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:16px;color:rgb(0,0,0);text-align:justify;background-color:rgb(238,240,244)">As many tactics have been used by Myanmar government to cleanse the Rohingya minority from Myanmar, sometime the local authorities collaborate with Rakhine rebels to attack the Rohingyas, the authorities themselves bring the ships from Thailand and organizing the local Rohingyas to go to Thailand and Malaysia, and arresting the innocent Rohingyas in Northern Arakan so they will leave from the country.</div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-57014038892364141272014-12-14T07:20:00.001+06:302014-12-14T07:20:54.072+06:30A Briefing by Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK : The Humanitarian Crisis of Rohingya in Rakhine State<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://brouk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-Humanitarian-Crisis-Of-Rohingya-In-Rakhine-State1.pdf.">BROUK</a>, 12 Dec<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="673" width="1014" style="font-size:13px;border-collapse:collapse;border:medium none"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="295" style="width:221.4pt;border:1pt solid windowtext;padding:0in 5.4pt"><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)">Recent violence against the Rohingya</span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)"><span style="word-spacing:-1px">In June and October 2012 there were large scale </span>violent attacks against the ethnic Rohingya in <span style="word-spacing:-1px">Rakhine</span> State. Ethnic Kaman Muslims were also </span><font size="4"><span style="word-spacing:-1px">targeted. In addition there were widespread and </span>numerous other incidents of violence, intimidation and harassment against the Rohingya. <span style="word-spacing:1px"><br></span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="4"><span style="word-spacing:1px"><br></span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="4"><span style="word-spacing:1px">International organisations which investigated this </span><span style="word-spacing:-2px">violence, including Human Rights Watch, gathered </span>evidence that the attacks met the international legal definition of ethnic cleansing and crimes against <span style="letter-spacing:-0.75pt">humanity.</span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)"><span style="word-spacing:-6px">Humanitarian consequences of recent </span>violence</span></font></p><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Estimates of those killed in the violence range </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">from several hundred to more than a thousand. The </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">UNHCR has said that in the two years since the </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">violence began more than 80,000 Rohingya have fl</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">ed Burma by boat. Around 140,000 Rohingya</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">who were forced to flee their homes now live </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">in temporary camps where humanitarian access </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">is severely restricted as a result of Burmese </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">government policies and the failure of the</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">government to ensure a secure environment for </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">delivery of aid.</span></font></div><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="4"><span style="font-family:MingLiU_HKSCS;color:rgb(35,31,32)"></span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)"><span style="word-spacing:-4px">Context of the humanitarian crisis</span></span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">While the appalling conditions of the Rohingya in <span style="word-spacing:-1px">camps in Rakhine State since 2012 has received </span><span style="word-spacing:1px">international attention, the humanitarian crisis </span><span style="word-spacing:-1px">in Rakhine State is not new. Since the 1960s </span>governments in Burma have gradually introduced laws and policies designed to repress and impoverish the Rohingya, and drive them out of Burma. Increasing poverty and blocking economic development of the Rohingya is a deliberate <span style="word-spacing:-1px">and integral part of the Burmese governments</span><span style="word-spacing:-2px">Rohingya policy. Since the reform process began </span><span style="word-spacing:-1px">under President Thein Sein in 2011, the application</span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14pt"> </span></p></td><td valign="top" width="295" style="width:221.4pt;border-width:1pt 1pt 1pt medium;border-style:solid solid solid none;padding:0in 5.4pt"><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(238,238,238)"><font size="6"><b><span lang="EN" style="font-family:ff0;color:rgb(72,165,234)">Recommendations</span></b></font><span lang="EN"></span></span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(238,238,238)"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:6px">• <span style="width:71px"></span>United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon should personally take the lead in negotiating </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">free and unhindered international humanitarian access in Rakhine State. Individual governments </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">should encourage Ban Ki-moon to take up this issue and give high-level support to his efforts. <br><br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:6px">• <span style="width:71px"></span>Governments need to make it clear that futurepositive diplomatic relations are contingent </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">on unhindered humanitarian access, reform of the 1982 Citizenship Law, and abolishment of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">discriminatory policies and practices against the Rohingya.<br><br> </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>Diplomats and UN ofcials should use the word "Rohingya" both in public and private. By </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">avoiding the term, they legitimise the Burmese government's ongoing discrimination and </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">campaign to portray the Rohingya as illegal immigrants.<br><br> </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>The humanitarian crisis for the Rohingya in Burma is part of a systematic policy of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">impoverishment of the Rohingya. These policies may constitute crimes against humanity, </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">and have helped lead to ethnic cleansing. The international community should support </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:1px">the establishment of an independent international investigation into possible violations of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">international law against the Rohingya in Burma.<br><br> </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>Robust and specic language on the Rohingya mustbe included in the next United Nations </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Human Rights Council resolution on Burma. This should include use of the word "Rohingya," </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">demand unhindered humanitarian access, reform of the 1982 Citizenship Law and lifting of all</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">discriminatory policies, and establish a UN Commission of Inquiry into possible violations of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">international law against the Rohingya in Burma.</span></span></font><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(238,238,238)"><span lang="EN" style="font-family:ff4;color:rgb(35,31,32)"></span><span lang="EN"></span></span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(238,238,238)"></span></font><p class="MsoNormal"><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(238,238,238)"> </span></font></p></td></tr></tbody></table><br style="font-size:13px"><span style="font-size:13px;color:rgb(35,31,32)"></span><span style="font-size:13px;color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px"></span><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">of these policies has been stepped up, leading to a serious deterioration of the human rights and </span>humanitarian situation in Rakhine State.<br></font><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"><br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Buddhist nationalists led Burma's struggle for independence and this nationalism is central </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">to politics in Burma today. In 1961 Buddhism was declared the state religion. Following this </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">declaration a series of laws and policies were introduced designed to repress and impoverish </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">Muslim ethnic Rohingya. These include the notorious 1982 Citizenship Law, which effectively </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">denies citizenship to the Rohingya, and the 1988 banning of Rohingya from travelling outside </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Rakhine State. <br><br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Other policies and laws introduced include restrictions on Rohingya travelling from some townships </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">to others, and even within some townships, checkpoints on roads targeting only Rohingya </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">which include body searches and extortion of money, restrictions on marriage through a tax fee </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">requirement, arbitrary taxation on a wide range of activities, even including death of cattle, forced </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">labour, land conscation, arbitrary arrests and extortion for releasing the person arrested, almost no </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> provision of government services such as health, education or infrastructure in Rohingya areas.