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  • Administrative areas

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Administrative divisions
    Description/subject: Main article: Subdivisions of Myanmar... The 14 states and divisions of Myanmar. Myanmar is divided into seven states and seven divisions.Divisions are predominantly Bamar. States, in essence, are divisions which are home to particular ethnic minorities. The administrative divisions are further subdivided into townships, wards, and villages. Major cities are divided into districts called townships... Divisions * Ayeyarwady Division * Bago Division * Magway Division * Mandalay Division * Sagaing Division * Tanintharyi Division * Yangon Division... States * Chin State * Kachin State * Kayin State * Kayah State * Mon State * Rakhine State * Shan State... Geography...The links to the individual States and Divisions are subdivided in various ways, e.g.: * 1 Geography * 2 Economy * 3 Population * 4 History * 5 References * 6 See also * 7 External links * 8 Bibliography
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 24 January 2007


    Title: Divisions and States [Division changed to Region] (တိုင္းႏွစ္ျပည္နယ္မ်ား)
    Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 09 June 2014


    Title: States and Regions (Burmese) တိုင္းေဒသႀကီးႏွင့္ ျပည္နယ္မ်ား burmese/ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Language: burmese/ျမန္မာဘာသာ
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia (Burmese)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 19 December 2013


    Individual Documents

    Title: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPONYMY OF BURMA
    Date of publication: January 2003
    Description/subject: "This paper concentrates on those aspects of modern Burma of interest to the toponymist: modern history, people, language, and geographical names. It is not otherwise a specialist text. The paper is drawn together from an assortment of material, from a wide variety of sources, all contained in the PCGN Burma country file"
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN)
    Format/size: pdf
    Date of entry/update: 08 February 2007


  • Cities

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: List of cities (Burmese)
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia (Burmese)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 19 December 2013


  • General (covering more than one State or Regions)

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Regions (Burmese)
    Language: Burmese
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia (Burmese)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 19 December 2013


    Title: States (Burmese)
    Language: Burmese
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia (Burmese)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 19 December 2013


    Title: States, Regions and Townships (Burmese)
    Source/publisher: Wikipedia (Burmese)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 19 December 2013


    Individual Documents

    Title: Myanmar: States/Divisions & Townships Overview Map
    Date of publication: December 2007
    Description/subject: Myanmar Standardized Place Names and P-codes: In Myanmar there has long been confusion with multiple versions of transliterated place names in use by various agencies. The Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) has taken on the task of overseeing a comprehensive translation of place names into a common system that is promoted by IASC members and other organizations. In addition to standard place names, standard place codes have also been developed....The methodology applied for place name standardization was as follows: The names and p-codes of States/Divisions, Districts and Townships were provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Settlement and Land Records Department (SLRD). In 2005 those names were presented to and agreed by UNCT and INGOs as the standard English translation for Myanmar.... The names for village tracts and villages were provided in Myanmar language by the Ministry of Home Affairs, General Administration Department (GAD). Names were translated/transliterated to English by a team supervised by the MIMU. The names were also cross-referenced with the SLRD names and the names in use by various UN Agencies and NGOs. Kachin, Chin and Shan names (i.e. non-Burmese names) were reviewed by local experts in the field. The final translation was completed in 2007....What are P-codes? P-code is an abbreviated term for 'Place Code'. P-codes are similar to postal codes and are part of a data management system that provides unique reference codes to thousands of locations in Myanmar. These codes provide a systematic means of linking and exchanging data and analyzing relationships between them. Any information that is linked to one location with a P-code can be linked and analyzed with any other. In Myanmar, the p-code for rural places is structured as follows:...
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) of IASC
    Format/size: pdf (1MB)
    Date of entry/update: 13 February 2009


  • Arakan (Rakhine) State

    • Arakan (Rakhine) State - reports etc.

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: MIMU - RAKHINE emergency page
      Description/subject: Tools for humanitarian assistance..."For up-to-date relevant information including maps, contact list, initial assessment form and 3W data...3W maps/reports for 2012 can be found HERE. 268 organizations were contacted to provide inputs for this round of the 3W (Who is doing what, where) exercise. Amongst them, 87 agencies provided updates – (1) Embassy/Donor (3) Red Cross societies, (12) UN Agencies, (25) LNGOs and (46) INGOs. The 3W products reflect implementing agencies' projects in 329 townships, 4,089 village tract and 11,479 villages throughout the country...".....If this site does not have the latest situation reports, go to the Alternate URL - the OCHA myanmar page at http://reliefweb.int/country/mmr
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU)
      Format/size: html, pdf
      Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/country/mmr
      Date of entry/update: 04 July 2012


      Title: Muslim, Rohingya Profile
      Description/subject: "Muslims in Burma, most of whom are Sunni, constitute at least 4 per cent of the country’s entire population (CIA World Factbook, 2006), with the largest concentration in the north of Rakhine State (also known as Arakan), especially around Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Rathedaung, Akyab and Kyauktaw. There are a number of distinct Muslim communities in Burma, not all of which share the same cultural or ethnic background. While the country’s largest Muslim population resides in Rakhine State (also known as Arakan), it is actually made up of two distinct groups: those whose ancestors appear to be long established, going back hundreds and hundreds of years, and others whose ancestors arrived more recently during the British colonial period (from 1824 until 1948). The majority of Muslims in Rakhine State refer to themselves as ‘Rohingya’: their language (Rohingya) is derived from the Bengali language and is similar to the Chittagonian dialect spoken in nearby Chittagong, in Bangladesh. There is some dispute as to whether the Rohingya are indigenous to the region or are more ‘recent’, being in the main the descendants of those who arrived in Rakhine State during the British colonial administration. A second group of Muslims in the Rakhine State does not consider themselves as Rohingya, as they speak Rakhine which is closely related to the Burmese language, claim their ancestors have lived in the state for many centuries, and tend to share similar customs to the Rakhine Buddhists. They identify themselves ‘Arakanese Muslims’, ‘Burmese Muslims’ or simply ‘Muslims’..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Minority Rights Group
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 21 August 2014


      Title: Network Myanmar's collection of material on Rohingya/Muslim issues
      Description/subject: Extensive and wide-ranging online collection
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Network Myanmar
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 25 September 2014


      Title: ReliefWeb Myanmar page
      Description/subject: Timely reports on the humanitarian situation in Myanmar - from UN, Government and media sources.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 31 July 2012


      Title: Remember Rohingya
      Description/subject: Various articles, photos videos, profiles, campaigns etc. on the Rohingya. Unfortunately, the material is not precisely dated.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Restless Beings
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 21 August 2014


      Title: Search results for "Rohingya" in "New Age"
      Description/subject: 1600+ results - December 2012; 2500 - August 2013
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "New Age" (Bangladesh)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 24 December 2012


      Title: UN Country Team in Myanmar
      Description/subject: Reports from October 2007
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Country Team in Myanmar
      Format/size: html, pdf
      Date of entry/update: 30 April 2013


      Individual Documents

      Title: MYANMAR: A TIPPING POINT FOR ROHINGYA RIGHTS?
      Date of publication: 17 November 2014
      Description/subject: "Two years after a wave of violence hit the region, Myanmar’s Rakhine State has become a segregated zone. Two million ethnic Rakhine live apart from 1.2 million stateless Rohingya, who are trapped inside displacement camps or barred from leaving their villages. Ending this segregation and protecting the rights of the Rohingya are necessary components of Myanmar’s move toward democracy. However, the Rakhine leadership has rejected – both politically and with force – any reintegration of the two communities, and it is seeking to exclude the Rohingya from any role in the state’s development, distribution of resources, and political representation. Recently, Myanmar’s central government developed a draft “Rakhine Action Plan” that would provide some Rohingya with the opportunity to apply for citizenship, but only if they identify as ethnically “Bengali.” Those who are found ineligible for citizenship, or who refuse to comply, would be rendered to internment camps. The plan as currently drafted is indefensible, and the international community must demand that it be revised to reflect the rights of Rohingya to self-identify; secure citizenship; and live without arbitrary restrictions on their movement, religion, education, and livelihoods. The plan must also support the positive development of all communities in Rakhine State..."
      Author/creator: Sarnata Reynolds
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Refugees International
      Format/size: pdf (200K-reduced version; 379K-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/sites/default/files/111714_myanmar_a_tipping_point_for_rohingy...
      Date of entry/update: 25 November 2014


      Title: Myanmar’s Muslim mosaic and the politics of belonging
      Date of publication: 04 November 2014
      Description/subject: "...We need to see this diversity inherent in Myanmar’s population, and this includes within the Muslim communities. How do we begin to capture the diversity and richness of Myanmar’s Muslim mosaic? Central to the politics of belonging is how Muslims define themselves. Let me take the 2014 census as an example of how Muslims are seeking to redefine their identity. International commentary on the census primarily focused on the categories the government would use to mark religion and ethnicity, and specifically whether it would allow individuals to identify as ‘Rohingya’. But there was an absence of coverage of broader Muslim responses to the census. Observers failed to see the fierce discussion and debate within Muslim communities about what categories they wanted to use to define their religious and ethnic status in the census. Many in the Burmese Muslim community were confused: they did not want to list their ethnicity as ‘Burman’, even if they identified as part Burman. This was because they felt that the ethnic category ‘Burman’ may be conflated by the government with ‘Buddhists’, and therefore overestimated the numbers of Buddhists. On the other hand, as Muslims who take pride in their ‘Burmeseness’ – both in terms of their ancestry as well as the use of Burmese language, clothing and culture – wanted recognition that they belong to Myanmar too..."
      Author/creator: Melissa Crouch
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "New Mandala"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 13 December 2014


      Title: The Slow Burning Genocide of Rohingyas: Four Decades of Systematic Destruction of Burma’s Indigenous Muslims part 1 (video)
      Date of publication: 04 November 2014
      Description/subject: Speakers and panel discussion: 3-hour video - 2 parts: Panel 1: Rohingya voices. Chair: Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative a) Daw Khin Hla, a Rohingya refugee and a researcher with Rohingya Blogger and former Middle School teacher [NOTE: former Middle School teacher from Northern Rakhine – on health and education of Rohingya] b) Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organization of United Kingdom [NOTE: grassroots activism and on the history and status of Rohingya nationality and statelessness c) U Ba Sein, Rohingya refugee and co-founder of Rohinger Blogger, former staff of Burma’s Ministry of Cooperatives d) Wakar Udin, General Secretary, Arakan Rohingya Union [NOTE: a political NGO with an official status with the OIC and a leading spokesperson on Rohingya affairs – on international perspectives and policies related to persecution of Rohingya]..... Panel 2: Historical, political and human rights perspectives Chair: Afsan Bhadelia, Research Associate, Harvard Global Equity Initiative a) Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor, Harvard University; Nobel Prize Laureate, Economics, 1998; and Chair, Steering Committee, Harvard Global Equity Initiative b) Maung Zarni, Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-author of The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014 c) Malik Mujahid, Chair, Parliament of the World’s Religions; and President, Justice for All.... Panel 3: The right to health and essential life services Chair: Lincoln Chen, President, China Medical Board a) Lilianne Fan, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute b) Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy and Partnerships & Senior Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights Commentator: Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative..... Panel 4: Developing an evidence-for-advocacy research agenda Chair: Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative a) Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor, Harvard University; Nobel Prize Laureate, Economics, 1998; and Chair, Steering Committee, Harvard Global Equity Initiative b) Maung Zarni, Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-author of The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014 c) Lincoln Chen, President, China Medical Board
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Harvard Global Equity Initiative
      Format/size: Adobe Flash (1 Hour 22 Minutes)
      Date of entry/update: 27 November 2014


      Title: The Slow Burning Genocide of Rohingyas: Four Decades of Systematic Destruction of Burma’s Indigenous Muslims part 2 (video)
      Date of publication: 04 November 2014
      Description/subject: Speakers and panel discussion. Panel 1: Rohingya voices Chair: Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative a) Daw Khin Hla, a Rohingya refugee and a researcher with Rohingya Blogger and former Middle School teacher [NOTE: former Middle School teacher from Northern Rakhine – on health and education of Rohingya] b) Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organization of United Kingdom [NOTE: grassroots activism and on the history and status of Rohingya nationality and statelessness c) U Ba Sein, Rohingya refugee and co-founder of Rohinger Blogger, former staff of Burma’s Ministry of Cooperatives d) Wakar Udin, General Secretary, Arakan Rohingya Union [NOTE: a political NGO with an official status with the OIC and a leading spokesperson on Rohingya affairs – on international perspectives and policies related to persecution of Rohingya]..... Panel 2: Historical, political and human rights perspectives Chair: Afsan Bhadelia, Research Associate, Harvard Global Equity Initiative a) Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor, Harvard University; Nobel Prize Laureate, Economics, 1998; and Chair, Steering Committee, Harvard Global Equity Initiative b) Maung Zarni, Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-author of The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014 c) Malik Mujahid, Chair, Parliament of the World’s Religions; and President, Justice for All.... Panel 3: The right to health and essential life services Chair: Lincoln Chen, President, China Medical Board a) Lilianne Fan, Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute b) Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy and Partnerships & Senior Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights Commentator: Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative..... Panel 4: Developing an evidence-for-advocacy research agenda Chair: Felicia Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative a) Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor, Harvard University; Nobel Prize Laureate, Economics, 1998; and Chair, Steering Committee, Harvard Global Equity Initiative b) Maung Zarni, Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-author of The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014 c) Lincoln Chen, President, China Medical Board
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Harvard Global Equity Initiative
      Format/size: Adobe Flash (1 hour 52 minutes)
      Date of entry/update: 27 November 2014


      Title: Exiled To Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya (photo essay)
      Date of publication: November 2014
      Description/subject: 30 high-quality black and white photographs of the Rohingya living conditions in displacement camps in Burma/Myanmar.....Navigation of the essay is difficult, with no apparent means to copy text.
      Author/creator: Greg Constantine
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: VIEWPOINT issue #1
      Format/size: jpeg
      Date of entry/update: 18 November 2014


