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Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims Wait in Refugee Camps as Buddhist Leaders Dismiss Genocide

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On World Refugee Day, anti-Muslim prejudice is part of a 'new nationalism' in Myanmar that goes by the numerals 9-6-9.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:18 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:40 pm
noted thanks

bob m (32)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 5:08 pm
of course; ..the islamophobes of the world are as always conspiring with the terrible fearful buddhists to commit their crimes against the teletubby islam who have from their very beginnings suffered soooo MUCH at the hands of soooooo many oppressors..
Not even a hint that these Buddhist actions are in any way the result of any muslim activity....why! ...their very Islamic poop stinketh not.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 6:43 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Jason S (50)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 7:27 pm
Good posting, thanks

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:38 am
Thank you. Hypocrisy is never acceptable. However, Republicans constantly create false news, and there are those who would like nothing more than to discredit the Buddist leaders; therefore, I question the post.

Vicky P (476)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:45 am
sad, and those two comments above are even sadder.

paul m (93)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 4:25 am

sadly noted

Lona G (79)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 9:11 am
Noted to bring some balance in the news.

A lot of people are not aware that Islam is not one religion, but consists of different fractions such as Shiites, Sunnites and Rohyngia. Some of them very peace loving in their interpretation of the Koran, others not so. And just like Christian fractions have been persecuted by other fractions and other religions, so are these Muslim fractions. Shiites and Sunnites are now fighting among themselves in the Islamic world much like the Catholics and Protestants have been doing amongst themselves until very recently.

And yes, the Rohyngia have been persecuted by both other Muslim groups AND Buddhists. Media in other parts of the world have reported on Buddhist aggression and killing, so this is not Republican false news. It's hard to believe as Buddhism is always portrayed as such a non-violent religion, but it seems to prove that no religion is without hate for those who think or believe differently.

bob m (32)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 9:04 am

get real Lona!....the history of Islamic horror inflicted on ALL others is fully documented and called for in the quran...and in historical writ. Apart from the rot within it; which sees them destroying each other.. maybe this is by way of a little what goes know...comes around... by a people who seek to historically seek peace.... sad yes.. but are you really surprised?

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:06 pm
from the 'United to End Genocide' site: Petition - "Stop Ethnic Cleansing in Burma"

Recent ethnic and religiously motivated violence, burning of homes and hateful rhetoric are ominous warning signs of genocide in Burma.
While Burma’s government has sat by — or even worse, participated in the fighting — over 125,000 innocent civilians have been displaced. Yet, the United States has continued to reward Burma for limited political and economic reforms by scaling back sanctions. Urgent action is needed to prevent a genocide from being unleashed on Burma’s ethnic minorities.

Contact President Obama now and demand that the United States take immediate action to stop the violence:

New on the End Genocide site: "Controversial TIME Magazine Issue Banned in Burma"
Posted on June 28, 2013 by Becky Allen (

Self-proclaimed “Burmese bin Laden” and extreme nationalist monk, Wirathu, appeared on the front cover of the July issue of TIME’s Asia edition under the title “The Face of Buddhist Terror.” While this move galvanized a range of reactions here in the United States, those in Burma never even got to see it.

On June 26, the Burmese government announced that it was banning the distribution of the July 1 edition of TIME because of its controversial cover. The Central Management Committee for Emergency Periods claims that “…TIME’s coverage can cause misunderstandings and jeopardize the interfaith trust-building that the government is trying to implement.” Although this statement sounds well-intentioned, and even constructive in the development of Burma, a careful look into the history and recent events of the conflict in Burma reveals otherwise.

According to the most recent Human Rights Watch report, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma have been on the rise since June 2012. Though individuals on both sides have since contributed to the continued sectarian violence—the overwhelming majority of violent acts have been committed by Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims.