</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"><br><br>All of these policies are part of a systematic approach of impoverishing and oppressing the </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">Rohingya in order to attempt to drive them out of Burma. They are deliberately designed so that </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">there can be an element of deniability by central government, which tries to blame some of these </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> policies on local authorities, rogue individual police and security officers, and a lack of adequate</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">training.<br><br></span></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234);word-spacing:-6px">The humanitarian consequences<br></span></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"><br>Even before the violence in 2012, the humanitarian consequences of decades of government </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">repression and impoverishment of the Rohingya were severe. While the government has </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">traditionally failed to provide adequate services to the population in Rakhine State, including for </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">the ethnic Rakhine, services were very limited, and especially for the Rohingya. Rohingya are</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">frequently denied access to hospitals and clinics. <br><br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:7px">• <span style="width:70px"></span>70% of Rohingya have no access to safe water/sanitation services</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:4px"><br>• <span style="width:73px"></span>In the Maungdaw Rohingya District there is just one doctor per 160,000 people. The World </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">Health Organisation <br>    recommends one doctor per 5,000 people.<br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:8px">• <span style="width:69px"></span>Only 2% of Rohingya women give birth in hospital.<br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>44% of the population of Rakhine State lives below the poverty line, almost 20 percent higher </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">than the average in <br>    most parts of Burma.<br><br></span></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234);word-spacing:-5px"><font size="6">Government restriction</font><font size="6">s placed on humanitarian aid</font><br><br></span></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">"…the deprivation of health care is deliberately targeting the Rohingya population, and that the </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">increasingly permanent segregation of that population is taking place. Furthermore, he believes that </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">those human rights violations are connected to discriminatory and persecutory policies against the Rohingya Muslim population, which also include ongoing official and unofficial practices from both</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">local and central authorities restricting rights to nationality, movement, marriage, family, health </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-5px">andprivacy.<br><br><b>"</b></span><b><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-3px">Report  of  the  Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea </span></b><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-3px"><b>Quintana, April 2014.</b><br><br></span></font></div><div style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:6px">• <span style="width:71px"></span>International organisations have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">government which is more<br>   restrictive than in most countries and can take years to obtain.</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:3px">• <span style="width:74px"></span>The MoU limits what an organisation can do, so if they <br>  want to work in a new area or provide </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">a different service to meet a newly identied need they have to start difcult and <br>    lengthy </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">negotiations.<br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:4px">• <span style="width:73px"></span>The government uses 'security concerns' to block humanitarian access to certain places at certain </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">times.</span></font></div><font size="4"></font><div style="font-size:13px"></div><div style="font-size:13px"><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">• Foreign staff need special visas to enter Burma and only limited numbers of visas <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  are     given. Aid   workers have had visas denied.<br>• In times of emergency restrictions on numbers of visas given still apply, effectively <br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  stopping an    adequate response, such as when Hurricane Giri struck Rakhine State.<br>• Foreign staff who are given visas can face restrictions on where they are allowed to go</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   within Burma,     and only be allowed in the country for a short period. <br>• Travel authorisations are needed for Burmese humanitarian staff going to remote</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">         areas. These often  need renewing every month and may be delayed or denied.<br>• Rohingya staff working for international organisations face additional travel  </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  estrictions. These have become much stricter since the violence in 2012.<br>• Rohingya humanitarian aid workers working for international organisations, including</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   the United  Nations, have been subject to arbitrary arrest and detention.<br>• Several days advance notice needs to be given to the government before aid workers</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  can   travel to  some areas.<br>• Overall, access has become more difficult and restrictions more severe since the</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  violence in   2012,  despite the need for humanitarian assistance increasing.<br>• Permission to stay overnight in remote areas is often denied, and as travel times make</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   going to a  place and back in one day impossible, projects are effectively blocked</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   without    officially being denied.<br>• The government has not taken effective action to stop the spread of misinformation and</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   incitement of    violence against international humanitarian aid organisations and their</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   employees.<br>• Government of</span><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:MingLiU_HKSCS;color:rgb(35,31,32)"></span><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">cials and leading politicians have directly or indirectly supported or</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  appeared to support the spread of misinformation and incitement of violence against</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   international humanitarian  organisations.<br>• Aid organisations, including MSF, have faced threats of expulsion or have effectively</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  been   expelled, permanently and temporarily, from working in Rakhine State.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">• Local humanitarian staff and their families have faced threats and abuse.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">• Local campaigns against international humanitarian organisation have resulted in</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   blocking  of delivery of aid, and refusing to rent offices, land, cars or other services to</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   humanitarian  organisations. The government has taken no effective action to counter</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   these campaigns.As  with many of the policies of impoverishment and repression</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   against the Rohingya, the   Burmese government tries to deny responsibility for many</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  of these restrictions, citing local anti-Rohingya sentiment, the local government, and</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  bureaucracy for which they need international aid to improve. Taken together though</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  they amount to a clear pattern and  policy of obstruction of humanitarian assistance in</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   line with the policy of making life for   the Rohingya as unbearable as possible so that</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">  they leave the country.President Thein Sein has stated that his goal is for all Rohingya to</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">   leave Burma:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">"The solution to this problem is that they can be settled in refugee camps managed by UNHCR, and UNHCR provides for them. If there are countries that would accept them, they could be sent there."</span><span style="font-size:14pt"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)"> </span><span style="font-size:14pt"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">11 July 2012, while discussing the issue of Rohingya with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres.</span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)"></span><span style="font-size:14pt"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)">Camps For Internally Displaced Rohingya</span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><br><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)"></span></font><span style="font-size:14pt"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)">"I witnessed a level of human suffering in IDP camps that I have personally never see before…appalling conditions…wholly inadequate access to basic services including health, education, water and sanitation."</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;color:rgb(35,31,32)"><b>Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang in June 2014 after visiting IDP camps in Rakhine State.