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 An Open Letter to President Obama An Open Letter to President Obama by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Dear Mr. President, I am somewhat
 Have you become a politician president Obama? Have you become a politician president Obama? by Thanos Kalamidas
I have to admit that the announcement of a visit to Myanmar from the freshly elected for a second term American president Obama caught me off guard. And if you noticed, I didn’t use the name Burma but the name the dictators use, Myanmar. Bec
 Statement from the Bangkok Conference on the Rohingyas of MyanmarStatement from the Bangkok Conference on the Rohingyas of Myanmar by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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 An Open Letter to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Dear Daw Suu Kyi, For more than a decade, as a concerned human rights activist, I have worked towards release of political prisoners like you and democratization of Burma (Myanmar). It was good to see that the new regi
 Burma's PR democracy by Thanos Kalamidas
The last two weeks I keep reading in the media about the enthusiasm all the nations show for the changes in Burma. US Foreign secretary Hillary Clinton visited the state, then it was the British PM and finally the EU High Representative for Foreig
 Is the change in Myanmar for real? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Muslim Identity and Demography in the Arakan state of Burma - Part 3 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
3: The Muslim Factor in ArakanJust as it happened throughout the coastal territories from the Arabian Peninsula to the Barbary Coast and the shores of Gibraltar and Iberian Peninsula (and beyond) via Alexandria, Tripoli and Tunis to
 Muslim Identity and Demography in the Arakan state of Burma - Part 2 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
2: Analysis: The Land and the Indigenous People of Arakan:To incite violence and bigotry against the Rohingya Muslims of Arakan, Khin Maung Saw does not waste any time. He starts with a picture of a Muslim congregational prayer on the
 Muslim Identity and Demography in the Arakan state of Burma - Part 1 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
1: IntroductionBurma (or today’s Mayanmar) is a country of many nations - many races, ethnicities and religions. It is not a country either of or for any particular group – be they are the majority Bamar (B
 International arms intervention in Burma is most crucial and inevitable by Rohingya Human Rights
The Panglong Conference held on 12th  February 1947, was an historic meeting that took place at Panglong in the Shan States in Burma between the Shan, Kachin and Chin ethnic minority leaders and general Aung San, head of the interim Burmese g
 Aung San Suu Kyi is free, but is Burma free? by Thanos Kalamidas
The Burmese military authorities have released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest but is this the beginning of the end of a long term murderous regime, the excuse for harder measures or – like they have done before
 Caricature elections in Burma by Thanos Kalamidas
The people of Burma might have voted for the first time after twenty years but that doesn’t mean that Burma has returned to democracy or that the vote went freely to the ones the people wanted to represent them. After all nothing has change
 US Comgress Resolution to immediately recognize the Rohingya people by Rohingya Human Rights
A Calling on the military regime in Burma, the State Peace and Development Council, to immediately recognize the Rohingya people as full and equal citizens of Burma, lift all restrictions on movement, marriage, and access to education for the Rohi
 Monk Jailed for Anti-Electioneering by Rohingya Human Rights
On the third anniversary of the monk-led mass demonstrations in September 2007 and ahead of the Nov.7 Elections, a special court held in Rangoon's notorious Insein Prison on Monday sentenced
 Aung San Suu Kyi's Zimbabwe by Thanos Kalamidas
Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party with her agreement I suppose announced that they are not going to participate in the countries election after two decades and organized from one of the worst dictato
 Rohingya refugees should not be treated with hostile attitude by Rohingya Human Rights
The  Rohingya, ethnic minority of Arakan, Burma have been languishing in their ancestral Land, Arakan and in exile for decades  since the military took power in 1962. They are being treated as foreigners. The history has shown their e
 Burma's Tin Oo is free by Thanos Kalamidas
Perhaps a step of desperation after the united exclaim from the international community; perhaps a tactical move before the next inhuman strike, perhaps just an accident but Burma’s dictatorial regime let free the vice-chairman of Aung San S
 A permanent solution to Rohingya issue before repatriation is most crucial by Rohingya Human Rights
Under different periods of history, Arakan had been an independent and sovereign monarchy ruled by Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. According to A. P Phayer and G.E. Harvey, the Arakanese kings established alternately capitals in eight different
 Joint statement on 2010 Election Boycott by Rohingya Human Rights
We, undersigned organizations and communities for democracy, human rights, peace, justice and tranquility in Burma reaffirm that emergence of immediate and genuine reconciliation among all ethno-religious and political groups before the 2010 elect
 Future Looks Bleak for ethnic Rohingya by Rohingya Human Rights
 Rohingya: The political refugees face discrimination and harsh treatment wherever they go by Rohingya Human Rights
The historical backgrounds of Arakan ironically implied as evidences that the existence of Rohinga  Muslims in Arakan  is for centuries . But They claimed as world`s most oppressed ethnic minority which is unbelievable to all instantl
 The Rohingya issue calls for international attention by Rohingya Human Rights
Once Arakan was an independent and sovereign monarchy ruled by Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim kings. According to A. P Phayer and G.E. Harvey, the Arakanese kings established their capitals in eight different towns, transferring from one to another.
