Monthly Archives: July 2011

Flirt aids refugee baby with heart disease


 6 July 2011,  source from http://lulu-pages.blogspot.com/2011/07/rayu-bantu-bayi-sakit-jantung.html

 

A chef of restaurants appeal for assistance from the public to finance the cost of medical and surgical infant daughter who suffered heart problems since birth.

Omar Shah Nazir, 30, said Adrienne, born June 10 and always crying because of shortness of breath and sometimes up to blue throughout the body.
According to him, her second child weight dropped to 3.8 kilograms (kg) 4.5 kg compared to early birth.

“My son was born in Sultanah Aminah Hospital surgery. Since the birth, doctors confirmed he has a heart problem that the valve upside down and require surgery which cost about RM30, 000.

“With an income of RM1, 300 a month, my wife and I can not afford to fund it. If on schedule, Adrienne should be added to the National Heart Institute (IJN) today (yesterday) for surgery,” he said, accompanied by his wife, Yasmin Mohd. Hussin, 23, said here today.
Omar and his wife are the people of Myanmar and registered with the United Nations for Refugees (UNHCR). The couple lived here since five years ago.

Omar said he was told by a doctor if Adrienne failure admitted to IJN today, he will need to submit it again on Friday.
Before this, he said, Adrienne was admitted for 15 days due to shortness of breath and difficulty in drinking milk.

Until now he and his wife have no savings because most of its revenue used to finance the cost of medical care and her baby.
Omar told, their eldest son died last year after three hours of birth due to drowning in content.

Consequently, people who want to contribute can contact Omar at Tel 016-6056836.

Travel restrictions for Muslims loosened


DVB news,  29 July 2011Travel restrictions for Muslims loosened thumbnail

Muslim women in Arakan state’s Sittwe hold ID cards while they wait to cast ballots during last year’s elections (Reuters)
 

Muslims in five principal townships in western Burma have been granted permission by the immigration department to travel freely, providing they carry ID cards.

The decision comes nine months after the elections last year and campaign pledges by the eventual winner, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), that it would increase mobility for Burma’s long-persecuted Muslim minority.

A man in Arakan state’s Sandoway said that the decision may be related to letter sent to the government by residents of the town in which they complained that the civil rights ascribed in the 2008 constitution, which was adopted when the new government came to power in March, were not being recognised.

Until recently Muslims in Arakan state were required to get permission from their local authorities before travelling outside of designated regions, regardless of whether they had ID or an alien residency permit.

But in April this year, authorities stopped granting permission, meaning that large communities were banned from moving around outside of their townships.

“We are happy about this,” the Sandoway man said of the latest development. “We have been struggling with health, money, social and education issues for about 20 years.

“We are happy that the government, who now sympathises with our woes, is recognising us as Burmese civilians and protecting our rights. It is important for us to be responsible and good citizens so we won’t lose these rights again.”

Muslims have long been persecuted by the Buddhist government in Burma; the ethnic Rohingya minority in particular is denied any sort of legal status and hundreds of thousands have fled to Bangladesh.

The government claims that four percent of Burmese are practising Muslims, but the US state department, which has labelled Burma one of the world’s most religiously intolerant states, claims the figure could be considerably higher.

Following a report in early 2010 by UN Special Rapportuer to Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana that claimed the Burmese government had been persecuting Muslims, the then-ruling junta began issuing identity cards to the Rohingya.

Various rights groups have warned that the Burmese government is attempting to rid the country of Muslims by making their lives in Burma unbearable; up to 400,000 Rohingya are living as refugees in Bangladesh, which has also been reluctant to grant them any sort of registration.

Armed groups urge Suu Kyi mediation


DVB news, Published: 29 July 2011Armed groups urge Suu Kyi mediation thumbnail

Aung San Suu Kyi urged an end to fighting in Burma’s border regions (Reuters)

 

A number of the targets of a letter sent yesterday by Aung San Suu Kyi that urged a nationwide ceasefire after months of heavy fighting in Burma say the calls are timely and welcome.