</b></span><span style="font-size:14pt"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt"> </span><br></p><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)"></span></font><div><i><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">"I have seen many camps during my time but the conditions in these camps rank among the worst… </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Unfortunately we as the United Nations are not able to get in and do the range of work we would </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">like to do with those people, so the conditions are terrible….It's a dire situation and we have to do </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> something about it."</span></font></i></div><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> </span></font></div><div><b><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-6px">Valeri  e     Amos,   Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Baroness Amos after </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-2px">visiting IDP camps in Rakhine State in December 2012</span></font></b></div><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"><br>Around 140,000 ethnic Rohingya have been living in camps in Rakhine State since 2012. There </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">is no adequate provision of health services, education for children, housing, sanitation, or food. </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">The United Nations has not publicly published and promoted information about the situation in </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">the camps, presumably for fear of upsetting the Burmese government, and also as such statistics </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">would result in criticism of the United Nations and international community for allowing such dire </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:2px">conditions to continue.<br><br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">In March 2014, 33 offices of humanitarian organisations were attacked by violent mobs. Extremists </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">used the pretext of an aid worker insulting the Buddhist flag to incite the attacks. However, there </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">was no evidence this had happened, and there had been well organised incitement against aid </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">organisations building up for weeks with no preventative action taken by the government. </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px"><br><br>The so-called 'spontaneous' mobs had the names and addresses of aid organisations offices and </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">were allowed to systematically attack them without interference from police or security forces. Aid </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">workers were forced to ee for their lives, and many had to leave the area altogether. Humanitarian </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">access gradually started to resume in the following weeks, but has still not returned to the already </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">limited level it was at in March 2014.<br><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234);letter-spacing:-1px;word-spacing:4px"><font size="6">Outside the camps</font><br><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Around 800,000 Rohingya who live outside camps are also in dire need of humanitarian assistance. </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">In some areas the rates of malnutrition are over 20 percent. Provision of health services are almost </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">non-existent. Detailed information is hard to obtain as even where the UN and aid agencies do </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">manage to get access to obtain statistics, they do not often publish these for public distribution, </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">either for fear of upsetting the Burmese government, or for fear of facing further restrictions as </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> punishment by the Burmese government for doing so.<br><br></span></font></div><div><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)">Conclusion<br><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">The humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and impoverishment of the Rohingya is part of a long-term </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> policy of repression of the ethnic Rohingya which has been stepped up since the reform process </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> began in 2011.</span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"><br><br>As a result of Burmese government policies, actions and inaction, almost one million ethnic </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Rohingya are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. 140,000 of these are living in squalid camps </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">in Rakhine State. There is a downward spiral with an overall decline in the ability of international </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">organisations to deliver humanitarian assistance. The Burmese government strings the international </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">community along with promises of future change, or using its old tactic of taking two steps back, </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">one step forward, then being praised by parts of the international community for the one step </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">forward, even though the overall situation is now worse than before. The case with MSF in 2014 is a </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">classic example of this.<br><br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">The government policy of increased violence and repression, and denial of humanitarian assistance, </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">is working in terms of achieving their goals. Since 2012 more than 80,000 Rohingya have ed </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">Burma by boat. More have left by other routes. This could amount to around ten percent of the </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">entire Rohingya population in Burma driven out of the country within two years.</span></font></div></div><font size="4"></font><div style="font-size:13px"></div><div style="font-size:13px;width:727px;min-height:1027px"><div style="width:902px;min-height:1274px"><font size="4"> </font><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">The lack of international action following the violence in 2012, despite evidence from Human </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">Rights Watch of state involvement in what amounts to ethnic cleansing and crimes against </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">humanity, and the conclusion of the special rapporteur that crimes against humanity may have taken </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> place against the Rohingya, has emboldened the Burmese government to step up repression and </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">humanitarian restrictions against the Rohingya. </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px"><br><br>The international community, including the USA, European Union and agencies of the United </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)"> Nations are even retreating from previous positions held in defence Rohingya rights. They are not </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">applying any signicant high-level pressure regarding humanitarian access, they are no longer </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">actively advocating for reform of the 1982 Citizenship Law, and are now even stopping using the </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">word Rohingya. How can the international community protect the rights of the Rohingya when they </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">won't even use our name?<br><br></span></font></div><div><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(72,165,234)">Recommendations<br><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:6px">• <span style="width:71px"></span>United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon should personally take the lead in negotiating </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">free and unhindered international humanitarian access in Rakhine State. Individual governments </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">should encourage Ban Ki-moon to take up this issue and give high-level support to his efforts. </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:6px">• <span style="width:71px"></span>Governments need to make itclear that future positive diplomatic relations are contingent </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">on unhindered humanitarian access, reform of the 1982 Citizenship Law, and abolishment of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">discriminatory policies and practices against the Rohingya.<br><br> </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>Diplomats and UN ofcials should use the word "Rohingya" both in public and private. By </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">avoiding the term, they legitimise the Burmese government's ongoing discrimination and </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">campaign to portray the Rohingya as illegal immigrants. <br></span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>The humanitarian crisis for the Rohingya in Burma is part of a systematic policy of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:-1px">impoverishment of the Rohingya. These policies may constitute crimes against humanity, </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">and have helped lead to ethnic cleansing. The international community should support </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:1px">the establishment of an independent international investigation into possible violations of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">international law against the Rohingya in Burma.<br> </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32);word-spacing:5px">• <span style="width:72px"></span>Robust and specic language on the Rohingya must be included in the next United Nations </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">Human Rights Council resolution on Burma. This should include use of the word "Rohingya," </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">demand unhindered humanitarian access, reform of the 1982 Citizenship Law and lifting of all </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">discriminatory policies, and establish a UN Commission of Inquiry into possible violations of </span><span style="color:rgb(35,31,32)">international law against the Rohingya in Burma.