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Burma's Rohingya Plan Is a 'Blueprint for Segregation'

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:11 Written by brcaau Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:03

DW Interview with Phil Robertson
OCTOBER 6, 2014

Burma recently confirmed to the United Nations that it is on the verge of completing a plan that would grant Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin.

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin told AP that his government has started a "verification process" to enable the mostly stateless minority who has been in Myanmar for many generations to become naturalized citizens. But he says the government is still not recognizing the Rohingya as a group.

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Myanmar Imposes 2-Child Limit For Rohingya Muslims In Rakhine

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Written by brcaau Saturday, 01 June 2013 19:00

Myanmar Imposes 2-Child Limit For Rohingya Muslims In Rakhine

By  | May 27 2013 4:34 AM

 

Authorities in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine state imposed a two-child policy for Rohingya Muslim families on Saturday, even as the government faces accusations of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority. Read more

 

Muslims and Buddhists clash in northern Myanmar

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 15:00 Written by brcaau Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:57

Muslims and Buddhists clash in northern Myanmar

YANGON | Tue May 28, 2013 2:28pm EDT

(Reuters) - Muslims and Buddhists clashed in Myanmar's northern city of Lashio on Tuesday, witnesses said, as a wave of sectarian violence reached a mountainous region near China's border.

Phone lines were down in the city of about 131,000 people and the extent of the violence was unclear. Witnesses reported several large fires and said a mosque and Buddhist monastery appear to have been torched. Read more

 

 

Rohingyas given Bangladeshi passport in past; govt maintaining caution to avert repetition: Minister

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Written by brcaau Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:09

Rohingyas given Bangladeshi passport in past; govt maintaining caution to avert repetition: Minister

News - Rohingyas given Bangladeshi passport in past; govt maintaining caution to avert repetition: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni in Parliament on Sunday said the government is aware of the illegal use of Bangladeshi passports by the Rohingyas. Read more

 

BRCA Peaceful Demonstration Against President Thein Sein During His Visit to Canberra Australia

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Written by brcaau Tuesday, 19 March 2013 00:00

 

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19.03.2013

BRCA Peaceful Demonstration Against President Thein Sein During His Visit to Canberra Australia

Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA) has organised peaceful demonstration against Burma President Thein Sein during his visit to Canberra, Australia on 18 March 2013 in front of Parliament House. Apart from BRCA group, the mixture of Mon, Kachin, Karen and Chin group demonstrated against President Thein Sein and the Tibetan group against Australian policy towards Chinese government as well at the same time.

During the protest, Green MP Sarah Hanson-Young came down to give a moral speech and show her support for the Rohingyas’ suffering and right.

Photo above: Green MP Sarah Hanson-Young giving moral speech to Rohingya protestors

During the protest, BRCA demanded from Australia government to give effective pressure to President Thein Sein on Rohingya issues. The detailed interview with SBS TV News to deliver the message can be found at below;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlHqaUM0KO0

The media coverage can be found at below link videos;

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/22109763716/SBS-630-News-18-March-part-1

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3718374.htm

During the protest, BRCA demanded from Burmese Government to give citizenship right back to Rohingyas and to form an enquiry team with combination of International historians, scholars, Rohingyas and Rakhines to decide the truth of Rohingya history and background. The detailed interview in Burmese with ABC Radio Australia Burmese with can be found at below;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naj5UmjC744

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCTRMvR6BBo

The media coverage can be found at below link videos;

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/burmese/2013-03-19/1103666

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/burmese/radio/onairhighlights/1103580

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BRCA Team

 

   

BRCA Delegates Attended Burma Forum in ANU and RNDP General Secretary said he Sympathize Rohingya Muslims

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Written by brcaau Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:00

 

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16.03.2013

BRCA Delegates Attended Burma Forum in ANU and RNDP General Secretary said he Sympathize Rohingya Muslims

BRCA Delegates team with RNDP General Secretary U Oo Hla Saw

BRCA Delegates Team In front of “Exiled To Nowhere; Burma’s Rohingya” Photo Exhibition

BRCA delegates together with special guest Mr. Htay Lwin Oo, Rakhine and Rohingya history researcher from USA and U Maung Ba from Singapore attended to the forum “Debating Democratisation in Myanmar/Burma” held on Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia in 15-16 March 2013.

BRCA contacted to ANU a day prior to the forum and raised the concern over RNDP party participation in the forum and informed that BRCA delegates would be joining to the forum. Upon arrival to ANU forum, ANU gave a chance to BRCA to present our statement in the forum to audience for three minutes.