      Title: Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State
      Date of publication: 22 October 2014
      Description/subject: The International Crisis Group’s latest report, Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State, looks at how the legacy of colonial history, decades of authoritarian rule and state-society conflict have laid the foundation for today’s complex mix of intercommunal and inter-religious tensions. Rakhine State, whose majority ethnic Rakhine population perceive themselves to be – with some justification – victims of discrimination by the political centre, has experienced a violent surge of Buddhist nationalism against minority Muslim communities, themselves also victims of discrimination. The government has taken steps to respond: by restoring security, starting a pilot citizenship verification process and developing a comprehensive action plan. However, parts of this plan are highly problematic, and risk deepening segregation and fuelling tensions further, particularly in the lead-up to the 2015 elections. The report’s major findings and recommendations are: Rakhine Buddhists have tended to be cast as violent extremists, which ignores the diversity of opinions that exists and the fact that they themselves are a long-oppressed minority. They are concerned that their culture is under threat and that they could soon become a minority in their state. These fears, whether well-founded or not, need to be acknowledged if solutions are to be developed. The desperate situation of Muslim communities including the Rohingya, who have been progressively marginalised, must also be frankly recognised and resolutely addressed. The government faces a difficult challenge: the demands and expectations of Rakhine and Rohingya communities will be very difficult to reconcile. Ways must be found to allay Rakhine fears, while ensuring the fundamental rights of Muslim communities are respected. To end the climate of impunity, the government must bring to justice those who organised and participated in violence. Clarifying the legal status of those without citizenship is important. But many Muslims will likely refuse to identify as “Bengali”, fearing this is a precursor to denial of citizenship. A negotiated solution should be pursued, or the citizenship process may stall. Coercion is likely to spark violence. The international community – especially UN agencies on the ground – have a critical role in supporting the humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable communities, which are likely to persist for years. The government itself must do more in this regard. Unless Myanmar is successful in creating a new sense of national identity that embraces the country’s cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, peace and stability will remain elusive nationwide. “Any policy approach to the problem must start from the recognition that there will be no easy fixes and that reconciliation will take a long time” says says Jonathan Prentice, Chief Policy Officer and Acting Asia Program Director. “Halting extremist violence requires starting a credible process now that can demonstrate to the Rakhine and Muslim communities that political avenues exist in which their legitimate aspirations might be realised”.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group (Asia Report N°261)
      Format/size: pdf (430K-reduced version; 2.68MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-east-asia/burma-myanmar/261-myanmar-the-politic...
      Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


      Title: Myanmar: The Politics of Rakhine State (media release)
      Date of publication: 22 October 2014
      Description/subject: The highly volatile situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State adds dangerously to the country’s political and religious tensions. Long-term, incremental solutions are critical for the future of Rakhine State and the country as a whole.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 25 October 2014


      Title: Rohingya and national identities in Burma
      Date of publication: 22 September 2014
      Description/subject: "The most controversial aspect of the census recently held in Burma has been the denial of the large Muslim population in Arakan to identify themselves as Rohingya, the term of their choice. The government ban means as many as one million people remain uncounted in Arakan. That is scarcely surprising, as the Burmese government, Rakhine ultra-nationalists and seemingly a majority of the Burmese population have denied for years the existence of the Rohingya identity. According to them, the Rohingya ethnicity is an invention devised by immigrants from Bangladesh to take over the land in Arakan. Few people have made more effort to deny the claims of ethnicity by the Rohingya than Derek Tonkin, former British ambassador to Thailand and editor of the website Network Myanmar. Mr. Tonkin has reached his conclusions after digging deeply in colonial British archives, where he has not found a single use of the term Rohingya. His command of the British colonial records is nothing less than impressive, but by relying almost solely on these sources he only offers a partial picture, from which I think he draws incorrect conclusions..."
      Author/creator: Carlos Sardiña Galache
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "New Mandala"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 13 December 2014


      Title: Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?
      Date of publication: 15 September 2014
      Description/subject: "Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse. In this briefing, IRIN breaks down some of the questions about a group of people that has been called one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: IRIN
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 23 September 2014


      Title: Myanmar: sectarian violence in Rakhine — issues, humanitarian consequences, and regional responses
      Date of publication: 24 July 2013
      Description/subject: Introduction: "The plight of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya people has received renewed international attention over the past year as a result of ongoing sectarian violence and displacement in the country’s western state of Rakhine. A report published in The Economist in November 2012 provides a compelling summary of the Rohingya’s plight: The political transformation in Myanmar this past year or more has so far seemed one of history’s more remarkable revolutions. It has seemed, indeed, to be a revolution without losers. The army, which brutalised the country for half a century, remains influential and unpunished. Political prisoners have been freed by the hundreds. The opposition and its heroine, Aung San Suu Kyi, have successfully entered mainstream politics. ... One group, however, has lost, and lost terribly. Around 1m members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority remain in Myanmar’s impoverished western state of Rakhine. They are survivors of relentless rounds of persecution that have created a diaspora around the world that is perhaps twice as big ... Rakhine politicians say frankly that the only alternative to mass deportation is a Burmese form of apartheid, in which more Rohingyas are corralled into squalid, semi - permanent internal - refugee camps. This Research Paper surveys the issues and regional responses, including that of Australia, surrounding the current conflict and humanitarian situation in Rakhine state. It argues that while the ongoing humanitarian emergency presents the most pressing concern for Myanmar, its neighbours and its international partners , the conflict also highlights a n intensification of a dangerous uncertainty surrounding the future place of the Rohingya, and possibly Muslims more generally, within a multi - ethnic and plural Myanmar . This uncertainty threatens Myanmar ’ s current reform process and, through the large - scale displacement of communities, undermines wider regional security".
      Author/creator: Dr. Cameron Hill
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Australian Parliament
      Format/size: pdf (762K-reduced version; 1.36MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/library/prspub/2613925/upload_binary/2613925.pdf;fileT...
      Date of entry/update: 11 August 2013


      Title: Final Report of Inquiry Commission on Sectarian Violence in Rakhine State
      Date of publication: 08 July 2013
      Description/subject: Executive Summary: 1. Introduction "On August 17th, 2012, President U Thein Sein established the Rakhine Commission of Inquiry through a Presidential Executive Order. This Commission composed of prominent historians, social scientists, legal experts, and civil society leaders, from a broad range of sectors was asked to examine the following 8 areas: (1) investigate the root causes that led to the disturbance of peace and security; (2) verify the extent of loss of life, property and other collateral damage; (3) examine the effort to restore peace and promote law and order; (4) outline means to provide relief and implement resettlement programs; (5) develop short- and long-term strategies to reconcile differences; (6) establish mutual understanding and promote peaceful co-existence between various religious and ethnic groups; (7) advise on the promotion of the rule of law; (8) advise on the promotion of social and economic development. The Commission drafted its report after an extensive survey and archival research on Rakhine state. The Commission received support from various government agencies, civil society organisations, political parties, and the general public. In gathering and analyzing the data it received the Commission aimed to maintain its impartiality. The overarching goal of the Commission’s final report was to promote peace and development in the region rather than place the blame on a specific group or community. The implementation of its recommendations will require close cooperation between the various government agencies, the general public and all sectors of society, as well as from all citizens to create and sustain the desired environment of peace and communal stability. This stand-alone précis was drafted on the basis of the translation of the original report from Myanmar into English, which after editing is still over 60 pages long. The Commission would like to make a shorter version available to the international community to give it access to the essential information with some more details than the original Executive Summary. It does not change the essence of the original report, but in the interest of conciseness has regrouped some of the issues and recommendations, and therefore does not follow the structure of the original report exactly. Two caveats have to be made to understand the original report or this summary: on one hand, the Commission faced several constraints in its work: (a) the nature of the Commission’s mandate was not easily understood and its neutrality was often rejected by Rakhine; (b) outside actors, in particular some Bengali leaders in Yangon, exercised undue influence by trying to impose interviewees on the Commission, and by controlling the answers interviewees gave to the Commission; (c) access to people in more remote areas was hampered by the fact that not all Bengalis speak Myanmar language. In order to counter these constraints the Commission trained local young people on how to collect data, and used purposive and quota sampling instead of probability or random sampling. The Commission also enlisted the help of moderate Muslim and Bengali leaders in Yangon. On the other hand, the use of certain terms needs to be made clear: the report uses the term “Bengalis” when referring to people of Bengali origin. The term “Rohingya” is not recognized in Myanmar and its use has become increasingly politicized; as to the term of “Kala”, it was traditionally used for all foreigners from west of the country. The Brits were referred to as Kala Hpyu (white kala). Today it is used colloquially for people originating from the Indian subcontinent. Opinions differ as to what it is derogatory or not..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Republic of the Union of Myanmar
      Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
      Date of entry/update: 11 August 2013


      Title: Limited health options for Myanmar’s Rohingya IDPs
      Date of publication: 31 May 2013
      Description/subject: "SITTWE, 31 May 2013 (IRIN) - Aid workers are calling for better health access for an estimated 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, most of them Rohingya Muslims. Although a number of NGOs and government mobile clinics are providing basic health services inside the roughly 80 camps and settlements, they are limited, and emergency health referrals remain a serious concern, they say. According to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), conditions inside the camps, combined with the segregation of ethnic Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya and ongoing movement restrictions, are having a severe impact on health care. Movement restrictions were slapped on Rohingyas around Sittwe, the Rakhine State capital, after bouts of sectarian violence in June and October 2012. Another concern is the negative attitude of many ethnic Rakhine to assistance provided to Muslim IDPs. “With threats and intimidation both to health provider and patient, this becomes an irreconcilable dilemma,” Carol Jacobsen of the medical NGO Merlin told IRIN, adding that “hostile access”, limited transportation and poor security were obstacles to health care for the Muslim population..."
      Language: English, Arabic
      Source/publisher: IRIN
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://arabic.irinnews.org/Report/3737/
      Date of entry/update: 06 June 2013


      Title: MYANMAR: Official report on Rakhine State conflict gravely flawed
      Date of publication: 23 May 2013
      Description/subject: A written statement submitted to the Human Rights Council, 23rd session by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status... 1. Following the communal violence that wracked the western parts of Myanmar near the border of Bangladesh in 2012, the country's president established a commission of inquiry comprising of retired public servants, religious figures, politicians, academics and members of civil society. The commission handed down its findings on 22 April 2013. Despite high expectations, the 119-page report is gravely flawed. Although it contains a few useful recommendations and observations, to which the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar alluded in a press release of 1 May 2013, the commission's positive contributions are outweighed by a range of omissions and misrepresentations and by an us-versus-them mentality that pervades the document..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 27 May 2013


      Title: Will Ethnic Tensions Undermine US Myanmar Relations?
      Date of publication: 21 May 2013
      Description/subject: "Key Conclusions: Three interconnected and difficult issues need attention for the country to move forward—citizenship for the Rohingya; building capacity in the police to prevent violence against Muslims; and re-envisioning the country as one that is multi-ethnic, multilingual, and multi-religious. The transition from authoritarian rule to democracy could take decades. Key waypoints are the 2015 elections, implementing constitutional reforms, and the achievement of true civilian leadership. The US should engage on a broad range of issues and stop using sanctions as a diplomatic tool. An enduring partnership would involve sustained support for the transition across the spectrum of political interests, and transitional development assistance would expand to include programs for education, health, and the media..."
      Author/creator: Jim Della-Giacoma
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group (ICG)
      Format/size: html (35K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2013


      Title: UN OCHA Flash Update 4, Cyclone Mahasen, Bangladesh and Myanmar
      Date of publication: 14 May 2013
      Description/subject: "A red Storm Alert remains in effect for Tropical Cyclone Mahasen which is currently moving across the Indian Ocean towards Bangladesh and Myanmar. The cyclone does appear to have weakened and it is has been downgraded to a category-1 cyclone. It is expected to reach land now early on Friday morning (17 May). In its current path the cyclone is expected to hit north of Chittagong, Bangladesh but could, depending on its final trajectory, bring life threatening conditions for 8.2 million people in northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The highest impact, tidal surge and rainfall predictions are for the Chittagong and Cox's Bazaar areas of Bangladesh...n Myanmar, relocation and evacuation efforts according to the Government's plan are underway. As part of stage-1, the plan is to move 38,000 IDPs yesterday and today (14 May). It is unclear how many people have been relocated. Teams from humanitarian agencies have been monitoring the relocation efforts. Some IDPs are reluctant to relocate and some communities have refused to use military vehicles or to shelter in military barracks. Discussions between Government and communities in Sittwe are ongoing to negotiate alternative sites. The Government agrees that relocations are to be done in consultation with the IDPs. Muslim leaders have issued a statement encouraging people to cooperate with authorities. Humanitarian agencies are keen to understand what the triggers are for starting stage-2 of the evacuation plan which involves moving 100,000 IDPs..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 14 May 2013


      Title: Myanmar / Rakhine Commission: “Positive starting point but Government must address impunity” – UN expert
      Date of publication: 01 May 2013
      Description/subject: GENEVA (1 May 2013) – "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today welcomed some forward thinking recommendations from the Rakhine Investigation Commission report. However, he expressed concerns over the lack of recommendations to address impunity and ensure investigations into credible allegations of widespread and systematic human rights violations targeting the Muslim community in Rakhine State..."
      Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Information Centre, Yangon
      Format/size: pdf (69K)
      Alternate URLs: http://unic.un.org/imucms/Dish.aspx?loc=80&pg=110
      Date of entry/update: 02 May 2013


      Title: Plan of Action from the Rakhine State Conflicts Investigation Commission - summary of recommendations to the Government (English and Burmese)
      Date of publication: 01 May 2013
      Description/subject: The recommendations are in the form of a 7-page table listing Task, Implementation Department and Responsible Committees for the following issues: Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Situation... Temporary Shelters before the Monsoon Season... Resettlement... Reopening of Schools... Food Security and Malnutrition... Livelihoods... Permanent Settlement... Social Kaman Ethnic Group Issue... Population Growth...Social Integration... Formation of Truth-Finding Committee...Citizenship...Economy... Health... Education...Religion...INGO and LNGO Interaction...Security and Administration...Rule of Law...Peaceful Coexistence...Media
      Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Rakhine State Conflicts Investigation Commission via "The New Light of Myanmar"
      Format/size: pdf (158K-English; 445K-Burmesse)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/Rakhine_Commission_chart-bu.pdf
      http://www.burmapartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/RecommendationEnglish-Version.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 01 May 2013


