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Myanmar troops 'opened fire on Rohingya Muslims'

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    BANGKOK: Myanmar security forces opened fire on Rohingya Muslims, committed rape and stood by as rival mobs attacked each other during a recent wave of sectarian violence, a rights watchdog said Wednesday.

    The authorities failed to protect both Muslims and Buddhists and then "unleashed a campaign of violence and mass roundups against the Rohingya," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report.

    The violence which erupted in June in western Rakhine state between ethnic Buddhist Rakhine and Rohingya has left about 80 people dead, based on official figures, and forced tens of thousands to flee as homes were torched.

    "What is remarkable is that if the atrocities that we saw in Arakan (Rakhine) had happened before the government reform process had started, the international reaction would have been swift and strong," said HRW Asia deputy director Phil Robertson.

    "But the international community appears to be blinded by a romantic narrative of sweeping change in Burma (Myanmar), signing new trade deals and lifting sanctions even while the abuses continue," he told a news conference.

    The report, based on dozens of witness interviews, said that the events in Rakhine state "demonstrate that state-sponsored persecution and discrimination persist" despite the government's pledge to end ethnic unrest.

    Police and paramilitary forces "opened fire on Rohingya with live ammunition," it added.

    It quoted one Rohingya man in the Rakhine state capital Sittwe as saying that security forces watched as a Buddhist mob started torching houses.

    "When the people tried to put out the fires, the paramilitary shot at us. And the group beat people with big sticks."

    Decades of discrimination have left the Rohingya stateless, and they are viewed by the United Nations as one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

    Speaking a Bengali dialect similar to one in neighbouring Bangladesh, the Rohingya are seen as illegal immigrants by the Myanmar government and many Burmese, and many have attempted to flee overseas in rickety boats.

    The violence, along with fighting in northern Kachin state, has cast a shadow over widely praised reforms by Myanmar's President Thein Sein over the past year, including the release of hundreds of political prisoners and the election of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament.
     
  2. rocky.idf

    rocky.idf BANNED BANNED

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    This is a genocide going on since the Japanese occupation during WW II. At that time the entire SA origin peoples were targeted. This process never ended. Now the target is own Muslims of Arakan. Btw, prior to getting close to China the Chinese had been targeted and were literally wiped out of Burma. Now they have come back in droves.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    What is the root cause fo this problem or why does Burmese Junta should target on these muslims.
     
  4. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    ^^^The Burmese Govt doesnot consider these people as citizens of Burma. They are treated as illegal Bangladeshis. Since they dont have citizenship, their rights are limited.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    So these illegal immigrants issue.
     
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    Anish Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Myanmar govt. has true vision.
    Way these muslims rioted in Assam same way they would have done in Myanmar
     
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    kumarkhokhar 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    send them back rather than killing
    let them be problem for country of origin
     
  8. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Its an interesting news from a BD newspaper.

    Rohingyas changing Teknaf demography!

    Many of the local people in the Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar border belt are worried about the ongoing demographic changes taking place in the country’s southeast corner as there is no mechanism to check population boom among the Rohingyas floating in from Myanmar.

    The Bangladeshi nationals who were born and brought up in Teknaf also fear if the current trend of growth of Rohingya population continues, the trespassers may outnumber the local people in a decade.

    According to officials and local people, a poor literacy rate, lack of family planning knowledge and initiative and an evil intention, in some cases, to become majority are the reasons behind the prolific growth of Rohingyas.

    Mohammad Islam, 28, an undocumented Rohingya refugee, acknowledged their choice of taking more children, saying that they have to consolidate their position by means of enhanced population back home in Myanmar.

    “If we can become majority in the (Arakan) Rakhine state, the government will not launch any repressive campaign against us and we are confident that we could then lead a peaceful life there,†he said.

    Rohingyas are a minority ethnic group, who are Muslim in belief system, in the Buddhist- majority Myanmar ruled mostly by military regimes.

    Showing desperation, Noor Hossain, 51, a refugee and father of seven children, said, “If I had the age, I would have taken more children to become majority.â€

    However, Fazal Mahmud, 48, a documented Rohingya who has fathered as many as 22 children from a trio of three wives, has a different tale to tell.

    “I have done a big mistake. I do not want to take anymore child,†he says, adding that he did not know method of controlling population — a lack of awareness which resulted in such a huge family.

    Average size of Rohingya family inside the camp is six, much bigger than those staying outside the camp, said Dr. Kamruzzaman, camp-in-charge of Nayapara Refugee Camp.

    “There are two reasons behind the higher population growth — to get more ration and to strengthen security of the particular Rohingya,†he pointed out.

    Such a high growth rate in Ronhingya population has given birth to an anti-Rohigya sentiment that now runs high among the local people, the official said. Some non-governmental organisations are now working with the Rohingyas to ensure birth control.

    Apart from 15,000 registered Rohingya refugees, more than 100,000 illegal Rohingyas are staying in Teknaf where the number of Bangladeshi population is 260,000.

    The number of Rohingya people has just tripled in the past 20 years, said Shafiq Mia, Upazila Chairman of Teknaf.

    “Lack of education, lack of knowledge of birth control and an evil intention to become majority in Teknaf have resulted in the population boom among the Rohingyas,†he said.

    Abdullah, 21, a registered refugee of Nayapara Refugee Camp, attributed the higher growth in their number to the rationing system based on headcount. “So, the Rohingyas are getting incentives to take more children.â€

    Ummul Khaira, 45, a mother of eight, said they have nothing to do as they have been blessed with the children. “I do not want anymore but it depends on my husband,†she added.


    Nurul Basar, a councillor of Teknaf municipality, cited example that a Rohingya couple which infiltrates into Bangladesh territory turns into a four-member family in two years. “For sure they are going to dominate Teknaf within a decade,†he said.

    Infiltration of the Rohingyas has become a common phenomenon since their massive influx into Teknaf in 1978.

    Border Guards Bangladesh personnel stopped as many as 2,688 Rohingyas from entering Bangladesh in 2010 while the number was 1802 in 2011 and 1274 from January to June 6 this year, according to their data which show the trend.

    daily sun | First Page | Rohingyas changing Teknaf demography!

    I think this is the reason why BD is not accepting Rohingya anymore.
     
  9. tangocharlie

    tangocharlie Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    On one side Bangladesh is crying what Myanmar is doing and on other hand they can't stop there own people to enter within North eastern state of India. Let time come and when there is change in government, these Bangladeshi will see the same picture in Assam and other north eastern state.
     
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