» 08/02/2012, 00.00
MYANMAR - BANGLADESH
HRW: government complicity in violence against the Rohingya Muslims
The authorities fail to intervene to stop the fighting. And, later, authorized the military to fire on the ethnic minority trying to save homes and personal property. Appeals to the international community. Meanwhile, Dhaka blocks the activities of three refugee organizations.
Yangon (AsiaNews /
Agencies) - The Burmese government forces stood by and watched as sectarian
violence flared in Rakhine State, west Myanmar, in June, without intervening. Moreover,
in the following days the military opened fire against the Rohingya Muslim
minority, intent on trying to save their homes from fires and devastation. New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW), has published a report based on over 60
interviews with the Buddhist majority and Muslim Rohingya minority in Arakan. Activists
call for a strong global response to the "atrocities" committed
during the clashes that have killed 78 people, and displaced about 100 thousand
people, mostly Muslims who have abandoned their native lands to seek refuge
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch says that the Burmese
government "has pledged" to "put an end to sectarian violence," but
"in reality, ... the facts show that State sponsored persecution and
discrimination continue. " He invites the world community to "not
close your eyes" in front of an "fictional about face" by Naypyidaw
Violence against the Burmese Rohingya is a decades long problem, compounded by
the fact that the Myanmar
government considers the Muslim minority illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. However,
Dhaka has consistently denied them entry visas
and pursues a policy of forced repatriation of refugees. Just this week the Bangladesh
government ordered three international non-profit organizations - Doctors Without Borders and Action Against Hunger UK Muslim Aid - to cut off aid to the Rohingya
refugees who cross borders. For an official charity it "encourages the
flow of refugees."
In June, the Kyaukphyu District Court, Rakhine State of Myanmar, sentenced three
Muslims to death, held responsible for the rape and killing in late May of Thida
Htwe, a young Arakanese Buddhist, the source of bloody sectarian clashes
between Muslims and Buddhists (see AsiaNews 19/06/2012 Rakhine,
ethnic violence: three death sentences for the rape-murder of a woman). In the following days, an angry mob, killed 10 Muslims
who were travelling on a bus, completely unrelated to the murder.
spiral of hatred resulted in a guerrilla war that has killed 29 others,
including 16 Muslims and 13 Buddhists. According to official sources at least 2600 homes have
been burned. The violence has also triggered a veritable exodus of the Rohingya
Muslim minority, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of men, women and
children seeking refuge on the coasts of Bangladesh
and Thailand, but Bangkok and Dhaka are
pursuing the policy of rejecting the Burmese Muslim minority the status of
political refugees and exiles.
13/06/2012 MYANMAR - BANGLADESH
As Dhaka turns away a thousand Burmese Rohingya, Sittwe is patrolled by soldiers
Bangladesh prevented a thousand refugees on three boats from landing. In previous days, an additional 500 were sent back to Myanmar. Security forces patrol the streets of the capital of Rakhine State, scene of Buddhist-Muslim clashes. Apparent calm could turn violent again.
23/07/2012 THAILANDIA - MYANMAR
Bangkok, Muslim students protest violence against Rohingya
During the official visit of Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, some students demonstrate against the "massacre" of Rakhine State ethnic minority. Thai army sources explain that the refugees will be "aided", but also deported back to Indonesia and Malaysia.
Rakhine: More than 100 dead in clashes between ethnic Burmese and Rohingya
Fighting between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims restarted on Sunday. So far, in addition to the dead, 72 people have been injured and some 2,000 homes set on fire. Myanmar president rails against manipulators who are behind the violence, pledges action by the military and the authorities to restore stability. Bangladesh tightens controls to stop refugees from reaching its coasts.
19/06/2012 MYANMAR - BANGLADESH
Rakhine, ethnic violence: three death sentences for the rape-murder of a woman
The district court has imposed the death penalty against three Muslims: Htet Htet, Mahmud Rawphi and Khochi. Last week, the first of these committed suicide in prison, but the court wished to issue a posthumous condemnation. The killing of Thida Htwe has sparked clashes between Muslims and Buddhists. Dhaka continuous to turn away the Rohingya refugees.
Archbishop of Yangon calls for an end to violence between Buddhists and Muslims
For Archbishop Bo, "love and compassion" are central to the country's main faiths. He wants "joint action" to end clashes. Youth groups adopt his initiative. President Thein Sein does not exclude the use of force against "troublemakers." Political experts see the flare-up in violence as an attempt to put power back into the hands of the military.
CHINA - VATICAN
The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution
The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.
Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West
The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".
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