The opposition leader also offered to play a negotiating role between the Burmese government and multiple ethnic armies currently engaged in conflict in the country’s border regions.

La Nan, joint-secretary of Kachin Independence Organisation, whose armed wing the Kachin Independence Army, has been battling Burmese forces in the country’s north since early June, said that Suu Kyi’s message carried “great potential”.

“We have redistributed the letter to our leaders and are to hold a discussion prior to responding after everyone has read it,” he said.

Also included in the letter was the Karen National Union (KNU), the New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Shan State Army (SSA), as well as Burmese President Thein Sein. As of today, no mention has been made of it in state media, the normal means by which the government communicates with the public.

The KNU’s deputy chairman, David Thackrabaw, was also enthusiastic about the letter. “We are mutual here and we accept [Suu Kyi’s call for] peaceful resolution to the conflicts – our door is always open.”

He added that the Nobel laureate should also urge support from the UN and ASEAN, given that various meetings and negotiations with the government towards an end to the fighting had so far failed. “So [this time] we might have to meet in a third party country.”

Suu Kyi’s offer of mediation is the first time she has mooted her possible role in bringing an end to the fighting, which has resulted in tens of thousands of people being displaced.

Nai Hongsa, general secretary of New Mon State Party, said a mediating role for the opposition icon could prove very beneficial. While the group “wants to have peace in the country” he said, “there are difficulties for us to meet and negotiate with each other so we actually need a middle person”.

Khin Maung Swe, leader of the National Democratic Force party, questioned whether Suu Kyi had discussed the matter during talks last week with the government’s labour minister, Aung Kyi, of which details have been vague.

Refusals from a multitude of armed ethnic groups to become government-controlled Border Guard Forces have led to parts of Burma’s northern and eastern border regions being engulfed in violence.

‘Culture of self-harm’ in Australia Detentions


source from news.com.au,

Asylum seekers

Lebel byThe Sail: “Photo of 11 Rohingya Burmese refugee asylumseekers, 2 Bangladeshies and 3 Indonesian crews loading to Christmas Island on 9 N0v 2009. Up to today four of 11 Rohingyans are still stuck in detention for puppet security checks”

THE commonwealth ombudsman has launched an inquiry into suicide and self-harm in Australia’s immigration detention centres.

Allan Asher witnessed the deteriorating mental health of asylum seekers when he visited Christmas Island in June.

In the week the ombudsman visited the detention centre there were more than 30 incidents of self-harm by detainees there.

“This reflects an upsurge in the number of incidents of self-harm and attempted suicide reported to IHMS [International Health and Medical Services] across all immigration detention facilities,” Mr Asher said.

“My investigation will assess the extent of this tragic problem.”

It would examine the root causes, and consider practical steps that the department and its service providers Serco and IHMS should take to identify and manage those at risk of suicide and self-harm.

The Australian Greens applauded Mr Asher’s decision to investigate.

Immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said the ombudsman’s report would add weight to earlier assessments by the UN Human Rights High Commissioner and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

“We know the policy of mandatory detention, in place since 1992, has ruined many people, some of whom have taken their lives, harmed themselves and are still recovering from trauma years after being accepted as refugees,” she said.

The ombudsman hopes to release the results of his inquiry by the end of 2011.

A culture of self-harm

Internal report sheets obtained by the ABC yesterday from the Christmas Island detention centre provided disturbing evidence of a culture of self-harm.

The documents, which cover May to June, showed that on June 9, there were five incidents of self-harm and four threats to do so, two attempted hangings and one suicide ideation.

Another note advised officers to carry “Hoffmans” knives at all times – allegedly to cut down people who were trying to hang themselves.

The Refugee Rights Action Network said it signalled an emergency situation at the Christmas Island centre.

It’s urged the inquiry to investigate centre management Serco as well, amid claims it is dismissive of the mental health concerns of detainees.

