Burmese genocide scholar Maung Zarni takes on Myanmar’s most influential abbot, Sitagu Sayadaw

By Maung Zarni | Published by FORSEA on July 28, 2020 No global justice or international accountability process will be complete without Sitagu being named as a criminal who despite his saffron robe and high honours has provided spiritual patronage to genocidal leaders of Myanmar while offering scriptural justifications for “killing millions of non-Buddhists.” On July 20, 2020, in the 12-minute FB Live clip, FORSEA co-founder and leading Burmese genocide scholar, Dr Maung Zarni, delivered the most blistering expose of Myanmar’s most influential Buddhist monk Nyar Neik Tha Ra (better known as abbot Sitagu) for his instrumental role in the

A conversation with Daniel Feierstein, past-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

In this FRC Genocide Podcast Series, Argentinian Professor Daniel Feierstein, past-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, discusses: 1) Ralphael Lemkin’s two-phased conception of genocide – the identity-based intentional destruction of populations and re-ordering of demographic make-up and social relations 2) The spectacular failures of international law and global accountability in cases of genocides 3) Nazi and Argentinian genocides 4) Myanmar’s ICJ lawyer William Schabas and his un-ethical defense of the genocidal regime There will be a sequel to this episode in mid-August. Daniel Feierstein holds a Ph.D, in Social Sciences by the University of Buenos Aires. He is

A conversation with Katherine Southwick, a consultant adviser on Atrocity Prevention project at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Katherine Southwick is a consultant adviser on Atrocity Prevention project at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on the role of domestic criminal justice systems in atrocity prevention. She previously worked for over a decade on human rights, statelessness, and legal reform in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. She worked for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Washington DC and the Philippines on programs relating to judicial reform and the ASEAN human rights system. As a research fellow at Refugees International, she conducted research and advocacy on the global problem of statelessness. She has clerked

A conversation with David Kilgour, human-rights activist, author, former lawyer, and Canadian politician

David Kilgour is a human-rights activist, author, former lawyer, and Canadian politician. He served as an MP in the Canadian parliament for nearly 30 years, held the position of Secretary of State for Africa and Latin American, and subsequently for Asia. A lifelong practicing Christian, Kilgour has worked on issues such as inter-faith dialog, personal freedoms, and democratic government throughout his career. In Parliament, he was active in prayer groups while at venues and publications across the country he has spoken specifically on religious themes and politics. Commonly, his topics have been on global religious and political persecutions. With David

De-imagining Myanmar and Reimagining Free or Federated States

By Maung Zarni | Published by FORSEA on July 18, 2020 The painful but necessary question – How will or can Myanmar be de-constructed, or more alarmingly, disintegrated? – needs to be asked openly and debated publicly. Sunday – July 19 – marks the 73rd anniversary of the assassination of U Aung San, the father of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and a group of his multi-ethnic colleagues in his pre-colonial cabinet, including the Muslim leader and educator Mr Razak from my hometown of Mandalay. As the country prepares to commemorate its Martyrs Day, I begin to feel

A conversation with Tomás Quintana, UN SR on the situation of human rights in N. Korea

A conversation with Tomás Ojea Quintana, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea This conversation covers: 1) On his early whistle – “elements of a genocide” – in April 2014 on Myanmar genocide2) His criticism of Rangoon-based diplomats who called his UN-mandated human rights investigation “toxic”3) The Universal Jurisdiction case by BROUK in Argentina – against Burmese monks, politicians, and generals with criminal responsibility including Thein Sein, Min Aung Hlaing, Wirathu and Aung San Suu Kyi4) On racism of 88 Generation Leadership such as Ko Ko Gyi5) The crimes against humanity against non-Rohingya ethnic

A conversation with Tapan Bose, a New Delhi-based Indian documentary film director

Tapan podcast touches on: 1) Police Brutality, Class and Caste in India2) The issues affecting Rohingya refugees in India and3) The half-century of human rights activism fighting progressive causes Tapan Kumar Bose is a New Delhi-based Indian documentary film director, human rights activist, journalist and writer. Among his films are Bhopal: Beyond Genocide (1986) and An Indian Story (1981), about the extreme police brutality in the State of Bihar documenting how the state police resorted to widespread cruel act of blinding criminal suspects and how  the state authorities and lawmakers attempted to cover up the blinding.Tapan has been active in protection of refugees