      Title: Myanmar must look beyond 'flawed' report to stop cycle of Buddhist-Muslim violence
      Date of publication: 30 April 2013
      Description/subject: "Recommendations in a government-backed report investigating last year's devastating violence in Myanmar fail to effectively tackle discrimination against Rohingya Muslims and could trigger more human rights abuses, Amnesty International said. The government-appointed Rakhine Commission this week issued a briefing on its investigation into violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine state, western Myanmar, which first erupted in June 2012. The clashes have resulted in a considerable loss of life and left thousands displaced. The Commission, which did not include any Rohingya on its panel, called on the government to “double” the presence of security forces in Rakhine state, including the Border Security Force (NaSaKa)..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Amnesty International
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 30 April 2013


      Title: Report of the Rakhine State Conflicts Investigation Commission (Executive Summary - English)
      Date of publication: 30 April 2013
      Description/subject: "British bring in large numbers of Bengali from neighbouring country" - Nay Pyi Taw, 29 April—The Rakhine State Conflicts Investigation Commission released its report. The executive summary of the report is as follows:-
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The New Light of Myanmar" 30 April 2013
      Format/size: pdf (539K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 April 2013


      Title: Arakan Report Angers Rohingya Leaders
      Date of publication: 29 April 2013
      Description/subject: "RANGOON — Rohingya leaders have reacted angrily to the findings of the official investigation into a wave of brutal violence that hit Arakan State in 2012, slamming the report findings as selective and slanted. Speaking after members of a commission formed last year to investigate the violence presented a summary of their report today in Rangoon, Myo Thant, a Rohingya representative of the Democracy and Human Rights Party, told The Irrawaddy that the report did not present a completely accurate picture of the Arakan situation. “This report has some good suggestions, but in ways it is biased and incomplete,” he said. Commission members, including former political prisoners Ko Ko Gyi and Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, launched the summary of the commission’s findings today at the Myanmar Peace Center..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 May 2013


      Title: Report of the Rakhine State Conflicts Investigation Commission (full text, Burmese)
      Date of publication: 29 April 2013
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: Rakhine State Conflicts Investigation Commission
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 01 May 2013


      Title: "All You Can Do is Pray" - Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State
      Date of publication: 22 April 2013
      Description/subject: "This 153-page report describes the role of the Burmese government and local authorities in the forcible displacement of more than 125,000 Rohingya and other Muslims and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Burmese officials, community leaders, and Buddhist monks organized and encouraged ethnic Arakanese backed by state security forces to conduct coordinated attacks on Muslim neighborhoods and villages in October 2012 to terrorize and forcibly relocate the population. The tens of thousands of displaced have been denied access to humanitarian aid and been unable to return home..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
      Format/size: pdf (5MB-OBL version; 15.08-original; Summary and recommendations, 6.73MB)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/04/22/all-you-can-do-pray-0
      http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/burma0413_FullForWeb.pdf
      http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/burma0413_brochure_web.pdf (summary and recommendations: Photo feature)
      http://www.hrw.org/features/burma-ethnic-cleansing-arakan-state (slide show)
      http://www.hrw.org/fr/node/115009 (video)
      Date of entry/update: 22 April 2013


      Title: Sectarian tensions in Myanmar limit aid worker access
      Date of publication: 16 April 2013
      Description/subject: "Ongoing tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar's western Rakhine State have created a threatening environment for aid workers, hindering assistance to more than 127,000 displaced persons. 'Access to IDPs [internally displaced persons] is being seriously hampered by ongoing intimidation [of aid workers] by some members of the local community,' noted the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yangon. Humanitarian organizations, including medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières, report aid staff have faced accusations by the local Rakhine community - who are mostly Buddhist - that their assistance favours the Muslim Rohingya minority. The majority of the displaced are Rohingya, but there are also hundreds of Buddhists among them, according to government estimates..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: IRIN
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.irinnews.org/AdvancedSearchResults.aspx?KW=myanmar (Search results on IRIN for Myanmar)
      Date of entry/update: 16 April 2013


      Title: Burma’s Treatment of the Rohingya and International Law
      Date of publication: 08 April 2013
      Description/subject: "This briefing paper finds that Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya violates at least eight international laws, treaty obligations and international human rights guidelines. Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and international norms prohibiting discrimination of racial and religious minorities, such as the UN General Assembly Resolution on the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination. Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya violates UN definitions of the rule of law. The investigation committee set up by the government of Burma violates international human rights guidelines. Burma and the international community are failing in their duty of Responsibility to Protect"
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Burma Campaign UK
      Format/size: pdf (288K)
      Date of entry/update: 08 April 2013


      Title: Humanitarian Bulletin, Rakhine State, Myanmar - Special Issue, April 2013
      Date of publication: April 2013
      Description/subject: HIGHLIGHTS: • Preparedness Plan for the rainy season focuses on m eeting the immediate shelter needs of 69,000 people deemed the most vulnerable. • HC/RC highlight s priority actions needed by Government for a swift implementation of the Plan . • The Central Committee for Peace and Development in Rakhine chaired by the Vice President formed last month. • CERF contributes $5 million in response to immediate needs in Rakhine
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: html, pdf (400K)
      Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/myanmar-rakhine-state-humanitarian-bulletin-special-issue-april...
      Date of entry/update: 30 April 2013


      Title: Inter-Agency Preparedness/Contingency Plan - Rakhine State, Myanmar
      Date of publication: 31 March 2013
      Description/subject: "This document has been elaborated by humanitarian partners to address existing humanitarian concerns in view of protracted displacement and the likelihood of the worsening of the humanitarian situation in Rakhine State anticipating the upcoming rains and the possibility for further violence across the State and possibly beyond. It is composed of three sections: a) Introduction, b) Preparedness Plan for the rains (to be implemented between March and June 2013) and c) Contingency Planning for natural and human-made disasters. Chapter a) and b) are included in this document, while chapter c) is under elaboration. Inter-communal conflict in Rakhine State started in early June 2012 and resurged in October 2012. This has resulted in the displacement of people, loss of lives and livelihoods and restricted movement for many. Conditions in most camps are still far below international emergency standards eight months after the crisis started: shelter, water and sanitation, health and other services are insufficient. Access to livelihood and basic services has been further complicated by prolonged displacement of people or their living in isolated villages. Rakhine State is prone to impacts of cyclones and s uffered of severe floods and the situation of IDPs camps is going to further worsen during the rainy season which will start in May unless immediate action is taken. Meeting the immediate shelter needs of 69,000 people before the rainy season is a top priority as they are located in flood-prone camps and/or living in tents and makeshift shelters which will not withstand the rains. The situation is particularly concerning in 13 camps in Sittwe (40,000 people), Pauktaw (20,000 people), Myebon (3,900) people which will be inundated as they are in former paddy fields or close to the shore and at risk of storm surge. Another 5,000 IDPs are not in appropriate shelters to withstand the rains. Flooding will result in a rapid deterioration of shelter, water a nd sanitation and health conditions. Overflowing of latrines and lack of drainage will increase risks of water-borne diseases, morbidity and mortality. The following actions, which can only be taken by the Government are needed..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Country Team in Myanmar
      Format/size: pdf (2.87MB)
      Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/inter-agency-preparednesscontingency-plan-rakhine-state-myanmar...
      Date of entry/update: 30 April 2013


      Title: BURMA: Islamic community leader unfairly tried and imprisoned over communal violence
      Date of publication: 01 February 2013
      Description/subject: "The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received detailed information concerning the case of a prominent retired medical doctor and Islamic community leader in the west of Burma imprisoned for allegedly sending news abroad about the first wave of violence in his town during mid-2012. Border security personnel detained Dr Tun Aung in June and accused him not only of sending news but failing to notify them of events that would lead to violence, even though he had reportedly put his own life at risk to stop the violence from occurring. A court in November sentenced Dr Tun Aung to 11 years in jail in a patently unfair trial. He is currently imprisoned and suffering from serious health conditions that require specialist treatment but have so far gone unattended..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 05 February 2013


      Title: WASH woes for Myanmar’s Rakhine IDPs
      Date of publication: 18 January 2013
      Description/subject: "YANGON, 18 January 2013 (IRIN) - Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) will be a key issue for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State as the weather gets warmer, say aid workers. “As the hot season approaches, intervention measures are needed to solve the problem of drinking water shortages and reduce the risks of water-borne disease,” said Tun Thaung, project supervisor of Myanmar Health Assistant Association (MHAA), speaking from Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State. According to the UN, some 115,000 people are still displaced in Rakhine following inter-communal violence in June and October 2012, in which thousands of homes and buildings were burned or destroyed and dozens of people killed. About 85 percent of the IDPs are in and around Sittwe..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: IRIN
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 19 January 2013


      Title: Rohingya or Bengali? Revisiting the politics of labelling
      Date of publication: 2013
      Description/subject: "The sectarian violence that erupted in Rakhine (Arakan) state in Myanmar has prompted heated discussions over ethnicity, citizenship and belonging. Subsequently, in an effort to determine accurate numbers, a fortnight-long registration exercise was conducted by government authorities in Pauktaw Township in Rakhine state in November 2012. However, the Rohingya reportedly refused to register because the authorities erased the term ‘Rohingya’ from completed forms and replaced it with ‘Bengali’. The Rohingya fear that, once registered as ‘Bengali’, they would be declared illegal immigrants by the authorities and summarily deported from the country. The Rohingya’s claim to being a bona fide ethnic group of Myanmar, and hence their claim to citizenship, is steeped in controversy. They assert that they have been living in Rakhine state for thousands of years, even before the Burmans conquered the Arakan kingdom in 1748. This is disputed by the government and certain sectors of Myanmar society who assert that the Rohingya are, in fact, illegal migrants from Chittagong in Bangladesh who crossed into Burma in the nineteenth century. The classification of ethnicity in the registration exercise may be inaccurate, but it is not accidental. The Rohingya’s refusal to being labelled ‘Bengali’ highlights their acute awareness of the politics of labelling, and is a way of resisting state-imposed definitions and manipulations of ethnicity, and thus criteria of belonging..."
      Author/creator: Su-Ann Oh
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) "The Newsletter"| No.66 | Winter 2013
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


      Title: Racism to Rohingya in Burma
      Date of publication: 27 December 2012
      Description/subject: The present document is a critique of a 2005 paper by Dr Aye Chan, "The Development of a Muslim Enclave in Arakan (Rakhine) State of Burma (Myanmar)" - see Alternate URL
      Author/creator: Dr. Abid Bahar
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (313K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.soas.ac.uk/sbbr/editions/file64388.pdf (Dr. Aye Chan's paper)
      Date of entry/update: 03 January 2013


      Title: US President Barack Hussein Obama's historic visit to Burma
      Date of publication: 12 December 2012
      Description/subject: Special news pictorial
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (3.9MB)
      Date of entry/update: 03 January 2013


      Title: Al Jazeera Investigates - The Hidden Genocide (video)
      Date of publication: 09 December 2012
      Description/subject: "Earlier this year a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered in western Myanmar. The authorities charged three Muslim men. A week later, 10 Muslims were murdered in a revenge attack. What happened next was hidden from the outside world. Bloodshed pitted Buddhists against minority Rohingya Muslims. Many Rohingya fled their homes, which were burned down in what they said was a deliberate attempt by the predominantly Buddhist government to drive them out of the country. "They were shooting and we were also fighting. The fields were filled with bodies and soaked with blood," says Mohammed Islam, who fled with his family to Bangladesh. There are 400,000 Rohingya languishing in Bangladesh. For more than three decades, waves of refugees have fled Myanmar. But the government of Bangladesh considers the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants, as does the government of Myanmar. They have no legal rights and nowhere to go. This is a story of a people fleeing the land where they were born, of a people deprived of citizenship in their homeland. It is the story of the Rohingya of western Myanmar, whose very existence as a people is denied. Professor William Schabas, the former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, says: "When you see measures preventing births, trying to deny the identity of the people, hoping to see that they really are eventually, that they no longer exist; denying their history, denying the legitimacy of their right to live where they live, these are all warning signs that mean it's not frivolous to envisage the use of the term genocide."
      Author/creator: Paul Rees
      Language: Voice-over and sub-titles, English
      Source/publisher: Al Jazeera via Youtube
      Format/size: Adobe Flash (50 minutes)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeerainvestigates/2012/12/2012125122215836351.html
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54RzqiXLvnw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
      Date of entry/update: 10 December 2012


      Title: Cyclone Giri: Two Years On - Voices from the Arakan State of Western Burma (Myanmar)
      Date of publication: December 2012
      Description/subject: "...This independent assessment and report has been written to raise awareness of the on-going impact cyclone Giri has had on Arakan state and its citizens. Victims and witnesses have had the opportunity to speak out and reach a wider audience and we wish to spread their voices and the situation to the international community, but also to the rest of Burma who seem to have forgotten about their people in the west who are still dealing with the impact of cyclone Giri two years on. The damage and the role of the local population in the relief and recovery effort has been recorded so that these stories are not forgotten. More details are needed, and this report should be the beginning of internal and external enquiries into the on-going state of the situation there..."
      Language: English; Burmese press release
      Source/publisher: Arakan Human Rights and Development Organisation (AHRDO)
      Format/size: pdf (893K; -main text; Burmese press release, 121K; English summary, 247K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs14/Report%20Summary%20of%20CYCLONE_GIRI-TWO_YEARS_ON-summary-en.pdf
      http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs14/Cyclone_Giri-2_Years_On-PR-bu.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 21 December 2012