</span></font></div></div></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-14262229974291721342014-12-10T15:10:00.001+06:302014-12-10T15:10:25.674+06:3020 Muslims Facing Trial on Terrorism Charges<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/20-muslims-facing-trial-terrorism-charges.html">Irrawaddy news</a>, 9 Dec<div><div style="font-size:13px"><br></div><div style="font-size:13px"><div style="float:right">  </div></div><div style="font-size:13px;width:620px"><a href="http://www.irrawaddy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Muslims-held.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="An aerial view of Mandalay prison, where 20 Burmese Muslims are detained on terrorism charges. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)" src="http://www.irrawaddy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/610x406xMuslims-held.jpg.pagespeed.ic.WgurlVh90i.jpg" height="349" width="525" class="" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">An aerial view of Mandalay prison, where 20 Burmese Muslims are detained on terrorism charges. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)</span></span></font><div style="margin:20px 10px 5px 0px;float:left"><img src="http://tps10204.doubleverify.com/event.gif?impid=e38c1418c0d2481aba6f8e8f7d7f0598&amp;dvp_isFrmNested=1&amp;dvp_isFlshSupported=1&amp;dvp_frmSize=911x429&amp;dvp_isValidFrmSize=0&amp;dvp_isHiddenSupprted=1dvp_hdnVer=5&amp;cbust=1418129558722524" height="0" width="0" class=""></div></div><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">RANGOON — Twenty Burmese Muslims remain in prison awaiting a verdict almost five months after they were detained and accused of links to terrorism, with a lawyer representing some of the defendants saying odds for a fair trial look slim despite a dearth of credible evidence against the accused.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The detained men and women are from Taunggyi, Kyaukse and Naypyidaw, and were arrested in August in Konhein Township, Shan State, while they were traveling to a wedding in the town of Konhein.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">"They were charged with Article 5(j) and 5(l)" of Burma's Emergency Provisions Act, said Khin Moe Moe, a lawyer for 12 of the detained. "They did not have any contact with insurgent armed groups, they were just traveling for a wedding. … They are just normal people. Even the police bringing charges could not provide evidence at court about links to an armed group."</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Win Khaung, the national police chief, has disputed that claim, telling Radio Free Asia that the 20 detainees had links to an unspecified armed terrorist group and were planning to carry out an act of terrorism, allegations to which the police chief said the accused had confessed.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Both charges carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4" color="#cc0000">"I do not think that these victims will get fair justice," Khin Moe Moe added. "I believe that there are instructions for the court in Taunggyi from top officers about how to punish these victims. The judge will sentence the victims even though the victims are innocent and even though police do not have [sufficient] evidence."</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><font color="#0000ff">The 20 Muslims are all Burmese nationals, and some are even members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)</font>, according to their lawyer.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The accused have been held in a prison in Mandalay since August, with their lawyer objecting to their incarceration while the investigation is ongoing.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">"Prison is for those who have been sentenced. These people are not guilty yet," she said. "An investigation is ongoing. They should not be in prison."</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">She said prison authorities have refused to let the families of the detained Muslims visit them. <span style="background-color:rgb(255,255,0)">The four women and 16 men have appeared in court 20 times already, according to the lawyer.</span></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(255,255,0)">Khin Moe Moe also claimed that monks aligned with the Buddhist nationalist 969 movement were interfering in the case. A group of 969-affiliated monks has attended every court hearing convened, and Khin Moe Moe said she had received a threat from a 969 member on Facebook.</span></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">"They come to show their power whenever the victims appear in court. They were waiting in front of the court during the victims' trial. They showed their power to create trouble sometimes. I told the victims' families not to come to the court out of concern," she said.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Members of Burma's Muslim minority are severely repressed in western Arakan State, but elsewhere in the country they have largely managed to avoid discriminatory treatment by authorities, despite rising interreligious tensions in recent years.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">More than 200 people, mostly Muslims, have been killed in clashes between Buddhists and Muslims that have broken out sporadically since mid-2012. The most recent violence erupted in Mandalay in July, when one Buddhist and one Muslim were killed during rioting that lasted two days.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">In Arakan State, more than 100,000 Muslims remain confined to displacement camps after they fled their homes in the 2012 violence.</font></p></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-40167244228727303212014-12-10T15:06:00.001+06:302014-12-10T15:06:07.139+06:30Two Year Old Rohingya Boy Died At Sittwe Hospital After Doctor’s Injection<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.rohingyablogger.com/2014/12/two-year-old-rohingya-boy-died-at.html#sthash.1eBiL0gf.dpuf">RBnews</a>, 8 Dec<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div style="font-size:13px"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="text-align:center;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z7mWrwqxjTw/VIXbsHYg7WI/AAAAAAAAyVY/EQ-6lIkfwHQ/s1600/darpaing1.jpg" target="_blank" style="margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto"><img src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z7mWrwqxjTw/VIXbsHYg7WI/AAAAAAAAyVY/EQ-6lIkfwHQ/s1600/darpaing1.jpg" height="266" width="400" border="0" class=""></a></td></tr><tr><td><i>A woman carries her baby inside a hospital near the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 24, 2014. (Photo: Reuters/Min Zayar Oo)</i></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div><div style="text-align:justify"><b>Sittwe, Arakan</b> – A two year old Rohingya boy died at Sittwe General Hospital in Arakan State's capital, Sittwe on December 6, 2014 after he was given an injection by the doctor. </div><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify">Two year old Twariq Zia, son of Zia Ul Rahman from Dar Paing IDP camp in Sittwe, was seriously suffering from diarrhea. The parents of the boy took him to Dar Paing clinic but the doctor at Dar Paing clinic advised them to take their son to Sittwe General Hospital. </div><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify">Alqama, mother of Twariq Zia took her son to Sittwe General Hospital on December 5th at 2:30 pm. On the day of admission to the hospital, the doctors and nurses treated the boy very well and he almost recovered. Alqama thought her son could be discharged from the hospital on the following day. </div><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify">However, on the second day, December 6th at 8:00 am, a doctor came and gave an injection. Immediately after the injection the boy lost breathing and died, according to Alqama, the mother of Twariq Zia. Two hour after the death of Twariq Zia, the body of the child and Alqama were sent back to Dar Paing IDP camp from Sittwe General Hospital escorted by security forces.</div><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify">This most recent summer a string of similar incidents were reported at Sittwe General Hospital, where doctors administered injections to young mothers giving birth who died shortly after. Similarly there were reports of patients, including young mothers being beaten and killed while in the hospitals care. Discrimination and further victimization of Rohingya attempting to seek treatment at Rakhine run hospitals has been rampant in Arakan State, Myanmar, and several cases have been documented by Rohingya living in the state and independent agencies.</div></div><div style="text-align:justify"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify"><i>Saed Arkani contributed in reporting.</i></div></div><br></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-3352852840454636352014-12-07T12:58:00.001+06:302014-12-07T12:58:17.264+06:30More people risk lives across Indian Ocean despite abuse, deterrence<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/5481b0666.html">UNHCR</a>, 5 Dec<div><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px"><img src="http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/system/places/images/479/fullscreen/2699__rohingya-refugees-docking-in-moonlight-8696.jpg?1417508945" height="312" width="533" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"></p><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":2cg" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><font size="6"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"><font size="4">Small boats in Teknaf, Bangladesh, carry passengers across the Naf River.  </font>                                                                                                   </span></span></font><br><img src="http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/system/places/images/479/fullscreen/2692__beach-football-9091.jpg?1417427666" height="654" width="982" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":2ch" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)"><b><span lang="EN" style="font-family:Helvetica">Boys play football on a beach in Teknaf, Bangladesh, next to fishing boats often used to ferry passengers to larger vessels in the Bay of Bengal bound for Thailand or Malaysia. In the distance, across the Naf River, lies the coast of Myanmar.