Rohingya Muslims persecuted in Burma


This video is called Myanmar’s radical monk targets interfaith marriage; by ABC Australia.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Myanmar: Documents expose government-sanctioned persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Leaked official papers show attempts to curb Rohingya people’s human rights

Official documents directly implicate Myanmar’s government in abusive and discriminatory policies targeting Rohingya Muslims, the Fortify Rights group said yesterday.

Executive director Matthew Smith said dozens of leaked papers reveal restrictions on Rohingya people’s right to travel, practice religion, marry, have a family and even repair their homes.

“It represents a level of planning and knowledge among Myanmar authorities that raises abuses to the threshold of crimes against humanity,” said Mr Smith.

“These abuses have been carried out for years with complete impunity.”

About 280 people have been killed since Myanmar began its transition to democracy, most of them Rohingya attacked by Buddhist mobs.

Another 140,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

Confidential documents obtained by Fortify Rights reveal that official orders issued by Rakhine State authorities from 1993 to 2008 outline consistent policies restricting Rohingya.

Some regional orders were dated 1993, 2005 and 2008.

However, they have also been discussed on the record since 2011, the group said, adding that to the best of its knowledge almost all the policies are still in place and enforced.

It says the orders laid the groundwork for a two-child policy enforced in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, requiring Rohingya “who have permission to marry” to “limit the number of children, in order to control the birth rate.”

One document gives detailed instructions to officials to confirm women are the real mothers of infants, forcing them to publicly breastfeed if it’s suspected they are trying to claim others’ children as their own.

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Myanmar hoolock gibbons, new research


This video is called Conservation of the Eastern Hoolock Gibbon.

By Frank Momberg today:

Myanmar critical for hoolock gibbon conservation

December 18, 2013

A comprehensive conservation status review of hoolock gibbons in Myanmar has been published by Fauna & Fauna International (FFI), People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF) and Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA).

The review, issued through the Gibbon Conservation Alliance, involved three years of nationwide field surveys and threat assessments. Prior to this research, action was constrained by a lack of data on their distribution, population size and threats.

The results of the new research show serious threats and concludes that Myanmar is critical for the survival of both the Eastern and the Western hoolock gibbon. While Western hoolock gibbon populations in India and Bangladesh are severely fragmented, and even more so the Eastern hoolock populations in China. With 99.9% of Eastern and at least 90% of the Western hoolock total population, Myanmar offers the best chance of survival for both species.

To protect at least one important site for the conservation of each species, FFI, PRCF and BANCA have initiated a community based Western Hoolock Gibbon Project in Pauk Sa Mountain, Rhakine Yoma Range and a collaborative conservation project at Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary, in partnership with the Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. At both sides we have been able to reduce habitat fragmentation and hunting through active engagement of local communities in the protection of gibbons and by providing support for alternative livelihoods.

Anti-Muslim violence in Burma


This video is called Burma’s Bin Laden, the Buddhist monk who fuels hatred.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Buildings torched in anti-Muslim riot

Sunday 25 August 2013

Fresh sectarian violence broke out in north-western Myanmar late on Saturday when Buddhist mobs burned down dozens of buildings following claims that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim.

Hundreds of people took part in the riot on the outskirts of Kantbalu.

A crowd surrounded the police station demanding that the suspect be handed over, said a police officer from the area.

When police refused to hand over the prisoner the mob started setting buildings on fire, he said, and about 35 houses and 12 shops were destroyed.

Elsewhere hundreds of Muslims, who have been trapped in nearby ghettos after Buddhist mobs torched their homes last year, were moved to a camp for internally displaced people.

More than 5,700 people have been living in Aung Mingalar, a small Muslim quarter of Sittwe town, with police bearing assault rifles blocking entry and exit.

England: Muslims in an Essex town were left “very saddened” after the suspected anti-Islam arson of their centre on Sunday night: here.

Stop anti-Muslim violence in Burma, UN says


This video is called Inside Story: Limiting Myanmar‘s Rohingya?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Myanmar told to stop Muslim attacks

Thursday 11 July 2013

UN secretary-general Ban Ki Moon warned Myanmar on Wednesday that it must end Buddhist attacks on minority Muslims and sort out their citizenship.

Sectarian violence against Rohingya Muslims in the mainly Buddhist nation has killed hundreds in the past year and uprooted about 140,000 others.

Mr Ban urged officials “to take necessary steps to address the legitimate grievances of minority communities.”

Myanmar passed a citizenship law in 1982 that recognises eight races and 130 minority groups as citizens of the country but ignored its 800,000 Rohingyas.

Earlier this year Myanmar passed a law limiting Rohingyas in two townships to having two children – a law that does not apply to Buddhists.

Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi criticised the law but has had little else to say about Rohingya rights.

Stop mass murder in Burma, Avaaz petition


This video says about itself:

June 24, 2013

Burma’s most notorious monk, Wirathu, has spoken out about Time magazine’s July issue which features his photo and the headline: ‘The Face of Buddhist terror” on the cover.

From Avaaz.org:

Dear friends,

Stop mass murder in BurmaMost people didn’t know who the Rwandans were until 800,000 had been killed. Now, the fate of the Rohingya people of Burma is hanging by a thread as mobs attack them while the police look on. The Burmese President could stop the violence – all he has to do is approve a plan to protect them and ensure it is enforced, while granting them citizenship. Let’s appeal to European leaders to press him when he visits them in days, and stop the next Rwanda:

Most people didn’t know who the Rwandans were until it was too late, and 800,000 of them were dead. Right now, the fate of Burma’s Rohingya people is hanging by a thread. Racist thugs have distributed leaflets threatening to wipe out this small Burmese minority. Already children have been hacked to death and unspeakable murders committed. All signs are pointing to a coming horror, unless we act.

