AA Leader Maj. Gen. Tun Myat Naing: “Arakan (or Rakhine) is for all ethnic and religious communities. External players in Myanmar have a hidden agenda (s).”

External players in Myanmar have a hidden agenda! – AA Leader Maj. Gen. Tun Myat Naing Watch BBC Burmese Interview here: This is the Rohingya and human rights-relevant bit (Zarni’s translation, verbatim): “Arakan is for all religious and ethnic communities who want to live peacefully in one another’s company. We have to embrace all communities of difference (in faith and ethnic identities) with tolerance. We need to see them all as human community, deserving respect and dignity. We are approached by external players who come with this ‘Rakhine (Buddhist) versus Rohingya (Muslim) prism/binary. They have a hidden agenda, we strongly […]

Dr Maung Zarni calls Bhasan Char “death island” and opposes Bangladesh’s plan to forcibly relocate 100,000 Rohingya genocide survivors

RN Breakfast | Published by ABC on March 7, 2019 Rights groups warn against Rohingya relocation to Bangladesh island Bangladesh has confirmed it will begin relocating Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited island off its southern coast within weeks. The Bhashan Char islet in the Bay of Bengal has been earmarked by Dhaka for about 100,000 Rohingyas. The relocation plan is aimed at easing overcrowding at the Cox’s Bazaar camp where a million Rohingya refugees are living after fleeing persecution in Myanmar. But international groups and rights activists warn the move is dangerous and risky.

Segarkan ingatan kepada pembunuhan jenayah kaum Rohingya di Myanmar

Published by Astro Awani on February 22, 2019 Dunia wajar diingatkan tentang jenayah kaum yang dilupakan, lama sesudah peristiwa Holocaust dan pembunuhan beramai-ramai etnik Kemboja oleh rejim Khmer Rouge. Pengasas Bersama Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia atau FORSEA, Dr Maung Zarni menegaskan, ada satu lagi peristiwa mirip Holocaust dan kekejaman Pol Pot, iaitu pembunuhan jenayah kaum terhadap Rohingya di Myanmar.

Pre-Recorded Special Address by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Situation Prof. Yanghee Lee to the International Burma Conference on Protection and Accountability, Barnard College, New York, 8-9 Feb 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor to present at this first ever International Conference on Protection and Accountability in Burma. As you may know, I have just completed an 11 day visit to Thailand and Bangladesh. Today’s presentation will be based on my visit and the End of Mission Statement presented on 25 January 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is quite unfortunate that the human rights situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate and how many parts of the repressive architecture that existed under successive military governments remain. Instead of bringing about the democratic reforms that were promised, the […]

Rohingya activists demand action against Myanmar at NYC summit

By Azad Essa | Published by Al Jazeera on February 9, 2019 A two-day international conference is urging collective and decisive action against Myanmar. New York City – The question of justice has dominated discussions at a New York conference on the persecution suffered by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Panellists, including international legal experts, Rohingya refugees, members of the diaspora and human rights activists, packed the James Room of Bernard College at Columbia University on Friday and Saturday, calling on the international community to take collective and decisive action against the Myanmar government. The Rohingya minority in Myanmar, long considered the most […]

Rohingya activists share stories of community’s plight

By Umar Farooq | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 9, 2019 New York conference highlights Muslim minority’s predicament, calls on world to pressure Myanmar to stop attacks WASHINGTON — Fear, intimidation, repression and genocide. These are the words used by members of the Rohingya community to describe what is happening to them at the hands of Myanmar’s military forces. “Some may think that by leaving a repressive, genocidal regime, Rohingya will be free,” said Yasmin Ullah, a Rohingya activist.  “Fear and intimidation are part of everyday life in Arakan, or what is called Rakhine state today. Fear and intimidation […]

Persecutors of Rohingya should face trial: Professor

By Dildar Baykan | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 9, 2019 Generals who have run genocidal campaign must become international pariahs, says Gregory Stanton NEW YORK — Perpetrators of the Rohingya genocide should stand trial at an international court for their crimes against humanity, the founding president of non-governmental organization Genocide Watch said Friday.   “We created international tribunals to try the perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and of other genocides, the ones in Bosnia, in East Timor and elsewhere. Now we have the International Criminal Court,” said Gregory Stanton, a research professor in genocide studies and prevention at […]

New bases in Myanmar’s Rakhine concern UN official

By Umar Farooq | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 8, 2019 Special rapporteur says Myanmar military’s new bases raise concerns about new violence against Rohingya WASHINGTON — A UN special rapporteur for Myanmar on Friday expressed concerns over the Myanmar military constructing new bases in Rakhine state. Yanghee Lee said she was told the Myanmar military is constructing new bases throughout the entire area and received information that civilians in Myanmar had seen troops moving through villages in Rakhine and heard gunfire nearby. Her comments came via video at a conference hosted by the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) in […]

Rohingyas hosting int’l conference to call for security

Free Rohingya Coalition, a leading global activist group led by and for the Rohingya people, is hosting a two-day international conference at Barnard College, New York City on February 8-9, calling for accountability and protection for national minorities in Myanmar. This is a rare convergence of academics and activists hailing from and with expertise on Burma, with humanitarians and international criminal law practitioners, according to the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) in a statement released on February 1. It is being held after more than 17 months since some 750,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state as Myanmar military conducted a brutal campaign. In September […]

Conference on Rohingya to be held in New York next week

Led by global activist group Free Rohingya Coalition, two-day conference will address national minorities in Myanmar By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 3, 2019 ANKARA  — The Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) will host an international conference at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City on Feb. 8 and 9. The two-day conference, with the participation of world renowned scholars, UN envoys, activists and refugees, will call for accountability and protection for national minorities in Burma, also known as Myanmar, the FRC said in a statement on Friday. “This is a rare convergence of academics […]