</span></b></span></span></font><span style="font-size:20pt"></span><p></p><p style="font-size:13px"></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><em>This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 5 December 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.</em></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">A new UNHCR report has found that more people are risking their lives on smugglers&#39; boats in South-East Asia despite the prospect of horrific violence en route.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">UNHCR estimates that 54,000 people have undertaken irregular maritime journeys in the region so far this year, based on reports by local sources, media and people who survived the journey. This includes some 53,000 people leaving from the Bay of Bengal towards Thailand and Malaysia, and hundreds of others moving further south in the Indian Ocean.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The outflow from the Bay of Bengal tends to peak in October, when calmer waters follow the end of the rainy season. Departures this October surged more than in previous years. Some 21,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis have set sail since then, a 37-per cent increase over the same period last year. About 10 per cent are believed to be women. Roughly one-third of arrivals interviewed by UNHCR in Thailand and Malaysia were minors under 18 years of age. Children as young as eight years old are known to have made the journey alone.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">In total some 120,000 people are believed to have embarked on these voyages in the Bay of Bengal since the start of 2012. With payments ranging from US$1,600 to US$2,400 demanded for each passenger, smugglers plying this route are believed to have generated nearly US$250 million in revenue in the last three years.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><strong>Myanmar/Bangladesh</strong></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">While the majority of people paid smugglers for the journey, there were isolated accounts of people who said they were forced onto boats, sometimes at gunpoint, in Myanmar and Bangladesh. UNHCR staff met two Rohingya boys in Malaysia who said they were kidnapped off the street in northern Rakhine state in late September and forced onto boats.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Conditions on the smugglers&#39; boats were dire. Survivors consistently described overcrowded conditions and daily rations of one sparse meal and one to two cups of water. People who asked for more or tried to use the toilet out of turn were beaten with belts or kicked down ladders by the armed crew on the deck above. An estimated 540 people have reportedly died this year at sea from such beatings, starvation or dehydration, and their bodies thrown overboard.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><strong>Thailand</strong></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Survivors told our staff that they were ferried from the big boats on smaller boats to Thailand. There they were held in smugglers&#39; camps and made to call relatives to pay for their release. When payment was not immediate, they were beaten or subjected to other acts of torture. A large number of survivors were able to show signs of serious mistreatment on their body.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Since last year, hundreds of people are alleged to have died in the camps from illness, starvation, dehydration and killings by smugglers when they tried to escape or could not pay.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">According to survivor accounts, raids by law enforcement agencies in Thailand since the beginning of the year seem to have led to a marked reduction in the number and size of smugglers&#39; camps in the country.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Some of the survivors UNHCR interviewed had gone through the camps more than once. They were rescued in government raids, placed in immigration detention, then opted for deportation or escaped and re-entered the smuggling cycle to escape the prospect of indefinite detention.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Rohingya and Bangladeshis who arrived in Thailand in recent months have been systematically screened by government multi-disciplinary teams to assess the potential for human trafficking. If found to be victims of trafficking, they are transferred to shelters to facilitate their rehabilitation and investigations of suspected smugglers. UNHCR hopes that this ongoing screening can be expanded to an assessment of all international protection needs.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><strong>Malaysia</strong></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Most arrivals in Malaysia crossed by land from Thailand and were kept in holding houses in northern Malaysia, usually for a few days. UNHCR staff met a teenage girl who married a Rohingya man after he paid for her and her brother&#39;s release from a holding house.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">As a result of the abuse and deprivations they suffered on smugglers&#39; boats and camps, this year nearly 200 people approached UNHCR in Malaysia with beri beri disease, a form of Vitamin B1 deficiency that left them unable to walk.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Several boats arrived directly in Malaysia from the Bay of Bengal this year. Nearly 300 people who arrived on three boats were arrested. UNHCR has been able to access people from the first two boats and is seeking access to the third group.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Yet others arrived by boat undetected and are living in the community. In interviews with UNHCR, they said they disembarked on Langkawi island off Malaysia&#39;s north-western coast or were ferried by speedboat from the Andaman sea to the mainland.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><strong>Indonesia</strong></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Two-way boat traffic continued between Indonesia and Malaysia, with some Rohingya moving to Indonesia after spending some time in Malaysia. More than 100 Rohingya were registered with UNHCR in Indonesia this year.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">UNHCR staff spoke to some Rohingya who tried to sail onward to Australia but returned due to bad weather, engine failure or interception by Australian authorities.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><strong>Australia</strong></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">In 2014 there were 10 known interceptions of boats carrying 441 people hoping to reach Australia. Seven boats with 205 people were returned to Indonesia. All but one of 79 passengers on two boats were returned to Sri Lanka. Separately 157 people on a boat from India were transferred from the Australian mainland to an offshore processing centre in Nauru, where they remain detained.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Of the more than 6,500 people of concern to UNHCR who travelled by sea and were put in detention in the region, over 4,600 were held in Australia or the offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Committee against Torture recently added their voice to UNHCR&#39;s own set of concerns about these practices.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Link to access the full report:<a href="http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/system/places/video/479/processed/2680__boats-web.mp4" target="_blank">http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/system/places/video/479/processed/2680__boats-web.mp4</a></font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4"><a href="http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/en/unhcr-imm" target="_blank">http://storybuilder.jumpstart.ge/en/unhcr-imm</a></font></p></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-60885635098539500572014-12-07T12:56:00.001+06:302014-12-07T12:56:24.860+06:30Government Blocking Aid to Kachin IDP Camps: KIO<div dir="ltr">Source<a href="http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/government-blocking-aid-kachin-idp-camps-kio.html"> Irrawaddy,</a> 5 Dec<div style="font-size:13px"><div><a style="color:rgb(34,34,34)"><br></a></div><div><div style="float:right"><br></div></div><div style="width:620px"><div style="text-align:center"><a href="http://www.irrawaddy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Kachin-IDPs.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="A view of the Border Post 6 camp for displaced persons, on the mountainous Sino-Burmese border that is administered by the Kachin Independence Organization. (Photo: Sai Zaw / The Irrawaddy)" src="http://www.irrawaddy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/610x405xKachin-IDPs.jpg.pagespeed.ic.DBaMZNnBJj.jpg" height="380" width="573" class="" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(12,52,61)"></span></span><span style="color:white;background:none 0% 0% repeat scroll rgb(12,52,61)">A view of the Border Post 6 camp for displaced persons, on the mountainous Sino-Burmese border that is administered by the Kachin Independence Organization. (Photo: Sai Zaw / The Irrawaddy)</span></font></div></div></div><p style="font-size:13px"></p><p style="font-size:13px"><b> </b><font size="4"><b>RANGOON</b> — Camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Laiza, the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), are facing a shortage of food supplies amid reported restrictions on UN and NGOs' humanitarian aid deliveries.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Kachin IDPs have seen food stocks dwindle in recent weeks as humanitarian aid has been blocked by the Burmese government, according to Doi Be Za, chair of the KIO's IDPs and Refugees Relief Committee.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Doi Be Za, who is also a member of the KIO central committee, said: "The UN and NGOs told us that they will come in October. To date, they have not arrived. Now we are surviving with the help of local donors. The government has suspended the UN and NGOs' permission to come to Laiza, citing security reasons."</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">It was not immediately clear if aid deliveries were being denied in relation to an incident on Nov. 19 in which a KIO military academy near Laiza was shelled by the Burma Army, killing 23 cadets.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">There are more than 20 IDP camps under KIO management, with an estimated total population of 50,000 people living in them, according to Doi Be Za's committee.