      Title: BURMA – COMPLEX EMERGENCY
      Date of publication: 30 November 2012
      Description/subject: KEY DEVELOPMENTS: "A resurgence of violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya, as well as non-Rohingya, Muslims that began on October 21 in Rakhine State had resulted in nearly 90 deaths, the displacement of approximately 36,000 people, and the destruction of 5,300 houses or religious buildings, primarily as a result of arson, as of November 15. The violence had diminished by early November, with the Government of Burma (GoB) deploying security forces to affected areas and enforcing curfews, but sporadic clashes continue. In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dated November 16, Burma’s President Thein Sein condemned the violence in Rakhine State and noted that the GoB was prepared to address contentious political issues concerning Rohingya, including resettlement of displaced populations, granting of citizenship, birth registration, work permits, and permits for moving within the country. On November 21, President Sein announced that the GoB would pursue a multifaceted plan aimed at addressing tensions between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Rakhine State, according to international media sources. Components of the plan include reducing prejudices, promoting education, creating jobs, and introducing a birth control program in accordance with international standards. In a speech delivered during a November 19 visit to Burma, President Barack Obama called for the end of sectarian violence in Rakhine State and for national reconciliation. President Obama also announced $170 million in new U.S. Government assistance for Burma to be provided over a two-year period and encompassing a range of programs, including governance, development, humanitarian, and reconciliation interventions. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM) continue to address the humanitarian needs of Rakhine’s conflict-affected populations, particularly those displaced by violence, through ongoing programs funded in FY 2012 and new programs initiated in FY 2013..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: USAID - FACT SHEET #1, FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2013
      Format/size: pdf (250K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 December 2012


      Title: Resentment Runs Deep in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 22 November 2012
      Description/subject: "...There is a deep ignorance within both communities regarding the other that the policy of absolute segregation applied by the authorities since June is doing nothing to remedy. Both Muslims and Buddhists consistently told The Irrawaddy that they lived peacefully and amiably before the violence first broke out in June. But now there is no daily interaction between these estranged communities, and both are abuzz with rumors depicting the other people as little more than blood-thirsty monsters. It seems that each day of segregation will only make it more difficult for Buddhists and Muslims to live together ever again."
      Author/creator: Carlos Sardiña Galache
      Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 14 January 2013


      Title: Revised Rakhine Response Plan (Myanmar) July 2012–June 2013 (Revision: 16 November 2012)
      Date of publication: 21 November 2012
      Description/subject: "The inter-community conflict in Rakhine State, which started in early June 2012 and resurged in October 2012, has resulted in displacement and loss of lives and livelihoods. As of early November, the number of people displaced in Rakhine State has surpassed 115,000, of whom about 75,000 individuals have remained displaced since June and over 36,000 people were displaced following a resurgence of violence in late October 2012. Others continue living in tents close to their places of origin while their houses are being rebuilt, or with host families. Life-saving assistance for this caseload is urgently needed.Notwithstanding these 115,000 people, there are also many others who out of fear are unable to move and have had restricted access to livelihood, food, and medical services, which has in the past attracted them to the IDPs camps with potential for further displacement. Government sources indicate that 167 people were killed (78 in June and 89 in October); 223 injured (87 in June and 136 in October); and 10,100 private, public and religious buildings were burned or destroyed (4,800 in June and 5,300 in October).Curfews have been imposed since June in seven locations and in two additional ones in October. Additional military personnel have been dispatched to the area to control the situation..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) with humanitarian partners
      Format/size: pdf (1MB-OBL version; 2.26MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://unic.un.org/imucms/userfiles/yangon/file/Revised%20Rakhine%20Response%20Plan%20%28amended%29...
      Date of entry/update: 21 November 2012


      Title: Rohingya Leaders Angry About Suu Kyi’s Comments
      Date of publication: 21 November 2012
      Description/subject: 'Rohingya leaders are condemning recent comments by opposition leader Daw Aung Suu Kyi during her trip to India. “There's a lot of illegal crossing of the border still going on that they have got to put a stop this," Suu Kyi said in interview with the Indian NDTV television network. Nurul Islam, president of Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO), said the comments Suu Kyi made about Rohingyas in Arakan State is unacceptable. “Her silence or so-called neutrality cannot be justified because such standpoint encourages Rakhine extremists and the elements in the governments to carry on their campaigns of systematic racism, racial extermination and campaigns of genocide against the Rohingyas and Kamans.” The ARNO President said Suu Kyi's comments belie the truth, either by choice or ignorance, when she stated that there is still illegal immigration of people from Bangladesh into Arakan State. On the contrary, expulsion of Muslim Rohingyas from Arakan into Bangladesh and other countries is a regular phenomenon. If Suu Kyi needed to be convinced she could have visited thousands of Rohingya refugees from Burma within the vicinity of Delhi. There are also thousands of Rakhines and Mramas from Bangladesh who have entered and settled down in Arakan under a state administered program, said Nurul Islam...'
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Kaladan News" via BNI
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 21 November 2012


      Title: Myanmar Facing Unfolding Crisis ,
      Date of publication: 17 November 2012
      Description/subject: "... The violence in Rakhine State represents a major test for the government as it seeks to maintain law and order without rekindling memories of the recent authoritarian past. It also represents a challenge for Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy to demonstrate a greater commitment, publicly and privately, to the fundamental rights of all those who live in Myanmar. Above all, both government and opposition need to show moral leadership to calm the tensions and work for durable solutions to a problem that could threaten Myanmar’s reform process and the stability of the country."
      Author/creator: Louise Arbour
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group (ICG)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 23 November 2012


      Title: MYANMAR: STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON (English; Burmese Executive Summary)
      Date of publication: 12 November 2012
      Description/subject: Executive Summary: "Myanmar’s leaders continue to demonstrate that they have the political will and the vision to move the country decisively away from its authoritarian past, but the road to democracy is proving hard. President Thein Sein has declared the changes irreversible and worked to build a durable partnership with the opposition. While the process remains incomplete, political prisoners have been released, blacklists trimmed, freedom of assembly laws implemented, and media censorship abolished. But widespread ethnic violence in Rakhine State, targeting principally the Rohingya Muslim minority, has cast a dark cloud over the reform process and any further rupturing of intercommunal relations could threaten national stability. Elsewhere, social tensions are rising as more freedom allows local conflicts to resurface. A ceasefire in Kachin State remains elusive. Political leaders have conflicting views about how power should be shared under the constitution as well as after the 2015 election. Moral leadership is required now to calm tensions and new compromises will be needed if divisive confrontation is to be avoided...The ongoing intercommunal strife in Rakhine State is of grave concern, and there is the potential for similar violence elsewhere, as nationalism and ethno-nationalism rise and old prejudices resurface. The difficulty in reaching a ceasefire in Kachin State underlines the complexity of forging a sustainable peace with ethnic armed groups. There are also rising grassroots tensions over land grabbing and abuses by local authorities, and environmental and social concerns over foreign-backed infrastructure and mining projects...A key factor in determining the success of Myanmar’s transition will be macro-political stability. In 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) will compete for seats across the country for the first time since the abortive 1990 elections. Assuming these polls are free and fair, they will herald a radical shift in the balance of power away from the old dispensation. But an NLD landslide may not be in the best interests of the party or the country, as it would risk marginalising three important constituencies: the old political elite, the ethnic political parties and the non-NLD democratic forces. If the post-2015 legislatures fail to represent the true political and ethnic diversity of the country, tensions are likely to increase and fuel instability. The main challenge the NLD faces is not to win the election, but to promote inclusiveness and reconciliation. It has a number of options to achieve this. It could support a more proportional election system that would create more representative legislatures, by removing the current “winner- takes-all” distortion. Alternatively, it could form an alliance with other parties, particularly ethnic parties, agreeing not to compete against them in certain constituencies. Finally, it could support an interim “national unity” candidate for the post-2015 presidency. This would reassure the old guard, easing the transition to an NLD-dominated political system..."
      Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (exec. Sum)
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group (Asia Report N°238)
      Format/size: pdf (454K-OBL version; 2.73MB-original); Exec Sum in Burmese (166K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-east-asia/burma-myanmar/Burmese/238-myanmar-sto... - Executive Summary in Burmese
      http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-east-asia/burma-myanmar/238-myanmar-storm-cloud...
      Date of entry/update: 12 November 2012


      Title: Nowhere to go for the Rohingya
      Date of publication: 09 November 2012
      Description/subject: "...For the Rohingya, straddling post-colonial borders, losing one nationality was a predictable misfortune. Losing two was a matter of calculated, official carelessness - in the most literal sense. The rocky road began back in the 1960's, during General Ne Win's "Burmanisation" campaign. Eager to clear up racial business left over from Burma's British days, when Indian and Chinese traders swanned across the border, Ne Win's Revolutionary Council embarked on a campaign of nationalization. Confiscating their businesses ensured the ethnically-foreign enterprising classes got the message. Approximately 300,000 Indians and 100,000 Chinese fled, hobbling vital rice and timber export industries and ensuring vital goods like medicine and petrol were in short supply. To ensure these "foreigners" didn't return, and to give Burmanisation official meaning, the government passed an Emergency Immigration Act in 1974. This required all citizens to carry identity cards (registration cards), which neatly gave the military government the practical means of saying who was and was not entitled to Burmese nationality. The Rohingya weren't, they got "Foreign Registration Cards". At this stage, citizenship-stripping proved more ominous than critical to Rohingya. They lived in a remote part of a rebellious province, largely outside the realm of official Burma. For two decades after independence, Arakan/Rakhine separatists had fought with the Rangoon government and armed Rohingya Jihadi occasionally lent a hand. But during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ne Win, his generals and their Burma Socialist Programme Party extended central control over some of Burma's recalcitrant provinces, including Arakan. Non-citizens found their rights to travel and marry curtailed, and then citizenship started to matter very much indeed..."
      Author/creator: Phil Radford
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Asia Times Online"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 10 November 2012


      Title: Rohingya miss boat on development
      Date of publication: 09 November 2012
      Description/subject: "The ethnic conflict that ravaged much of Rakhine State in western Myanmar last month was an opportunity for more than settling old and new scores between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhines and co-religionist new arrivals from elsewhere in the country. Those involved were also clearing land in a densely populated area that is set to be among the country's prime bits of real estate as energy-related projects start transforming the impoverished state. More than 100 people (some reports indicate many times that number) were killed last month, untold others were wounded, and an estimated 28,000 fled or were driven from their homes in clashes between the stateless Rohingya and Buddhist citizens in a recurrence of violence last June. They are the latest incidents involving evicted ethnic groups around the country weeks before US President Obama visits Myanmar later this month. "The government has taken the opportunity to create more violence allowing a destabilized and vulnerable state which they can then take the natural resources from. This is believed to be the main reason to why so many villages [in Rakhine State] were razed to the ground," the representative of one non-government organization (NGO) told Asia Times Online, citing the source as a Rakhine resident..."
      Author/creator: Syed Tashfin Chowdhury and Chris Stewart
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Asia Times Online"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 09 November 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 12 (6 November 2012)
      Date of publication: 06 November 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: • The Government reports that the total estimated number of IDPs in Rakhine reached over 110,000 people, including some 36,400 people displaced in October. • As of 4 November, inter-agency rapid needs assessment was conducted in most IDP locations in Minbya, Mrauk-U, Myebon, Pauktaw, Kyauktaw and Rathedaung townships. At the same time, emergency relief supplies were distributed, including food and plastic sheets to some 27,200 people. • Preliminarily findings of the assessments indicate that urgent needs are food, health, shelter, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (286K)
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2012


      Title: In Sittwe, relief camps struggle to cope with new influx
      Date of publication: 05 November 2012
      Description/subject: "The Rakhine State government is unable to accept more Rohingya refugees seeking shelter in Sittwe, an official said last week, as aid workers warned of a deepening humanitarian crisis with critical shortages of food, water and medicine. More than 100,000 people have been displaced since June in two major outbreaks of violence in Rakhine State, where renewed clashes last month between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims uprooted about 30,000 people. Dozens were killed on both sides and thousands of homes were torched. Rakhine State Attorney-General U Hla Thein said the Sittwe camps could only take care of those displaced during violence in June..."
      Author/creator: Soe Than Lynn
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Myanmar Times"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 12 November 2012


      Title: Ethnic violence imperils Myanmar reform
      Date of publication: 03 November 2012
      Description/subject: "Renewed violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine State threatens to spread across the country as rising sentiment against ethnic Rohingyas becomes more generally anti-Muslim. Surging Buddhist versus Muslim violence underscores the urgent need for reforms related to ethnic minorities and the rule of law, issues that were neglected or exploited for political gain during the era of direct military rule..."
      Author/creator: Brian McCartan
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Asia Times Online"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 11 November 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 11 (2 November 2012
      Date of publication: 02 November 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: * The total IDPs caseload in Rakhine reached close to 110,000 people. The Rakhine State Government’s estimates of 31 October indicates that over 35,000 people were displaced in the recent wave of violence, and about 75,000 IDPs are in Sittwe and Kyauktaw since June. * The October violence also caused 89 fatalities and 136 injuries. Over 5,300 houses and religious buildings were burned or destroyed. * The Government requested the international community’s assistance for all those affected. * Inter-agency assessment/distribution teams visited Minbya, Mrauk-U and Myebon. IDPs need urgent food, shelter and health care assistance. Some 48.5 MT of food and 240 non-food items have been distributed to about 3,000 people in Minbya and in Mrauk-U townships. Other items are being dispatched but stocks are low. The Government and the private sector are also distributing food, health and non-food items to affected people.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (301K)
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2012


      Title: Humanitarian Bulletin - Myanmar Issue: November 2012
      Date of publication: November 2012
      Description/subject: Dire humanitarian needs P.1... Access constraints P.2... Funding requirements P.3... Sector needs and responses P.4..... HIGHLIGHTS The Government reports that the total estimated number of IDPs in Rakhine reached 115,000 people, including over 36,000 newly displaced in late October. Up to 75,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by insecurity in Kachin and northern Shan States which started in June 2011. The Government indicates that at least 17 people were killed and 114 injured due to an earthquake in upper Myanmar.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) with humanitarian partners
      Format/size: pdf (442K)
      Date of entry/update: 05 December 2012


