Arakan (Rakhine) State - reports etc. - NGO, think-tanks and academic sources
|Title:|| ||"Rakhine Advisory Commission" - Google search
|Description/subject:|| ||About 35,600 results (8 September 2016)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||08 September 2016|
|Title:|| ||DISENFRANCHISEMENT AND DESPERATION IN MYANMAR’S RAKHINE STATE: Drivers of a Regional Crisis
|Date of publication:|| ||October 2015|
|Description/subject:|| ||EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "The situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is driving a regional crisis. Systematic discrim-ination against Rohingya Muslims has contributed to the largest regional outflow of
asylum seekers by sea in decades. Humanitarian conditions in Rohingya villages and
internally displaced persons (IDP) camps are dire, and Rohingya suffer frequent abuses
at the hands of Myanmar authorities.
In May 2015, the region was forced to grapple with the results of these conditions, as
thousands of Rohingya asylum seekers were stranded on boats in the Andaman Sea,
making international headlines. ASEAN leaders met at the time in the hopes of resolving
the crisis, but failed to craft a regional response to the drivers of the outflow, which are
rooted in Rakhine State.
In the months since, these underlying drivers have been compounded by an increasing
sense of desperation among Rohingya, driven principally by political exclusion. The
disenfranchisement of an estimated one million Rohingya voters, as well as the rejection
of dozens of Rohingya parliamentary candidates in advance of the 8 November general
election, has led many Rohingya to believe that there is little hope for their future in
Myanmar. With no opportunity to take part in perhaps the most consequential election
in Myanmar’s history and no hope of any political representation, Rohingya feel they are
being forced out of the country.
Furthering this perception is the proliferation of anti-Muslim hate speech and sentiment
across Myanmar and the government’s failure to address this growing threat. If left
unchecked, Buddhist extremists will continue to vilify Rohingya for political purposes,
and further episodes of inter-communal violence could erupt in Rakhine State and other
areas, driving still more Rohingya to flee their homes.
During 2015, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) undertook two
fact-finding missions to Myanmar to assess the situation and further investigate the
root causes of the Rohingya exodus. APHR’s team of parliamentarians and researchers
met with government officials, religious leaders, civil society representatives, and UN
agencies, as well as Rohingya and Rakhine community members and IDPs.
The findings were clear: ASEAN risks another full-blown crisis as a result of unresolved
conditions in Myanmar. Unless serious steps are taken to address the situation of depri-vation and despair in Rakhine State, many Rohingya will have no other option but to flee
in search of asylum elsewhere.
The next wave of refugees is coming. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have already fled by
sea, but nearly a million more are still undergoing heavy persecution throughout Rakhine
State. When the remaining Rohingya begin to leave, they will be extremely vulnerable to
human trafficking to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia..."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||ASEAN PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS via ALSEAN-BURMA|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (1.20MB)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/October%202015%20Burma%20Bulletin.pdf|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||06 November 2015|
|Title:|| ||I Stopped Going to School, Because We Had to Flee to India: PART 1 – On the Run from the Chin State
|Description/subject:|| ||"Aung Than is 26 years old, enthusiastic and positive young Arakanese man from the Chin State, whose determination of acquiring an education has kept him going through difficult and challenging times in his life. When Aung Than was only six years old, he and his family had to leave everything behind and flee to India, due to the brutal Burmese military oppression in his village. Although his biggest wish had always been to gain good education, it somehow always seemed to be out of reach, and moving away from him. Fleeing from Burma to India, and India to Bangladesh, Aung Than grabbed onto every study opportunity, attending school in Mizoram language in India, as well as being taught by Buddhist monks, Muslims, and an American teacher in Bangladesh. After years of hard work and fleeting study opportunities, Aung Than had a chance to complete his studies on the Thailand-Burma border, where he eventually co-founded AHREM (Arakan Human Rights and Environmental Movement), aiming to teach young Arakanese about environmental issues and human rights. Always keen to give back to his people, Aung Than now dreams of running an orphanage where he can help children whose dreams seem out of reach, just as his were one day."...See the Alternate link for part 2.|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Burma Link|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://www.burmalink.org/land-owners-were-arrested-and-put-in-prison-part-2-on-the-run-from-the-chi...|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||16 March 2016|