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Rohingya boat capsizes after attempts to escape looming cyclone in Myanmar


The news of the impending cyclone to hit Myanmar on Thursday has shaken the Rohingya community, giving rise to further fears that they will be defenceless to protect what little they have left.

Today our sources have informed in detail that 7 boats left Pauktaw township from paddy fields carrying both Rohingya and Kaman people. The boat intended to travel north to near the Rauthedaung...

Anti Muslim Violence Spreads To Oak Kan Township


Whilst calling for more aid and access, the Rakhine Commision report failed to mention Rohingya community by name and instead referred to the community as Bengali settlers. This use of language is believed to have stoked the violence being witnessed today in Oak Kan township.

Violence broke out across three Muslim villages Chew Bon, Kyauk-Tet and Pea-net-Gone late this morning with sustained attacks on villagers shops and places of worship. As of this afternoon, a number of sources have reported that 2 mosques and 2 Islamic education schools have been destroyed and damaged. More than 150 shops have been damaged with high value goods being looted. In contrast to violence in Meikhtila and Arakan state, there have been fewer arson attacks.

Rohingya Update: Rohingya forced into being registered as Bengali for President’s census


The recent news of 'Bengalization' of the Rohingya has been a longstanding operation performed by the NaSaKa for number of years, long before last year's violence where many Rohingya had found themselves forced to change their nationality to Bengali.

However, within the last month, this operation has intensified and is now being carried out under the banner of the 'The President's Census', which is due to take place on a national level next year. Sittwe has been the first area targeted, and now, the operation is not only being carried out by the Nasaka but it also reinforced by key authoritative forces- the Police, Immigration, military and Lone Htain (security forces), expecting the Rohingya to easily accept and succumb to their superior demands. The Rohingya are well aware that this operation will lead to the extinction of their race and naturally, they refused to take part, defying all authoritative forces.

Audio slideshow: Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya (Photographs by Greg Constantine)


We have been following the work of Greg Constantine for some time now, as he continues to document the struggles of stateless ethnic minority groups, who have had their citizenship stripped from them.  Having been lucky enough to meet him in London last year during an exhibition of his book Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya he has now shared his latest work on the...

Ala Kachuu: Three times raped.


She. She is Kyrgyz. She is young. She is at secondary school.  She was raped three times. 

In August 2012, a female young student went out with her friend, who had introduced her to a man. After meeting her, the man snatched her mobile phone and forcibly took her to a vacant field, where he raped her.

The man, her rapist, her abductor and soon to be her...

Anti-Muslim rhetoric on the rise in Sri Lanka


While anti-Muslim violence continues to spread like wildfire throughout Myanmar, the same extremist rhetoric is beginning to gain real traction within Sri Lanka. 

The post-colonial revival of Buddhism draws comparisons between both Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Used as a response to colonialism, Buddhism encouraged the growth of nationalism during Myanmar and Sri Lanka's...

How the Health Industry Abuses Human Rights in Bangladesh


In July of 2002, an independent study was performed in three of the slum areas of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Although the government regularly surveys the urban population for health concerns, the slum areas are not included in the population surveyed. This gives a biased result which makes the healthcare situation appear better than it actually is.

This survey showed that 60% of Dhaka’s 17.6 million people live in the slums of the capital city. Of the participants in the survey, 93% had been born in the surrounding villages and migrated to the city in hope of finding better work and a better life. Once they arrived in the city, however, they found themselves trapped in a hopeless situation where their expenses exceed their income; they live in substandard housing with landlords who have little to no accountability for the living condition of their tenants and have no financial means to improve their situation.

Myanmar: 969 Extremist Violence Spreads to Yangon


The last few weeks fears have materialised to reality, as extremist Buddhist attacks have spread further than just within the Arakan region in Myanmar, to Mandalay and now to Yangon (formerly Rangoon).

The opportunistic ‘969’ extremist group, had started the violent rampage in the Meikhtila township of Mandalay, which is now razed to the ground, unrecognizable to the local inhabitants who used to call the area their home.

Street Children: Why Bother?

The overly congested city of Dhaka, has much in its background. But amongst the congestion, commotion and pollution are the floating population.

There are over 400,000 street children in Bangladesh with over a third of them settled in Dhaka. Living in dense slums, squatter settlements or on the pavement makes them vulnerable to a dangerous concoction of dilemmas - from malnutrition to sexual abuse, force participation to petty theft to substance abuse.