“I have been told by a Christmas Island guard that an asylum seeker banging their head is not considered a serious incident unless they are bleeding or unconscious,” the network’s Victoria Martin-Iversonnly said in a statement.

“Only in a detention centre would such an attitude be tolerated.”

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/culture-of-self-harm-asylum-seeker-mental-health-inquiry/story-e6frfkvr-1226103857671#ixzz1TSNT22Pn

An Alert for Modern Day Exploitation of Rohingya Refugees in Malaysia


By Theng,

Diaspora moment would be arrived soon for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. Rohingyans do not aware what are going to be happen and what are going to be paved in the future. Rohingyans do not aware the keys which would exploit their plights.

Some Rohingya leaders would be responsible for it. Rohingyans themselves did not know yet who are they? What status they attained?
Nepotism among Rohingya leaders and their selfishness are the other keys to exploit the desperate Rohingya refugees. Their objectives to grab the forth coming Rohingya projects and domination of leadership are ridiculous.
The due courses of Rohingyans are uneducated and consent-less, it’s make good opportunity to utilize them wisely. From the beginning, the Rohingyans and those selfish-leaders never come to know about sort of recognition given to Rohingya refugees as of ‘prima-facie refugees’, why added to beneficiary group and paved the so call durable local-solution or repatriation to Burma. According to UNHCR’s Country Operation Plan, previous they received letters were Rohingya Letters in another name rather than Temporary Protection Letters-TPL. Later they received cards up to now are not mandated refugee cards. Written in their cards is being different from the other mandated refugee cards. Therefore they would not be even protected from ‘refoulement’.

That was the main reasons for why many Rohingya refugees confronted for their rights through entering into UNHCR compound five times in 2002 and once in 2003. All of them were officially handed over to police by their refugee agency-UNHCR. Again, immigration officials handed over them to people smugglers under deportation process because no country willing to accept them. Apart from these, a group of the other six Rohingya refugees who took shelter at U.S. Embassy on 17 June 2003, were released by UNHCR’s given commitment of resettlement to third country after two and half years imprisoned in Sugai Buloh Jail. Among these groups, only the first group about 24 Rohingyans had been eventually resettled to third countries between 2003 and 2005. The rest others including refugee activists, former UNHCR’s interpreters are still left to uncertainty. One of the former interpreter Mr Din Tinshwe did find his own way to Europe and now leaving in Belgium.

That was why area based Rohingya representatives corporately with umbrella Burmese opposition groups had come to submit memorandums at UNHCR in 2007, 2009 respectively and several hundreds Rohingyas had gone to find more safer place by open risky boats. These made a little opportunity to inform their hidden situations. These made their custody-UNHCR unavoidably came to view to lift its miginalization agenda through passing dozens for resettlement between 2009 and 2010, and registration of some thousands undocumented Rohingya refugees from the mid 2009 to 2010. However,such exercises are being a show and it doesn’t not mean implemented fully until the office grand them as mandated refugees and access equal in resettlement quota like other refugees.

Since last year, UNHCR bounded with the Future Global Network-FGN and added as an implementing partner. FGN was founded by Mr Azam after he was expelled from president post of Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia-ABIM @ Malay Islamic Youth Force-MIYF. ABIM was the organization which received to handle extension of Rohingya Letters from 2002 to 2004. But he continuously embraced Mr Sawmiullah as a representative of the whole Rohingya population. Because Mr Sawmillah was former president of Rohingya Information Centre-RIC and one of responsible person for suspension of Imm-13 process during Aug 2006. On the result of Mr Sawmiullah expelled from RIC, he able to corporate more in FGN and recruited some corrupt Rohingya religious leaders. Later FGN utilized them to explore in collection of funds through forming another Rohingya religious orgnazation call Majalis Ulama Rohingya-MUR and lately founded another one call United Islam Rohingya Orgniazation for Development-UNIROD in Penang. Huge amounts or bank-cheques were passed to FGN and the rest smaller amounts were used for own.

