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The Rohingya Revisited

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Nearly a year ago, I wrote an article outlining reasons why the ICC should take action in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in order to stop continued religious and ethnic violence towards the Rohingya. During 2013, not surprisingly, the anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar has continued.[1] In fact, violence has spread beyond targeting the Rohingya and against the larger Muslim population.[2] Although, the majority displaced from the violence are still the Rohingya.

Holocaust museum highlights Myanmar’s Rohingya

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The Associated Press

Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum is highlighting the plight of Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslims this week.

An exhibition of stark, black-and-white images of the stateless Rohingya is being projected at night onto the museum's external walls.

American photographer Greg Constantine's work combines portraits of Rohingya with pictures of the scorched settlements they were forced to flee after a deadly outbreak of sectarian violence last summer that left more than 100,000 confined to camps.

Myanmar's failure to prevent clashes between minority Muslims and majority Buddhists has dented the international reputation of the government of Myanmar President Thein Sein, who has won praise for introducing democratic reforms.

The museum commemorates the genocide against the Jews in World War II. Part of its mission is to prevent further atrocities around the world.

Source link: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/nov/09/us-united-states-myanmar-rohingya-exhibit/

Myanmar activist facing long prison sentence

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By ALIRAN

Human rights defender Kyaw Hla Aung remains arbitrarily detained in Myanmar over three months after he was arrested in connection with his peaceful activities. reports Amnesty International.

Kyaw Hla Aung - Photograph: Nils Horner/Sveriges Radio

Kyaw Hla Aung – Photograph: Nils Horner/Sveriges Radio

He has been charged with multiple offences and is facing a lengthy prison sentence. There are serious concerns regarding his lack of access to his lawyer.

Kyaw Hla Aung is currently on trial at the Sittwe District Court in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after he was arbitrarily arrested without charge and detained on 15 July 2013.

Dry season water worries for Myanmar IDPs in Rakhine State

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By IRIN

Access to water just got more difficult

YANGON, 18 October 2013 (IRIN) - Water access for tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar's western Rakhine State could worsen after the dry season begins in November, with potentially serious health implications, aid agencies warn.

"The IDP population that relies on water from ponds will [be affected] as [water supplies] progressively dry up. In other locations, hand dug wells or boreholes will also dry up," Olivier Le Guillon, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) cluster coordinator for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Yangon, told IRIN.

Disparaged as ‘dogs,’ Rohingya kids suffer in Myanmar: Warehoused in schools, given hard labor

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MAUNGDAW, Myanmar — The 10-year-old struggles up the hill, carrying buckets filled with rocks. Though he tries to keep a brave face in front of his friends, his eyes brim with tears. Every inch of his body aches, he says, and he feels sick and dizzy from the weight.

“I hate it,” whispers Anwar Sardad. He has to help support his family, but he wishes there was a way other than working for the government construction agency.

He adds, “I wouldn’t have to live this life if I wasn’t a Muslim.”

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