 Junta Continues to Suppress Religious Freedom: US by Rohingya Human Rights
The Burmese military junta continues to oppress people on religious grounds and actively promotes Theravada Buddhism, said a US report on religion released last Monday."It systematically restricted efforts by Buddhist
 The 'Burmese Way' to a 'Disciplined Flourishing Democracy' by Rohingya Human Rights
Many people assume that the Constitution approved in Burma in 2008 adopted a standard presidential system. But the type of presidential system used in the Constitution is unique to Burma and differs from other presidential systems used around t
 Anything To Keep Aung San Suu Kyi Out of Burma's Electoral Process by Rene Wadlow
The Myanmar military dictatorship currently speaks of "Myanmar's Road to Democracy". This is not unlike the earlier slogan of General Ne Win and his Burma Socialist Programme Party's "Burmese Road to Socialism".  T
 Rohingya in Bangladesh & their issues by Rohingya Human Rights
Who are the Rohingya? The Rohingya are genetically related to Bengalis, Indians, Arabs and Moors, reflected in their darker skin a
 They even arrest Peace Nobels now, don't they? by Yacov I. Claude
No, this is not about Shirin Ebadi, in Tehran. Neither is it about the Dalai Lama, President Carter, or Archbishop Tutu. This time, after Aung San Suu Kyi, detained in Burma by the military, it has been Irish Peace Nobel Mairead Maguire, 65, detai
 Prove that you are not an elephant by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading the latest news about Burma and the new torture the opposition pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has to go through I felt really sad, and as strange as it might sound I felt sad for my self. For the last few months news from all around
 What is the actual population of Rohingyas? by Rohingya Human Rights
In its Briefing Paper No. 2, 2009 dated 26 March 2009, the Brussels based Euro-Burma Office stated : ' in international circles it (Rohingya) is generally used to denote the Muslim community in the three townships of northern Arakan State
 The Cultural Affinity of Rohingyas with Bengal by Rohingya Human Rights
Ignoring the glorious historical records of the Rohingya Muslims in the ancient Arakan Kingdom, the Burmese military regime and the anti- Rohingya camps brand them as the Bengali immigrants of the 123 years of British Colonial rule from 1827 to 19
 The Curse of Historical Rivalries in Arakan State of Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
 Rakhine-Rohingya Friendship Hospital: A Short Story by Rohingya Human Rights
Part: 1 August 15, 2007: The Burmese military regime removed subsidies on fuel causing a rapid and unannounced increase in prices. The government, which has a monopoly on fuel sales and is sold only by a st
 Rohingyas' Plight: The Cruel Fate of Rawnak by Rohingya Human Rights
Rawnak is the daughter of the Rohingya Grand Mufti (Cleric) Maulana Ziaul Hoque. Maulana Ziaul Hoque is the Head Imam (Custodian) of the Grand Mosque of Sittwe, the capital city of Arakan State of Burma. Rawnak's Burmese name is Daw Nu. H
 The Bali Process & R2P: Who is to Protect the Rohingyas? by Rohingya Human Rights
The Responsibility to Protect the populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity is an international commitment by governments to prevent and react to grave crises, wherever they may occur. In 2005, world
 The Death of Justice for Rohingyas by Rohingya Human Rights
On Feb 27,2009, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said it will send hundreds of Rohingya boat people back to military-ruled Burma. Meeting at its 14th annual summit, the 10-member bloc agreed to compile and pool information a
 A Fervent Appeal to Stop Push Back of Rohingyas to Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
We are appalled to know that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has decided to send hundreds of Rohingya boat people back to military-ruled Burma. Meeting at its annual summit, the 10-member bloc agreed to compile and pool informat
 Pro-democracy forces urged to strenghten their movement against despotic rule in Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
Ahmedur Rahman Farooq, chairman of Rohingya Human Rights Council(RHRC) has urged upon the Burmese pro-democracy forces to strengthen their movement against the despotic rule in Burma under the leadership of Burma’s national icon of demo
 Hillary urged to raise Rohingya issue with Asian leaders by Rohingya Human Rights
The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe (URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing urged the secretary of state of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton to raise the Rohingya Issue with Asian leaders during her wee
 Save the stranding Rohingya Boat- People by Rohingya Human Rights
The US-based National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR-exile) is very much concerned about the tragic news of the stranding Rohingya boat-people who were treated beyond the international norms by the Thailand law enforcing Navy officials a
