Sunday, April 28, 2013

Myanmar's Thein Sein - Oversee a Genocide and then Receive a Nobel Prize?

Source Salam News, 26 April
Once coveted award is now handed to false heroes and a president overseeing a Genocide.
Rohingya expulsion
Image by Carlos Latuff, friend of Salem-News in Brazil.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Burma, or Myanmar as it is called today, was run by a military junta for several decades, and in recent years, opened the country to democracy, (cough) and allowed Hillary Clinton and her band of corporate rapists to sink their teeth into this mostly unexploited, virgin-like SE Asian country.

People will do a lot for money and power. In fact Clinton's buddy during all of this, is the once respected Aung San Suu Kyi, who many of us viewed as a hero among world leaders. She spent years under house arrest in her native country, her father was a highly relished Burmese political leader. (see: Aung San Shoot Thee?)

Rohingya Muslims

It’s certainly disheartening to see that the international community, including human rights organizations, is remaining mysteriously silent on atrocities being committed on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Myanmar govt participating in violence against Rohingya

This week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report that highlights gross rights abuses and possible ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in western Myanmar.

Partners Relief & Development (PRAD) confirms that HRW’s claims are in line with what its staff has seen and heard in Arakan State. More than 120,000 people are still in desperate need of emergency relief. The humanitarian situation is close to a catastrophe. People lack everything from food and medicine to tarps and blankets.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

UN warns of humanitarian catastrophe for displaced Rohingyas

File photo shows internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.
File photo shows internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.From May to September, the monsoon season is expected to unleash heavy rains and possible cyclones in Rakhine state, where more than 115,000 people remain uprooted after last year’s inter-communal violence.”
The UN refugee agency has warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Myanmar as the country’s displaced Rohingya Muslims face the threat of monsoon floods.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims ‘barred from Suu Kyi visit’ to Japan

by Kyoko Hasegawa

Members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority residing in Japan said they have been barred from a gathering to welcome democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi when she visits the country from Saturday.

It is Suu Kyi’s first visit to Japan in nearly three decades, after spending time as a researcher at Kyoto University from 1985-86.

During her six-day trip, the Nobel Peace prize laureate is expected to hold meetings with some of the approximately 10,000 Myanmar nationals living in Japan, as well as with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Monday, April 8, 2013

ASEAN foreign ministers meet next week to prepare for coming Summit

Pattayamail: Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are scheduled to arrive in Brunei next week for a ministerial meeting to prepare for the 22nd ASEAN Summit on April 24-25.
Arthayudh Srisamoot, director general of the ASEAN Affairs Department, said the theme of this year’s ASEAN Summit, “Our People, Our Future Together,” reflects the significant role of people in the region in outlining the future of the regional community.