Friday, April 14, 2017

Apartheid state of Myanmar


How long our world must witness the ethnic cleansing of minorities? In Myanmar, it is a routine thing, against the minority Rohingyas who mostly live in the Arakan state, close to Bangladesh. They are the most persecuted people in our planet.  And yet, Myanmar's leader Suu Kyi has chosen to deny such gruesome abuses of human rights with a straight face in her recent interview with the BBC. But can truth be hidden? She ought to know better.

But Suu Kyi is a devil with a smiling face, who was wrongly awarded the Nobel Prize (to put pressure on the military government to pave the path for democracy in this God-forsaken country that has known nothing but military rule and civil wars in ethnic territories that make up Burma until very recently). With all the powers, she has as the chief counsellor, or better yet call it the CEO, of the country, she is proving to be a sly lady, worse than any other woman we know of in this world.

In recent months, she let the ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya take a new high that has resulted in internal displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya to Bangladesh and other neighboring countries. Hundreds of innocent Rohingyas were killed, women and children raped, villages and Muslim-owned homes and businesses burned out. Even the mosques, Muslim shrines and cemeteries were not spared. They are demolished in this apartheid den of intolerance.

What a joke Buddhism has become in the hands of its extremist zealots inside Myanmar!

In nearby Bangladesh, as part of any mob reaction to the sad events against the Rohingyas whenever the magh (Buddhist) temples suffer any damage, the government of  Bangladesh takes extra effort to refurbish it better showing its respect for other religions and their symbols. Expecting anything close to such reciprocity from Buddhist Myanmar is simply foolish. It is not even a beautiful dream, only an illusion.
The latest report is that another mosque and  Muslim shrine has now been demolished by Suu Kyi's government in Muslim-majority Maungdaw area of the Arakan state in Myanmar.
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Maungdaw – The Myanmar authorities have recently demolished mosques and cemeteries at the village of ‘Wapeik’ in northern Maungdaw while setting up a quarter for the displaced Rohingyas of the village.
The government has planned to only return the displaced villagers only one third of their original lands and to stuff the villagers in a small slum-like quarter being set up. One small plot of land and one small house have been considered as per one ‘Household Registration List’, regardless of the numbers of the families within that ‘household registration list.’
However, many of the Rohingyas in Maungdaw as well as other parts of Arakan state have huge family members in one single ‘Household Registration List’ because the authorities have denied them to issue new and separate ‘household registration lists’ for generations or as the family members have grown coming down the generations.
“The Myanmar military burnt down our homes last year and we became displaced. They are returning us only one-third of our original village and building a small IDP Camps-like quarter. None of us wants to accept this.
“Worse, they are demolishing mosques, cemeteries, roads and other historical evidences in order to destroying evidences of the human habitats/societies in the village”, said an internally displaced person at ‘Wapeik’ village.
Although the villagers vehemently oppose the government’s inconsiderate resettlement plan, the Maungdaw District and Township administrations along with the Border Guard Police (BGP) have been constantly pressuring and threatening the villagers since March 25.

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