30 March 2014 Exclusive Burma Times: Kyauktaw, western Burma- Today Sunday, on 30 March, the Burma census conduct is started across the country Burma including Rohingya populous area, western Burma. “The Government has made a commitment that everyone who is in the country will be counted in the census and all respondents will have the option to self-identify their ethnicity,” the UNFPA said in the statement, issued on Yangon on March 28. “Respondents must feel safe to answer [more]
Exclusive Burma Times – Maung Daw 30 March 2014 The census enrolment is starting today by the Burmese government and the examiners went to Santhipyan/Hathipara village, Maung Daw Township, northern Rakhine state Burma for the census enrolment and they ordered to the villagers to come every head of the house holder to the police station of Santhipyan/Hathipara for the verification of census and the villagers told to them that it is not systematic and you need [more]
ARAKAN ROHINGYA NATIONAL ORGANISATION Arakan, Burma (29 March 2014) The statement of ARNO on the current situation in Arakan/Rakhine State, Burma Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) has strongly condemned the attacks on international humanitarian aid workers by militant Rakhine mobs in Sittwe on March 26- 27, causing damages to their offices, residences, vehicles and properties under the pretext of disrespecting a Buddhist flag by a female staff of the Malteser International. Since June 2012 series of genocidal onslaughts have been [more]
By Ibrahim Shah 29 March 2014 Burma Times: Rakhine state, western Myanmar- “The Government has made a commitment that everyone who is in the country will be counted in the census and all respondents will have the option to self-identify their ethnicity,” the UNFPA said in the statement, issued on Yangon on March 28. “Respondents must feel safe to answer all questions freely and enumerators must be able to record the answers faithfully, without fear or intimation,” [more]
SITTWE (AFP) – Burma Times – Myanmar said Saturday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as “Rohingya” in its first census in three decades despite UN assurances, on the eve of a survey that has fanned sectarian tensions. The move came as Buddhists in an unrest-hit western state vowed to boycott the census over fears it could lead to official recognition for the Rohingya, viewed by the United Nations as among the world’s most [more]
29 March 2014 Burma Times: Buthidaung- It is reported by our senior correspondent that today on Saturday, 29 March, 2014, at about 10:00 am, the Burmese authorities—village administration, township administration, district administration, state administration, army, police, executive of census enumerators from Buthidaung and paramilitary forces— held an exclusive meeting with Rohingya elders at middle school in Paungdaw Pyin from Buthidaung Township and strictly warned Rohingya elders to strongly avoid writing in Rohingya except Bengali during census [more]
Burma Times – Anti-census protesters attacked an international NGO office on Wednesday. The census allows ethnic minorities to self-identify in a country wracked by ethnic and religious divisions. The last time a national census was held in Myanmar, the country was an isolated military dictatorship known as Burma. Then, Daw San San was a 28-year-old primary school teacher tasked with counting heads in this rural rice-growing region in the Ayeyarwady river delta. Now 59 and retired, Ms. [more]
Press release, Burma Times The UN Human Rights Council concluded its 25th Session today with important resolutions on Sri Lanka, DPRK, Iran, Syria and Burma. placeholder Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi said: The UK welcomes the strong action which the Human Rights Council has taken on Sri Lanka, DPRK, Iran, Syria and Burma at this session. I am also encouraged by the Council’s effective response to a range of other critical human rights situations including Ukraine and South [more]
By Raunghfee Khan 28 March 2014 Burma Times: The prime motive behind the name change of western Myanmar/ Burma from Arakan into Rakhine both politically and discriminatorily in 1974 without national referendum was to eradicate Rohingya and to deport them into third country which was confidential in the master plan drafted by both Burmese Hilterite militaristic rulers and western Rakhine, Anokka Mogh or Bangladeshi Rakhine until 2012 and that motive was evidently exposed in July 11, [more]
March 17th Geneva. Burma Times A side event took place in 25th UN Human Rights Council Session on 17th March 2014. The event was organised by International Peace Bureau. The speakers are Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Burma, Maung tun Khin President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, Chris Lew, Director of Arakan Project and Melanie Teff Senior Advocate and European Representative of Refugees International.The event was hosted by Me Colin [more]
29 March 2014
Burma Times: Buthidaung- It is reported by our senior correspondent that today on Saturday, 29 March, 2014, at about 10:00 am, the Burmese authorities—village administration, township administration, district administration, state administration, army, police, executive of census enumerators from Buthidaung and paramilitary forces— held an exclusive meeting with Rohingya elders at middle school in Paungdaw Pyin from Buthidaung Township and strictly warned Rohingya elders to strongly avoid writing in Rohingya except Bengali during census conduct.
When Rohingya elders at once responded that they will write in Rohingya since their ethnicity is Rohingya. Then, the authorities threatened those will be prosecuted who disobey our prior warnings after conclusion census conduct. They stated that the order to avoid writing in Rohingya is from central government ( Naypyidaw administration).
The ground reporters of Burma Times reported that more meetings regarding as mentioned above are being held in several places in Buthidaung and Maungdaw Township.
Apparently, the prior warnings against those who writes in Rohingya in the code 914 issued by Burmese ministry of immigration and population is the plot of the administration of president Thein Sein who plays paradoxically with international community. Burmese government vowed UNFPA that the census will be conducted according to internationally standardized census, on the other hand, foreign aid workers are expelled in Sittwe by state-backed Rakhine Buddhist extremists and authorities deliver prior warnings to avoid writing in Rohingya except Bengali in the code 914.
The main intention to expel the foreign aid workers from Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, is to hide the violence which will be carried out against Rohingya during census conduct, said by a Rohingya senior teach