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Obama Success, or Global Shame?

Obama Success, or Global Shame? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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President Obama, in his address a few days ago at the United States Military Academy at West Point, cited Myanmar as one of the administration’s diplomatic successes. It’s true that Myanmar has made tremendous political gains in recent years — the permission I received to report here is testimony to that — and there is much to admire about the country’s progress toward democracy. But let’s not make excuses for a 21st-century apartheid worse even than the system once enforced in South Africa. As Human Rights Watch has documented, what has unfolded here constitutes ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Likewise, another watchdog group, Fortify Rights, cites internal Myanmar documents and argues that a pattern over the years of killings, torture, rape and other repression amounts to crimes against humanity under international law.....

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OIC concerned over killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

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Jeddah, Jan 19 (IANS/WAM) Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has expressed concern over the looting, raping and killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

"These events violate the basic rights of the Rohingya Muslims to be protected as citizens and as a minority by their own government," the OIC secretary-general said in a statement Sunday.

"They also represent a grave violation of the Myanmar government's international commitments to protect civilians as well as breaking the statements signed between the OIC's ministerial contact group and Myanmar authorities during the group's visit from Nov 14-16, 2013," he added.

The secretary-general urged the Myanmar government to adhere to the framework it agreed to, to enforce the rule of law and keep its assurances to respect human rights and fundamental freedom....

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“THERE IS NO RULE OF LAW” IN MYANMAR: BUDDHISTS CONTINUE TO MASSACRE MUSLIMS

“THERE IS NO RULE OF LAW” IN MYANMAR: BUDDHISTS CONTINUE TO MASSACRE MUSLIMS | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“THERE IS NO RULE OF LAW” IN MYANMAR: BUDDHISTS CONTINUE TO MASSACRE ROHINGYA MUSLIMS BY BURNING THEM ALIVE! by Syarif Hidayat           Buddhists continue to massacre Rohingya Muslims by burning t...
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#Burma : Human Rights Abuses Since Thein Sein Became President

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Rohingya Documentary: Stateless In Their Own Country

To commemorate the one year anniversary of the first outbreak of violence in Arakan state, Myanmar in June 2012, Restless Beings held a special exclusive scr...
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Burma Muslims ..... SACRILEGE!

Burma Muslims  .....   SACRILEGE! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Reports of what actually took place in the Central Myanmar town of Meiktila are still emerging. Muslim refugees are beginning to speak out and tell the world of what they witnessed with their own eyes.

 “They beat them in front of me. I was watching. I can still see it.” Noor Bi, is crying as she describes the moment when she saw her husband and brother murdered in front of her eyes as she fled Meiktila.  This latest attack on Muslims came on 20th March in Meiktila, Burma, which is just 50 miles from the Burmese capital and is a military base.  The mob out numbered the police and they were unable to protect the Muslim minority of the town. The 26-year-old is now a widow with a three-year-old son. As she told her story and what she witnessed, the people around her in the make shift refugee camp now set up in the grounds of a Muslim school in Yindaw, began to cry. Grown men sobbed at hearing her ordeal. “They beat them and beat them, they were still alive when they threw my husband and brother in the fire. They were burnt alive.” Tears stream down her face as she continues to relay her account.  “Once they had finished, they told us to bow down to them. We bowed down towards Mecca, but they started to beat us.” Noor pauses and then seems reluctant to tell the next part of her ordeal.  “The police asked the monks and the mob to stop beating us and that they would ensure that we would bow down to the monks.” The faces of the other people listening clearly show their disgust at what she described.  “They made us worship them. That is why we lived on that day,” she looks to the ground, not wanting to make eye contact with me or anyone else. No one blames her; Muslims only bow down in prayer to God, but this was life or death, the IDPs around her, men and women, young and old, all of them Muslim, understand this more than anyone.
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Demand ICG to Suspend Thein Sein's Peace Award Petition

Demand ICG to Suspend Thein Sein's Peace Award Petition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Myanmar 'Violates International Laws' over Rohingya Treatment

Myanmar 'Violates International Laws' over Rohingya Treatment | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Myanmar's government has violated at least eight international laws with its treatment of the Rohingya Muslims, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, according to a British-based advocacy group.

Burma Campaign UK slammed the progressive president Thein Sein for policies of oppression applied exclusively to the Rohingya. The minority group is considered stateless under Burma's citizenship law of 1982.

