A War of Words Puts Facebook at the Center of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

 Ashin Wirathu in 2013. He has been barred from public preaching in Myanmar since March.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times

Myanmar’s government has barred Ashin Wirathu, an ultranationalist Buddhist monk, from public preaching for the past year, saying his speeches helped fuel the violence against the country’s Rohingya ethnic group that the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing.

So he has turned to an even more powerful and ubiquitous platform to get his message out — Facebook.

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UN chief raises alarm over Rohingya in speech before Suu Kyi

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United Nations chief expressed alarm over the plight of Rohingya Muslims in remarks before Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders from a Southeast Asian bloc that has refused to criticize her government over the crisis.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said late Monday that the unfolding humanitarian crisis can cause regional instability and radicalization. He met with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the sidelines of its summit in Manila.

“I cannot hide my deep concern with the dramatic movement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh,” Guterres told the ASEAN leaders. Suu Kyi sat close to him but looked mostly at a wall screen showing the U.N. leader. Tiếp tục đọc “UN chief raises alarm over Rohingya in speech before Suu Kyi”

Despite global criticism, Myanmar’s Rakhine strategy retains strong domestic support


As the global community continues to put pressure on Myanmar to stop the violence in Rakhine State, Channel NewsAsia speaks to ordinary Myanmar citizens about their take on the situation.


A file photo of Aung Sann Suu Kyi as she arrived at the National League for Democracy Party’s headquarters after the 2015 general election in Myanmar. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

YANGON: While there has been widespread global condemnation of the violence taking place in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many ordinary people in the country are standing solidly behind the government and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Tiếp tục đọc “Despite global criticism, Myanmar’s Rakhine strategy retains strong domestic support”

Myanmar: The perilous journey of Rohingya refugees [in pictures]

Al Jazeera

Recent upsurge in violence has forced about 146,000 Rohingya to cross into Bangladesh, according to UN estimates.

06 Sep 2017 10:23 GMT | Rohingya, Myanmar, Humanitarian crises, Human Rights, Myanmar-Bangladesh

About 146,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from violence in Myanmar since August 25, according to United Nations estimates.

The latest surge brings the total number to 233,000 Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since October last year.

The mass exodus came after suspected Rohingya fighters attacked police posts and an army base in the western Rakhine State.

The Myanmar government has blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the violence, but fleeing Rohingya civilians accused the Myanmar army of carrying out a campaign of arson and killings – aimed at forcing them out of the country.

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Who are the Rohingya Muslims?

Al Jazeera

Why are the more than one million Rohingya in Myanmar considered the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’?

Newly arrived Rohingya refugees sit inside a shelter at the Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]


Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”.

They are an ethnic Muslim group who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country.

The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar. They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless. Tiếp tục đọc “Who are the Rohingya Muslims?”

Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence


A woman holds a child in her arms as she arrives at Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state after fleeing violence in their home village. (Photo: AFP/Wai Moe)

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, police said Sunday (Aug 27), just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after they crossed the “zero line” border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the dangerous dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh. Tiếp tục đọc “Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence”

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

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Bangladeshi border guards say troops fired mortars and machine guns at Rohingya civilians trying to escape bloodshed.

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence.

On Saturday, an AFP news agency reporter at Bangladesh’s Ghumdhum border post counted more than a dozen mortar shells and countless machine-gun rounds fired by Myanmar security forces in nearby hills onto a large group of Rohingya desperately trying to cross.

It was not immediately clear if any were hit, but the civilians scattered to evade the barrage.

“They have fired on civilians, mostly women and children, hiding in the hills near the zero line,” Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) station chief Manzurul Hassan Khan confirmed. Tiếp tục đọc “Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks”

Rohingya flee for Bangladesh as fresh violence erupts in Myanmar


Displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state are gathered at the border town of Ukhiya after Bangladeshi border guards stopped them from entering Bangladesh on Aug 26. efugees towards Bangladesh. (Photo: AFP/STR)

Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan


Myanmar’s western Rakhine state represents a human rights crisis, affecting particularly the Muslim community or Rohingyas there.

NAY PYI TAW: Myanmar’s western Rakhine state represents a human rights crisis, affecting particularly the Muslim community or Rohingyas there.

The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairman, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan, gave this assessment, without identifying the Rohingyas by name, in its final report released on Thursday (Aug 24). Tiếp tục đọc “Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan”

Chủ nghĩa dân tộc Phật giáo ở Miến Điện

07/04/201312:00 Nguyễn Văn Hóa

Nguyên tác: Buddhist Nationalism in Burma by Maung Zarni (*)

dr_zarniHệ thống hóa sự kỳ thị chủng tộc chống người Hồi giáo Rohingya đã dẫn Miến Điện tới con đường diệt chủng. (Institutionalized racism against the Rohingya Muslims led Burma to genocide) (Hình bên; tác giả)

Ở bên ngoài Miến Điện, hình ảnh những nhà sư Theravada Miến qua cuộc “Cách Mạng Áo Vàng” (Saffron Revolution) năm 2007, vẫn còn tươi màu. Với sự hỗ trợ của nhân dân Phật tử sùng tín, từng đoàn sư áo vàng miệng râm rang tụng niệm những lời từ bi xen lẫn thính âm của tình yêu thương trên khắp đường phố Rangoon, Mandalay, và Pakhokeku, kêu gọi sự cải thiện đời sống cho công chúng trước tình cảnh kinh tế khốn đốn gây khổ cho người dân Phật tử. Những vị sư chân trần can trường chống đối sự cai trị quân phiệt, là hình ảnh tuyệt vời của Phật Giáo dấn thân, âm vang một phó bản Tinh thần phương Đông cổ đại của Phật Giáohành động, làm biến dạng hình ảnh của những người Phật tử thường có là sự khả ái, nụ cười, lòng mến khách đang dẫn đạo một cuộc sống đầy ý nghĩa, cho một phần thế giới không-Phật-Giáo thấy con đường Phật Giáo ấp ủ cho hòa bình. Tiếp tục đọc “Chủ nghĩa dân tộc Phật giáo ở Miến Điện”

Rohingya man killed in Myanmar Buddhist mob attack


Unrest in Myanmar has forced thousands of Rohingya into squalid displacement camps where they have languished for years, many facing severe restrictions on their movements. (Photo: AFP/ROMEO GACAD)

YANGON: A Rohingya Muslim was stoned to death and six others wounded by a mob of Buddhists in the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, authorities said Wednesday (Jul 5), the latest flare-up in a region seething with religious tension.

The western state is a hotbed of sectarian unrest, with frequent bouts of communal violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority. Tiếp tục đọc “Rohingya man killed in Myanmar Buddhist mob attack”