      Title: Myanmar urged to end violence and protect vulnerable communities in Rakhine State – UN experts
      Date of publication: 31 October 2012
      Description/subject: "...“If the country is to be successful in the process of democratic transition, it must be bold in addressing the human rights challenges that exist,” said the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana. “In the case of Rakhine State, this involves addressing the long-standing endemic discrimination against the Rohingya community that exists within sections of local and national Government as well as society at large.”...“The Government has an obligation to protect all of those affected by recent violence, including the Muslim Rohingya community which is particularly vulnerable, to guarantee their safety and respond urgently to their needs, including shelter, food and medical care,” said the UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák. “It must act rapidly to ensure that this situation does not deteriorate leading to further loss of life and displacement of communities..."...the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, said that “the Government must take urgent steps to halt further displacement and destruction of homes.” “All displaced groups, including the Rohingya community, must be assisted to return and rebuild their homes with assurances of their human rights and security in the short, medium and long-term,” Mr. Beyani said. “All humanitarian agencies must have full access to the affected populations.” The human rights experts underscored that this situation must not become an opportunity to permanently remove an unwelcome community, and expressed their deep concern about the assertion of the Government and others that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants and stateless persons..."
      Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: pdf (282K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 November 2012


      Title: The Rohingya: stateless and unwanted
      Date of publication: 31 October 2012
      Description/subject: Links to several articles and videos
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Al Jazeera
      Format/size: html, Adobe Flash
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2012


      Title: ROHINGYA IN BANGLADESH: MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO; SQUANDERING A RARE OPPORTUNITY
      Date of publication: 30 October 2012
      Description/subject: "For decades, Burmese Rohingya fleeing persecution have sought refuge in Bangladesh. June’s inter-communal violence in Burma’s Rakhine State, as well as subsequent state-sponsored persecution and targeted attacks against Muslim populations, have cast an international spotlight on this neglected population, and offered an opportunity to resolve the status of both stateless Rohingya inside Burma and those Rohingya who are refugees in neighboring countries. This could be an opportunity for Bangladesh to engage fully on this issue and develop its long-awaited refugee policy. Instead, the nation is rallying against the Rohingya by refusing entry to refugees and restricting humanitarian assistance. This response, besides representing a breach of international law, will weaken Bangladesh’s ability to secure international support as discussions of the Rohingya’s plight intensify. The governments of Bangladesh and Burma should be engaging in bilateral – and perhaps multilateral – discussions about how to protect the rights of the Rohingya community..."
      Author/creator: Melanie Teff and Sarnata Reynolds
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Refugees International
      Format/size: pdf (90K), html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/policy/field-report/rohingya-bangladesh-maintaining-status-quo...
      http://www.refugeesinternational.org/where-we-work/asia/burma
      Date of entry/update: 02 November 2012


      Title: ROHINGYA IN BURMA: SPOTLIGHT ON CURRENT CRISIS OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR PROGRESS
      Date of publication: 30 October 2012
      Description/subject: CONCLUSION: "Long one of the most persecuted peoples in the world, the stateless Rohingya community has endured even greater suffering since the June inter-communal violence and subsequent displacement of tens of thousands of people. Violence is already recurring, with further deaths and over 1,000 more houses destroyed by fire in October. This crisis could even de-rail the Burmese government’s overall reform process if the underlying structural discrimination against Rohingya, including their lack of citizenship, is not addressed. In the short-term, there is a humanitarian imperative to urgently improve the conditions in the displacement camps and to allow humanitarian access to all communities in need of assistance. The rule of law in Rakhine State must be restored, the segregation of communities in Sittwe must come to an end, and the Rohingya should be recognized as citizens of Burma. For the long-term, Burma’s government must commit to the robust economic, social, and political development of Rakhine State. But that will not be enough. While a functioning economy, political representation, and land ownership will go a long way toward reconciliation, hostilities will not end until Burma’s government commits to promoting and protecting the human rights of both communities."
      Author/creator: Melanie Teff and Sarnata Reynolds, with Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Refugees International
      Format/size: pdf (242K), html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/policy/field-report/rohingya-burma-spotlight-current-crisis-of...
      http://www.refugeesinternational.org/where-we-work/asia/burma
      Date of entry/update: 02 November 2012


      Title: RAKHINE UNREST SINCE 21 OCTOBER 2012
      Date of publication: 29 October 2012
      Description/subject: Photos and maps of incidents, estimates of numbers of IDPs...Destruction in Myebon... Anti-Rohingya demonstation in Myebon... IDP location in Myebon... Villages affeted in Mrauk-U and Minbya...People who lost their houses in several villages of Minbya township...IDP locations in Kyaukpyu and Ramree...IDP accommodation in GAD office...Destruction in Ramree...Destruction in Ramree...Destruction in Kyaukpyu...IDP camps - Giri response tents being used...Pauktaw affected areas...Rathedaung affected areas.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: OFFICE OF THE RESIDENT AND HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR IN MYANMAR
      Format/size: pdf (2.3MB-OBL version; 4.5MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://themimu.info/docs/Situation_in_Rakhine_MS_briefing_29_October_2012.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 10 (28 October 2012)
      Date of publication: 28 October 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: • Although the figures are most likely to increase, as of the evening of 28 October the Government’s partial estimate indicates that over 28,000 people have been displaced and that at least 76 persons have been killed in the recent violence that started on 21 October. More than 4,600 houses and several religious buildings have been destroyed in the unrest. • A high-level delegation led by the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and the heads of UNCHR, WFP and OCHA accompanied the Ministers of Border Affairs to affected areas of Rakhine State. • The Government requested the international community assistance for all those affected.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (271K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 November 2012


      Title: Burma: New Violence in Arakan State - Satellite Imagery Shows Widespread Destruction of Rohingya Homes, Property
      Date of publication: 27 October 2012
      Description/subject: "The government of Burma should take immediate steps to stop sectarian violence against the Rohingya Muslim population in Arakan State, in western Burma, and ensure protection and aid to both Rohingyas and Arakanese in the state, Human Rights Watch said today. New satellite imagery obtained by Human Rights Watch shows extensive destruction of homes and other property in a predominantly Rohingya Muslim area of the coastal town of Kyauk Pyu – one of several areas of new violence and displacement. Human Rights Watch identified 811 destroyed structures on the eastern coastal edge of Kyauk Pyu following arson attacks reportedly conducted on October 24, 2012, less than 24 hours before the satellite images were captured. The area of destruction measures 35 acres and includes 633 buildings and 178 houseboats and floating barges adjacent on the water, all of which were razed. There are no indications of fire damage to the immediate west and east of this zone of destruction. Media accounts and local officials said that many Rohingya in the town fled by sea toward Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, 200 kilometers to the north. Violence renewed between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims on October 21 and continued all week in at least five townships: Minbya, Mrak-U, Myebon, Rathedaung, and Kyauk Pyu. This was the first time violence had reached Kyauk Pyu and most of these other parts of the state since the sectarian violence and related abuses by state security forces against the Rohingya began in early June. The Rohingya have suffered the brunt of the violence..."
      Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 02 November 2012


      Title: Statement by Tomás Ojea Quintana SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR
      Date of publication: 25 October 2012
      Description/subject: "...We should all acknowledge and commend the Government of Myanmar for what has been achieved thus far, which I have previously stated has improved the country’s human rights situation. Yet, recent developments highlight that Myanmar continues to grapple with ongoing human rights concerns that could pose risks to the reform process..."
      Author/creator: Tomás Ojea Quintana
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations General Assembly (67th session)
      Format/size: pdf (100K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 November 2012


      Title: UN Expert: Human rights should lie at the heart of Myanmar’s reform process
      Date of publication: 25 October 2012
      Description/subject: "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today highlighted the importance of keeping human rights on the agenda for Myanmar. This, he stressed, is particularly relevant in light of the ongoing violence in Rakhine State. The Special Rapporteur expressed concern that more lives have been lost in the violence and emphasised that the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State must be addressed as a priority...NEW YORK (25 October 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today highlighted the importance of keeping human rights on the agenda for Myanmar. This, he stressed, is particularly relevant in light of the ongoing violence in Rakhine State. The Special Rapporteur expressed concern that more lives have been lost in the violence and emphasised that the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine State must be addressed as a priority..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: United Nations
      Format/size: pdf (169K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 November 2012


      Title: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE QUESTION OF ROHINGYA’S NATIONALITY - LEGAL NEXUS BETWEEN ROHINGYA AND THE STATE
      Date of publication: 23 October 2012
      Description/subject: "It is difficult for general Burmese to understand the legal status of Rohingya. Majority does not know the Geo-Political and historical background of Arakan. To general Burmese, a Burmese is a Buddhist. If a pure Burmese happens to be a Muslim he is regarded as a Kalah or a foreigner. Here, Rohingyas are Muslims, their complexions are different from general Burmese, so they are generally seen as foreigners or descendants of foreigners that mean Rohingyas are regarded as non-natives. However, Bokyoke Aung San, father of the nation and the leaders of post-independence period studied the affairs of all minorities in the nation and generously accepted Rohingyas as an indigenous race of Burma at the same par with Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Mon and Rakhine. He (Bokyoke) sought the cooperation of Rohingyas. He assured them of their genuine nationality in Myanmar during his meeting with Muslim elders at Akyab in May 1946. U Aung Zan Wai and Mr. Sultan Mahmood (Ex-Health Minister) were said to have been assigned to go up to Maungdaw to organize Rohingyas there for AFPFL. In early British census Rohingya, Kaman, Myedu and Chittagonians or Bengalis were all censured under the column of Muslims. Sometimes Arakanese (Rakhine) Muslims were categorized as Sheikhs and sometimes they were put under the column of Indian Muslims. Arakanese Muslims protested not to mix them with foreign Muslims. So in 1921 census only some Rakhine speaking Muslims were shown under separate column as Arakan Mohammedan. Then again in 1931 census Myedu and Kaman only were separately listed, whence some Rohingyas still remained under general Muslim headline. Yet Rohingyas are not foreigners in independent Burma. Grounds for this claim are:..."
      Author/creator: U Kyaw Min
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: " "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (568K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 October 2012


      Title: Give Citizenship to the Rohingya Community-
      Date of publication: 08 October 2012
      Description/subject: "...Global Movement of Moderates Chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail has called on the Myanmar government to consider giving citizenship to the Rohingya community. Razali, who was formerly the United Nations’ special envoy to Myanmar, talks to the New Straits Times on the role of Malaysia and the international community in forming solutions to the plight of the Rohingya. Q :. You took part in the recent Perdana Global Peace Foundation Conference on the Plight of the Rohingyas, in which they came up with 16 resolutions to be handed to various parties including to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak), the Myanmar government, and the United Nations. What is the progress on the resolutions?...A FORMER Amnesty International Thailand researcher said violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar was because of systemic discrimination, which was manifested in law, policy and practices of the Myanmar government...DID THE GOVT. INCITE THE RACIAL VIOLENCE TARGETING THE ROHINGYA ?... Reply To The Demands to the Government from the People’s Gathering in Yathetdaung, Arakan (Part-1)[separate link]...The social and economic conditions of refugees should be improved...
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (452K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 October 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 9 (5 October 2012
      Date of publication: 05 October 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: • The Government of Myanmar estimates that approximately 75,000 IDPs are accommodated in 40 camps and temporary locations in Sittwe and Kyauktaw Townships as of 2 October. However, most are in nine camps outside of Sittwe. • A two-day workshop on Rakhine organized by the Ministry of Border Affairs and UN agencies concluded with recommendations/ways forward to address ongoing concerns as well as to achieve sustainable development for Rakhine State.
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (129K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 October 2012


      Title: Plight of the Rohingya - Solution? (Special News Pictorial of "Arakan Magazine") - revised
      Date of publication: 30 September 2012
      Description/subject: Text of the resolution adopted by the PERDANA GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA: SOLUTIONS?” held on 17 September 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. Also,extracts and summaries of some of the presentations and many photos... "The Conference is divided into 3 sessions which will be moderated by Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Razali Ismail, UN Secretary- General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar (2000-2005), Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Rais Karim, acting Secretary-General PERKIM/former Vice Chancellor UPSI) and Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak (former Secretary-General Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia) for each session respectively. The speakers are experts and renowned personalities including Mr. Nurul Islam (President of ARNO), Dr. Maung Zarni (Civil Society and Human Security Unit, LSE), Mr. Jacob Zenn (International Affairs Analyst, Washington DC), Mr. Benjamin Zawacki (former Researcher of Amnesty International), Mr. Matthew Smith (Human Rights Watch), Mr. Saiful Huq Omi (Research Consultant, Equal Rights Trust, Bangladesh), Dr. Sriprapha Petcharmesree (Human Rights & Peace Studies, Mahidol University Thailand and Dr. Abdullah Ahsan, International Movement for Just World (JUST) Malaysia. The Conference is attended by participants comprising representatives from the diplomatic corps, international organisations, parliamentarians, human rights groups, academia, civil society movements, non-governmental organisations, members of the media, as well as leaders of Rohingya organisations who are based in countries outside Myanmar. “It is indeed a collective and united call to action as part from calling upon the Myanmar authorities to acknowledge and resolve the crisis, UN and international agencies could very well play their part in ensuring their “responsibility to protect”, said Norian Mai, Chairman of Perdana Global Peace Foundation in his closing remarks"
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
      Date of entry/update: 02 October 2012