MUR was took over by a Rohingya religious teacher- Ali Ahmed during 2007 and 2008. But after his gone for resettlement at Sweden relating to "Series of Refugees for Sale" documentary, MUR has able to restore its mal-objectives again. One of them Mv Islam also chairperson of UNIROD was fled to Bangladesh with RM-200,000 funds last year.

FGN had also hold several meeting with some acting Rohingya activists and Rohingya students in its office. An analyst on FGN says FGN road map is "2020-Wawasan" which give false hope for new Rohingya generations that they could be integrated or absorbed through malaization after the old generation gone.
These corrupt religious leaders boasting yet that their FGN has collected funds about one million Malaysian currency and they will share it for Rohingya refugees who will underpin them. They also announced in several meetings with Rohingyas in Penang and Gombak that they are prepared for Jihad in order to take over Arakan. But it could not be happen until Malaysian government support their agenda. The Sail found their agenda is only artificial propaganda to gain supports of some Islamic NGOs. However, the vast majority of Rohingyans worry for adoption and introduction of such extremist-mind when the world is fighting to eliminate extremism.
Malaysian Special Branch-IPK has followed long time behind them. But IPK never dare to inquiry because they have close-ties with high ranking local religious leaders.

Rohingyans have yet long way to go as the office has already accepted the idea of FGN thus the UNHCR’s operation plan stated that “one of the challenges for Malaysia as it aspires to be a fully developed country by 2020 is that it will need to assume its global responsibility and one of those is to help the situation of refugees.”
It is new mockery plan to exploit and exclude Rohingya refugees. So, there is no doubt that vulnerable Rohingya refugees and their children have to languish and wrangle up to 2020 in legal limbo once their concern quarter misruled over their plights.

Therefore UNHCR must not follow unscrupulous guideline of FGN. UNHCR must listen towards its refugees and represent their voices. In principle, it is refugees to choose whether safe to stay. They should be freely accessed like other refugees. UNHCR must pave equal appropriate way for Rohingya refugees since durable tempo-solution was repeatedly failed. UNHCR must take lessons from Borneo stateless refugees who were displaced twice and wrangled several. UNHCR must acknowledge persecutions and oppressions faced by Rohingyans in home and subjections again in the host. UNHCR is also witnessed of several occasions faced by refugees in Malaysia when rights of even Malaysian are not guaranteed. In this situation, UNHCR must not exploit their plights by reviving the same unworkable dimension and push them as people of concern to Malaysia.

Stakeholders, operation partners and implementing partners should learn from recent impacts on thousands of Malaysians rally for rights and the Au-Mas swap deal agreement which undermine your rights voices . Which is an example of not to push the other particularly Rohingya refugees into such uncertainty. Not to brand easily them as a close group and not to encouragement beyond the Malaysian government.
Pushing towards Malaysia is over and more than treble numbers than Rohingyans had been able to resettle shortly while Rohingyans are await. It is time for Rohingyans to get equal assessment. When Malaysia is not in position to fulfil their needy, Malaysia government must act decisively and play fair role to advocate to find permanent solution for Rohingya refugees. Malaysian government must aware every key engage for exploitation..

UNHCR Card Holder Six Burmese Refugees Charged in Malaysia


By James,

UNHCR card holder six Burmese refugees were arrested by police in Jertih town of Terengganu state of Malaysia on 2 July 2011.

All of them were identified as Rohingya ethnic from Burma and arrested from a construction site of Jertih town. Mr Ayub Ali( UNHCR’s File No: 354-07C-04686), brother of one of the arrestee informed the Rohingya Refugee Committee-RARC that about 7 police entered into the site around 9:30pm and arrested them by accusing playing cards.

“Despite playing cards is a social in Burmese life style and it is not a case, my young brother-Mohd Ayub who did not involved was lifted to police station. He is disabled and his waist has been weak since it was joined with steel-rods after he fell-down from the two storey high during worked in 2006. He was not release even I represented medical reports to an in-charge police officer-Mr Yakub. He can’t lay the back well and can’t sit normally. So, it will be definitely difficult in the prison. He can’t work since his waist broken and he did received financial assistance 3 months from UNHCR during 2009.” He added.