Legal constraints render it "almost impossible" for the Rohingya to be recognised as citizens of the country. "This violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international norms prohibiting discrimination of racial and religious minorities," says the report. .,..

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Operation Rohingya

Operation Rohingya | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It is vital the information we are going to share with you is made viral as quickly as possible. The ethnic Rohingya people of Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia are being massacred. These barbarous acts are being carried out by Neo-Nazi racist groups like the RNDP (Rakhine Nationalities Development Party), ALA (Arakan Liberation Army), NaSaKa border police and 969 monks led by Monk Wirathu, the self proclaimed Bin Laden of Buddhism. The Government of Myanmar is at best ignoring the slaughter of these people, just like the rest of the international community, and at worst is participating in the crimes.

 

The persecution of the Rohingya people is severe. The Burmese junta considers them to be sub-human and denies them almost all basic human rights. Often they are subject to torture, gang rape, starvation, slave labor, and forced to reside in the most dire camps in the world – some call these refugee camps but they are concentration camps.....

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Report: Burma Police Used Phosphorus in Mine Protest Crackdown

Report: Burma Police Used Phosphorus in Mine Protest Crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A Burmese parliamentary investigation has confirmed that police used phosphorus smoke bombs during clashes with protesters last year outside a controversial China-backed copper mine.

Dozens of protesters were burned, some severely, by an incendiary crowd-control device described at the time as "fire balls" that were launched during the November demonstration against the military-operated Letpedaung copper mine.....

A report by the Burma Lawyers Network and the U.S.-based rights group Justice Trust alleged that police used military-issued white phosphorus to violently disperse the protest.


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Nearly 1,000 Muslim Rohingyas incarcerated in Arakan state | Democratic Voice of Burma

Nearly 1,000 Muslim Rohingyas incarcerated in Arakan state | Democratic Voice of Burma | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nearly 1,000 Muslim Rohingyas, including women and children as young as ten, remain incarcerated in northern Arakan state – accused of inciting sectarian clashes last year – where campaigners say they are subject to “pervasive” abuses and at least 68 people are believed to have died in custody.

New data obtained by DVB shows that torture and violence, including the sexual exploitation of minors, is widespread throughout prisons in northern Arakan state, where at least 966 Rohingyas have been detained since November last year. At least 10 women and 72 children, aged between 10 and 15 years old, are understood to be among the prisoners.....

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Riot police move in to end Myanmar copper mine protest

Riot police move in to end Myanmar copper mine protest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas early on Thursday to break up a three-month protest against a vast copper mining project run by the powerful Myanmar military and its partner, a subsidiary of a Chinese arms manufacturer..

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Reforms in Myanmar: hype and realities - The Nation

Reforms in Myanmar: hype and realities - The Nation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Upon a closer and honest look, Myanmar's extraordinary reforms begin to lose their lustre.

There is no denying that the country's quasi-civilian government has ushered in a new era of reforms. However, the types of reforms that President Thein Sein, an ex-general and a figurehead, are pursuing are ones that will protect the military's core interests above all else. At heart, the reforms are largely geared towards creating a "late developmental state" along the lines of Vietnam and China, a benign Leviathan that will secure the generals' electability on the basis of its economic performance and along popular "Buddhist" racism. When the illiberal society's deeply ingrained racism thunders the traditionally liberal discourses of human rights, democracy and multi-culturalism go muted.

The current reform movement therefore lacks real potential to result in a new democratic polity which will build, and in turn feed off, a new and sustainable economic system. Sadly, the West and the rest alike are choosing to overlook the apparent pitfalls of Myanmar's reforms ignoring the cries of the wretched in a new Myanmar.  ....

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Asia Times Online :: Silence as Myanmar 'genocide' unfolds

"...At 3am that morning, a group of military, other security forces, and police raided the village, blocked the entrance, and fired indiscriminately on escaping men, women, and children. At least 40 people were killed and many more injured. The remaining villagers were rounded up, put into two trucks, and carried off to an unknown location. Authorities later declared the village a "no-entry zone". ..."