      Title: Nowhere To Go (video)
      Date of publication: 28 September 2012
      Description/subject: "Reviled in Myanmar and unwanted in Bangladesh, where does one of the world's most persecuted minorities really belong?... The Rohingya are a stateless people described by the UN as one of the world's most persecuted minorities. They are reviled in Myanmar, the country many Rohingya call home, and unwelcome in neighbouring Bangladesh, where tens of thousands live in refugee camps. And now they could be facing their worst crisis yet. Violent ethnic clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state have led to calls for their expulsion from the country. Boatloads of Rohingya refugees have been denied entry into Bangladesh. Those already there live on the fringes of society, undocumented and at risk of exploitation. In late May, news broke of the brutal rape and murder of a Buddhist woman in Myanmar's Rakhine state. It was, by all accounts, a horrific crime. What made it worse for some was that the alleged perpetrators were men from the Muslim Rohingya minority. Five days later a crowd attacked a bus and killed nine Muslims in what appeared to be a retaliatory attack. The clashes erupted suddenly, and ferociously. Rakhine state has since become the scene of more violence. Entire villages have been burnt down and people driven from their homes. Both sides accuse each other of atrocities and the Myanmar government has declared a state of emergency in the region. Tens of thousands of Rohingya people now live in refugee camps, with their movements being restricted. In Myanmar they are not recognised as citizens and their access to opportunities are severely curtailed. In the aftermath of the Rakhine riots, human rights observers fear they might become the target of more discrimination. Myanmar does not want them. But neither does neighbouring Bangladesh, the country with the second-largest concentration of the Rohingya. So where do the Rohingya really belong? 101 East looks at who should take responsibility for the community."
      Language: English (including subtitles), Arakanese, Rohingya, Burmese
      Source/publisher: AL Jazeera (101 East)
      Format/size: Adobe Flash (25 minutes)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2012


      Title: Sectarian strife in western Myanmar
      Date of publication: 28 September 2012
      Description/subject: [Edited version of Dr Farrelly's presentation at the ANU conference "'The Western Gate is Broken': Myanmar's Rohingya Problem" - link to the podcast in the Alternate URL]...."In early June 2012 we were confronted with the lacerations of violence pitting Buddhist Rakhine against Muslim Rohingya. While Myanmar’s old wounds fester – across the gamut of political, economic, social and cultural issues – new incisions have cut to the bone of a brittle body politic, still scarred by generations of hardship and horror. Big questions are raised by the fresh wounds in western Myanmar, where at least 90 people have been killed and around 90,000 displaced in recent spurts of sectarian violence. We want to know how bad the damage has been, whether the prognosis is bleak, and what remedies can be prescribed. Introducing the violence that erupted only 3 months ago requires sensitivity to the competing interpretations of these events. Today, it is my task to briefly summarise the violence; providing a general framework for our discussions. I will, first, very briefly describe the recent violence in western Myanmar; second, highlight the broader social and demographic situation; third, explain the reception in the media and online; and fourth introduce a brief interpretation of the political and geopolitical ramifications..."
      Author/creator: Nicholas Farrelly
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "New Mandala"
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/__data/assets/mp3_file/0020/7391/20120927-Rohingya.mp3 (MP3 podcast of the conference (32MB)
      http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/category/burma/
      Date of entry/update: 03 October 2012


      Title: "'The Western Gate is Broken': Myanmar's Rohingya Problem" (Conference podcast)
      Date of publication: 27 September 2012
      Description/subject: Podcast of a conference held on the 27th September 2012 at Australian National University (ANU), Australia.... Introduction to the conference: "In June 2012, inter-communal violence spread through Rakhine (Arakan) State on the western border of Myanmar (Burma). Allegedly sparked by the rape and murder of a young woman on May 27, reprisal attacks between persons described as ethnic Rakhines and Burmese on the one side and Rohingyas and Bengalis on the other escalated rapidly after the killing of ten Muslims on a bus. Thousands of people began fleeing towards Bangladesh-many not for the first time-whose government promptly closed the border. Following the imposition of a state of emergency, the conflict subsided. However, the many social, economic and political factors contributing to the conflict remain unaddressed, and all indications are that problems will persist... Events in Rakhine State have variously been cast as the result of an ethnic or religious feud; a matter of national security, of national identity, or of simple criminality; and, the consequence of deliberate instigation from one party or another, or of population pressures and larger geopolitics. The violence is difficult to describe, analyse and address partly because no basic consensus exists about its essential features, let alone what might be done about it... What is going on in Rakhine State and why? How are we to make sense of the conflict? Join scholars from the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the ANU as we sketch the parameters of the latest violence, tease apart some of its history, look at the role of Bangladesh, and also examine the work of international agencies in Myanmar's west..... About the Panelists: Dr Nicholas Farrelly is a research fellow at the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, ANU, co-founder of the New Mandala website and an expert on conflict in northern Myanmar... Dr Nick Cheesman is a lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU, whose PhD thesis examined the politics of law and order in Myanmar... Mr Obaidul Haque is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU and former lecturer in international relations at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh who is researching conflict and peace building in the Chittagong Hill Tracts... Mr Trevor Wilson is a visiting fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change, ANU, and a former Australian ambassador to Myanmar (2000-2003)... Moderated by: Associate Professor Andrew Walker, Associate Dean (Education) and Senior Fellow, Department of Political & Social Change, ANU.....See the Alternate URL for a link to "Sectarian strife in Western Myanmar", an edited version of one of the presentations.
      Author/creator: Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Dr Nick Cheesman, Mr Obaidul Haque and Mr Trevor Wilson
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: ANU College of Asia and the Pacific via "New Mandala"
      Format/size: Quicktime - MP3 (32MB)
      Alternate URLs: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2012/09/28/sectarian-strife-in-western-myanmar/
      Date of entry/update: 03 October 2012


      Title: Text of the resolution adopted by the International Conference on the Plight of the Rohingya: Solution?
      Date of publication: 17 September 2012
      Description/subject: Text of the resolution adopted by the International Conference on the Plight of the Rohingya: Solution? Kuala Lumpur, 17 September 2012
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (80K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 October 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 8 (4 September 2012
      Date of publication: 04 September 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: • The Rakhine State Government estimates that over 70,000 IDPs are accommodated in 50 camps and temporary locations in Sittwe, Kyauktaw and Maungdaw Townships as of 31 August. • Following an inter-agency assessment to villages in Kyauktaw affected by inter-communal violence in early August, assistance in the form of food, NFIs and health care has been provided to over 3,800 people.....This report is produced by OCHA on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator. It covers the period from 16 August to 4 September.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (117K)
      Date of entry/update: 05 September 2012


      Title: Popular ‘Buddhist’ racism and the generals’ militarism
      Date of publication: 04 September 2012
      Description/subject: "As a Mandalay-born dissident with deep roots in Buddhism, I find it revolting that thousands of Buddhist monks, human rights dissidents and the public in my hometown of Mandalay staged an anti-Rohingya rally this past weekend. They mimicked the regime’s discourse that promotes “national security” and “national sovereignty”, while espousing an anachronistic view of blood-based citizenship as opposed to the notions of multicultural citizenship. Where has the vociferous human rights rhetoric gone when it comes to the persecuted Rohingyas? We listened in vain for the metronomic chants of the saffron-robed monks who defied threats and flooded the streets of Rangoon and other towns proclaiming their “loving kindness” for all sentient beings in 2007. Now the very same monks chant mantras supporting exclusive citizenship. When a mob protests against an ethnic group then, it is no longer a citizens’ protest. It is a Nazi rally..."
      Author/creator: Maung Zarni
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2012


      Title: Humanitarian Bulletin - Myanmar, September 2012
      Date of publication: September 2012
      Description/subject: "Concurrent emergencies in Rakhine and Kachin. Approximately 150,000 persons remain displaced in Kachin and Rakhine States and many more have been affected in the two crises. These emergencies continue to place serious pressure on humanitarian partners to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, in an environment where resources are inadequate and access is challenging. The number of IDPs in Kachin and northern Shan states increased to some 75,000 in September from approximately 70,000 in August, following the intensification of clashes in some areas and the forced return from China of some 5,900 people. Since mid-July international humanitarian partners have not been permitted to reach some 54 percent of the IDPs (over 39,000 people). Between April and mid-July, access was officially granted to all but 14,000 IDPs in hard to reach areas. Humanitarian assistance provision is urgently required, especially for those who have been recently displaced. An additional concern is also the situation of some 8,000to 10,000 IDPs in or around Hpakan being stranded due to ongoing clashes with several civilian casualties being recorded. By mid-October, clashes moved out of urban areas and some of the civilians managed to return home.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (177K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 October 2012


      Title: Forced labour during the Arakan crisis: An overview of forced labour practices in North Arakan, Burma (June to August 2012)
      Date of publication: 31 August 2012
      Description/subject: "Additional Submission to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for consideration by the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (CEACR) – ILO Convention 29 31 August 2012.....The systemic and discriminatory practice of forced labour against the Rohingya, has continued, or even intensified, across large areas of North Arakan/Rakhine State in Burma/Myanmar, since deadly communal violence broke out in June 2012...in areas not directly affected by the June 2012 violence, ie. North Maungdaw and Buthidaung Township, forced labour remains much the same as in previous years and has even intensified in some areas. Large contingents of army troops have been deployed after a state of emergency was declared on 10 June. As a result, there was a substantial increase in demands for porters and guides in North Maungdaw and North Buthidaung to carry additional rations or to accompany soldiers on patrol in border areas. Villagers were forced to remain 4 to 5 days at a time in the hills along with army patrols. Large groups of forced labourers have also been summoned for road clearing and emergency camp repair damaged by monsoon rains and forced cultivation in army camps and paddy fields has been reported in many parts of Buthidaung..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Arakan Project
      Format/size: pdf (182K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 September 2012


      Title: Discrimination: A Buddhist perspective
      Date of publication: 17 August 2012
      Description/subject: "...The Pali Canon has a very strong and unequivocal teaching that mental attachment is extremely detrimental – a biased view which asserts that people achieve freedom from suffering in any way other than their conduct is a distorted and perverted view. It is a mental attitude that leads to a very detrimental rebirth, and to pain and unhappiness in this life. It can be stated then with some certainty that in the Pali Canon there is a very strong teaching that any form of discourse that proposes a racist opinion is a wrong view, it will lead to suffering and, indeed, is dukkha itself. Those holding such opinions will not only suffer in the future but are themselves an expression of mental turmoil while holding such views. They are immersed in dukkha not metta."
      Author/creator: Dr. Paul Fuller
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Mizzima
      Format/size: pdf (94K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 August 2012


      Title: Myanmar conflict threatens regional stability
      Date of publication: 16 August 2012
      Description/subject: "AGARTALA and IMPHAL - As a rising number of Rohingya Muslims flee sectarian conflict in Myanmar and take sanctuary in India's northeastern states, the flow of refugees is putting a new strain on bilateral relations. New Delhi has called on Naypyidaw to stem the rising human tide, a diplomatic request that Indian officials say has so far gone unheeded. Ongoing sporadic violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist Rakhines in western Myanmar has left more than 80 dead and displaced tens of thousands. The Myanmar government's inability or unwillingness to stop the persecution of Rohingyas has provoked strong international reaction, raising calls for retribution in radical corners of the Islamic world, including a threat from the Pakistani Taliban to attack Myanmar's diplomatic missions abroad. Fears are now rising that Myanmar-borne instability is spreading to India's northeastern frontier regions, threatening to spiral into a wider regional security dilemma. At the same time that Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhist Rakhines clashed in Myanmar, fighting erupted between Muslims and Hindus in India's northeastern Assam State. As in Myanmar, where the Rohingyas are considered illegal Bangladeshi settlers, the Muslims targeted in Assam are accused of being ethnic Bengalis who have migrated illegally from Bangladesh..."
      Author/creator: Subir Bhaumik
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Asia Times Online"
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 15 September 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 7 (15 August 2012)
      Date of publication: 15 August 2012
      Description/subject: HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: * The Rakhine State Government estimates that over 68,500 IDPs are accommodated in 63 camps in Sittwe, Kyauktaw and Maungdaw Townships... * A response plan prepared by the UN and NGO partners estimates that US$32.5 million are required to provide assistance to some 80,000 vulnerable people until December 2012...."Of the over 100,000 people affected at the beginning of the crisis, many have already returned home as the overall security situation is improving across the state. As of 11 August, the Rakhine State Government estimates that over 68,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are accommodated in 63 camps in Sittwe, Kyauktaw and Maungdaw Townships, of which nine camps in Sittwe are sheltering close to 60,000 IDPs..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf, html
      Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/displacement-rakhine-state-situation-report-no-7
      Date of entry/update: 17 August 2012


      Title: THE ROHINGYA PROBLEM: WHY AND HOW TO MOVE FORWARD
      Date of publication: 15 August 2012
      Description/subject: [Author’s Note: Keynote speech delivered at the International Conference on “Contemplating Burma’s Rohingya People’s Future in Reconciliation and (Democratic) Reform,” held on August 15, 2012 at the Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand].....A legal and historical analysis
      Author/creator: Dr. Habib Siddiqui
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: " "Arakan" - Arakan Rohingya Organisation (ARNO)
      Format/size: pdf (829K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 January 2013


      Title: The Rohingya: A humanitarian crisis (video and articles)
      Date of publication: 15 August 2012
      Description/subject: "Does a solution to the persecution and discrimination of one of Myanmar's ethnic minorities lie within its own borders?...The UN calls Myanmar's Rohingya community one of the world's most persecuted minorities. It has made an appeal for more than $30m to get aid to displaced Rohingya in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.More than a million Rohingya are currently caught in a cycle of violence and poverty. They are without a country to call their own after being denied citizenship in Myanmar under a law that was passed 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of them, mostly Muslims, are now living in makeshift camps in Myanmar after clashes with Buddhist locals. Hundreds of thousands more are being denied access to aid in neighbouring Bangladesh, where an estimated 30,000 registered Rohingya refugees are living in UN camps..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AL Jazeera (Inside Story)
      Format/size: Adobe Flash (25 mnutes), html
      Date of entry/update: 19 November 2012


