Month: October 2017

Prof Urges Students to Consider Oppression of The Rohingya

The Rohingya crisis has been termed a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and one of the worst humanitarian disasters of this decade. At Cornell, organizations will be rallying to raise awareness about the crisis in November, but students were able to hear about it firsthand from Prof. Gayatri Spivak, English and comparative literature, Columbia, on Monday. The Rohingya are a stateless Indo-Aryan, dominantly Muslim people living in Myanmar. They are persecuted in a country where Buddhism is the prevalent religion, and they are even denied citizenship. Spivak, an activist for rural education in Asia, first encountered the Rohingya in Bangladesh...

Read More

EU for Rohingyas’ ‘dignified return’ to Myanmar

The European Union’s commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management has begun a two-day visit to Bangladesh, to assess the ground reality of the Rohingya refugee crisis. “Here in Bangladesh the scale of this emergency is painfully clear to see: This is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world,” commissioner Christos Stylianides said in a statement on the first day of his visit on Tuesday. The visit comes a week after the EU and its member states pledged more than 50 per cent of the US$ 344 million total funding raised at the international conference on the Rohingya refugee...

Read More

ရခိုင္ပဋိပကၡအေပၚ ကန္ ဖိအားေပး

ျမန္မာ့ဒီမုိကေရစီေရး ေတြ႔ဆံုေမးျမန္းခန္းမွာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္းမွာ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမူစလင္ သိန္းနဲ႔ခ်ီ အိုးအိမ္စြန္႔ခြါ ထြက္ေျပးေနရတဲ့ အေျခအေနဟာ လူမ်ဳိးတုံးသုတ္သင္ရွင္းလင္းတဲ့ပံုစံမ်ဳိး ျဖစ္ေနတယ္ဆိုၿပီး ဒီအေျခအေနကို လံုးဝလက္မခံႏုိင္တဲ့အေၾကာင္း ဒီမိုကရက္အထက္လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ Dick Durbin က ေျပာပါတယ္။ အထက္လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ကို VOA သတင္းေထာက္ Greta Van Susteren ေတြ႔ဆံုေမးျမန္းထားပါတယ္။ Ms. Greta – အခုလို ေတြ႔ဆံုေမးျမန္းခြင့္ ေပးတဲ့အတြက္ အထက္လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ကို ေက်းဇူးအမ်ားႀကီးတင္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအတြင္းမွာရွိတဲ့ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာေတြအေပၚ ျပဳမႈပံုေတြဟာ လူမ်ဳိးတမ်ဳိးကို အျမစ္ပ်က္ရွင္းလင္းမႈ။ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ လူမ်ဳိးတုံး သတ္ဖ်က္မႈလို႔ ထင္လား။ အထက္လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္အေနနဲ႔ ဘယ္လို ယူဆလဲ။ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စုရဲ ႔ တရားဝင္ ရပ္တည္ခ်က္က ဘာလဲ။ Senator Durbin – လက္ရွိိအစိုးရရဲ ႔ တရားဝင္ ရပ္တည္ခ်က္ကိုေတာ့ က်ေနာ္ မသိပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒါက လူမ်ဳိးတမ်ဳိးကို အျမစ္ျပတ္ရွင္းလင္းခ်င္တဲ့ ပံုစံလိုမ်ဳိး ျဖစ္ေနပါတယ္။ အဲဒီလိုပံုမ်ဳိး ျဖစ္ေနတယ္ေပါ့။ က်ေနာ္ရဲ ႔ မိတ္ေဆြ မယ္ရီလန္းက အထက္လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ Ben Cardin ကေတာ့ လူမ်ဳိးတံုးသတ္ဖ်က္မႈလို႔ ေခၚပါတယ္။ ဘယ္လိုပံုစံပဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္၊ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စုထဲမွာ ရွိေနတဲ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔အေနနဲ႔ ဘယ္ဘက္ကို ရပ္တည္တယ္ဆိုတာ လိုအပ္ပါတယ္။ လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ေတြ ေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား ဒီလိုပဲ လုပ္ေဆာင္ၾကမွာပါ။ Ms. Greta – ဒီကိစၥက အေမရိကန္ျပည္သူေတြအတြက္ ဘာေၾကာင့္ အေရးႀကီးလဲ။ ဒါက သိပ္ကိုအလွမ္းမေဝးလြန္ မေနဘူးလားရွင့္။ Senator...

Read More

NGO owner Ushit Maung sent to jail after three-day remand

Police say the man, suspected of aiding terrorism, divulged important information in interrogation NGO owner Ushit Maung Rakhaing, arrested on charges of aiding terrorism in Myanmar’s Rakhine, has been sent to jail after a three-day remand. Police claim he has divulged important information in interrogation. On Sunday, Airport police station’s Sub-Inspector (SI) Farhaj Hossain presented him in court and said that Ushit gave important information in remand and needed to be sent to jail for proper investigation. According to police sources, the Rakhine Development Foundation (RDF), an NGO run by Ushit, is helping the extremist Rakhine community in Myanmar....

Read More

UN investigators confirm ‘methodical’ killings, rape of Rohingya

Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar have testified that a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson is taking place, United Nations human rights investigators said on Friday after a first mission to Bangladesh. The fact-finding team, led by former Indonesian attorney general Marzuki Darusman, said the death toll from the Myanmar army’s crackdown following Rohingya insurgent attacks on Aug. 25 was unknown, but “may turn out to be extremely high.” “We have heard many accounts from people from many different villages across northern Rakhine state. They point to a consistent, methodical pattern of actions resulting in gross human...

Read More