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Burma: Steps to Democracy, Civil Unrest or Genocide?

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Burma, or Myanmar, has received great interest in recent years from international leaders across the world. Hundreds of political prisoners- having spent years campaigning for a free democracy- have been released, most famously Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy in November 2010. Further steps away from the vilified dictatorship to a free market democracy, appealing to foreign investors for capital and expertise, easing media censorship, passing labour laws allowing unions to be established have demonstrated a more reformist quasi civilian government taking office in March 2011, with Thein Sein as President.

Rohingya Global Day of Action: Thursday 8th November, 2012

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The Global Day of Action calls for protection of the persecuted Rohingya, aid to reach casualties of the violence, access granted to international observers and ultimately citizenship for the stateless Rohingya. Having pushed for politicians and namely the Foreign Commonwealth Office to act in accordance with these aims, Foreign Office Minister for Burma, Hugo Swire shockingly defended the Burmese Governments handling of the situation whilst it is evident that there is state level complicity in the systematic attacks against the Rohingya, having long shifted from just inter communal violence.

Worst Feared for Ramree Islanders as UK Govt Offer Little Hope For Rohingya

Ramree Island, a normally peaceful serene island to the southern part of Arakan state this morning erupted in violence. Some 200 km from the main hub for the Rohingya in Maungdaw, Kyauk Ni Maw village is home to about 7,000 Rohingya and Kaman. As morning broke, Army personnel fired in the air in an attempt to bring calm from the onrushing Rakhine locals backed by some local authority...

Anti-Rohingya and Muslim Violence Spreads to Karen State

In a disturbing development, overnight on Sunday (28th October) two mosques were bombed in Karen state in the townships of Kawkeriek and Kyone-Doe. The attacks which took place some 1,400 km from Arakan follow the fresh attacks against the Kaman Muslim community last week and a meeting held between monks and state officials a fortnight ago where it was decided that Karen Buddhists...

 

Burmese Army Allow Further 2,300 Rohingya To Become Displaced

Over the weekend, updates and reports have been slow to come in as telephone contact has been almost impossible.  It seems perhaps the authorities exorcised some sort of temporary network block. On Saturday, in Kyauk Pyu town, where all Muslim houses were burned, the last of the Rohingya Muslims left for other safer areas.  It is confirmed that about 60 children...

Violence Spreads To Kaman Ethnicity Whilst 10,000 Rohingya Are Rendered Displaced

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Overnight and through Friday, the situation in Arakan State has shown little sign of improvement.  On the contrary, it seems that the violence has now spread to other communities as well. A number of our sources have also commented that the recent escalation is due to the President’s office directly instructing army personnel to shoot at sight on those causing disturbances. This decision, alongside the reports that army personnel have shot, maimed and killed some Rakhine has led to huge upsurge of violence against the Rohingya by the Rakhine.

As many as 5,000 Rohingya are thought to be floating in the off-shore of Arakan state namely near the port of Sittwe and through the mouth of the Kaladan River. Since Friday morning, authorities including NaSaKa, border forces and Myanmar Navy forces have not allowed any bouts to mount at Sittwe and have instead diverted the boats to go Rathedaung further northwards. Those diverted were Kyak Pru township refugees. It has been reported through various sources and eye-witnesses that till the time of publishing, circa 46 boat loads of Rohingya have reached the south coast of Maungdaw. These had attempted to anchor at Shita Furukia beach (50 miles south of Maungdaw) but were denied access to do so. They have been ushered further north towards the Naf River and Bangladesh.

Latest Images from Burma on the Rohingya Crisis

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The last few days in Arakan have seen some of the most violent and bloody attacks on the Rohingya by the Rakhine whilst quite often, Government forces not only stand by and allow these attacks to take place, but actually facilitate them. These are some of the pictures that we have been gathering from our sources around Arakan. Many of the villages being attacked are already impoverished areas where locals do not have the ability to capture images on their phones and devices.  Further to that, Arakan right now is under an internet siege, meaning the transfer of data such as pictures/video is near impossible. Many of these pictures have been obtained with contacts sending their SD cards by land to towns such as Yangon and Mandalay to be transferred via the net or by contacts trying to get a weak signal on mobile networks from neighbouring Bangladesh. We hope to bring you more images and videos as we get them.

International Response May Be Too Late for Rohingya

Thursday 25th October

Overnight we have been inundated with text messages, emails and phone calls reporting many many incidents where the Rohingya have come under an increased intensity of attack by the Rakhine. Whilst Restless Beings has perhaps the widest range of sources from across Arakan and Burma, we undergo a strict policy before publishing these reports. Until and...

Not Expecting To See Sunlight - 2000 Rohingya Await Death

Evening brings with it the shade of darkness for would-be criminals and organised gangs intent on causing maximum disruption and damage to Rohingya communities in remote Arakan state, Burma. Over the past 72 hours or so, there has been a definite shift and increase in intesity on the onslaught against the stateless Rohingya.

Accused of being illegal migrants from Bangladesh, it seems the latest shift of violence is state backed with many many sources now reporting that security forces, Hlun Tain, and Burmese Navy are attacking the Rohingya community at will and without charge.

300 Rohingya Trapped - Awaiting Death

Violence and Rohingya persecution has continued onto a fourth consecutive day with yet more deaths, casualties and asron attacks being reported.

The latest attacks come on a village within Kyauk Pyu township which we reported yesterday on Twitter. At around 7pm local time, this small fishing village came under a barrage of arson attacks by more than 700 Rakhine Buddhists. Although the...