Mr Ayub Ali recalled that after he heard his young brother was arrested with the others, next day he rushed to police station and also informed to UNHCR. But it was too quick and they six had been already brought to the Court of Kampong Raja. The judge remanded them 5 days and on the fifth day they were charged 3 months imprisonment as illegal immigrants. Police said they all will be sent to Kuantan Jail. But, regularly most of the detainees in Terengganu territory are transferred to Merang Jail after charged in the Court. So, he is not sured where they are?

He also stressed that he don’t know whether they face cane-whipping charges or not. And he can’t contact them or they can’t contact him either. However, their cases would not be ended as they have to languish again in immigration detention camp once they completed 3 months imprisonment.

“I like to approach Rohingya community to raise with UNHCR to urgently interfere for the sake of their release. I know it will worst for my young brother as I been personally detained on 30 May 2007 and eventually handed over to human trafficker.” He concluded.

Thai Police Rescue 6 Burmese Children


Irrawaddy news, 27 July 2011

A street beggar with a child waits for donations on a foot bridge near downtown Bangkok. (Photo: AP)

Thai police rescued six Burmese children, one as young as four years of age, from a trafficking gang in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, on Tuesday morning. Three Burmese have been arrested—two women and a man—under suspicion of human trafficking, sex offences, and forcing the children to work as beggars.

Lt Col. Hsaiphim Tijarat from Mae Ping Police Station in Chiang Mai said that his officers are still investigating the case, but three suspects—Tin Ngwe (57), Shwe Kyi (54) and Ma Cho (47)—are currently being questioned.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Wednesday, Hsaiphim said, “Among the suspects, Tin Ngwe is accused of three crimes: human trafficking, forcing the children into begging and sexual molestation. When we finish questioning the suspects, their cases will be sent to the court.”

Interviewed by The Irrawaddy at the police station, Tin Ngwe said he was originally from Pegu Division and had migrated to Thailand in April 2010 with hopes of earning a better income. He said that he had previously worked as a trash collector in Shan State before moving to Thailand with his wife, Shwe Kyi, who was also arrested on Tuesday.

“When I woke up on Tuesday morning, about 30 people had broke in to our house and surrounded us. The police officers said that we were being arrested for human trafficking and for forcing the children to beg on the street,” he said. “I was accused of sexually molesting one of the girls.

“But the girl who has complained that I molested her is my granddaughter. She is the daughter of my own daughter. How can anyone think that I would be so stupid as to abuse my own granddaughter?” he said, adding that all the children are his relatives, and that he has been taking care of them in Chiang Mai.

The girl in question was named as Wai Mon Oo, 18, who has told police that she used to share a house in the Nong Hoi district of Chiang Mai with Tin Ngwe and Shwe Kyi. She reported that she fled two months ago before she filed a complaint with the authorities.

The other children involved are reportedly aged four, six, seven, 16 and 22, the latter perhaps having the mentality of a child.

The six rescued in the raid are currently being housed at the Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families where medical staff are checking their blood types and DNA, according to Ms. Mingkwan Weerachart, the head of the shelter.

“When we talked with the children from Tuesday’s raid, we found that they were forced to take a drug that made them dazed,” she told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday. “We believe the suspects intoxicated the children because their dazed appearance could be used to cause people to feel pity for them. When the case is over, we will send the children back to their own country.”

She said that the trafficking of children has recently become common, and that children from other countries, notably Laos, have also become victims of human trafficking gangs.

But suspect Ma Cho told The Irrawaddy that the children were not victims of human trafficking.

“We beg because we are so poor,” she said, tearfully. “We don’t have jobs and have no income. If we were really involved in human trafficking as the police say, we wouldn’t need to beg anymore.”

Ma Cho said her own personal daily income from begging is 200 to 500 baht [US $6.70—$16.70]. She said she usually begs at the Night Bazaar area in central Chiang Mai, a popular shopping area for tourists.

