Ethnic Issues


Rakhine National Party chairman Dr Aye Maung told Mizzima that his party plans to break off relations with all UN organisations because of the bias he perceives the UN to hold in its handling of Rakhine State. (more…)

A US human rights delegation is meeting with Burmese government officials on Wednesday in Naypyidaw for the first of two days of talks, spearheading the continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Burma by Washington. (more…)

President Barack Obama’s UN ambassador said Monday the humanitarian situation in Burma’s Arakan State continues to deteriorate and virtually no one has been held to account for attacks on minority Muslims. (more…)

EU heads of mission in Myanmar have expressed concerns over pending legislation concerning race and religion in Myanmar.  The European Union has expressed concern over a set of religion and interfaith marriage bills set to be debated in the next session of parliament opening on Monday. (more…)

Rohingya living in refugee camps in Sittwe Township in Rakhine State staged a demonstration Saturday asking for the right to vote in the upcoming 2015 general elections during the visit of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. (more…)

Dozens of children were among 98 suspected Rohingya trafficking victims from Myanmar discovered in pickup trucks in southern Thailand, police said on Monday, as more checkpoints were set up in the region to combat the trade. (more…)

At least one Kachin child has died and many people are seriously ill as heavy snow and dropping temperatures worsen conditions for Kachin refugees living in camps near Kachin State’s northern border with China. (more…)

Arakanese activists said hundreds of Arakanese Buddhist nationalists were gathering at Sittwe airport on Thursday afternoon in order to protest against the planned visit by the United Nations human rights rapporteur for Burma Yanghee Lee, who they view as supporting the Rohingya Muslim population. (more…)

The Rakhine State government will file a complaint with the Myanmar government if the United Nations intervenes and calls for citizenship for Rohingyas in western Myanmar, according to the state minister in a statement issued on January 7. (more…)

The district court of the Shan State capital of Taunggyi will next week pass down a verdict 20 Muslims accused of links to terrorism, according to a lawyer representing the defendants. (more…)

A camp for internally displaced persons in Kachin State suffered a devastating fire on Monday that has gutted at least 100 households, according to local reports. (more…)

Europe based Rohingyas held their very first conference in Esbjerg, Denmark, from 27 to 28 December 2014. The attendees discussed the intercommunal tensions in Rakhine State and the legal and human rights implications of the ongoing conflict. (more…)

More than 10,000 people want to participate in the citizenship verification process by agreeing to be listed as “Bengali,”according to U Khin Soe, the official in charge of the Rakhine State Immigration and Population Department. (more…)

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority and grant them equal access to services. (more…)

Sitting in a small rattan shack, Aye Khaing holds out her most-valued new possession: a pink identification card, indicating she is a full citizen of this country after years of statelessness. (more…)

Kachins are grabbing opportunities for change from a reluctant government

In the town of Mai Maw, near Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in northern Myanmar, a local Baptist minister enthuses about his plans. Most importantly, says La La Hkawng Dau, known to all simply as Jack, he wants to reopen a long-closed school. Given that most of Myanmar’s vastly overcrowded schools have fallen into utter disrepair after decades of neglect, the authorities might be expected to welcome this. In Myanmar, however, it would be, as Jack acknowledges, “illegal”, or even subversive. (more…)

Muslims were sentenced on Wednesday for their role in deadly inter-communal riots in Thandwe, Arakan State, late last year, according to their lawyer. (more…)

As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without necessary assistance such as blankets and clothes, according to the United Nations. (more…)

Police in Malaysia have arrested 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Burmese nationals in the northern state of Penang since January. (more…)

The Myanmar government does not agree with proposal made by ethnic minority groups’ for the formation of a federal armed force with a rotating chief of general staff, U Ye Htut, spokesperson for the President told Mizzima on December 8. (more…)

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