A friend’s appeal to Burma by Benedict Rogers

(Commentary) – The violence in Arakan State over the past two weeks has caused disillusion for some, division among many, and shock and anguish for everyone. Racial and religious tensions that have simmered just beneath the surface for years have exploded into an ugly cycle of destruction and revenge which threatens to derail Burma’s journey […]

“Rohingya Ethnic Nationality” by Dr. Maung Zar Ni

Dr. Maung Zar Ni A historic letter by my late great-uncle Ant Kywe   (dated 5 July 1961) The letter was written as an official Thank you note to a Rohingya village chief in Buthidaung township, May Yu District, Rakhine for the welcome, support and assistance coming from Rohingya local communities. (If you read Burmese, read […]

I beg your attention please by U Kyaw Min (CRPP)

Saudia is a rich country. It can feed all Rohingya refugees for years, but it is deporting destitute Rohingyas. India the largest democracy which had sheltered and protected various refugees in the past, is now unwilling to give refuge to Rohinhya, and fresh news of the arrest and forced deportation is online. Myanmar’s offer of […]

Is the Rakhine the original people of Arakan? by U Kyaw Min

Thanks to Dr. Michael W. Charney. He raised recently the crucial question, which is the principal cause of Rakhine conflict today. The question he raised is who are the Rakhine? Where do they come from? Burman and their affiliated ethnic Rakine traditionally mixed religion with ethnicity from the beginning. They say they are Sakya Saki […]

State of Genocide: Genocide သတ္မွတ္ခ်က္ (၁၀) ခ်က္ပါ

Genocide သတ္မွတ္ခ်က္ (၁၀) ခ်က္ပါ ဒါေတြ မရွိဘူး၊ မလုပ္ဘူး ျငင္းႏိုင္ရင္ စိုးရိမ္စရာမရွိပါ။ အေထာက္အထား ျပည့္စုံရင္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာကိုလည္း ရဲရဲ ရင္ဆိုင္နိ္ုင္မွာပါ။ ၁။ Classification – အဆင့္အတန္းခြဲျခားျခင္း မတူကြဲျပားမူ႔ကို လက္မခံ “သူတို႔” “ငါတို႔” ခြဲျခားျခင္း ၂။ Symbolization – တံဆိပ္ကပ္ခြဲျခားျခင္း လူမ်ိဳး၊ ဘာသာ၊ အယူဝါဒ ကို အေျခခံၿပီး ဘာလူမ်ိဳးမို႔ (သို႔) ဘာကိုးကြယ္လို႔မို႔ ဟု ခြဲျခားျခင္း ၃။ Discrimination – အေျခခံလူ႔အခြင့္အေရး၊ ႏိုင္ငံသားျဖစ္ခြင့္၊ လုပ္ကိုင္စားေသာက္ပိုင္ခြင့္မ်ားကို ပိတ္ပင္ျခင္း ၄။ Dehumanisation – လူသားမဆန္၊ ဂုဏ္သိကၡာမဲ့ ျပဳမူျခင္း လူသားမဆန္ တိရစၧာန္မ်ား ကဲသို႔ ျပဳမူျခင္း လူသားအရည္အေသြးႏွင့္သိကၡာ […]

Myanmar: Farmers Seek Return of Seized Land

Reform Laws to Protect Rights of Small Landowners Expand La Win, 61, a farmer from the Ayeyarwady Region, sits on a portion of the 35 acres of land he said was taken from him in 2004 by a company. When asked about the effect of the seizure of the land he said, “I suffered great […]