On Lt. General Aung Gyi's speech in Maungdaw (1961)

When debating about indigenousness of Rohingyas to Burma, our friends from pro-Rohingya camp often quoted news clippings or various speeches by Burmese dignitaries in 1950-60s (either deceased or still alive). No mistake, we can find the use of word 'Rohingya' by various Burmese sources as description for the ethnic group at the Bangladesh/Burma border. Of course, the use of word 'Rohingya' alone would not suffice to determine whether they are one of the indigenous ethnic groups in Burma.


Rohingya: Essential E-documents

12. History and Plight of the Rohingya by Dr Jacques Leider (8/12/2012): (video files) If you are looking, perhaps, for an un-biased and apolitical perspectives of Rohingya issue, this video lecture delivered by Dr. J. Leider may be the best one. As we have experienced in 2012/2013 in the heat of violence crisis in Arakan, activists from both sides of the Rohingya debate throwing muds against each others. On Burmese/Rakhine side, they branded 'all Rohingya' as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.


Rakhine-Rohingya: examining root of conflict

A year since those anti-Rohingya riots break-out in Rakhine state, one would wonder what may have been the underlying causes for such terrible conflict. On the surface, the primary cause of such an event appears to be because of politically immature Rakhine and Rohingya masses which triggered by an unfortunate event (death of Ma Thidar Htway, a Rakhine woman). Others pointed to that of Burma's new found media freedom, i.e. the access to Internet and facebook, youtube, twitters & God only knows whatnow? of web-tools&gadges, that has been fanning the flames of Rakhine-racist mobs.


Rohingya: Two Children Policy and Media Loose Cannons

On the so-called "Rohingya Two-Child Policy", I was watching with interest about how the media might behave on that kind of news. First, that "news item" was "invented" by Irrawaddy on 20/5/2013. It is somewhat clear from its writing, however, that the Burmese government (or) Parliament had not (yet) been authorising on such policy.



Rohingya: Ending Cycle of Displacement

In responding to much awaited 'Rakhine Investigation Commission Report', there appears to be two distinct groups amongst commentators. Some commentators -- the 'old habits die hard' exiles -- usually look for 'certain' dis-appointments in that report; and they surely won't be disappointed! Others who viewed the report in a moderate mind-set -- OHCHR for example -- see some positive developments.


Rohingya: Nayarapa and Kutuplong Camps, 20 years On

Caseload of long standing residual cases in Rohingya refugee camps: From the latest Human Rights Watch report, it is shocking to find that there are still Rohingya refugees who are from initial 1991 influx, have still been residing at these two refugee camps, i.e. Nayapara and Kutupalong. I have written a note about these two camps in 1997 ( http://www.netipr.org/uneoo/rohingyas_resolving_residual_cases ).


Burmese-Rohingya: Ugly race riots and consequences

Having seen various reports, including one compiled by the Burma Campaign UK, I am still not getting satisfactory explanation about these anti-muslim riots that took place in Meikhtila. Sure, there have been record of muslim residential quarters in that town were burnt down to the ground. But why was that Burmese mobs in Meikhtila inflamed so quickly? As the ICG observer put it (see AFP report), "systematic and methodical way in which Muslim neighborhoods were razed to the ground is highly suggestive of some degree of advance planning by radical elements".


Rohingya: A new exodus?

The new year of 2013 has seen an increase in numbers of Burmese refugee arriving Malaysia -- especially by sea route. The Burmese refugees, primarily the Rohingya from Arakan State west of Burma, are now taking a direct sea-route to reach Malaysia. Numerous lives have already been lost at sea, as this AFP report indicated [ 1 ]. We can certainly feel apprehensive about this situation now, but we all need to look back, reflect and see what went wrong.



Rohingya: Burma Election Commission Warning on RNDP

A bit heavy handed approach by Election Commission on RNDP. The primary contents of that article, to my opinion, are largely acceptable. But the main problem is in the annexure. Just by running through of the tone of article, I wonder has this annexure being put in by somebody else other than the original writer? Have a look at page 4/5 of this document.



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