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Mines of Monywa- what are the limits of Burma’s reform?

Originally published on The Activist Over recent weeks, events around the Letpadaung copper mine near Monywa have sent shockwaves through Burma’s fragile reform process. For months local people including Buddh ...

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Rohingya – The Hidden Genocide

This is a story of a people fleeing the land where they were born, of a people deprived of citizenship in their homeland. It is the story of the Rohingya of western Myanmar, whose very existence as a people is denied ...

Expert Warns of Rohingya Genocide

According to Prof. Schabas, one of the foremost experts on international criminal law: “We’re moving into a zone where the word can be used (in the case of the Rohingya). When you see measures preventin ...

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Rohingya flee violence in Myanmar

Pete Pattisson reports on the violence in Arakan state. Thousands of Muslim Rohingyas flee their villages to escape mobs of Rakhine Buddhists, ending up in overcrowded refugee camps in their own land. ...

Making Rohingya Statelessness

The history of how the Rohingya Muslims of Arakan State in western Burma (Myanmar) lost their status and citizenship and became stateless under the Burmese military dictatorship. ...

Blood and Gold: Inside Burma’s Hidden War

So far, more than 75,000 ethnic Kachin civilians have been driven from their ancestral lands. Human rights groups allege the Burmese army is intentionally attacking civilian areas, with wide-spread evidence of tortur ...

The Devaluation of the Nobel Peace Prize?

Two hundred and thirty-one people and organisations were nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, widely heralded as one of the most prestigious honours in global politics. Yet the five-person committee re ...

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Burma’s Rohingya – The Human Story

Until now, the mainstream media has failed to report on this issue from inside Myanmar as there are security concerns of filming there. Restless Beings has put together this film to demonstrate the type of harsh tre ...

Thein Sein: Burmese Gov’t Will Not Recognize 800,000 Rohingya Citizens

Burma’s President Thein Sein told a visiting delegation from the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees that the government will not recognize the Rohingya and are considering handing over the e ...

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China turns away Burma’s Kachin refugees

Human rights groups say there are documented cases involving around 300 Kachins being forced to return to Burma and others who were turned away at the border. ...

The Last Thing Burma Needs is Shell

Investment can be a hugely positive force for stability and development, but Burma’s government is nowhere near conclusively proving its intention nor its capacity to establish a transparent rights-based frame ...

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Where now for Burma’s Rohingya?

Channel 4 News Asia Correspondent John Sparks reports on the Rohingya refugees being pushed back from Bangladesh after fleeing persecution in Burma. ...

Burma: An Appeal to End Violence in Arakan State

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 ...

Burma: Sectarianism and Speculation

The sectarian crisis gripping Burma’s Arakan State is brutal, tragic and poses a serious threat to the entire country’s future. Yet alongside the horror, a sense of confusions reigns regarding exactly ...

Troubles Continue for Myanmar’s Rohingya Minority

While the new government has engaged in a series of reforms toward democratisation, there has been no real progress for the Rohingya, no change at the policy level and very little on the ground. “They have no h ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi (Video) – AK Rockefeller

Music by AK Rockefeller / Video by Humphrey King: Less than two years on from a sham general election designed to entrench the rule of the military and its proxies, unprecedentedly free polling has returned a landsli ...

Burma: Fighting Rapidly Escalating In Kachin State

The scale of fighting in Kachin State has increased significantly during the past month, and could be building to an attack on the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) headquarters in Laiza, say observers. The esca ...

Cameron’s Asian Confusion: “Are You For Democracy Or Dictatorship???”

Immediately before Cameron's brave democratic politicking in Burma, he was in Indonesia playing an altogether different game. His shocking call for the renewal of arms sales to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s despo ...

What Does Aung San Suu Kyi’s Historic Election Victory Mean For Burma?

Historic barely begins to describe the events taking place in Burma. Less than two years on from a sham general election designed to entrench the rule of the military and its proxies, unprecedentedly free polling in ...

Human Rights Watch: Rape, torture plague Myanmar’s Kachin conflict

Source: The Sun Daily BANGKOK (March 20, 2012): Troops in Myanmar have murdered, tortured and raped civilians since fighting with separatists flared up around nine months ago in northern Kachin State, leading to the ...