Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

Bengali Illegal Immigrants Could Face 7 Years

Note: Critic domination in reporting ethics is that it has mostly based on the voices of non-victims so it never find out who they are and what happen to them.

Source Irrawaddy news, 15 Oct

Sixteen young men, presumed to be Bengalis, who were were arrested in Kalay, Sagaing Division, for illegal entry into Burma, could face up to seven years in prison, said local police.

The men, all thought to be under 25 years of age, were arrested separately in the Mautlin area of Kalay. They are suspected of entering Sagaing Division via Chin State, and could have set off on their journey from either India or Bangladesh.

“We did not find any ID or documents on them,” said a police officer in Kalay. “They do not speak Burmese, so we had to communicate with them through a Bengali interpreter. They are currently being questioned by immigration officers to ascertain where they come from, and where they were headed to.”

As speakers of Bengali, the 16 could come from Bangladesh or the Indian state of Bengal. It is highly likely, though, that they are Rohingya—the persecuted minority which is denied citizenship in Burma, Bangladesh and India—because so many Rohingyas have attempted to migrate overland in recent years.

The police officer who spoke to The Irrawaddy said that the immigration department will open a case against the 16 once they have been questioned, and that they could face charges for illegal entry into Burma that carry a two- to seven-year sentence.

“That is the 20th arrest of this kind during 2012,” said the officer. “About 100 [Bengalis] have been arrested and charged this year.”

In September, 10 Bengali men were arrested in the same region and were sentenced to seven years in prison for illegally entry. The guide, who was arrested along with them, was given a five-year sentence.

Many of the illegal immigrants caught previously in the area were Rohingyas entering Burma either through the Indo-Burmese or Bangladeshi-Burmese borders. Many of them said they were en route to the Thai border and would then continue travelling until they reached Malaysia where they could find work.

Locals have said that Kalay has become a popular new route for Bengalis and Bangladeshi Rohingyas to enter the country because of the tight security situation in Burma’s Arakan State.

“They [the illegal immigrants] may think this is the safest way for them to go,” said a local in Kalay. “If the police can arrest this many of them, we can’t imagine how many are passing through unnoticed.”


Myanmar blocks OIC office after rallies: Racist democratic desire

Note: It is very funny and tactical of how the racist democratic desire that would not even solve the current crises of Arakan.

Source Bangkok post, 15 Oct

Myanmar’s president blocked a world Islamic body from opening an office in the country, an official said Monday, bowing to rallies against government efforts to help Muslims in unrest-hit Rakhine state.

Myanmar Buddhist monks hold a banner as they take part in a demonstration in Yangon, against the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Myanmar’s president blocked a world Islamic body from opening an office in the country, an official said Monday, bowing to rallies against government efforts to help Muslims in unrest-hit Rakhine state.

"The president will not allow an OIC office because it is not in accordance with the people’s desires," said an official from Myanmar leader Thein Sein’s office, after thousands of monks held the latest protests against the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in two major cities on Monday.

The official, who asked not to be named, declined to comment on an agreement signed with the OIC, the top world Muslim body, which confirmed to AFP last week that it had obtained the green light to open an office in the country.

Thousands of monks protested in the country’s commercial hub Rangoon and second-largest city Mandalay on Monday, with another demonstration in the town of Pakokku in Magway region in central Myanmar, according to organisers.

"We cannot accept any OIC office here," Oattamathara, a monk leading the Mandalay protest, told AFP.

Sectarian tensions are running high following Buddhist-Rohingya clashes in June in western Rakhine which left dozens of people dead and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge in temporary shelters.

Members of the 57-member OIC toured Rakhine last month after accusations from rights groups that security forces opened fire on Rohingya during the sectarian unrest, prompting concern across the Islamic world.

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