      Title: 'Mass graves' for Myanmar's Rohingya
      Date of publication: 09 August 2012
      Description/subject: "Exclusive report from Rakhine state exposes an entire region divided by religious and racial discrimination...A recent journey to western Myanmar has revealed a provincial capital divided by hatred and thousands of its Muslim residents terrorised by what they say is a state-sponsored campaign to segregate the population along ethno-sectarian lines. Decades-old tension between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in coastal Rakhine state exploded with new ferocity in June, leaving at least 78 people dead and tens of thousands homeless. Exclusive reporting conducted last week in the highly restricted region suggests that the long-term fallout from recent violence could be even more damaging than the bloodshed. The United Nations has estimated that 80,000 people are still displaced around the cities of Sittwe and Maungdaw, and international rights groups continue to denounce Myanmar for its role in the conflict. As it stands, any thought of reconciliation between local Buddhists and Muslims appears a distant dream. Many Rohingya have fled the polarised region, fearing revenge attacks and increasing discrimination. Their status has sparked international concern and disagreement. Rights groups have condemned the violence. The Myanmar government has denied any wrongdoing, while neighbouring Bangladesh has rejected an influx of refugees and slashed access to aid. For those Rohingya caught up in the dispute, the day-to-day situation is rapidly slipping from desperate to dire..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Al Jazeera (Features)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 19 November 2012


      Title: “The Government Could Have Stopped This” - Sectarian Violence and Ensuing Abuses in Burma’s Arakan State
      Date of publication: 01 August 2012
      Description/subject: Summary: "In June 2012, deadly sectarian violence erupted in western Burma’s Arakan State between ethnic Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims (as well as non-Rohingya Muslims). The violence broke out after reports circulated that on May 28 an Arakan woman was raped and killed in the town of Ramri allegedly by three Muslim men. Details of the crime were circulated locally in an incendiary pamphlet, and on June 3, a large group of Arakan villagers in Toungop stopped a bus and brutally killed 10 Muslims on board. Human Rights Watch confirmed that local police and soldiers stood by and watched the killings without intervening. On June 8, thousands of Rohingya rioted in Maungdaw town after Friday prayers, destroying Arakan property and killing an unknown number of Arakan residents. Sectarian violence then quickly swept through the Arakan State capital, Sittwe, and surrounding areas. Mobs from both communities soon stormed unsuspecting villages and neighborhoods, killing residents and destroying homes, shops, and houses of worship. With little to no government security present to stop the violence, people armed themselves with swords, spears, sticks, iron rods, knives, and other basic weapons, taking the law into their own hands. Vast stretches of property from both communities were razed. The government claimed that 78 people were killed—an undoubtedly conservative figure—while more than 100,000 people were displaced from their homes. The hostilities were fanned by inflammatory anti-Muslim media accounts and local propaganda. During the period after the rape and killing was reported and before the violence broke out, tensions had risen dramatically in Arakan State. However, local residents from each community told Human Rights Watch that the Burmese authorities provided no protection and did not appear to have taken any special measures to preempt the violence. On June 10, fearing the unrest would spread beyond the borders of Arakan State, Burmese President Thein Sein announced a state of emergency, transferring civilian power to the Burmese army in affected areas of the state. At this point, a wave of concerted violence by various state security forces against Rohingya communities began. For example, Rohingya in Narzi quarter—the largest Muslim area in Sittwe, home to 10,000 Muslims—described “THE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE STOPPED THIS” 2 how Arakan mobs burned down their homes on June 12 while the police and paramilitary Lon Thein forces opened fire on them with live ammunition. In northern Arakan State, the Nasaka border guard force, the army, police, and Lon Thein committed killings, mass arrests, and looting against Rohingya. In the aftermath, local Arakan leaders and members of the Arakan community in Sittwe have called for the forced displacement of the Muslim community from the city, while local Buddhist monks have initiated a campaign of exclusion, calling on the local Buddhist population to neither befriend nor do business with Muslims..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch (HRW)
      Format/size: pdf (630K-original; 575K-OBL version)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/The_Government_Could_Have_Stopped_this-HRW-red.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2012


      Title: The Plight of the Rohingya (video, text and images)
      Date of publication: 01 August 2012
      Description/subject: "Amid Myanmar’s reforms, violence against minorities continues...In Myanmar's northwest, ethnic and religious tensions continue to fuel violence against Muslim Rohingyas, a minority group denied citizenship and legal rights by the government. A new report from Human Rights Watch says Burmese security forces are also complicit. Since the recent unrest began in June, about 80,000 have been displaced, and neighbouring Bangladesh is refusing the entry of Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence. Earlier this month Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, who has been lauded for leading recent political reforms, even suggested that the Muslim minority should be moved out of the country. In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Wakar Uddin, Chairman of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America and John Sifton (@johnsifton), Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch..."
      Author/creator: Guests: Wakar Uddin (Burmese Rohingya Association of North America)' John Sifton (Human Rights Watch)
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Al Jazeera "The Stream"
      Format/size: Adobe Flash (23 minutes on this topic), html
      Date of entry/update: 19 November 2012


      Title: Rakhine Response Plan
      Date of publication: 31 July 2012
      Description/subject: "Inter-community conflict in Rakhine State, which started in early June 2012, has resulted in displacement, loss of lives and livelihood. Of the over 100,000 people affected at the beginning of the crisis, many have already returned home, and as of 29 July, official Government statistics indicate that some 64,000 people remain displaced and are accommodated in 61 camps in Sittwe and Maungdaw townships. Population movement continues, and figures are being revised on a weekly basis. The Ministry of Information also indicated that 78 people were killed and 87 injured as a result of the violence and that over 4,800 buildings were destroyed. Since the beginning of the unrest, the Government has been providing assistance such as food, shelter, non-food-items (NFIs) and medical supplies to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). In order to support the Government response, UN and NGO staff have been mobilized and relief supplies are being distributed. An inter-agency multi-sectoral rapid needs assessment was conducted between 20 June and 10 July in 121 locations in four townships (109 in Sittwe, four in Rathedaung, seven in Maungdaw, one in Pauktaw), covering 107,886 IDPs (18,697 households). The assessment identified as major needs in food, shelter, NFI, WASH and health sectors, together with access to sanitation facilities and drinking water. In an effort to enhance assistance and coordination, humanitarian partners undertook an analysis of the present situation and identified scenarios for the coming six months, against which sectoral plans and priorities were identified, taking into consideration the results of the inter-agency rapid assessment as well as the response priorities indicated by the Government and affected communities. The plan concentrates on the immediate relief requirements until December 2012, and will be revised in September 2012. Priorities of sectoral interventions include:..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Humanitarian agencies in Rakhine State via MIMU
      Format/size: pdf (1.2MB-OBL version; 2.1MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://themimu.info/docs/Rakhine%20Plan_final.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 6 (26 July 2012)
      Date of publication: 26 July 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES • Some IDPs returned home and the Government indicates that, as of 24 July, some 61,000 people are displaced in 58 locations in Maungdaw and Sittwe...II. Situation Overview: "The general security situation across Rakhine State remains stable even though the level of tension is reportedly high in some areas. The curfew is still in force in six townships. The level of economic and livelihood activities has increased in Sittwe with shops, markets and banks in operation, although there are concerns as parts of the population is yet to resume their economic activities. The Government has taken some measures to address concerns related to anti UN and NGO sentiments by some members of the public. While hostile slogans on posters, t-shirts and stickers still circulating in Sittwe, assistance is now welcome in some camps previously inaccessible. The IDPs are slowly returning to their place of origin or sources of livelihood. As of 24 July, the Rakhine State Government estimated that there are over 61,000 IDPs accommodated in 58 camps in Maungdaw and Sittwe townships..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (65K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 July 2012


      Title: Burma's Human Rights Blind Spot: A Compendium on Violence Against Rohingyas in June/July 2012
      Date of publication: 25 July 2012
      Description/subject: Compendium of 30 or so reports... Introduction: "By virtue of its geography (great river valleys, plains, plateaus and mountain chains) and history (migration and settlement along the rivers and in the uplands) Burma is a multicultural crossroads of Southeast and South Asia. Peoples, ways of life and religions from the Indian subcontinent, Himalayas, Indo-China and beyond, have intermingled in a land which became a nation under British colonization and has struggled with ethnic identities ever since. Although the vast majority of inhabitants are Buddhists, with the overwhelmingly Buddhist Burmans the largest ethnic group, nearly all other religions are represented in the population. Tolerance and cosmopolitanism were among Burma's strengths in times of peace. Unfortunately, military rule and the promulgation of ethnic-majority nationalism have been in effect since General Ne Win's takeover in 1962, and even in the post-British democracy of U Nu, establishment of Buddhism as a state religion appeared to sideline Burma's people of other faiths. Ne Win's dictatorship favored the assimilation of Buddhist groups like the Rakhines, Mons and Shans into a Burman nationalism, discouraging those peoples' knowledge of their own languages, civilized history and cultures. Targeting Christians and Muslims, Ne Win's armed forces often burned churches and mosques, torturing and killing pastors and imams. In western Burma's Arakan State (aka Rakhine State), military rule brought decreased rights for the Buddhist Rakhine people and absolute denial of citizenship for the Muslim Rohingya people. The mass exodus of Rohingyas fleeing repression to neighboring Bangladesh took place in 1978 and 1991, resulting in tens of thousands of refugees cordoned off in squalid camps in Bangladesh or permanently stranded overseas (Gulf States, Pakistan, Malaysia, India, Thailand.) As Rohingyas left the northern Arakan region, particularly Buthidaung and Maungdaw, out of fear of extreme repression, Burma's post-1988 junta settled Buddhist Rakhine and Burman villagers in the area -- a scenario guaranteed to make both groups resent each other. Rohingyas who remained were often preyed upon by border security forces and other military personnel, and were severely restricted in rights such as marriage and travel. Military rape and other violent victimization of Rohingyas was well-documented by respected international human rights organizations..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Project Maje
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 25 July 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 5 (19 July 2012)
      Date of publication: 19 July 2012
      Description/subject: I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: • The Government indicates that over 70,000 people are currently displaced. • An inter-agency multi-sectoral rapid needs assessment was conducted in 114 locations in four townships (102 in Sittwe, 4 in Rathedaung, 7 in Maungdaw, 1 in Pauktaw), covering 104,719 IDPs. Major needs are identified in food, shelter, NFI, WASH and health.....II. SITUATION OVERVIEW: Although tensions continue to be high, the number of security incidents across Rakhine State is reportedly decreasing. Additional military and Myanmar Police Force personnel have been deployed in affected locations. The state of emergency and curfew from 6 pm to 6 am continue in six townships of the state. In the capital of the state, Sittwe, Government offices, banks, markets, several basic education schools and technical university reopened since early July. Some organizations continue to issue statements against communities and against UN/NGOs, fueling tensions and hampering assessments and delivery of relief support to the victim of the violence in the State. In Maungdaw and Sittwe, T-shirts and stickers against UN/INGOs have appeared in several locations. The Government is taking steps to resolve the situation. On 11 July, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, visited Myanmar and met with the President and other senior Government officials. Mr. Guterres expressed the willingness of UNHCR and the humanitarian community in general to work with the Government to provide humanitarian assistance ‘to the victims of the incident, namely to those that were displaced by the incident, of both communities, the Rakhine community and the Moslem community without any discrimination and in the spirit of attending to the needs of the people, whoever they are, and wherever they are’. He stressed his hope that ‘our efforts might also give a humble contribution to hopefully what will be a true reconciliation between communities’ and ‘after these events, it will be slowly possible, to establish in (…) Rakhine State a situation where the rule of law will prevail in a human-rights minded way and the communities will be able to respect each other and look positively into the future’. On 8 July, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Thura Shwe Mann visited Rakhine to provide relief aid to IDPs in Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Sittwe townships. On 11 July, the Myanmar Human Rights Commission issued a statement, highlighting the need for strengthening of rule of law, effective legal action against the perpetrators of the violence and building mutual trust among communities to restore normalcy to the situation. From 16 to 18 July, a high level Government delegation led by the Minister for Border Affairs with the participation of representatives from UN and NGOs visited Rakhine to assess the situation and discuss the way forward. The Minister indicated that a longer-term solution to the problem needs to be found, in respect of the rule of law. This includes a comprehensive town planning exercise that will take into consideration the situation of all those that have land property certificates, and that have been displaced, as well as the requirements for those who are in need of other forms of aid and support.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (92K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 July 2012


      Title: U.N. rejects Burma’s offer to resettle Rohingya
      Date of publication: 13 July 2012
      Description/subject: The U.N. has rejected an offer by the Burmese government to resettle Royingya Muslims, a stateless people who live in western Burma and who have been denied citizenship in the country. The Burmese president told the U.N. refugee representative on Thursday that non-citizen Rohingya Muslims in far western Burma should be placed in refugee camps or deported, following sectarian violence in the country in June which claimed up to 79 lives of both Muslims and Buddhists. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Thursday rejected the suggestion by Burmese President Thein Sein, saying it was not the U.N.’s job to resettle the Rohingya, who the U.N. calls one of the most persecuted people in the world. “The resettlement programs organized by UNHCR are for refugees who are fleeing a country to another, in very specific circumstances. Obviously, it's not related to this situation,” Guterres told the media after a meeting with the president..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Mizzima
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 13 July 2012


