It took the Iraqi people over a hundred years to build institutions; that was destroyed by the Americans in an afternoon. Once you destroy the state, you create a vacuum, says Vijay Prashad.
Like Burma’s other neighbors, India hosts a large and growing refugee population, the majority of whom are Chin ethnic minorities. India generally tolerates the presence of Burmese refugees, but does not afford them any legal protection, leaving them vulnerable to harassment, discrimination, and deportation.
Since its inception eight years ago, very little practical change has been made in the betterment of migrants’ lives and they continue to face both racist and xenophobic practises by host countries. At the same time, people living with the HIV virus continue to face exclusionary practices already rejected by such groups as the World Health Organisation. CARAM Asia calls on all participating nations to reaffirm their commitment to the Durban process.
A fresh-faced Obama speaking the language of human rights may be refreshing indeed after eight years of Bush and his neo-Fascist discourse, but the wind of change won’t be blowing until we see the tanks and warplanes of America retreating back to the shores of the USA, says Aliran member Farish A Noor.