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Aussie Government on Regional Trafficking Agenda

Following Bangkok post article is saying the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be attending regional forum tackling "human trafficking". Recent finding of a mass grave for human trafficking victims, governments in the region are in alert about unregulated movement of people, especially Rohingya refugee and all those in migratory movements. Though on the surface, there is nothing wrong about convening such regional forum, current Australian Liberal/Coalition Government's involvement should have to be noted with caution and due skepticism.


Rohingya: The Profile of Community in 1931-1961

There has been considerable gap in our knowledge about the Rohingya/Bengali community within the three decades spanning from 1931 to 1961. The information has been rather sketchy on their total population as well as their immigration status within Burma. As far as British era censuses were in concerns, records up to 1931 are being available. The 1941 census records in Rangoon, however, were destroyed with the advance of Japanese in 1942.


Rohingya: Alert on Malaysia gun violence incident

According to the following Radio Free Asia report, two Arakan political leaders, U Aye Thar Aung and Dr. Aye Maung of RNDP were being attacked in Malaysia. Although, both Rakhine Leaders had escaped from injury there will be serious consequences and implications regarding that violence.


Rohingya: Citizenship debate to hot up at Naypyidaw

According to reports, the RNDP has been making move to curb the rights to participate non-citizens (Associate, Naturalized, Temporary) in the Burma's political process.

The RNDP, as we all know, has been elected democratically in the last election. Its election mandate cannot be disputed. What worries me, however, is its single-mindedness to suppress or exclude Rohingyas from participating and excercising their political rights.


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.


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.


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