ဒေါက်တာခင်ဇော်ဝင်းနှင့် ဆွေးနွေးခန်း

FRC Genocide Podcast Series (မြန်မာပိုင်းအစီအစဉ်) ဒေါက်တာမောင်ဇာနည် စီစဉ်တင်ဆက်သည်။ ဒီဆွေးနွေးခန်းမှာ ရန်ကုန်မြို့အခြေစိုက် တမ္ပဒီပအင်စီကျူ့ရဲ့ ဒါရိုက်တာ ဒေါက်တာခင်ဇော်ဝင်းက ပါဝင်ဆွေးနွေးထားပါတယ်။ ဆွေးနွေးထားတာတွေကတော့ (၁) ဒေါက်တာခင်ဇော်ဝင်းရဲ့ဖခင်က မြန်မာသံတမန်တစ်ဦးဖြစ်ပြီး၊ သူ့ရဲ့ဘဝအစောပိုင်းမှာ လူမျိုးပေါင်းစုံမှီတင်းနေထိုင်တဲ့ ရန်ကုန်မြို့နဲ့ နယူးဒေလီမြို့တွေမှာ လူမျိုးရေးခွဲခြားမှုကို ဆန့်ကျင်တာကို နားလည်လာခဲ့တဲ့အကြောင်း (၂) မြန်မာနိုင်ငံမှာ စစ်အာဏာရှင်လက်ထက်မှာ (၁၁) နှစ်ကြာ အကျဉ်းကျခံခဲ့ရတဲ့ အတွေ့အကြုံ (၃) အကျဉ်းထောင်က လွတ်မြောက်လာပြီး နောက်ပိုင်း မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတွင်း ညှဉ်းပန်းနှိပ်စက်ခံနေရတဲ့ ရိုဟင်ဂျာလူမျိုးများအတွက် အခြေအနေတွေ ပြောင်းလဲလာဖို့ လှုပ်ရှားနေတဲ့အကြောင်း (၄) ရန်ကုန်မြို့မှာ တမ္ပဒီပအင်စတီကျူ့ကို တည်ထောင်ပြီး မျိုးဆက်သစ်တွေမှာ ပညာရှင်တွေ ပေါ်ထွန်းလာဖို့ အသိပညာတွေပြန့်ပွားလာအောင် လုပ်ဆောင်နေတဲ့ အကြောင်း – စတာတွေကို စုံစုံလင်လင် ဆွေးနွေးပြောဆိုထားပါတယ်။ ဒေါက်တာခင်ဇော်ဝင်းက ရန်ကုန်မြို့အခြေစိုက် တမ္ပဒီပအင်စတီကျူ့ရဲ့ ညွန်ကြားရေးမှူး ဖြစ်ပြီး၊ လူမှုအသိုင်းအဝိုင်းတွေနဲ့ သက်ဆိုင်တဲ့ မူဝါဒများ၊ နိုင်ငံတွင်း အမျိုးသားရေး စိတ်ဓါတ်ပြင်းထန်နေတာတွေနဲ့ ပတ်သက်ပြီး လုပ်ကိုင်နေသူ ဖြစ်ပါတယ်။ ယခင်က မြန်မာနိုင်ငံနဲ့ မလေးရှားနိုင်ငံ ဆာဗားပြည်နယ်တွေက ကျန်းမာရေးဌာနတွေမှာ လုပ်ကိုင်ခဲ့ပြီး၊ စင်ကာပူနိုင်ငံ အမျိုးသားတက္ကသိုလ် (National University of Singapore) ကနေ ပြည်သူ့မူဝါဒနဲ့ ပတ်သက်တဲ့ မဟာဘွဲ့ ရရှိခဲ့ပါတယ်။ ဒေါက်တာခင်ဇော်ဝင်းက နိုင်ငံရေးအကျဉ်းသားဟောင်းတစ်ဦးဖြစ်ပြီး၊ လူ့အခွင့်အရေးလှုပ်ရှားမှုတွေကို နိုင်ငံတော်အကြည်ညိုပျက်အောင် ရေးသားတယ်လို့ စစ်အာဏာရှင်တွေက စွပ်စွဲပြီး ၁၉၉၄ ကနေ ၂၀၀၅ ခုနှစ်ထိ ၁၁ နှစ်ကြာ အကျဉ်းကျခဲ့ပါတယ်။

Press Release: RMMRU eSymposium on Hunger, Exploitation, Hate Crime and Xenophobia: Rohingyas on Land and at Sea

RMMRU eSymposium onHunger, Exploitation, Hate Crime and XenophobiaRohingyas on Land and at Sea Press Release Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people. The Rohingyas are no exception. The lockdowns and economic slowdown in different countries have robbed Rohingyas of their livelihood opportunities and pushed them into an abyss of hunger and malnutrition. It has also exposed them to exploitation, hate and xenophobia. These observations were made at an eSymposium organized by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit in collaboration of Free Rohingya Coalition held today. Among other things the participants demanded that international community should ensure

A conversation with Aman Ullah, a Rohingya historian and former school teacher

Mr. Aman Ullah, a Rohingya historian based in Bangladesh and he was a former school teacher in Ann township and the southern part of Maungdaw, Arakan State, Myanmar, who has contributed in the field of Rohingya history and humanitarian stance. This conversation covers: • The earliest name of Arakan was ‘Kala Mukha’ (Land of the) Black Faces, which had been a Hindu land since time immemorial. The first phase of Indianisation occurred in the region in the early 1st century CE. • The second phase of Indianisation of Arakan occurred sometime around the 6th century CE, they had established their