In June, 15 Burmese children who were suspected of being victims of human trafficking were apprehended at a police checkpoint in Chiang Mai Province. However, Thai authorities concluded they were illegal migrants, but not victims of trafficking, and they were consequently deported.

Washington-based HumanTrafficking.Org says that the mismanagement of the country’s economy and a lack of job opportunities are the main reasons for Burma’s significant trafficking problem.

Christian relief agency World Vision, which is active in Thailand, says on their website that Burmese people are trafficked to other Asian countries, such as China, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Korea and Macao, but that the primary destination is Thailand.

Naypyidaw Demands Thai Crackdown on Burmese Dissidents


Source from Irrawaddy news, 26 July 2011

Thailand’s Tak governor has revealed that the Burmese authorities asked Thailand to crackdown on Burmese dissidents based in the Thai-Burmese border town of Mae Sot.

Governor Samart Loifah told reporters on Monday that the Thai authorities will tackle dissidents “planting bombs” and leaders of the Karen National Union (KNU)—the largest rebel group fighting for ethnic autonomy and respect for human rights.

During bilateral meetings to negotiate reopening the Thai-Burmese friendship bridge, Burmese representatives asked their Thai counterparts to remove refugee camps from Thailand which they complain are home to ethnic armed groups. Burmese officials also complained about KNU leaders living in Thailand, claims the Tak governor.

“The Burmese government has put pressure on their Thai counterparts to take action on these issues. And the closure of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot bridge is related to these issues,” Samart Loifah told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
“If we act on these issues, we hope the Burmese government could reopen the bridge,” he added.

Responding to the allegations, KNU Joint-Secretary Saw Hla Ngwe said that their leaders are based in their mobilized territory [within Burma] and not in Mae Sot.

KNU leaders said that any democratic nation does not force back refugees to unstable and conflict-ridden areas, and that he did not think the Thai authorities would send refugees home.

The Myawaddy-Mae Sot bridge was closed on July 17, 2010, with no explicit date set for it to reopen. Mae Sot businessmen expected the border crossing could resume soon after the Burma elections in November, but there has been no change so far.

Border trading in recent years was estimated at 140 billion baht or US $4.3 billion until the bridge closure. The crossing boasted 60 percent of bilateral trading along the 1,800 km Burmese-Thai border.

Since Mae Sot is a significant border route and checkpoint for millions of Burmese migrant workers, many Burmese-related NGOs and exiled dissidents are based there.

Bo Kyi, joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma, told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the situation in Mae Sot remains normal.

Meiktila Muslims stop bulldozing of cemetery


Mizzima news, 26 July 2011

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A construction company in Meiktila bulldozed a 100-year-old Muslim cemetery on Monday, knocking down walls and tombstones before residents forced the company to stop, sources said.

Apparently, plans to bulldoze the cemetery have been longstanding. In 2008 and in March and May 2011, Islamic religious leaders reportedly sent letters to the authorities, urging them not to bulldoze the cemetery, but the authorities did not reply, sources said.

At around 2 a.m. on Monday, three bulldozers from the Myanmar Sane Lan So Pyay Yay Company entered the old cemetery in the Aungzayyar Quarter and began bulldozing before residents could object.

“The area of the cemetery is about 8.5 acres. Now, about four acres have been bulldozed. The bulldozers knocked down stone walls and brick tombs,” a resident said.

During the uproar that followed, the district and township head arrived and the company stopped bulldozing.

The company said in a meeting held in the Township Administrative Office on Thursday that it had bought the land and would bulldoze the land, said a source who attended the meeting.

Muslims in Meiktila held an emergency meeting on Monday and prepared to file a lawsuit against the company.

Since 2001, the cemetery has not been used and Muslims have been buried in Myintawkan, six miles from Meiktila.

Note: Meiktila is a township of Mandalay division, Burma.

Free Rohingya Campaign Calls for War-crimes Inquiry


by James,

Please see the attachment: A letter to Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP

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