“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.” Burma Times: By Maya Angelou. 29th April 2014 An average Indian perspective about North East India, I feel, does not go beyond Assam. Forget confidently mentioning all the states which constitute North East India. Thinking of Assam, they would talk about tea gardens and women working in those tea gardens. Exploring a further tangent, Indians would presume that people from the [more]
Burma Times: 29 April 2014 As you all might aware, there has been gathering of Rakhines parties at the Arakan National Congress. The participants include some overseas Rakhines, Rakhine political parties — surely the RNDP one amongst — and some members of Buddhist clergy, according to this Irrawaddy report. The members of open press and, obviously, Rohingya (Bengalis) were not invited. On viewing this gathering, we know the anti-Rohingya policies of RNDP. In addition, possibility of [more]
By Ibrahim Shah 29 April 2014
Burma Times: Kay Jeppa, Buthidaung, western Burma- Yesterday, on 28th April, police and Lun Htein(para-malitary) arrested about 40 Rohingya people en masse — head of family(man), women and children from Kay Jeppa( Aaliyaung) and kept in Buthidaung jail.
All the arrestees are being interrogated and police torture them in many kinds of brutalities.
Moreover, it is learnt that three trucks of troops are reached in Buthidaung today in the morning and nobody knows which kind of brutal military operation will be conducted against Rohingya.
Apparently, the main reason behind such arbitrarily arrest of innocent Rohngya is the forcibly attempt of Burmese higher officials to implement forced Bengalization in UNFPA sponsored controversial Burma census 2014.
A delegation led by Immigration Department Director-General Maung Maung Than, director general of department of immigration and population U Myint Kyaing, Deputy Immigration and Population Minister Kyaw Kyaw Win and Rakhine held meeting with Rohingya in Maungdaw Township on 27th April afternoon.
“You did not participate in census recently. It is very crucial for your further survival here to participate in the census in the way that is accepted by the government and other people. Don’t write in any term of ethnicity, and leave blank the ethnicity and be participated. Your participation will be a good reputation for both the nation and your community. You will be granted citizenship sooner or later”, said U Kyaw Kyaw Win.
Finally, the delegation warned the Rohingya people to think carefully whether they will participate in census as government’s decision.