Myanmar Resources

REPORT:

‘The Most Persecuted Minority in the World’ – The Genocide of the Rohingya : This report focuses on the way in which the international crime of genocide is being committed against the Rohingya with impunity by the state of Myanmar, in particular, its military. It also details how crimes against humanity are being perpetrated. The Islamic Human Rights Commission has collected evidence from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh regarding atrocities committed on and around 25 August 2017. The report also considers the history of persecution of the Rohingya, contextualising the international crimes that have and are currently being committed.

Myanmar’s Muslims: The Oppressed of the Oppressed – Rianne ten Veen looks at the situation of Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) and discusses their plight within the human rights tragedy of that country.

This report seeks to bring the plight of Myanmarese Muslims to light and guide activists to relevant campaign groups, literature, news and organisations as well as encourage original, new and participatory campaigns. At a time when religion is being demonised and those professing faith – usually Islam – deemed fanatical and by extension worthy of ill-treatment, it is imperative that the cruelty and horror of religious hatred is acknowledged and its victims given due consideration.

ALERTS:

ARTICLES:

  • Follow events from Myanmar – Journalıst Assed Baig visited Myanmar in April 2013 where he was reporting on events as they unfolded, with more attacks against Rohingyas and other Muslims by supremacist groups. Here are some of the updates that he sent from his trip.
  • UN team to visit Myanmar over child soldiers – Reports by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have accused the army of Myanmar’s military government and ethnic rebel militias, such as Karen groups in the east of the country, of recruiting children to serve as fighters.

BLOGS:

  • Myanmar – 30 March – Last night as I returned to my hotel, a man signalled at me whilst talking to another man and called me a “Rohingya”. The implication is clear; the brown guy is a Muslim, Rohingya, the same as the people they massacred and continue to persecute today.
  • Mandalay massacres worse than originally feared – Buildings were burnt down and the ‘official’ death toll stood at 32, as angry mobs roamed the streets
  • Listen to the children – The children’s accounts are vivid and graphic. They all say they saw people hacked into pieces
  • Sittwe. Keep out! – We are being followed. Everyone we speak to is then in turn spoken to. We are being watched, our movements, what we buy, what we say, what we eat

BRIEFINGS:

COMMENTS:

  • Comment piece on Myanmar by Yaseen Omar, a UK based commentator – The continued denial of citizenship to Myanmar’s Rohingya lies at the heart of their status as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. However despite international pressure on the former communist country to introduce democratic reforms, the future for the Rohingya continues to look bleak and bloody

NON-IHRC REPORTS:

  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis – The Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response Plan is focused on life-saving and protection assistance for the most vulnerable people. The Plan targets 1.2 million people, including all Rohingya refugees, and 300,000 Bangladeshi host communities over the next six months. The plan prioritizes the provision of life-saving assistance, improving the conditions and management of settlement areas, as well as promoting protection, dignity and respect for the Rohingya refugees.
  • Mission report of OHCHR rapid response mission to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh –  Three OHCHR staff (“the Team”) were deployed to Bangladesh from 13 to 24 September 2017. The mandate of the Team was to monitor the situation of the newly arrived Rohingya population as well as to establish the facts and circumstances in northern Rakhine in the aftermath of the 25 August 2017 attacks, with a specific focus on the Buthidaung, Rathedaung and Maungdaw townships, reportedly the most affected by the eruption of violence. The Team met with victims and eyewitnesses to collect reliable information on allegations of human rights violations committed in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar in the following locations in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh.
  • “All of My Body Was Pain” : Sexual Violence against Rohingya Women and Girls in Burma – This report is based on 52 interviews with Rohingya women and girls, including 29 survivors of rape, who fled to Bangladesh since these operations began. Rape survivors were from 19 different villages in Burma’s Rakhine State, mostly in northern Buthiduang and Maungdaw Townships. They described similarly brutal circumstances of the rapes. Human Rights Watch also spoke to 17 representatives of humanitarian organizations providing health services to women and girls in the refugee camps, including representatives of United Nations agencies and international and national nongovernmental organizations.
  • Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar – Based on Daniel Feierstein’s analytical framework, the report (the research of the International State Crime Initiative from Queen Mary, University of London) solidly proves the different mechanisms targeted to weaken the Rohingya, and arrives at a convincing conclusion: that a process of genocide against the Rohingya population is underway in Myanmar.
  • Persecution of Muslims in Burma – This report draws on more than 350 interviews conducted by the Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) over a eight-month period. Testimony was collected from individuals in more than 46 towns and villages across the country, from Karen State in the east to Rakhine State in the west, and throughout central Burma. The findings fall into six main categories that together provide compelling evidence of the ongoing systematic persecution of Muslims well into the era of pseudo-civilian rule. The report highlights that the persecution is not restricted to the treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
  • Policies of Persecution: Ending Abusive State Policies Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar – Leaked official documents obtained by Fortify Rights reveal explicit government policies imposing extensive restrictions on the basic freedoms of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. This report provides evidence that protracted human rights violations against Rohingya result from official state policies and could amount to the crime against humanity of persecution.
  • Village Tracts of Northern Rakhine State (Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Rathedaung Townships )
  • “THEY TRIED TO KILL US ALL” : Atrocity Crimes against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Myanmar – The evidence documented in this report demonstrates that Myanmar state security forces and civilian perpetrators committed crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing during the two waves of attacks on Rohingya men, women, and children starting on October 9, 2016 and from August 25, 2017. There is mounting evidence to suggest these acts represent a genocide of the Rohingya population.

RANDOM RESOURCES

  • Rape by Command : Sexual violence as a weapon against the Rohingya – This report documents the widespread, systematic use of sexual violence by the Myanmar Army during its brutal “clearance operation” in northern Rakhine State in the second half of 2017.
  • EU Council Decision – EU Council places 7 Myanmar military and BGF officers on sanctions list.
  • Kaladan Press Network –  KPN is an independent and non-profitable news agency run by Rohingya journalists.
  • Rohingya Blogger – This site is dedicated to helping other Rohingya to know their difficulties, share their own experiences and promote the human rights upon their struggle.

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