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When I met Shah


In February our team from Restless Beings was in Cox’s Bazar, collecting data and distributing aid to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. I’ve been with the organization for almost a year and this was my first visit to the Rohingya in Bangladesh.

The Genocide of the ignored Rohingya


Wednesday 7th February, UK Parliament – Restless Beings have launched their research report at the UK Parliament titled ‘The Genocide of The Ignored Rohingya’. Detailing 96 testimonies , the report makes key recommendations to the UK and Bangladesh Governments as well as international aid agencies. The report calls on the British Government to press the United Nations Security Council to make a referral to the International Criminal Court for Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide.

'Can Anyone Rule Out Genocide' - UN Human Rights Chief

Restless Beings welcomes UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s remarks today – Tuesday 5th December 2017 regarding the on-going persecution of the Rohingya in Burma. In a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid  asked ‘can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?’

It must be noted that when Zeid in September said he...

Gender based violence and the Rohingya


Violence against women and girls remains one of the most endemic and devastating human rights violations across the world today. Through the exertion of power and control in the intersection of various power structures, women and girls lives and their communities are being destroyed. Even the very term “violence against women and girls” is problematic in itself, as it is passive and does not focus on the perpetrators of the violence.

Burma-Bangladesh Announce Deal To 'Repatriate' Rohingya


The deal announced between Burma and Bangladesh that will see the repatriation of the Rohingya to Burma is deeply flawed.  The most obvious thing here is that without involving the UN in any shape, whether that's through agencies like IOM or UNHCR or paying heed to the UNGA or UNSC statements and Presidential Statement, Burma and Bangladesh have taken away the buffer that the...

What’s in a Name: The Rohingya People and the Kingdom of Arakan


As violence and fear remains king in the Rakhine (formerly ‘Arakan’) State of Burma; men, women and children continue to flee their homelands by the thousands. Since the further escalation of violence, 500 000 more have attempted to escape what is, according to various observers including the UN, a campaign of ethnic cleansing.


Demystifying Development Terms

Sustainable development is defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. (Brundtland Report)
While the term ‘sustainable development’ had the potential to become the foundation for positive economic and environmental reforms, it is questionable whether it has achieved this goal or whether it has been used to coat unfettered economic growth with futile environmental and social reforms. A primary concern with the concept of sustainable development is that it continues down a trajectory of societal change that is ethnocentric. The ‘sustainable development’ approach presumes that all societies are headed in the same direction and that the differences among them can be understood primarily through their level of development. Furthermore, sustainable development seeks to reconcile two contradictory goals: environmental protection and economic growth. It does so by prioritizing economic growth at the great expense of environmental protection. 



On the 25th of August 2017, the Burmese military launched a massive offensive against the Rohingya population of Rauthedaung, Bauthidaung and Maungdaw townships of Rakhine State. To date (September 3rd) an estimated 4,000 men, women and children have been killed. More than 65,000 Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh as refugees with a further 20,000 currently stuck in No Mans...

International Pressure Mounts For Suu Kyi's Burma


Friday 25th November saw a wave of protests and political activity which is building pressure on Suu Kyi's Burmese Government to take action and cease state backed violence towards the Rohingya community.

Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand and South Africa all saw large scale protests with anger rising amongst the public at the ongoing human rights violations by the Burma...

Rakhine Militants Trained To Take Arms Against Rohingya


More than 30,000 Rohingya are now homeless and have been made refugees in their own homeland after countless hundreds of homes have been burned and razed by Burmese military over the last two weeks. The refugees are now at critical tipping point as images of whole villages destroyed by the Burmese military were released.

The Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK published a report which verifies...