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">"The UN told us that they would come in early November but they didn't come," said Mary Tawn, head of the humanitarian NGO Wunpawng Ningtoi, based in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State. "The government has closed the road for security reasons. Now, in the Laiza refugee camps, there is a shortage of basic groceries like rice, oil, salt and peas."</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">With IDP camps that in some cases are more than three years old, deteriorating conditions are beginning to take their toll on inhabitants. Some IDPs in Panwar, at a camp more than 10,000 feet above sea level known as Border Post 8, struggle to keep water from freezing and face other difficulties associated with the rugged frontier, Mary Tawn said.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">Doi Be Za said as winter approaches, humanitarian aid groups face increasing difficulties in sending rations to Border Posts 6, 7 and 8, which are along the China Border. He said the IDPs are in urgent need of warm clothes, and are also fearful because their camps are sited in close proximity to Burma Army bases.</font></p><p style="font-size:13px"><font size="4">The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people have been displaced since fighting resumed between the KIO's armed wing, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), and government forces in 2011. They are living in temporary camps across Kachin State, some of which are administered by the government and others managed by the KIO.</font></p><div style="font-size:13px"><h3><br></h3></div><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> </div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-41529511739415277632014-12-05T15:29:00.001+06:302014-12-05T15:29:50.559+06:30US has done nothing to stop Myanmar abuses: Analyst<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/01/388290/us-inactive-over-myanmar-abuses/">Presstv</a>, 1 Dec<div><br></div><div><div id="divLead2" style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify"><p><strong>An analyst says the United States has "done nothing" to halt the ongoing "persecution and massacre" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.</strong></p></div><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Ibrahim Moussawi, a political commentator, said in an interview from Beirut that the administration of President Barack Obama has failed to take any "solid action" against the ongoing human rights abuses in Myanmar.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">The analyst said that <b>Washington has failed "to exercise pressure" or "impose embargos" when it comes to the rights violations by the government in Myanmar. </b></p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Moussawi strongly criticized President Obama for paying a visit to Myanmar, saying the visit has been considered an endorsement for the country's military-dominated regime.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">"I believe the American president shouldn't have visited the country in the very first place," he said.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Obama travelled to Myanmar in November 2012, when he praised the country for its transition but called for progress on reforms, particularly in the treatment of ethnic minorities.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Moussawi also blamed Saudi Arabia and some Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf region for their inaction over the ongoing abuses in Myanmar.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Lawrence J. Korb, a foreign policy and national security analyst, who was another guest participating at the debate, defended the Obama administration's record on Myanmar, saying the US president has been an outspoken critic of the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been persecuted and faced torture, neglect, and repression since the country's independence in 1948.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">Myanmar's government has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslims. A new report says Myanmar's Muslims face death threats and slavery at the hand of human traffickers while fleeing persecution at home.</p><p style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:16px;text-align:justify">JR/HJL/HRB</p><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><br></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-67510158727103422492014-11-30T16:42:00.001+06:302014-11-30T16:42:57.751+06:30Myanmar and its Manufacturing Genocidal Racism towards Rohingya<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.maungzarni.net/2014/11/myanmar-and-its-manufacturing-genocidal.html#sthash.RrYAyqh0.dpuf">maungzarni</a>, 29 Nov<div><br></div><div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">There was inter-ethnic solidarity for the Rohingya/Muslims of Arakan dating back to 17 May 1978, the year of the first state-sponsored campaign of terror and destruction against the Rohingyas.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4" color="#0000ff">&quot;We, the Representatives of the peoples of Kachin, Karen, Palaung, Lahu, Shan and Wa, in deep sorrow, hereby express our heart-felt sympathy to the defenceless Muslims who fled to escape the compound racial and religious persecution by the Rangoon Government armed forces.&quot;</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Read on the solidarity statement from 1978 in the attached full text (in 2 JPEG files).</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Note the Ngagamin Operation (or King Dragon Operation) launched under the then Home Minister Brigadier Sein Lwin, known as the Butcher of Rangoon in 8.8.88 reached Sittwe in Feb 1978 - in fact on 11 Feb 1978, ironically one day before the Union Day, to celebrate Burma&#39;s ethnic diversity in unity!)</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">By the end of June 1978, over 200,000 - some say a quarter million - Rohingyas and other Muslims fled the country across the border into Bangladesh.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">The Bangladeshi Government then led by General Zia Raman opened the border and let the Muslim refugees in to his country to escape the immediate violence, death and rape by the Burmese and Rakhine combined forces (local law enforcement in Rakhine state were made up primarily of Rakhine while senior commanders and administrators were Bama from Rangoon, starting with Home Minister Brigadier Sein Win in Rangoon and Western Command commander based in Sittwe).</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Subsequently, Ne Win&#39;s Foreign Minister Tin Ohn was invited to Bangladesh capital where Bangladeshi senior officials veiled a threat of arming Rohingya refugees - number over 200,000 - if Burma did not take back their own nationals - Muslims from Arakan.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Bangladeshi general and PM Zia also traveled to Indonesia, Malaysia and other Muslim countries to rally support for the persecuted muslims in Arakan. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Finally, Ne Win backed down and agreed to take the Musim refugees back from Bangladesh. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">By July and August UNHCR got involved in repatriating Rohingyas back to Arakan.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">In the next 2-3 years, Ne Win and his anti-Muslim/anti-Rohingya deputies including Rakhine academics such as San Thar Aung (physics professor and director general of higher education) and Aye Kyaw (Australian-trained historian of nationalist movements in Burma) connived a legal strategy - and the result was the drafting of the 1982 Citizenship Act.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">By Oct 1982, the draft was completed and Ne Win&#39;s legal adviser and clerk Dr Maung Maung (British and Dutch-trained lawyer and legal scholar who had a stint at Yale Law School) oversaw the whole legal campaign to strip the Rohingyas of nationality by a stroke of a legal pen. (Hitler and his legal advisers also enacted laws stripping the Jews of Germany of nationality and paving the way for the eventual physical destruction of the Jews as a national/ethnic/religious community in Germany and throughout Nazi-occupied Europe).</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Like the Germans under Nazi rule who were told that the Jews were a threat to German nation, the Burmese public has been told a similar genocidal lie about the Rohingyas. (Myanmar Peace Center&#39;s Dr Min Zaw Oo is also playing the role of a Nazi-ish adviser, writing a series of delusional essays in Burmese framing the Rohingya issue in the larger equally delusional discourse of &#39;the War on Terror&#39; - published in THE VOICE - portraying the helpless, half-starved Rohingya as an Islamic threat to &quot;Buddhist&quot; Burma!)</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">In 1978, the estimated population of the Rohingyas was 1.3 million.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">In 2014, Khin Yi, Immigration Minister, former military intelligence and ex-police chief put the Rohingya population at 1.3 million.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Meanwhile the country&#39;s overall population is estimated to have grown from 26 millions in 1978 to about 50 million in 2014. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Meanwhile the Burmese regime is telling the public that there is a Rohingya population explosion posing a serious demographic threat to the country, parading around in the Burmese official media some Rohingya family - perhaps rare exceptions - with 4 wives and 30 children (not exact number). </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">(Khin Yin, Kyaw Yin Hlaing and Ban Ki-Moon&#39;s Special Envoy Vijay Nambia were lobbying the UN and governments around the world to drop the Rohingya&#39;s self-identity - Rohingya - and telling every official they meet &#39;Rohingya is a toxic name that will inflame popular opinion among ultra-nationalist &quot;Buddhist&quot; Rakhines, thereby making it difficult to resolve the &#39;sectarian conflict&#39; - a verifiable distortion of the fact that it is the military - and successive military regimes since Ne Win - that initiated the campaign to destroy the Rohingya, both symbolically via the erasure of the name, the identity and history - and literally as a cohesive ethnic, religious and national group). </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">This Zero Growth in population is the DIRECT result of a genocidal policy of Burma maintained since 1978. