ARAKAN ROHINGYA NATIONAL ORGANISATION
Stop killing Rohingya and Rohingya ethnocide
October 25, 2014
Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) strongly condemns the unlawful arrest, murder and criminal atrocities committed against the Rohingya people by the border security forces in Maungdaw township of Arakan/Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar under the pretext of association with Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO).
By Nurul Islam
The Rakhine State (historically known as Arakan), is one of seven ethnic minority states which were formed under the constitution of 1974. The Rohingya Muslim population is mostly concentrated in the three northern townships: Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung. The Rohingyas speak a Bengali dialect similar to what is spoken in the Chittagong region of Bangladesh, mixed primarily with words from the Urdu, Hindi and Arabic languages, but also from the Bama and English languages. The first Muslims who settled in this region were believed to be Arab mariners and traders that arrived on the Rakhine coast in the 8th and 9th centuries. Other Muslims who came to the area in later centuries include Persians, Moghuls, Turks, Pathans and Bengalis. During the British colonial period from 1824 until 1948 there was also migration from Chittagong to what is now the Rakhine State.The Muslim ethnic minority, generally known as the Rohingyas, who live in northern. Rakhine State, western Myanmar, continue to suffer from several forms of restrictions and human rights violations. They are also subjected to various forms of extortion and arbitrary taxation; land confiscation; forced eviction and house destruction; and financial restrictions on marriage. Rohingyas continue to be used as forced labourers on roads and at military camps. Rohingyas are victims of religious and racial discrimination.
Mangdaw, Arakan State: The Muslims minority was denied the right to identify themselves as” Rohinggyas” in so-called population data collection in northern Arakan, which was conducted since March 30 to April 10 and then from August to till now, said Rahim( not real name) from the locality. Continue reading
By Fakhruddin Ahmed
ROHINGYA crisis has been weighing on the world’s conscience for decades. The UN Human Rights Council lists Myanmar’s 800, 000 Rohingya Muslims among the world’s most persecuted minorities. Residents of Myanmar for over 600 years, Rohingyas have been stripped of their Myanmar citizenship. Oppression and expulsion have been repeatedly perpetrated on them by Myanmar’s Buddhist majority for centuries. An estimated 300,000 Rohingyas languish in Bangladeshi and Thai refugee camps.
Maungdaw, Arakan State: U Aung Myint Htun, the Burma border guard police (BGP) police officer yesterday expressed his intention to punish and threaten the village administration officers at the bi- monthly meeting of Township admin office, said Oliullah who attended the meeting. Continue reading