Ensuring the Safety of Rohingyas as a National Minority Inside Myanmar: Who? How?

By Maung Zarni, Natalie Brinham | Published by Middle East Institute on November 20, 2018 “It is an ongoing genocide (in Myanmar),” said Mr. Marzuki Darusman, the head of the UN Human Rights Council-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission at the official briefing at the full Security Council on October 24, 2018.[1] This official briefing was officially requested by 9 out of the 15 Council members over the objection of China, Russia, Equatorial Guinea and Bolivia). [2] On the same day, before the Security Council briefing, Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia who headed his country’s National Human Rights Commission and served as UN Special […]

“Genocide cards”: Rohingya refugees on why they risked their lives to refuse ID cards

By Natalie Brinham | Published by Open Democracy on October 21, 2018 Wary of the past, Rohingya have frustrated the UN’s attempts to provide them with documentation. In 2016, Nural, as a leader in a Rohingya village in Rathedaung, was called to a meeting by a high-ranking officer from the Myanmar Border Guard Police. There, Nural and the gathered village leaders were told all Rohingya must now accept identity cards, known as nationality verification cards (NVCs), or they would “no longer be allowed to remain in the country” and be “driven out”. Despite the risk of speaking out, Nural raised […]

A Call for Justice and Action for Myanmar (September 2017 – September 2018)

A Call for Justice and Action for Myanmar One year after the PPT Judgment on the genocide September 2017 – September 2018 The judgment of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity One year ago, on 22 September 2017, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar, after hearing persuasive witness and expert testimony at its session held in Kuala Lumpur, found that war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide are being committed in Myanmar. In recognition that its findings have continuing and ever heightened applicability, the University of Malaya Faculty of Law is now publishing […]

Select published works on Myanmar GENOCIDE since 2013 by ZARNI, Natalie Brinham and Amartya Sen

Buddhist Nationalism in Burma Institutionalized racism against the Rohingya Muslims led Burma to genocide By Maung Zarni SPRING 2013 Rohingya are categorically darker-skinned people—sometimes called by the slur “Bengali kalar.” Indeed, the lighter-skinned Buddhists of Burma are not alone in their fear of dark-skinned people and belief that the paler the skin, the more desirable, respectable, and protected one is. Read more: https://tricycle.org/magazine/buddhist-nationalism-burma/ — The Slow-Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya By Zarni, Maung; Cowley, Alice Since 2012, the Rohingya have been subject to renewed waves of hate campaigns and accompanying violence, killings and ostracization that aim both to destroy the Rohingya and to permanently […]

Five Layers of Systemic Injustices Rohingyas have long suffered

Five Layers of Systemic Injustices Rohingyas have long suffered By Maung Zarni August 27, 2018 1) Myanmar gives annihiliators internal blanket impunity Myanmar perpetrators inside Myanmar enjoy blanket impunity in destroying Rohingya people, literally, psychologically, intellectually, culturally, and from their social and physical foundations of life; 2) Myanmar enjoys blanket impunity within the UN System Myanmar genocidal leaders like Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi enjoy blanket international impunity, under variously distorted, twisted and pathetic narratives; 3) The Global Discourse of White Man’s (or Woman’s) as “Voices of Conscience and Humanity” usurp Rohingya voices, even when […]

Blood Sutra: Whatever Happened To Buddhism, Religion Of Peace And Compassion?

By Paul Fuller | Published by South China Morning Post on June 23, 2018 The emergence of radical groups like the MaBaTha that promote a Buddhism based on racial and national identity is fuelling violence across the region Tolerance and compassion may be the qualities most often associated with Buddhism. But Asia has been witnessing a spate of violence as new Buddhist movements emerge across the region based on the idea that the religion is under threat and needs protection. Fuelled by a particularly strong sense of Buddhist identity collated with national and ethnic anxieties, this form of Buddhism – […]

Breaking the cycle of expulsion, forced repatriation, and exploitation for Rohingya

By Natalie Brinham | Published by Open Democracy on September 26, 2018 Demanding the ‘right of return’ for Rohingya eases the way for countries to forcibly repatriate them back to Myanmar. Again. Even as Rohingya in Bangladesh watch their villages burn across the Naff river, even as trapped and internally displaced Rohingya desperately seek safe passage around the road blocks and landmines to Bangladesh, all talk it seems is focused on returning Rohingya to Myanmar. As Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheik Hasina opens the door to 400,000 newly-arrived Rohingya victims of “ethnic cleansing” with one hand, she shakes her fist with […]