Al Jazeera- The Stream: The Plight of the Rohingya
The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television programme on Al Jazeera English. As the tremendous growth of social networks moulds and transforms the news agenda, The Stream aims to share these possibilities and connect its global audience into a dynamic online dialogue.
The Rohingya issue was finally covered on Al Jazeera's The Stream television programme this evening. Dr Wakar Uddin, Chairman of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America whom Restless Beings have been working with very closely and John Sifton, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch were guests on the show.
Issues of statelessness and citizenship law in Burma, as well as the origins of the Rohingya were covered, with audience members from all over the world adding their voice via video uploads and tweets.
With Human Rights Watch releasing their report today: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/31/burma-government-forces-targeting-rohingya-muslims-0 (Click for their press release & to read the report in full) more and more news agencies are willing to cover the human rights abuses against the Rohingya, but it is still somewhat limited. The report focuses on how ''The Government Could Have Stopped This'', alluding to the government allowing the violence to occur, however, in reality the initial violence was inevitable as a result of the governments decades of unjust policies toward the Rohingya.
Where the mainstream media fail to give the Rohingya the coverage they deserve, it is up to us to make the atrocities known.
Whether it's on twitter or facebook let's keep talking about the Rohingya.