Zafar Ahmad Mohd Abdul Ghani writes an open letter to the prime minister to highlight the Rohingya refugees’ bleak future and uncertainty in Malaysia.
The Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) strongly condemns the plan of the Thai Government to deport 73 Rohingya boat people back to Myanmar.
Members of Chin Democracy and Human Rights Network and other activists have called for an end to military rule in Burma and for the restoration of the Panglong agreement so that the country can adopt a federal democratic system.
Over 70 civil society groups have issued a joint statement calling on a Japanese multinational corporation to stop intimidating activist-blogger Charles Hector, who had highlighted the plight of Myanmar migrant workers in the company’s plant in Malaysia. The Asian Human Rights Commission has separately expressed its outrage.
While scores of western countries continue their economic pressure on military-ruled Burma, its Asian friends, however, are anxious to explore investment opportunities offered by the country, reports Chinland Guardian.
The military regime clearly aims to continue to grip onto power and shows no real intention to build a genuine democracy, observes John Smith Thang.
Angeline Loh takes issue with The Star for an article which she feels promotes xenophobia towards Myanmar refugees, many of whom are forced to beg because they are unable to work here.
Yesterday was Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday but this occasion was not celebrated by her or the people of Burma. All the people of Burma were waiting for her release at the end of May 2009 – the day that would bring about change to the future of the people of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi was going to have power but Burma’s military junta would never allow this to happen in order to sustain its power. Despite her release, she was arrested again and faces five to seven years imprisonment, observes Merhrom.
Asean member states have failed to acknowledge the root cause of Rohingya rights violations, namely the systemic discrimination faced by the Rohingya inside Myanmar. As long as this systemic persecution is not sufficiently addressed through viable policy initiatives by Asean states, the number of asylum seekers will continue to escalate, says Caram Asia.
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 March 2009: The recent side talks by governments during the 14th Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) summit has failed to adequately address the repeated violations against the Rohingya asylum seekers, reports CARAM Asia. Although Myanmar has initially agreed to allow some of the Rohingya refugees back into the country, it has done so on the condition that the refugees must prove themselves as Bengali, further removing the onus of responsibility from the state.