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Ex-General Khin Nyunt also confirmed that there was NO IN-FLOW Muslims from &quot;Bengali&#39;, only the fleeing of Arakan&#39;s Muslims across the borders into Bangladesh. He did so in his &#39;top secret&#39; lecture, to a cadre of officiating Burmese brigadier generals at the then National Defense College, (Khin Nyunt was the founder of the notorious Na-Sa-Ka, Burmese equivalent of SS as far as the Rohingyas in Arakan). </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">It is incredibly pathetic that the entire regime of Nwa Thein Sein - in fact all successive regimes of Bama generals - have been feeding the Burmese public this racist poison for the past nearly 40 years.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">All genocidal atrocities are typically preceded by constructing a target community or people as &#39;viruses&#39; &#39;threats&#39; &#39;pests&#39; &#39;illegals&#39; etc. As Amartya Sen - who lived through violent racial and religion-justified killings in South Asia - Lahore - observed perceptively any otherwise good and peaceful people can be turned to a genocidal lot by carefully crafted state-manufactured propaganda. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Every year the Burmese military regimes since Ne Win&#39;s era brought hundreds of Burmese senior and junior teachers to Civil Servant Training School at Hpaung Gyi where high ranking military officers, including Khin Nyunt, would come and spread lies, fear and hatred of the Rohingyas among the country&#39;s educators - teachers and other civil service members.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Tragically for those of us the &#39;good and informed Burmese&#39;, our country is populated by the good Buddhist public who have been thoroughly duped and brainwashed into behaving like the German Nazis in the Third Reich. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">The result of nearly 40 years of Burmese military&#39;s genocidal propaganda is that our country in 2014 is overwhelmingly genocidal and racist towards the Rohingyas. Hatred is never defeated by historical facts. Germans in the Allied- occupied Germany post-Hitler denied any knowledge of atrocities committed against 6 million Jews and another 4-5 millions Poles, &#39;gypsies&#39;, Russians, German communists, the disabled German, Jehovah Witnesses, etc. The American troops forced these defeated ordinary Germans to go and see - and remove by their hands - piles of hundreds of corpses in numerous concentration camps. Even then some Germans, both men and women, were seen laughing and giggling - before they entered these camps as if they were heading to a community picnic! Only when they saw first hand rotten corpses, gas chambers, charred bodies, etc. were they forced to accept that their nation was GENOCIDAL. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">No two genocides or cases of mass atrocities are exactly alike. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">But denial on the part of the perpetrators and perpetrating nations is an integral to all genocides. I was 15 feet behind (through the glass wall in the International Tribunal Chamber) Brother Number Two of Khmer Rouge - a Thammasat University (Bangkok)-trained law student and education minister - claiming his innocence and &#39;I was not aware of the atrocities&#39; - during his closing statement. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">The Burmese public is of course going to deny that they are genocidally racist. Many a good people who know better keep to themselves against the overwhelmingly genocidal Burmese public sentiment towards the Rohingya. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Back in 1978, other minorities such as Wa, Lahu, Kachin, Karen, Shan, Palaung, etc. dared express their solidarity and empathy for the persecuted Muslim minorities of Arakan.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">Now in 2014, even the Kachin Independence Organization&#39;s spokesperson ex-Colonel James L. based in BKK denied any knowledge of Rohingya and denied showing any sympathy for the Rohingya. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">That IS the direct effect of Nazi-like anti-Rohingya propaganda by the Psychological Warfare Department of Ministry of Defense in Burma. </font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4">The thought of Burma&#39;s good &quot;Buddhists&quot; turning Nazis really gives me chills down my spine. I hope it does for you too.</font></div><div style="text-align:justify"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="text-align:center;clear:both"><font size="4"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5U6TfjnWReg/VHm2QrOBcZI/AAAAAAAAyMI/fzdGodz6zV8/s1600/solidarity1.JPG" target="_blank" style="margin-right:1em;margin-left:1em"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5U6TfjnWReg/VHm2QrOBcZI/AAAAAAAAyMI/fzdGodz6zV8/s1600/solidarity1.JPG" height="917" width="688" border="0" class="" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a></font></div><div style="text-align:center;clear:both"><font size="4"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Lxo-Z7chO94/VHm2QTRXjlI/AAAAAAAAyME/Dz1tLox52Jk/s1600/Solidarity2.JPG" target="_blank" style="margin-right:1em;margin-left:1em"><img src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Lxo-Z7chO94/VHm2QTRXjlI/AAAAAAAAyME/Dz1tLox52Jk/s1600/Solidarity2.JPG" height="910" width="681" border="0" class="" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a></font></div></div><br><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-55211676548361899752014-11-28T13:52:00.001+06:302014-11-28T13:52:27.018+06:30The latest News about Internal Displaced Muslim from Meiktila<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/%E1%80%99%E1%80%AD%E1%80%90%E1%81%B3%E1%80%AE%E1%80%9C%E1%80%AC%E1%80%A1%E1%80%B1%E1%80%BB%E1%80%81%E1%80%A1%E1%80%B1%E1%80%94-%E1%80%B1%E1%80%94%E1%80%AC%E1%80%80%E1%80%B9%E1%80%86%E1%80%B6%E1%80%AF/">Mmdedia</a>, 26 Nov<div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:16pt">On November 24 2014 at 11:00 am the MeiktilaTownship chairperson Oo Myo Hline accompanied  Township land Record Department Officer and Chairman of Min Gala Zayet  Ward held a meeting with the IDPs of <b><span style="color:blue">Yan Myo Aung ward 10, 14 and 17</span></b>. In that meeting They told that IDP camp will be closed very soon and IDPs people will need to leave the camp. They also told that there is no permission to build house on their own previous housing  plot and has permission to sold that land. Also said the IDPs themselves  need to find place to stay. </span></p></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><br><a title="မိတၳီလာအေျခအေန ေနာက္ဆံုးရ သတင္း" href="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/%e1%80%99%e1%80%ad%e1%80%90%e1%81%b3%e1%80%ae%e1%80%9c%e1%80%ac%e1%80%a1%e1%80%b1%e1%80%bb%e1%80%81%e1%80%a1%e1%80%b1%e1%80%94-%e1%80%b1%e1%80%94%e1%80%ac%e1%80%80%e1%80%b9%e1%80%86%e1%80%b6%e1%80%af/" target="_blank"><img alt="မိတၳီလာအေျခအေန ေနာက္ဆံုးရ သတင္း" src="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/%E1%80%99%E1%80%AD%E1%80%90%E1%81%B3%E1%80%AE%E1%80%9C%E1%80%AC%E1%80%A1%E1%80%B1%E1%80%BB%E1%80%81%E1%80%A1%E1%80%B1%E1%80%94-%E1%80%B1%E1%80%94%E1%80%AC%E1%80%80%E1%80%B9%E1%80%86%E1%80%B6%E1%80%AF%E1%80%B8%E1%80%9B-%E1%80%9E%E1%80%90%E1%80%84%E1%80%B9%E1%80%B8-235x140.jpg" height="347" width="584" class="" style="margin-right: 0px;"></a></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-66153129909385525282014-11-28T13:49:00.001+06:302014-11-28T13:49:58.063+06:30UN passes resolution on Myanmar: Give Rohingyas citizenship<div dir="ltr">Source the<i> independent</i>, 23 Nov<div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><strong style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">UN passes resolution on Myanmar<br></strong><img src="http://theindependentbd.com/images/stories/2014/November/Nov_21_30/muslims.jpg" align="left" border="0" class="" tabindex="0" style="font-family: monospace; font-size: large; text-align: justify; float: left; margin-left: 8px; margin-right: 8px;"><div class="" dir="ltr" style="text-align:justify"><div id=":1tv" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><b>The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority</b>, ramping up pressure on Yangon to scrap a controversial identity plan, reports AFP from the United States. The measure was adopted by consensus in the General Assembly's rights committee following some wrangling with countries from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which had sought stronger language.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">The resolution expresses "serious concern" over the plight of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, where 140,000 people live in squalid camps after violence erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in 2012.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">Under a controversial government-backed plan, the Rohingya would be forced to identify themselves as Bengali—a term seen as disparaging—in order to apply for citizenship. Those who refuse would be forced to live in camps.</span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">Many in Myanmar's government and local Buddhists view Rohingya as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, but the community maintains its has ancestral roots in the country.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><font color="#0000ff">The resolution urges the government to protect the rights of all inhabitants of Rakhine state and allow "equal access to full citizenship for the Rohingya minority," to "allow self-identification" and ensure equal access to services.</font></span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">Myanmar's representative voiced opposition to the use of term "Rohingya" in the resolution and warned this would stoke tensions in Rakhine state.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">"Use of the word by the United Nations will draw strong resentment from the people of Myanmar, making the government's effort more difficult in addressing this issue," said the delegate.</span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">The representative emphasized that the government was seeking to address the issue.</span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">The measure drafted by the European Union now moves to the full Assembly, where it is likely to be adopted again by consensus. A vote is held if the country targeted by the resolution requests it.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">Despite criticism of the Rohingya's treatment, the resolution welcomes "continued positive developments in Myanmar" toward reform and notes that the government is making efforts to address the "complex situation in Rakhine state."