Currently, more than 125,000 Rohingya and other Burmese Muslims have been displaced because of the destruction of their villages by Buddhist monks, resulting in a lack of their basic human rights such as adequate food, shelter, water, sanitation and medical care. Evidence suggests that even the the authorities, including the security forces and police, are complicit in these attacks, destroying mosques, blocking aid to displaced Muslims and instituting a two-child policy for Rohingya Muslims.

The issue of the Rohingya, described by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world and denied citizenship according to Burmese law, is a unique one concentrated in western Burma. But it is tied to a broader and growing anti-Muslim sentiment throughout the country, one that led in March to a massacre of school children in the town of Meiktila in central Burma. Though Muslims make up only between 4-8% of the population in Burma, agitators like Wirathu paint them as an existential threat to Burmese Buddhist society.

Given the evidence of anti-Muslim violence in Burma, one would think that Wirathu and the Burmese government would not be surprised by the cover of TIME. Indeed, Wirathu has said he is “proud to be called a radical Buddhist,” yet both have decried TIME’s depiction.

The explanation seems to lie amongst the rest of Burma’s paradoxes. Wirathu calls himself the “Burmese bin Laden,” leading the movement against Muslims in Burma, yet also refers to himself as “a man of peace.”. Additionally, the Burmese government claims that they banned the TIME’s article for the sake of peace; yet, the government has directly contributed to the institutional discrimination faced by Rohingya Muslims. Finally, Burma claims to have abolished media censorship last year, yet somehow deems it credible to forbid the distribution of TIME.

Our own government continues to reward Burma for its supposed reforms (i.e. abolishing media censorship) by cutting back on sanctions. However, continued action is needed to prevent anti-Muslim violence in Burma from erupting into a full-blown genocide. Contact President Obama and demand that the U.S. take immediate action to stop the violence in Burma now. (links to the petition that I gave above)

OneWorld South Asia, Jun 25, 2013: "Myanmar's Rohingya people: A story of desperation"

For months now, the Rohingya Muslim people in Myanmar have been targeted in a campaign that a Human Rights Watch report has described as "ethnic cleansing," forcing them into segregated settlements and camps and – in many cases – cut off from lifesaving aid. After suffering horrific attacks by members of the Rakhine Buddhist community in October, masses of these people were forced to flee to appalling displacement camps in remote countryside areas, lacking even drinking water had to be brought in on boats by NGOs and primary healthcare.

Due to the insanitary conditions residents of this squalid community fall ill frequently. In Pauktaw, where a UNHCR-supported camp is home to thousands of Rohingya people, the shores adjacent to the camps are covered in filth and children bathe next to puddles full of human faeces and dead rats.

Since being the Rohingya community has been totally cut off from markets and job opportunities; living in a segregated area, its people are barred by the authorities from travelling to the sites where they used to work and trade.

Even the emergency evacuations now underway will not be enough to get them safely through the coming months as it would take at least two months to build temporary shelters on higher ground, and the government has delayed allocating the necessary land, perhaps in an attempt to assuage local Rakhine sentiments.

It is tough for aid agencies to provide help to people not only because of the remote and difficult-to-reach location of these camps but also owing to bureaucratic obstacles created by the government. Further, aid agencies have been subjected to threats from Rakhine Buddhist political and religious leaders opposed to any assistance reaching the Rohingyas. Instead of taking action, the government refuses to let aid workers operate in areas where threats are made.

Following the vicious attacks in April, instead of moving people to higher ground during April, the government focused on a "verification exercise" in the displacement camps and tried to force Rohingyas to sign forms admitting that they were "Bengalis". This only added to their distrust of the authorities, which was already high after many of the security services either committed or condoned attacks on their community last year.

In terrible incidents of mass killings, the Rohingyas have seen many members of their families being killed in cold blood. Such is the terror in which they live that some of them took the seemingly irrational decision to refuse relocation in the face of a cyclone.

The UK government, together with the rest of the international community, must keep the pressure on the Myanmarese government to facilitate full humanitarian access to the Rohingya, end segregation in Rakhine state, provide them with the protection they need to return home, and restore their Myanmarese citizenship.
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