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Another Rohingya massacre, another media problem for Burma | Asian Correspondent

Another Rohingya massacre, another media problem for Burma | Asian Correspondent | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As more details emerge of the massacre on January 13 of at least 40 Rohingya men, women and children in western Burma, the government predictably has gone on the defensive.
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Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar

Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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By way of background, Burma's record on human trafficking has prompted the United States to place it on a Tier 2 Watch List for the past two years. The Watch List is reserved for countries that fail to comply with minimum standards -- from preventing trafficking to investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of the crime to protecting victims -- as set forth in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

In Myanmar, security forces have subjected both Muslim men and women to forced labor. Women, however, have been reportedly forced into prostitution and other forms of slavery as well. In fact, according to a U.S. Department of State 2012 human rights report, Burmese officials have reportedly kidnapped Rohingya women and forced them into slavery on military bases.

Burmese security forces also systematically rape and assault women and girls which also contributes to human trafficking and exploitation....

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Claim Thai military trafficking Rohingya refugees - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There are new allegations that the Thai navy is involved in the human trafficking of Rohingya Muslims trying to flee religious violence in western Myanmar.
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Rohingya of Myanmar: One Year On- Different. Discriminated. Displaced. Desperate.

Rohingya of Myanmar: One Year On- Different. Discriminated. Displaced. Desperate. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....In many instances over the last year, the violence against the community has been state sponsored, allowing for the mass burning of villages, the rape of women and children, with thousands forced into ‘living’ in IDP Camps, fearing death in their homes, yet struggling to live each day with no food, clean water or medical aid in the camps. More than 100,00 were said to be displaced after the first outbreak of violence in June 2012, with another wave of violence in October, the number of displaced has now risen to well over 150,000 people.

It is in fact Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law, rendering the Rohingya stateless, that has to this day been the legal ground for arbitrary and discriminatory treatment against the Rohingya.

Despite the Rohingya name now being recognised worldwide, having once been coined as ‘’The Forgotten People ‘’, they are still not recognised as citizens in their own homeland....

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Muslim unity needed

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...The recent reports in media exposed that violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is leading to the death of hundreds of Muslims. Countless Muslims have been injured and their property destroyed in Rohingya. The present outbreak in Myanmar between Buddhist and Muslim has led to fresh killings and destruction; many were killed in the attempt to flee to Bangladesh and other neighboring countries, which is grave violation of human rights and humanitarian law. The persistent persecution of Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar is totally unacceptable, against principles of humanity and justice. We believe that the OIC, being the collective voice of Muslim world should play its role and take firm steps for improving Rohingya Muslims status in Myanmar and send clear diplomatic message to the Muslim world to unite and safeguard the rights of Rohingya Muslims...

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Rohingya in Bangkk protest against 'genocide' in Myanmar | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

Rohingya in Bangkk protest against 'genocide' in Myanmar | Bangkok Post: breakingnews | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Rohingya and local Muslims in Thailand protested outside the US and Myanmar embassies and the UNHCR office in Bangkok on Tuesday, demanding an end to the "genocide" in Myanmar....

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Burning Muslims in Burma. Watch Only 18 + | Facebook

Ya Allah !!!
Help Muslims of Burma :'(
Aameen Sum Aameen

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This is absolutely horrible!  How can any person be so unfeeling and uncaring so as to do this to another person?!  What person watching this could possibly have a positive thought about Buddhism?  Who upon watching this wouldn't be impressed by the bravery, confidence and surety these Muslims have in their God and the teachings of The Prophet, (PBUH)    We must all do everything in our power to end this barbarity!

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Please contact your Governments and ask them to put International diplomatic pressures to bring Myanmar into compliance with International norms of Human Rights!
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I am in shock, these images will haunt me.......
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Anonymous - #Operation Rohingya

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Rapes by Burmese security forces 'may cause more strife' in troubled region

Rapes by Burmese security forces 'may cause more strife' in troubled region | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Teenage victim describes how at least 13 women were raped overnight in Arakan state, which has been focus of ethnic riots
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The Hidden Genocide

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This is the story of a people fleeing the land where they were born - the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar.
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Terrorized, starving and homeless: Myanmar's Rohingya still forgotten - CNN.com

Terrorized, starving and homeless: Myanmar's Rohingya still forgotten - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It's been three years since I reported on the plight of the Rohingya Muslim people of western Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh.

 

We called our documentary "A Forgotten People," and it looked at appalling incidents where boatloads of refugees fleeing poverty and persecution arrived in Thailand only to be towed back out to sea and abandoned by the Thai security forces. Hundreds died or went missing.....

 

Part1:  http://is.gd/Nob79I

Part2:  http://is.gd/wWG5rE

Part3:  http://is.gd/345Xh8

 

 

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