Myanmar declares flood emergency; no shelter for Rohingya
NAYPYIDAW (Web Desk) – Myanmar’s president has declared a state of emergency in four regions after heavy floods left 27 people dead.
Monsoon rains over many weeks have led to flooding in most of the country (also known as Burma).
Myanmar’s President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in four regions – Chin, Magwe, Sagaing and Rakhine, the BBC reported on Saturday.
Thousands of people are sheltering in monasteries, but one report said people from the Rohingya Muslim minority were turned away from some shelters. Continue reading Myanmar declares flood emergency; no shelter for Rohingya
I need to inform you that the Buddhists and Christians are the two main religious groups in Myanmar.
There are 4 million Muslims and are divided into 4 groups:
1) the Indian Muslims from India who came here during the British period. The last Mughal king was exiled here and died in Burma. His grave has been made in to a Sufi shrine. Indian Muslims were traders and economic well off, they reside main in Yangon. They are also know as by names as Chulias, Kaka and Pathans. They prefer to speak and learn Islam from Urdu sources and Deoband. Many of them went back to India after backlash against them in independent Burma. Continue reading I need to inform you that the Buddhists and Christians are the two main religious groups in Myanmar
The Roots of Religious Conflict in Myanmar
Understanding narratives is an important step to ending violence.
By Matt Schissler, Matthew J Walton and Phyu Phyu Thi
August 06, 2015
“Southeast Asia: Refugees in Crisis,” an ongoing series by The Diplomat for summer and fall 2015 featuring exclusive articles from scholars and practitioners tackling Southeast Asia’s ongoing refugee crisis. All articles in the series can be found here.
Myanmar has been the site of serious conflicts between Buddhist and Muslim communities, particularly in Rakhine State where at least 146,000 persons have been displaced since the first riots in June 2012. This violence has prompted international organizations dedicated to early warning of mass violence to issue alarms, but the dynamics of this conflict are understood differently in Myanmar. In May, three Nobel laureates called violence and persecution of Muslims in Myanmar “nothing less than genocide.” A few days later, U Zaw Aye Maung, the Rakhine Affairs Minister for Yangon Region, was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying, “if genocide was taking place in Rakhine State, then it was against ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.” Continue reading The Roots of Religious Conflict in Myanmar
| Aid Groups Stretched by Refugees in Myar’s Kachin State Reported by Zin Mar Win for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khet Mar. Written in English by Joshua Lipes, Radio Free Asia November 20, 2013Aid groups in Myanmar’s Kachin state are facing a humanitarian crisis as thousands of villagers fleeing homes to avoid fresh fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels inundate ill-prepared refugee camps, sources said Wednesday. Around 2,000 villagers have been displaced by a surge in clashes since Oct. 16 between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the military in Mansi township in Kachin, a region near Myanmar’s northern border with China.”Myanmar risks spiraling anti-Muslim unrest: Watchdog By AFP 21 August 2013 BANGKOK — Myanmar must address anti-Muslim propaganda and stamp out a culture of impunity for religious violence or risk “catastrophic” levels of conflict, a rights group warned Tuesday. Physicians for Human Rights described attacks on Muslims, that have swept the country since fighting first broke out last year as “widespread and systematic,” in a report examining unrest that has killed around 250 people and left tens of thousands homeless. The US-based group said that while the situation in the country currently appeared calm, a failure to properly investigate and deal with the causes of the tensions risks further clashes. PHR reported that “the brazen nature of these crimes and the widespread culture of impunity in which these massacres occur form deeply troubling preconditions that make such crimes very likely to continue.” “If these conditions go unaddressed, Burma may very well face countrywide violence on a catastrophic level, including potential crimes against humanity and/ or genocide,” it continued, using the country’s former name. Myanmar has strongly denied previous accusations by watchdog Human Rights Watch of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya in Rakhine state. Attacks against Muslims, who are thought to make up at least four percent of Myanmar’s population, have thrown the Buddhist-majority nation’s much-hailed emergence from military dictatorship into question. Communal unrest between local Buddhist and Rohingya Muslims engulfed the country’s western Rakhine state in June and October 2012, with whole villages burned to the ground leaving some 140,000 homeless — mainly the Rohingya. This year the conflict has widened to target Muslims in general, with several eruptions of violence spreading across the country. After dozens of Muslims, including more than 20 students and teachers of an Islamic school, were killed in the central Myanmar town of Meiktila in March the United Nations human rights envoy for Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, said the reluctance of security forces to crack down on the unrest suggested a possible state link to the fighting. The reformist government of President Thein Sein has rejected the statement from the United Nations envoy, who is currently in Myanmar on a visit that includes tours of some of the areas affected by religious conflict. PHR said there was little evidence of direct orders or funding for the violence, but said “patterns of abuse” seen during the conflict “may imply that police or military were following orders.” The watchdog acknowledged that authorities were prosecuting both Buddhists and Muslims accused of crimes. “But Muslims have been given much longer sentences than Buddhists and many more Muslims have been arrested,” PHR Burma director William Davis told reporters in Bangkok. “The violence has stopped, but … the structural violence is still there,” he said, alluding to a “culture of impunity” and lack of trust in the justice system as well as laws and practices that discriminate against ethnic minorities. — AFP © 2013 Saudi Gazette”
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