Ethnic Issues


Seven days after an attack on ethnic army cadets in Kachin State, activists and social groups held donation drives and ceremonies on Wednesday to commemorate the 23 soldiers who died in the incident. (more…)

Bangladesh has outlined proposals to intern thousands of undocumented Rohingya before repatriation to Myanmar, which they fled because of targeted violence and systematic discrimination, an official Foreign Ministry document obtained by Al Jazeera America reveals. (more…)

The Burmese army systematically uses sexual violence against women – including gang rape by soldiers – to “demoralise and destroy the fabric of ethnic [minority] communities” and establish control over resource-rich areas, according to a women’s rights group. (more…)

Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told ethnic delegates at the Sibin guest house in Nay Pyi Taw on November 24, that her demand for quadripartite dialogue is not an attempt to leave ethnic groups out of the political process. (more…)

The United Nations voiced their alarm on November 24 at an upsurge of fighting in Myanmar’s northern state of Kachin, as shelling was reported near civilian areas and rebels said clashes could spread. (more…)

Two additional armed ethnic groups have said that members of their ranks were killed during an artillery attack on a Kachin Independence Army or KIA training facility on Wednesday. (more…)

The smuggling of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar is so lucrative that Thai fishermen are converting their boats to carry humans, police and officials in southern Thailand said. (more…)

The Arakan State parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya” during his most recent visit to Burma. (more…)

Myanmar’s army launched a new offensive Wednesday against ethnic Kachin rebels in the steep hills around their headquarters on the Chinese border, killing over 20 people in a mortar attack and skirmishes that lasted the whole day, rebel officials said. (more…)

The Queensland Rohingya community gathered in front of King George Square in Brisbane, Australia on November 15 to remind the world leaders attending the G-20 summit of the plight faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar, said Noor Zaman, the president of Queensland Rohingya Community Inc, according to a report by Kaladan Press. (more…)

More than 600 trafficking victims from Burma and Bangladesh have been rescued off the South Asian coast, a navy spokesman in Dhaka said on Tuesday, in the single biggest operation of its kind by Bangladesh authorities. (more…)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has responded to criticism leveled at him over the use of the term “Rohingya” by explaining that people should not get hung up on terms when trying to seek solutions for the two communities in Rakhine State. (more…)

Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are among the most persecuted people on earth, and advocates of their cause were hoping President Barack Obama would not only press the issue during his visit this week – they were hoping he would simply say their name. (more…)

Prominent activists and ethnic leaders in Burma have criticized US President Barack Obama for neglecting the complexities of national reconciliation and peace. (more…)

The United Nations on Wednesday urged Myanmar to protect the rights of its stateless Rohingya people amid plans for a state program to issue second-class citizenship to members of the Muslim minority and expel those who don’t qualify. (more…)

Before President Obama left for Asia this week, his top advisers met privately in Washington with human rights activists to discuss concerns over crackdowns in Burma and Hong Kong, hoping to head off criticism of the president’s visit. (more…)

The first time President Barack Obama visited Myanmar, two years ago, the Southeast Asian country’s leaders were trying to broker a nationwide cease-fire with ethnic rebel groups amid unprecedented hope that real change was afoot. (more…)

Earlier this summer, uniformed immigration workers descended on a squalid refugee camp in one of the remotest parts of Burma, a township called Myebon that is best accessible by boat. (more…)

Representatives from the alliance of ethnic armed groups known as the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) traveled to Naypyidaw over the weekend to meet with Burmese officials ahead of major regional summits in the capital this week. (more…)

Communities displaced by conflicts in Myanmar are waiting for a political dialogue process to kick in before making a move to return home. (more…)

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