</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">It calls for an office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to open "without delay" in Myanmar.</span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">Attacks by Buddhist mobs have left hundreds dead and 140,000 trapped in camps, and other Rohingya are fleeing the country. But this week, President Thein Sein called reports that the Rohingya are fleeing alleged torture a "media fabrication" during an interview with Voice of America.</span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">Myanmar's ambassador </span><span class="" tabindex="0" style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span class="">on Friday</span></span><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"> said that language in the resolution referring to "attacks against Muslims and other religious minorities" are misleading and can only contribute to inciting hatred.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">The Rohingya have emerged as a sensitive issue as Myanmar tries to move away from decades of repressive military rule toward democracy.</span><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">The resolution approved </span><span class="" tabindex="0" style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span class="">Friday</span></span><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"> also addresses international concerns over next year's presidential election, saying Myanmar should allow "all candidates to fairly contest" the vote.</span></div><div><br style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:monospace;font-size:large;text-align:justify">There has been uncertainty over whether opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could hold the presidency. A clause in the constitution bars anyone whose spouse or children are loyal to foreign countries from becoming president or vice president. Suu Kyi's two sons are British citizens, as was her late husband.</span><br></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-41701855342245685612014-11-22T11:02:00.001+06:302014-11-22T11:02:08.259+06:30Burmese refugees pay up to $1,000 for official refugee status in Malaysia<div dir="ltr">Source<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/21/burmese-refugees-pay-1000-official-status-malaysia"> the guardian</a>, 21 Nov<div><br><div><i><b>See via</b><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yW-wRqL-zk"> Youtube</a></i><br><div><div class="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div style="text-align:center"></div></div></div> <div><br></div><div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><b><font size="4">UN officials describing themselves as 'thieves' claim money from illegal trade goes to 'some top guys in the UN'</font></b></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><div><img alt="Burmese refugees from the Rohingya community in 2012 taking refuge on a street near the United Natio" src="http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-700/h--/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/21/1416579815513/Burmese-refugees-from-the-012.jpg" height="284" width="474" class="" tabindex="0" style="margin-right: 0px;"><div class="" dir="ltr"><div id=":104" class="" tabindex="0"><div class=""></div></div></div></div><div style="text-align:center"><font size="4"><span style="background-color:rgb(204,204,204)">Rohingya Muslim refugees from Burma on a street near the UN high commissioner for refugees office in Delhi. Photograph: AFP/Getty</span></font></div><div><p><font size="4"><b>Burmese refugees and asylum seekers are paying up to $1,000 (£650) for UNHCR cards granting them official refugee status in <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/malaysia" target="_blank">Malaysia</a></b>, an undercover al-Jazeera investigation has found.</font></p><p><font size="4">Officials from the UN's refugee agency have been recorded openly describing themselves as "thieves" for brokering the illegal trade of registration documents.</font></p><p><font size="4"><font color="#0000ff">"All the money from this activity goes into the pockets of some top guys in the UN,"</font> a UN translator claimed in al-Jazeera's <a title="" href="http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2014/11/malaysia-unwanted-20141118111742722400.html" target="_blank">current affairs programme 101 East</a>. "We have been doing this … for a long time. We are thieves, and we look for thieves above us."</font></p><p><font size="4">The programme's presenter, Steve Chao, posed as a priest in order to visit squalid detention centres in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, where he interviewed dozens of refugees and asylum seekers, some of them Rohingya Muslims from <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/burma" target="_blank">Burma</a>, for Malaysia's Unwanted, which was aired this week. Interviewees said they faced police harassment and exploitation, were forbidden to work or send their children to school, and lived in abysmal conditions: some refugees were beaten, chained or handcuffed, and many had not had any food for days.</font></p><div><font size="4">Advertisement</font></div><p><font size="4">About 150,000 refugees and asylum seekers are living in Malaysia – nearly all of them hailing from Burma – but because Malaysia is not party to the UN's 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 protocol recognising refugees, they are extremely vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment by authorities, rights groups say. All UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) services should normally be provided for free.</font></p><p><font size="4">Malaysia was downgraded this year to the lowest rung on the <a title="" href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/20/malaysia-us-human-trafficking-persons-report" target="_blank">US State Department's human trafficking index</a>, which highlighted the country's poor human rights record and officials' complicity in trafficking those held in detention camps.</font></p><p><font size="4">Malaysia's UNHCR mission – which sees more than 1,000 refugees and asylum seekers every day – is reportedly overwhelmed by the sheer number of those in need, with the leader of the mission, Richard Towle, comparing it to "an accident and emergency hospital".</font></p><p><font size="4">"You make tough decisions all the time about triaging and prioritising who is the neediest of the people in an already needy group of people," he said.</font></p><p><font size="4">A spokesperson for UNHCR Malaysia said the agency was aware of the claims and <a title="" href="http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/refugee-status-being-sold-for-up-to-rm3500-in-malaysia-claims-al-jazeera-re" target="_blank">had a "zero-tolerance policy" regarding corruption</a>. Resettlement operations were reportedly suspended earlier this year to investigate the claims.</font></p><p><font size="4">"UNHCR is aware of some allegations of fraud arising from its operation in Malaysia," said a UN spokeswoman, Yante Ismail. "These are beginning to be treated with the seriousness they require under the organisation's rules and procedures."</font></p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8839091005383183883.post-78390511318526206722014-11-22T07:01:00.001+06:302014-11-22T07:01:21.465+06:30Demolition of the Mosque of Yamethein Mandalay to build Buddhist Religious Building<div dir="ltr">Source <a href="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/%E1%80%99%E1%80%90%E1%80%9B%E1%80%AC%E1%80%B8%E1%81%BF%E1%80%96%E1%80%AD%E1%80%B3%E1%80%96%E1%80%BA%E1%80%80%E1%80%B9%E1%80%81%E1%80%B6%E1%80%9B%E1%80%9E%E1%80%8A%E1%80%B7%E1%80%B9-%E1%80%80%E1%80%94/">Mmedia</a>, 21 Nov<div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><font size="4">On 20th November 2014 at 8:00 am, it was started to destroy mosque building which is situated at the west part of Muslim ward, Ma Naw Hary road, Yamethein, Yamethein district, Mandalay Division, which build 350 years ago.  </font></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><font size="4"><br></font></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><font size="4">It is know  </font><font size="4">the Buddhist Ma Ba Tha Chair person <span style="color:rgb(153,0,0)">Monk Oo Sabdaw Ba Tha Ka</span> announces that</font><font size="4"> after abolishion of the Mosque building  they will replace with the Buddhist Religious building (Maha Wizaya) on the Place </font>. </div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><br></div><div style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px"><a title="မတရားၿဖိဳဖ်က္ခံရသည့္ ကန္ႀကီးဗလီေနရာတြင္ သာသနာ့ဗိမာန္ေဆာက္မည္ဟုု ရမည္းသင္း မ.ဘ.သ ဥကၠဌ ဆရာေတာ္ေၾကညာ" href="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/%e1%80%99%e1%80%90%e1%80%9b%e1%80%ac%e1%80%b8%e1%81%bf%e1%80%96%e1%80%ad%e1%80%b3%e1%80%96%e1%80%ba%e1%80%80%e1%80%b9%e1%80%81%e1%80%b6%e1%80%9b%e1%80%9e%e1%80%8a%e1%80%b7%e1%80%b9-%e1%80%80%e1%80%94/" target="_blank"><img alt="မတရားၿဖိဳဖ်က္ခံရသည့္ ကန္ႀကီးဗလီေနရာတြင္ သာသနာ့ဗိမာန္ေဆာက္မည္ဟုု ရမည္းသင္း မ.ဘ.သ ဥကၠဌ ဆရာေတာ္ေၾကညာ" src="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/မတရားၿဖိဳဖ်က္ခံရသည့္-ကန္ႀကီးဗလီေနရာတြင္-သာသနာ့ဗိမာန္ေဆာက္မည္ဟုု-ရမည္းသင္း-မ.ဘ.သ-2-600x338.jpg" height="338" width="600" class=""></a><a href="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/%E1%80%99%E1%80%90%E1%80%9B%E1%80%AC%E1%80%B8%E1%81%BF%E1%80%96%E1%80%AD%E1%80%B3%E1%80%96%E1%80%BA%E1%80%80%E1%80%B9%E1%80%81%E1%80%B6%E1%80%9B%E1%80%9E%E1%80%8A%E1%80%B7%E1%80%B9-%E1%80%80%E1%80%94%E1%80%B9%E1%82%80%E1%80%80%E1%80%AE%E1%80%B8%E1%80%97%E1%80%9C%E1%80%AE%E1%80%B1%E1%80%94%E1%80%9B%E1%80%AC%E1%80%90%E1%80%BC%E1%80%84%E1%80%B9-%E1%80%9E%E1%80%AC%E1%80%9E%E1%80%94%E1%80%AC%E1%80%B7%E1%80%97%E1%80%AD%E1%80%99%E1%80%AC%E1%80%94%E1%80%B9%E1%80%B1%E1%80%86%E1%80%AC%E1%80%80%E1%80%B9%E1%80%99%E1%80%8A%E1%80%B9%E1%80%9F%E1%80%AF%E1%80%AF-%E1%80%9B%E1%80%99%E1%80%8A%E1%80%B9%E1%80%B8%E1%80%9E%E1%80%84%E1%80%B9%E1%80%B8-%E1%80%99.%E1%80%98.%E1%80%9E.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="မတရားၿဖိဳဖ်က္ခံရသည့္ ကန္ႀကီးဗလီေနရာတြင္ သာသနာ့ဗိမာန္ေဆာက္မည္ဟုု ရမည္းသင္း မ.ဘ.သ" src="http://www.myanmarmuslim.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/မတရားၿဖိဳဖ်က္ခံရသည့္-ကန္ႀကီးဗလီေနရာတြင္-သာသနာ့ဗိမာန္ေဆာက္မည္ဟုု-ရမည္းသင္း-မ.ဘ.သ.jpg" height="470" width="627" class="" style="display: inline; margin-right: 0px;"></a><br><div style="text-align:center"><font size="4"><span style="color:rgb(255,255,255)"><span style="background-color:rgb(0,0,0)">Destroyed Mosque Phoro</span></span></font></div></div></div></div> NDPHRnoreply@blogger.com0