Protestors hope to draw attention to genocide

Published Oct. 4, 2012 in Advisor & Source Newspapers
By Sean Delaney

Calling for greater media coverage of atrocities being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Burma (Myanmar), a group of about a dozen protesters marched Sept. 28 with signs held high outside the Detroit News/Detroit Free Press facility on 16 Mile and Mound roads in Sterling Heights.

"We are here protesting the media silence on the genocide taking place in Burma," said William Antoun of the Michigan Muslim Community Council.

The Burmese aren't very nice to Rohingya Muslims

Published in Vice
By Patrick Henderson

On October 24th, fires raged through a neighbourhood in the coastal town of Kyaukpyu, Burma. Over 800 homes and houseboats were destroyed, 14 hectares of land were obliterated and thousands were left homeless, purely because the area is home to the Rohingya, a Muslim group that the UN have labelled as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

CNN visits Sittwe, finds starving Rohingya children in camps

A CNN film crew went to the Rakhine State of Burma to see what was happening in the camps where Rohingya have been forced to live since violence broke out in the region earlier this year.

Dan Rivers, who three years ago worked on the documentary "The Forgotten People" about the Rohingya, reports that he was shocked by the latest conditions of the Rohingya. He writes: 

Human Rights Watch images show extent of violence against Rohingyas

Human Rights watch released new satellite images of the destruction of homes and property of Rohingya Muslims in the Pauktaw, Mrauk-U and Myebon townships of Rakhine state. The images show the region in February and then again after the violent attacks in October.

This masjid was burned by Myanmar Military & Buddist Extremist Youth Group in Akyab Township, Burma. Several mosques have been burned or demolished in the last three months. Some victims put the number of mosques burned or destroyed as high as 300.

President Obama mentions Rohingya during Burma visit

President Obama stopped in Burma for 6 hours on Monday, Nov. 19 and spoke at University of Yangon.

In that speech, Obama made a mention of the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the western state of Rakhine that has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless.

"For too long, the people of this state, including ethnic Rakhine, have faced crushing poverty and persecution. But there's no excuse for violence against innocent people," Obama said during his speech at the university.

Al-Jazeera airs report on the genocide of the Rohingya

Al-Jazeera ran a report this weekend called "The Hidden Genocide," about the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Burma.

The piece includes interviews with several Rohingya refugees who watched family members and friends die in the violence that took place over the summer in Rakhine state.

The story also chronicles the events leading up to the violence and how the Burmese government has reacted. The Burmese government had already issued a statement decrying the Al-Jazeera report prior to its airing, saying that what's happening to the Rohingya is not genocide.

Burmese President to be given peace award

In the midst of violence against the Rohingya Muslims in his country, Burmese President Thein Sein will be given a peace award by the International Crisis Group.

The group said the award was being given because: “Myanmar has initiated a remarkable and unprecedented set of reforms since President Thein Sein’s government took over in March 2011, including freeing hundreds of political prisoners, liberalizing the press and promoting dialogue with the main opposition party.” Read the entire story here.