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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...

VIDEO: Violence Spreading, Rohingya Lives Worsening

Violence and arson has spread once again today to Kyat Yo Byin (Keyari Para) village, with arson pushing hundreds of Rohingya to flee for security.  Military have ramped up their presence and many more casualties have been reported.  Amongst them, an 11 year old boy was struck on the head and passed away from the injuries. 

Restless Beings are urging supporters to forward the...

VIDEO: Violence and Arson Spread Across Arakan


Hundreds of Rohingya lives are once again threatened in the troubled region of Arakan in Burma, after villages of the persecuted villages were set on fire this morning (Wednesday 12th October 2016) following trouble on the border with Bangladesh last Sunday.

WARNING: Graphic Images

Troubled flared up once again on Sunday 9th October when it was reported that 9 Burmese police...

Tamil Refugees Refused To Shore In Indonesia


A boat carrying around 50 Tamil refugees has become stranded offshore from Aceh in Indonesia since June 11th 2016 yet is being prevented from shoring for refugees to seek medical assistance. The boat is thought to have left Sri Lanka around the 2nd of May 2016 with refugees hoping to make the treacherous journey to Australia to seek protection from persecution they had been facing in Sri...

Osh - New Frontier For Ala Kachuu Project


Directors Mabrur Ahmed and Rahima Begum travel to the Osh region in Southern Kyrgyzstan on Saturday 28th May 2016 to initiate project development for Restless Beings' Bride Kidnapping project - Ala Kachuu.

There they will meet with local partner organisations such as NGO's, Women's Associations as well as professionals from educational, legal and political backgrounds. The main...

OP-ED: Call Me Rohingya


Almost 200 million people tuned into the dystopian world of Eurovision last Saturday where they spurred on a Ukrainian song called 1944 about the persecution of the Tartar in Crimea under Stalin. To mark up the contrast of the world that we live in, there is a population of just over a million, 1 million, a 0.005% of the viewership of the Eurovision song contest, in Burma who right now, not in...



A new era dawns for Myanmar as they elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s first non-military president, since the army took power in a 1962 coup. He, however, dedicated his victory to the leader of the NLP (National League for Democracy) as he addressed the crowd by stating: “This is Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory! I have become President because of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s goodwill and loving kindness”.