Leaked government documents and images emerged late last night outlining plans to further unsettle the Rohingya population in Arakan, Myanmar. Minutes from a high-level meeting between Than Shwe, the brutal ex-leader of military Burma, and other senior officials detail plans to remove INGO's, instigate further attacks on Rohingya villages during March and April and to target Rohingya leaders in September.
The situation in Arakan is comparable to that of Gunatanamo Bay in that all information of conditions and treatment are largely unreported according to Vice Minister of Information in Burma, Ye Tut, speaking with Radio Free Asia last Saturday.
Reports of Rohingya camps being burned down and destroyed across Pauk Taw, Sittwe have brought fears that an upturn in violence against Rohingya in Burma has begun. In a day of violent outbursts across the Arakan region, there were also wide scale arrests in Maungdaw. This comes amid a spate of anger thought to originate following the death of a Rakhine man...
Yesterday night at around 7:50 PM, violence broke out in the main municipal market of Maungdaw, Arakan. Rakhine Buddhist burned 7 shops belonging to Muslims and another 12 were looted; all taking place whilst the Rohingya were homebound because of their strict curfew, leaving them defenseless as the Rakhine destroyed their main source of livelihood.
Earlier this year, we had researched the Sittwe registered and unregistered IDP camps to highlight the living conditions of the Rohingya who were moved to the area after the Summer attacks in June 2012. We strived to bring attention to the lack food, water, aid and shelter in the registered camps but also focus on the unregistered camps who did not receive anything at all.
President Thein Sein is due to visit Thandwe township tomorrow 2nd October, following large scale destruction and arson across many villages in Arakan state, Burma. Having already praised Wira Thu, the hate speech monk and poster boy of the '969' fascist movement thought to be responsible for recent attacks, it is widely expected that Thein Sein will not publically call for...
1st October 2013: Late this morning Kaman muslim communities came under attack in Thandwe township, north-east Burma. The troubled region has seen a flurry of attacks recently in the past fortnight and the fresh attacks come as Vice President of Burma visits the area.
As has been seen with previous tensions, houses have been set alight belonging to Kaman families and upto 30 houses...
Despite Muslims all over the world celebrating the joyous festival of Eid, marking the end of Ramadan, earlier today Restless Beings were made aware of reports of attacks against the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.
Despite the ongoing human rights abuses in Myanmar with restrictions to constitutional reform, freedom of religion, minority rights and even being inescapably accountable for the genocide of the Rohingya, the international community continue to appease Myanmar President Thein Sein.