 Min Ko Naing: A Voice of Defiance and a Voice of Hope by Rohingya Human Rights
Staring at the eye of the presiding judge in the courtroom at Rangoon's notorious Insein Prison on September 09, 2008, a towering figure of Burma's pro-democracy movement, Min Ko Naing addressed in a thunder voice,“You can sentence u
 Rohingyas Fleeing to Bangladesh Again by Rohingya Human Rights
The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing has appealed to the World Bodies to immediately investigate into the new events of the worst human rights violations against the Rohingyas in Arakan s
 Keeping the Flame of Saffron Revolution Alive by Rohingya Human Rights
The violent crackdown of the Saffron Revolution in September 2007 has added a deep notch in the scale of atrocities of the Burmese military rulers. It is true that the Saffron Revolution could not remove the regime from the power, but it has so
 8888: A Grisly Episode of an Epic Struggle by Rohingya Human Rights
8888-The massacre of August 8, 1988 is a "turning point in the history" of Burma and it has laid the groundworks for the "second struggle for the independence" of Burma as the daughter of Burma's independence hero Daw Aung
 URCE urges UN to secure release of Suu Kyi by Rohingya Human Rights
The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing has urged the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take personal
 The next crime of the Myanmar junta by Thanos Kalamidas
If anything could get worse in Burma - or Myanmar as the dictators like to call the country - it just did; in the middle of a cyclone, literally and metaphorically, they announced that they are going to extend the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu
 The gangsters of Myanmar by Thanos Kalamidas
What happens this minute in Burma is heartbreaking and the only way to put the way I feel is that I’m really angry. I’m really angry with the international community that has failed to stop once more a crime against humanity. I’m
 Relocation of Rohingyas in a Deserted Island in Thailand by Rohingya Human Rights
In 1852, the government of the French Emperor Napoleon III opened a penitentiary island known as "Devil's Island" which was used for the settlement
 Escape of People of Burma through the Tunnels of Death by Rohingya Human Rights
On April 10, 2008, fifty-four Burmese migrants suffocated to death in a cold storage container while being smuggled to Thailand to escape appalling conditions in Burma. The tragic deaths occurred in Ranong Province on the west coast of Thailand wh
 URCE Appreciates Rohingyas Demonstrations in Malaysia by Rohingya Human Rights
Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing, the Secretary General of The Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe (URCE) has highly appreciated the efforts of the Rohingya human rights activists in Malaysia. He also thanked the organizers and participants of the demonst
 The Failure of Gambari Mission in Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
Turning a deaf ear to international outcries, Burma's military rulers are going to perpetuate military domination in running the state forever through unilaterally holding a referendum on May 10.2008 on a pro-military
 Cry Rohingyas!!! Cry!!!! by Rohingya Human Rights
Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said after emerging from a two-hour meeting of the National Security Council on March 28.2008 that the Thai Navy is exploring a deserted island to place the Rohingya refugees living in Thailand. He ex
 URCE Condoles the death of U Myint Thein by Rohingya Human Rights
The Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE) expressed deep shock at the death of U Myint Thein, the spokesman for Burma's National League for Democracy (NLD), the major opposition party which won landslide victory during the General Elec
 The Draft Constitution of Burma's Military Rulers by Rohingya Human Rights
Once upon a time, a lion, a leopard and a jackal entered into an alliance to go on the hunt together. They went out around the forests and hunte
 Faces of Burma's Refugee: Children Behind the Prison Bars by Rohingya Human Rights
On Feb 14, 2008, Saw Yan Naing of the Irrawaddy News ran a report along with the accompanying AFP picture of some children of Burma standing behind bars with other detainees in a crowded detention cell in Mae Sot,
 The Strategic Retreat of Burma's Military Rulers by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma's ruling generals who have rejected the verdict of about fifteen million voters of Burma in the General Election of 1990, blocking Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) from taki
 How to Stop Human Rights Violations against Rohingyas by Rohingya Human Rights
The Rohingya community of Arakan, Burma is one of the most down-trodden ethnic minorities of the world. They are victim of political oppression, economic exploitation, cultural slavery and c
