Daily Archives: October 23, 2012

Monk group calls on locals to target ‘Rohingya sympathisers’

Source DVB,
23 October 2012Buddhist monks hold a placard as they protest against the opening of Organization of Islamic Cooperation offices in Myanmar
Buddhist monks hold a placard as they protest against the opening of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) offices in Burma, near Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon on 15 October 2012. (Reuters)

A group of Arakanese monks have called for Rohingya “sympathisers” to be targeted and exposed as “national traitors” while tensions again flare between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma’s westernmost state.

In a document seen by DVB, the All-Arakanese Monks’ Solidarity Conference have urged locals to distribute images of anyone alleged to be supporting the stateless minority group to all townships in the region, potentially opening them up to violent attacks by nationalist extremists.

The ten-point document also calls for the creation of security bodies led by monks intended to enforce and safeguard discipline, “to establish a magazine, covering all of Arakan state, to promote [Buddhist] religion” and renewed calls for the Rohingya to be expelled from Burma.

“The president has been very clear that the Arakan issue should not be seen as a religious one, but if anyone is trying to establish it as a religious issue it’s definitely the monks now,” said Chris Lewa, head of the Arakan Project.

Lewa, who has recently returned from Arakan state’s capital Sittwe, told DVB that ethnic Arakanese are already terrified of helping any foreigners travelling to the region, and the monks’ move could have a devastating humanitarian impact.

“The Rakhines [Arakanese] are mostly afraid of their own community if they do anything that can be seen to be helping or supporting the Muslim community.”

Ethnic tensions flared again this weekend with reports of casualties following fresh clashes between Arakanese Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in Min Bya and Mrauk U townships. A curfew has been imposed in both areas.

Last week, President Thein Sein suspended plans for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to open a humanitarian liaison office in Sittwe, after monks across the country staged mass rallies against the move.

“I am amazed that they arrested peace activists demonstrating in Yangon [Rangoon] over Kachin state, but just allow this promotion of hatred, especially by people like the monks, who would be the best actors to try to calm things down – it seems to be completely unbelievable,” said Lewa.

Many Arakanese monks have repeatedly called on local Buddhists to sever all relations with the Rohingya community, including trade and the provision of humanitarian aid.

“It is deeply depressing to see this kind of intolerance and nationalism on the rise, and going unchallenged by most democratic leaders. The more this kind of extremism goes unchallenged the bolder those promoting hatred and intolerance become,” Mark Farmaner from Burma Campaign UK told DVB.

“Burma is a multi-cultural, multi-racial multi-religion country. If this isn’t recognised and accepted there will be no end to conflict in Burma.”

On Sunday, President Thein Sein reluctantly recognised the need for humanitarian assistance to the conflict-torn state, but only after sustained international pressure.

“We are not in a situation to feed the people in the camps with the help of ordinary citizens so we have to accept humanitarian assistance from the international community,” he said. ”If we do not accept the humanitarian assistance they will say we are not human.”

But despite international pledges of assistance, Lewa says the conditions in the camps for displaced Rohingyas remain “very poor” and are permeated by a “lack of hope”.

Tensions flared in Arakan state after the rape and murder of an ethnic Arakanese woman – allegedly by three Muslims – sparked a series of revenge attacks and communal riots, which killed 87 people and displaced nearly 100,000. Displaced Rohingyas have been segregated in camps away from the Arakanese majority and are unable to travel freely.


Torching thousand houses and heinous fresh attacks continue in all over Arakan

Source NDPHR(exile),

The heinous attacks with collaboration of local security police forces are continuously turn on to Kaman and Rakhine muslims minority areas from 21 Oct. We just criticizing the powerless Nobel Laurete Suu Kyi but why do the world mechanism body UN and its member countries silent over on going ethnic cleansing pogrom through genocidal attacks directly supported by local authority and sponsored by central government?

Minbya and Mrauk U towns
Today early morning around 8:00am(local time), musls houses in Yainetay (Zula Fara) village of Mrauk U town and Nagara Pauktaw village of Minbya town, have been set fire. The sources say houses are still burning and military and polices forces do not stop Rakhine people and they are just pushing out muslim villagers.
Number of causality and houses burnt are unknown yet.

It is nonstop attacks escalating after the following 3 villages from Minbya town and one village in Mrauk U town were burnt down.
1)Parein village consisting all more than 500 houses, has been burnt down on 22 Oct;
2)Paiketay Rwa (Fishing village) consisting about 300 houses, 50 out of 300 houses were burnt down on 21 Oct;

3)Tharak Rwa of Pann Mraung village consisting about 190 houses within Rakhine dominated area, has been burnt down on 22 Oct; and

4) Sudaine Rwa village was also set fire and all houses burnt down on 22 Oct.

For both towns, the sources estimate the death toll about 100 people but at the moment more than a dozen were confirmed found dead including 3 Rakhine people.

Kyaukpyu town
Ltst night, The two mosques of Anauk Paikseik (West Fishing village) and Arashi Quarter around 23:00pm of 22 Oct. The villagers had able to extinguished the fire so only the fences were burnt down. But when the authorityy followed to the scene, they arrested the imam and the guards and accusing that they themselves set fire the mosques.

The rest of muslim villages in Sittwe, Myebon and Rambre towns have been also surrounded by Rakhines led by the monks from the front. They told that they will attack in Myebon on 24 Oct. In Sittwe the military has somehow disperse the aggressive Rakhines after nearly one hour confrontation between 22:00 to 23:00pm of 22 Oct.

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