The forum had discussion of different topics and aspects such as Political & Economic, Democratisation in big picture, Lunch of “Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya” and Ethnic politics in transition etc. On second day (16.03.2013), U Oo Hla Saw from extremist Rakhine National Democrtic Party (RNDP) gave speech on how Rakhine state has numerous natural resources and Rakhines had their own dynasty in the history and now it is all controlled by central government and Rakhines people do not get any benefit from it etc. In his last speech, he focused on Rohingyas and said that “there were small Muslim community in Rakhine state in last dynasty and majority of Muslim population arrived during British colonial time were Chittagonian Bengalis. Rohingyas are the descendent of those Bengalis and Rohingya term is appeared after 1950s and whole Rakhine community initially supported to President Thein Sein’s words to deport Rohingya people to a third country.” However in his last speech, he clearly mentioned that Rakhines people like Rohingyas to get citizenship, move freely and settle down anywhere in Myanmar. It is noticeable point that he used Chittagonian Bengalis term to explain the initial history but used Rohingya Muslim term in the following speech.

After U Oo Hla Saw finished his speech, Mr. Htay Lwin Oo was invited to give speech for three minutes on behalf of Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA). Mr. Htay Lwin Oo explained to the audience that Rohingyas are the native of Rakhine state by showing the ancient stone script, the evidence before and after colonial time and the family censorship evidence etc. Some of the points made during his speech are “At the beginning of British colonial time, Rohingyas were one third of the population which was 30000 and with high birth rate as the Burmese government mentioned, it should be in millions. I am also a Rakhine ethnic but a Rakhine muslim. Rakhine leaders are lack of historical knowledge and giving wrong information to the public, media and international communities. When I challenged to Rakhine historian Dr. Aye Chan in a conference in Thailand organized by Rakhines, he had to accept finally Rohingya term existence and but tried to deceive the audience by saying Rohingya name was used for Rakhines. When asked to Dr. Aye Chan whether he is a Mohameddan (Muslim), he could not answer.” During his speech, Mr. Htay Lwin Oo also requested to audience to take the copies of historical evidences of Rohingya existence and BRCA distributed it everyone in the room.

After Mr.Htay Lwin Oo speech, the questions and answers program was started and from BRCA, Mr. Mohammed Anwar (President), Mr. Tin Maung, Mr. Maung Hla, Dr. Hla Myint and Mr. Thein Moe Win (Burmese Muslim) asked various questions in regard to Rohingya existence in Burma throughout history, violence committed by Rakhine extremists, police forces and security forces etc. and who is responsible for violence against Rohingyas and what RNDP did to prevent the violence against Rohingyas if RNDP respect human rights and sympathize Rohingyas etc.

U Oo Hla Saw answered that the current Rakhine conflict issue is very complicated and RNDP do not have any power in Rakhine state and therefore Central Government is responsible for all the chaos, committed crimes and creating conflicts between Rohingyas and Rakhines. He also mentioned that he respect and sympathize all Muslims including Rohingya Muslims and do not like any oppression against these people.

It is quite remarkable that U Oo Hla Saw only used the term Rohingya and Rohingya muslims during his answers in front of all Burmese and international communities. He also did mentioned that Rakhines want to live peacefully with Rohingyas Muslims.

After the questions and answers section finished, BRCA delegates team took a picture together with U Oo Hla Saw as per above photo to send the message to everyone that Rohingyas and Rakhines can live together peacefully again as before in Rakhine state.

After the forum section, Rohingya delegates visited to the photo exhibition “Exile to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya

It is reported that there were around 150 audiences in the forum.

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Vaishali and the Indianization of Arakan

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 August 2012 13:32 Written by brcaau Monday, 27 August 2012 13:16

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The Independent

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:25 Written by brcaau Saturday, 25 August 2012 14:23

 

Burma's monks call for Muslim community to be shunned

The Independent

The Buddhists have reportedly tried to block humanitarian aid getting to ethnic group

HANNA HINDSTROM   WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2012

Monks who played a vital role in Burma's recent struggle for democracy have been accused of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country by calling on people to shun a Muslim community that has suffered decades of abuse.

In a move that has shocked many observers, some monks' organisations have issued pamphlets telling people not to associate with the Rohingya community, and have blocked humanitarian assistance from reaching them. One leaflet described the Rohingya as "cruel by nature" and claimed it had "plans to exterminate" other ethnic groups.Read more

 

   

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