 Our Deepest Condolences for Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan by Rohingya Human Rights
We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic incident of assassination of Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, a leader of the Karen National Union (KNU) which is one of the biggest ethnic groups fighting the Burmese military rulers. Padoh
 Burma Heading Towards the Worst by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma's national icon of democracy, peace and liberty, Daw Aung San Suu Kyie has cautioned the people of Burma to prepare for the worst, during a rare meeting with the members of her party, the National League for Democracy on Jan 30.2008,
 U Kyaw Min of Burma: An MP without Citizenship by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma, a resource-rich country of 678,500 sq. km and 57.6 million people which the military rulers have turned into a secret state of terror during its 46 years of unbroken despotic rule and where a Nobel Peace Laureate like Daw Aung San Suu Ky
 Thanks to Human Rights Activists in Bangladesh by Rohingya Human Rights
After the release of my article, "Protection of Rohingya Undocumented Refugees in Bangladesh", I have got huge response from dif
 Protection of Rohingya Undocumented Refugees in Bangladesh by Rohingya Human Rights
The Rohingya refugee problem in Bangladesh is a decades-long pending issue. According to the official record, there are some 26,000 Rohingya refugees in two official camps in Cox's Bazar, a southern district of Bangladesh bordering Burma. The
 Take UN military interventions by Rohingya Human Rights
Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon and International Governments, We are writing in order to urge you to take UN military interventions on the situation of human rights and political crisis in Burma, and to implement them immediately. The UNSC must
 Aung San Suu Kyi independence by Thanos Kalamidas
This year and apparently today, Burma, also known as Myanmar, celebrates 60 years of independence from the British. The nearby India celebrated its 60th year last year with magnificent celebrations that lasted for days and you would expect Burma t
 The Gambari Mission: A Failed Bid? by Rohingya Human Rights
The UN which is believed to be the last resort of hope for the hopeless people, has appointed Mr Ibrahim Gambari, a Nigerian Diplomat on a mission to bring peace trough restoration of democracy and human rights in Burma, a country which has been g
 Stop the Political Crisis in Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
Appeal to UN Security Council to Take Strong Action to Stop the Political Crisis in BurmaDate: Monday 31, December 2007Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Members of the United Nations,
 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's 'Freedom From Fear' speech by The Ovi Team
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Most Burmese are familiar with the four a-gati - the four kinds of corruption. Chand
 Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by Rohingya Human Rights
Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Members of the United Nations, As you are well aware, the country Burma is presently in the midst of a severe political and humanitarian crisis that desperately needs immediate international a
 The Fish that Saved Burma by Rene Wadlow
In an article « Laughter is medicine junta just can’t swallow » in the International Herald Tribune (29 October) Choe Sang-Hun repeats the joke of the Burmese vaudeville actor Par Par Lay as to
 Hope wanted by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the last months I have had the feeling that everything goes wrong and I really hope this feeling is just temporary and nothing to do with reality. But again, reading what's going on around the world makes you feel a bit depressed. It'
 Burma's failed orange revolution - What needs to be done? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
On September 25, 2007 President Bush announced “new” sanctions against the military government of Burma, symbolically joining hands with tens of thousands of protesters in the streets of Yangon and challenging the United Nations to
 Buddhist Chants are Lounder than Military Music by Newropeans-Magazine
The determination of Burma's Buddhist monks to bring about change non-violently in Burma has awakened a civilian population long held in fear by the governing military. The monks are marching behind large banners saying
 Malaysian 'Volunteers' Arrest More Than 200 Burmese by Rohingya Human Rights
Malaysia's government-backed People's Volunteer Corps, or Rela, arrested more than 200 Burmese citizens in immigration raids early Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur, according to Burmese sources in the country. Members o
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