Genocides happen because we don’t get concerned enough until the crime is committed. The Rohingya are a peaceful and very poor people. They’re hated because their skin is darker and the majority fear they’re ‘taking jobs away’. There are 800,000 of them, and they could be gone if we don’t act. We’ve failed too many peoples, let’s not fail the Rohingya.

Burmese President Thein Sein has the power, personnel and resources to protect the Rohingya, all he has to do is give the word to make it happen. In days, he’ll arrive in Europe to sell his country’s new openness to trade. If EU leaders greet him with a strong request to protect the Rohingya, he’s likely to do it. Let’s get 1 million voices and plaster images of what’s happening in Burma outside his meetings with key EU heads of state:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/we_said_never_again_en/?bHFhfab&v=26526

Torture, gang rape, execution style killings — human rights groups are using the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe the brutality in Burma. Already more than 120,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee, many to makeshift camps near the border, while others have fled in boats only to drown, starve, or be shot at by coastguards from neighboring countries. Reports show that violence is escalating — earlier this year President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency after another round of deadly attacks, and it’s just a matter of time until there is a large scale massacre.

Genocides don’t happen when governments oppose them, but the Burmese regime has been leaning the wrong way. Recently, a government spokesperson admitted that authorities were enforcing a rule that limits the Rohingya population to having only two children and forces couples seeking to get married to obtain special permission. And experts report that government authorities have stood by or even participated in acts of “ethnic cleansing.” President Sein has finally been forced to acknowledge what’s happening to the Rohingya, but he has so far refused to implement plans to stop the violence and protect those at risk.

Until he does, the risk of genocide hovers like a dark cloud over not just Burma, but the world. Through their trade relations, UK PM Cameron and French President Hollande have massive leverage with Sein — if they press him to act when he meets with them this month, it could save lives. Let’s make sure they do. We’ve failed too many peoples, let’s not fail the Rohingya. Join the call now and share this with everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/we_said_never_again_en/?bHFhfab&v=26526

Time and again, the Avaaz community has stood with the people of Burma in their fight for democracy. When the regime brutally cracked down on Buddhist monks in 2007, Avaazers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars/euros/pounds to provide technical support and training to activists to fight a communications blackout. In 2008, when a devastating cyclone killed at least 100,000 Burmese, but the venal military regime stopped all official international aid from coming in, our community donated millions directly to monks on the front line of the aid effort.

Our community didn’t exist when genocide was committed in Rwanda, 20 years ago. Would we have done enough to stop it? Let’s show the Rohingya our answer to that question.

With hope and determination,

Luis, Jeremy, Aldine, Oliver, Marie, Jooyea and the whole Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bgMYedb&v=23917

MORE INFORMATION

Burma riots: Video shows police failing to stop attack (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22243676

Burma: End ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims (Human Rights Watch)
http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/04/22/burma-end-ethnic-cleansing-rohingya-muslims

Video shows Burmese police standing by as Buddhists attack Muslims (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/22/burmese-police-buddhists-attack-muslims

The unending plight of Burma’s unwanted Rohingyas (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23077537

Dalai Lama Pleads for Myanmar Monks to End Violence Amid Damning Rights Report (ABC News)
http://abcnews.go.com/International/dalai-lama-pleads-myanmar-monks-end-violence-amid/story?id=19013148#.UXV3vCt4a5w

Thein Sein to visit Britain, France in July (AFP)
http://www.dvb.no/news/thein-sein-to-visit-britain-france-in-july/28815

Burmese monks and sectarian violence


This video says about itself:

April 19, 2013

Buddhist monk uses racism and rumours to spread hatred in Burma. Thousands watch YouTube videos of 45-year-old ‘Burmese Bin Laden’ who preaches against country’s Muslim minority. His name is Wirathu, he calls himself the “Burmese Bin Laden” and he is a Buddhist monk who is stoking religious hatred across Burma.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Monks’ meet criticised over religious hate stance

Friday 14 June 2013

Buddhist monks were accused of stoking sectarian tensions in Myanmar today after hosting a meeting on preventing deadly communal conflicts.

Clashes between Buddhist nationalists and the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority have forced 140,000 people – almost all Rohingya – to flee their homes over the past year.

The monks’ assembly declared that it “sought peace” and accused the media of tarnishing its image.

But it dodged questions on whether it endorsed a proposal made by ultra-nationalist monk Wirathu that anyone who marries a Buddhist woman should be legally required to convert to Buddhism.

Conference spokesman Dhammapiya merely said: “The draft law was proposed at the wrong place and caused confusion.”

Wirathu is known for sermons inciting people against Muslims and has spoken of his admiration for British fascist outfit the EDL.

Petition against violence in Burma: here.

Dinosaur age spider, wasp in amber discovery


Spider and wasp in amber

From Wired:

100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Recorded in Amber

By Adam Mann

October 8, 2012 | 4:15 pm

Looks like this 100-million-year old spider didn’t get to enjoy its final meal.

Trapped in a piece of amber, the juvenile spider appears to be on the cusp of devouring a male wasp that was caught in its web. Such a grisly scene between spider and prey has never before been found in the fossil record.

The amazing snapshot shows an event that occurred in the Early Cretaceous period, about 97 to 110 million years ago, in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar, “almost certainly with dinosaurs wandering nearby,” as the press release about this discovery reports. The spider is a social orb-weaver spider, formally known as Geratonephila burmanica, and its victim is a wasp of the species Cascoscelio incassus. Both species are extinct today but the fossil suggests that insect behavior from the past is not too different from the present.

See also here.