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Discrimination against the Rakhine

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Title: "Narinjara News" (English)
Description/subject: This news service covers Bangladesh-Burma relations, the Bangladesh-Burma border, events in Arakan and human rights violations against both the Buddhist and Muslim population of Arakan. Email delivery of the reports may be requested from narinjara@yahoo.com
Language: English
Source/publisher: Narinjara News
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Individual Documents

Title: Humanity under Attack: Human Rights Abuses in Arakan State
Date of publication: January 2006
Description/subject: "...For many years we have received reports that people in Arakan state are forced to labour and serve in the military, and are constantly disturbed in their daily lives by heavy taxes, confiscation of land and property, cultural repression, and restriction of movement and activity. During this time, we have tried to collect evidence and accounts of victims inside Arakan state. Our attempts have failed due to communication difficulties and the constant presence of military personnel and intelligence agents. Good relations between the SPDC and neighboring Bangladesh and India also present obstacles to reaching victims in Arakan state. Transportation and communication difficulties from Rangoon and other areas within Burma into Arakan state also hinder the collection of information and our ability to meet with residents. After these attempts were exhausted, we decided to look for Arakanese victims among refugees and migrants in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Thailand. In December 2005 we traveled to Malaysia to interview Arakanese migrants. We visited several towns and held meetings in which we explained our projects and requested to interview those that had experienced forced labour, arbitrary arrest, torture, rape, forced relocation, abuse or land confiscation. Among the three hundred migrants that we met, twenty volunteered to be interviewed. Two underage boys and two women were among those interviewed. During the interviews, shocking stories emerged. It became clear that in Arakan state, the basic needs of human survival - food, clothing, shelter, land and sanitation - do not meet minimum standards. There is constant use of forced labour and disruption of daily life in order to carry out state projects. We met many people that were forced to give up their families, livelihoods and education. Many people, especially children, face malnutrition..."
Author/creator: Nyi Nyi Lwin, Antonia McDougall
Language: English
Source/publisher: Arakan State Human Rights Commission (ASHRC)
Format/size: pdf (273K)
Date of entry/update: 17 January 2007

Title: I Stopped Going to School, Because We Had to Flee to India: PART 1 – On the Run from the Chin State
Description/subject: "Aung Than is 26 years old, enthusiastic and positive young Arakanese man from the Chin State, whose determination of acquiring an education has kept him going through difficult and challenging times in his life. When Aung Than was only six years old, he and his family had to leave everything behind and flee to India, due to the brutal Burmese military oppression in his village. Although his biggest wish had always been to gain good education, it somehow always seemed to be out of reach, and moving away from him. Fleeing from Burma to India, and India to Bangladesh, Aung Than grabbed onto every study opportunity, attending school in Mizoram language in India, as well as being taught by Buddhist monks, Muslims, and an American teacher in Bangladesh. After years of hard work and fleeting study opportunities, Aung Than had a chance to complete his studies on the Thailand-Burma border, where he eventually co-founded AHREM (Arakan Human Rights and Environmental Movement), aiming to teach young Arakanese about environmental issues and human rights. Always keen to give back to his people, Aung Than now dreams of running an orphanage where he can help children whose dreams seem out of reach, just as his were one day."...See the Alternate link for part 2.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalink.org/land-owners-were-arrested-and-put-in-prison-part-2-on-the-run-from-the-chi...
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2016