Myanmar's move to military democracy
BANGKOK - Myanmar's top brass are in the process of overhauling their junta-led government, where military leader General Than Shwe and second-in-command General Maung Aye are preparing to stand down from their traditional military commands and hand over authority to a new generation of senior soldiers. There's a catch, of course: neither military leader plans on relinquishing his grip on political power.
Ban on Marriages, Another Yoke on Rohingya Muslims
BANGKOK, Dec 6 (IPS) - In Burma's remote west, young men and women are subject to a form of discrimination, considered harsh, even for the military regime in this country. They are banned from getting married.
The victims are young adults from the ethnic Muslim-Rohingya community that is concentrated in the hilly Arakan state which shares a border with Bangladesh.
Interview with A.R.N.O.
April 16th, 2006 at 2:41 am (Raluca Enescu, Weekly Editions, Special Contributors)
Interview carried out by Raluca Enescu
This week Burma Digest got a chance to speak with Mr. Nurul Islam, the leader of Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), who is going to give a speech in London to the British Conservative Party’s conference on human rights situations in Burma.
Mr. Nurul Islam
He was born on 31/12/1948 in Kyuack Chaung village under Maungdaw township, Arakan State, Burma. He did B.A (law) and LL.B degrees from Rangoon Arts and Science University respectively in 1972 and 1973. Then he joined the Rohingya movement – now defunct Rohingya Patriotic Front (RPF) – in 1974. Currently he is the President of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) that represents the interest of the Rohingya people of Arakan.