      Title: Myanmar’s Rohingya Dilemma
      Date of publication: 09 July 2012
      Description/subject: "In the past, the people who called themselves “Rohingya” had to contend with successive military governments’ indifference to recognizing — or regularizing - their status as persons living on the territory of Myanmar. The latest incidence of anger against the Rohingyas, however, did not have immigration woes at its source. An unfortunate crime of rape and murder — committed by Muslim men against a Buddhist woman in a strongly nationalistic state — escalated into communal violence fraught with racial and religious undertones. The views, many of them inflammatory, on social media platforms indicate deep-seated prejudices that threaten the unconsolidated stability in Myanmar under President Thein Sein’s reform-minded administration. President Thein Sein made a statement on 10 June to calm seething sentiments on the present conflict. Myanmar also received the visit of United Nations (UN) Special Envoy Vijay Nambiar to the conflict areas. The measures have resulted in lessening tensions somewhat, and won praise from the European Union and the United States2. Responding to questions by media, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi highlighted the importance of handling the situation with “delicacy and sensitivity” while also underscoring the need for the rule of law as “essential [..] to put an end to all conflicts in the country”. However, the Rohingya issue is still far from reaching a lasting solution...".....THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND EVOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT...THE ROHINGYA AND THE CITIZENSHIP LAWS...CHALLENGES AHEAD
      Author/creator: Tin Maung Maung Than and Moe Thuzar
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies ("Perspective")
      Format/size: pdf (510K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 4 (5 July 2012)
      Date of publication: 05 July 2012
      Description/subject: "This report is produced by OCHA on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator. It covers the period from 28 June to 5 July. The next report will be issued on 12 July... I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: • The Government indicates that some 55,000 people are currently displaced. Humanitarian partners estimate that some 100,000 persons have been affected. • A high-level delegation, led by the Union Ministers of Defense, of Border Affairs, and of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, with the participation of representatives from UN agencies, NGOs and donors visited Rakhine state between 27 and 30 June. • The Government highlighted that urgent needs include shelter, food, WASH and NFIs, with priority areas being Sittwe, Rathedaung and Maungdaw. Support in all other sectors is also required. The Inter-Agency assessment is ongoing. Results will provide a clearer indication of the needs. Preliminary observations confirm Government prioritization..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (64K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 July 2012


      Title: Burning Homes, Sinking Lives - A situation report on violence against stateless Rohingya in Myanmar and their refoulement from Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 02 July 2012
      Description/subject: "...this report documents the severity of the human rights abuses suffered by Rohingya within Myanmar – including mass violence, killings and attacks, the burning and destruction of property, arbitrary arrests, detention and disappearances, the deprivation of emergency healthcare and humanitarian aid. Such human rights abuses are being carried out with impunity by civilians and agents of the state alike. The organised and widespread nature of this state sponsored violence raises serious questions of crimes against humanity being committed by Myanmar. This report also documents the refoulement of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and related human rights violations, including the push-back of boats carrying Rohingya into dangerous waters and the failure to provide refuge, shelter and humanitarian aid to those fleeing persecution. Historically, the Rohingya have faced acute discrimination and human rights abuse in Myanmar, and Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution to Bangladesh have faced severe hardships including the lack of humanitarian aid, shelter and security. This present crisis is a tragic reminder of the vulnerabilities of stateless people when their countries of habitual residence and the international community fail to protect them. Urgent action is required to end the violence, protect the victims and bring those responsible to justice. Of equal importance is the need for a long-term process of reinstating Myanmar nationality to Rohingya who were arbitrarily deprived of a nationality in 1982, resolving ethnic conflicts and protecting the human rights and freedoms of Rohingya within Myanmar and in other countries. The Equal Rights Trust makes the following urgent and long-term recommendations to the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh and to the UNHCR and international community..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: The Equal Rights Trust
      Format/size: pdf (1.4MB-OBL version; 2.26MB-original)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.equalrightstrust.org/ertdocumentbank/The%20Equal%20Rights%20Trust%20-%20Burning%20Homes%...
      Date of entry/update: 03 July 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 3 (28 June 2012)
      Date of publication: 28 June 2012
      Description/subject: HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: "• The overall security situation is reported to be stable. Emergency rule and curfew remain in place in six Townships across Rakhine State. • According to official figures, 78 people are dead, 87 injured and 3,000 residential buildings are damaged as of 24 June. Over 52,200 people remained newly displaced across Rakhine State. Humanitarian partners estimate that around 90,000 people are affected, including the newly displaced people. • As of 25 June, WFP has provided 725 metric tons of food commodities (rice, pulses, oil and salt) to over 92,000 affected people in five townships, Sittwe, Pauktaw, Maungdaw, Rahtedaung and Buthidaung. • A total of 14 representatives from six UN agencies, six INGOs and two donor agencies left for Sittwe on 27 June to take part in a mission organized by the Government to observe the situation in Rakhine State and to strengthen coordination with the State Government as a primary focal point for the response. • The traffic on the road between Buthidaung and Maungdaw is interrupted due to a landslide..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (103K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 July 2012


      Title: UNREST IN BURMA’S ARAKAN STATE: A CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS (UPDATED)
      Date of publication: 26 June 2012
      Description/subject: • The rape and murder of a 27-year-old Buddhist Rakhine woman and the murder of 10 Muslim pilgrims trigger deadly sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan State starting on 8 June. • According to the regime, as of 21 June, 62 people had died and over 2,000 buildings, including seven mosques and nine Buddhist monasteries, had been destroyed as a result of the unrest. However, various organizations say that the death toll might be much higher as a result of escalating attacks and reprisals affecting Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine. • Regime imposes a curfew and a ban on public gatherings of more than five people in six of 17 townships in Arakan State. President Thein Sein declares an indefinite state of emergency which allows the military to take over administrative control of Arakan State. • World Food Program estimates that 90,000 people have been displaced due to the unrest. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warns of a risk of a severe humanitarian crisis due to ongoing violence and poor conditions in IDP camps. • Bangladeshi authorities push back more than 2,000 Rohingya fleeing violence in Arakan State. Bangladeshi FM Dipu Moni says Bangladesh is already “overburdened” with Rohingya refugees and cannot take any more “under any circumstances.” • Regime warns journalists that they could be charged under existing laws, including the Emergency Provisions Act, if they publish inflammatory reports on the ongoing violence in Arakan State. • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expresses concern over the handling of the situation by local Rakhine authorities, in particular their failure to dampen anti-Muslim sentiment. Daw Suu also calls on Buddhists to “have sympathy for minorities.” • International reactions: UN warns that discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities poses a threat to Burma’s democratic transition; US, UK are “deeply concerned” over the ongoing violence; EU welcomes the regime’s “measured response” to the crisis; OIC “condemns systematic acts of violence and intimidation against the peaceful Rohingya population.” • The authorities’ decades-long discriminatory policies and practices targeting Rohingya have reinforced the racial and religious animosity between the two communities in Arakan State. Rohingya have suffered restrictions on marriage, freedom of movement, and religious practice. In addition, the regime has routinely subjected Rohingya to forced labor, extortion, land confiscation, and other human rights abuses.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
      Format/size: pdf (103K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Unrest%20in%20Burmas%20Arakan%20State%... (13 June)
      Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 2 (20 June 2012)
      Date of publication: 20 June 2012
      Description/subject: HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES" "• According to official Government statistics dated 18 June, over 52,200 people have been displaced and are accommodated in 66 camps/villages. Unofficial estimates indicated that 80,000 to 90,000 people have been affected. • The Government has requested the RC/HC and humanitarian partners to support its response efforts. Humanitarian assistance delivery is ongoing. It includes food, medical, water and sanitation interventions. Food distribution that reached some 82,000 people as of 19 June. • The situation in Rakhine State has somewhat eased, although sporadic incidents continue to be reported..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (255K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 July 2012


      Title: Myanmar: Displacement in Rakhine State. Situation Report No. 1 (15 June 2012)
      Date of publication: 15 June 2012
      Description/subject: HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES: "• Instability in Rakhine State that started since 28 May has resulted in displacement of over 36,000 people who are now located in 43 camps/locations, loss of lives and damages to houses and communal buildings. This is an initial estimate which will need to be revised as more information becomes available and assessment are carried out. • The violence prompted the Government to impose curfew in six locations and declare the state of emergency on 10 June across the State. • At the invitation of the Minister for Border Affairs, a UN delegation led by Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar visited IDPs locations in Maungdaw. • The Government called for humanitarian partners to support the Government’s efforts to respond to the crisis. The UN and its humanitarian partners confirmed their readiness to provide humanitarian assistance all the affected people across Rakhine."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
      Format/size: pdf (179K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 July 2012


      Title: An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of Myanmar (Burma) and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 14 June 2012
      Description/subject: "...the AHRC strongly urges you to communicate with one another so as to open the border immediately to allow for the movement of people seeking shelter from the violence, and to make appropriate arrangements for the temporary settlement of persons fleeing the parts of Myanmar affected by violence. Furthermore, in order to enable the provision of adequate food and health services to the affected populations, both of your governments are requested to cooperate with one another so as to provide complete, unimpeded, secure access to international agencies at the earliest possible opportunity, in order that these agencies can assess the situation and make arrangements for the necessary provision of emergency relief supplies..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
      Format/size: pdf (80K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 June 2012


      Title: What is behind Myanmar's ethnic unrest? (video)
      Date of publication: 13 June 2012
      Description/subject: As sectarian tensions run high in the country's west, we ask how it will impact the government's fragile reform plan. Myanmar is on a very uneven and fragile road towards democracy but around 25 people have been killed and 41 others wounded in five days of riots in the country's western region. The coastal state of Rakhine saw Buddhists once again fighting Muslims, including Rohingya migrants - most of whom are stateless. They are described by the United Nations as one of the world's most persecuted minorities. The violence seems to have started after a Buddhist woman was raped and murdered last month. The Rohingya were blamed and since then, more people have been killed on both sides of the religious divide. In response, the government has imposed a state of emergency in the area and the UN is relocating its staff. But for a country that has been under military control for five decades, the latest clashes could threaten some of the democratic reforms that President Thein Sein has been introducing since taking office last year. In April, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of the NLD party was elected to parliament in a landmark by-election. And the EU has agreed to suspend most sanctions against the country, as have the US and Australia. But how the government handles the latest crisis will be a test of its fragile reform programme. So what does the fighting mean for the future of Myanmar and what is behind this ethnic tension? Is it religious - Buddhist against Muslim? Or is it a case of the minority being persecuted for being stateless? Could attempts at reform be halted because of this unrest? Inside Story, with presenter Stephen Cole, discusses with guests: Nurul Islam, the president of the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation; Nyo Myint, a spokesman and head of foreign affairs at the National League for Democracy; and Wakar Uddin, a Rohingya from Myanmar and director general of the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) - a group supported by the Organisation of Islamic Conference. "What is currently happening in the Rakhine state is about putting grievances, hatred, and desire for revenge at the forefront based on racial and religious grounds and that's why anarchic actions are becoming widespread." Thein Sein, Myanmar's president..."...FACTS ABOUT ETHNIC TENSION IN MYANMAR The government has declared an emergency in Rakhine state after seven people were killed during riots The alleged rape and murder of a Buddhist woman last month led to the initial attacks The latest unrest is reaction to the killing of 10 Muslims by Buddhists Government troops were deployed to Rakhine to help the police keep order Many Muslims in Myanmar are ethnic Rohingya from Bangladesh The minority Rohingya Muslims are denied citizenship in Myanmar Many in Myanmar consider the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants The Rohingya are not recognised by either Myanmar or Bangladesh 800,000 Rohingya live in Rakhine, with another 200,000 in Bangladesh There are concerns that the unrest could derail Myanmar's recent democratic reforms Myanmar's new civilian government was elected in 2010
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AL Jazeera (Inside Story)
      Format/size: html, Adobe Flash (25 minutes)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2012


      Title: Myanmar Conflict Alert: Preventing communal bloodshed and building better relations
      Date of publication: 12 June 2012
      Description/subject: "The communal bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State represents both a consequence of, and threat to, Myanmar’s current political transition. While communal tensions and discrimination against Myanmar’s Muslim minority long predate the country’s recent opening up, the loosening of authoritarian constraints may well have enabled this current crisis to take on a virulent intensity. Equally, failure to both halt the crisis and address its underlying causes risks halting or even eroding Myanmar’s current reform initiatives. Unless the government takes steps not just to end the violence but also lay the groundwork for protection of minority communities there is a risk of the violence spreading. How the government handles this case will be a major test of the police and courts in a country that has just begun to emerge from an authoritarian past. It will also test the government’s will and capacity to reverse a longstanding policy of discrimination toward the Muslim Rohingya..."
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group (ICG)
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 14 June 2012


      Title: Myanmar conflict alert: preventing communal bloodshed and building better relations (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ )
      Date of publication: 12 June 2012
      Description/subject: "The communal bloodshed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State represents both a consequence of, and threat to, Myanmar’s current political transition. While communal tensions and discrimination against Myanmar’s Muslim minority long predate the country’s recent opening up, the loosening of authoritarian constraints may well have enabled this current crisis to take on a virulent intensity. Equally, failure to both halt the crisis and address its underlying causes risks halting or even eroding Myanmar’s current reform initiatives. Unless the government takes steps not just to end the violence but also lay the groundwork for protection of minority communities there is a risk of the violence spreading. How the government handles this case will be a major test of the police and courts in a country that has just begun to emerge from an authoritarian past. It will also test the government’s will and capacity to reverse a longstanding policy of discrimination toward the Muslim Rohingya..."
      Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
      Source/publisher: International Crisis Group (ICG)
      Format/size: pdf (59K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 July 2012


      Title: THE ROHINGYAS Bengali Muslims or Arakan Rohingyas?
      Date of publication: 26 March 2009
      Description/subject: "In recent months, the Rohingyas have been making headlines again. Who are they? It was reported1 recently that Myanmar Foreign Minister U Nyan Win had told his ASEAN2 counterparts in Hua Hin, Thailand, prior to the ASEAN Summit, that the SPDC is "willing to accept the return of refugees from Myanmar if they are listed as Bengali Muslim minorities but not if they are Rohingyas, because Rohingyas are not Myanmar citizens". What does this signify? To the uninitiated, what difference does it make if they are Bengalis or Rohingyas? Are they not from Burma? In Burmese politics, however, it makes a world of difference..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Euro-Burma Office (EBO Briefing Paper No. 2
      Format/size: pdf (48K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 April 2009


      Title: Myanmar's forgotten people
      Date of publication: 22 April 2008
      Description/subject: The Rohingyas have a history which dates back to the beginning of the 7th century when Arab Muslim traders settled in Arakan (Rakhine). They were recognised as an indigenous ethnic group by the U Nu government during the parliamentary era in the 1950s but lost their political and constitutional identity when the military government of General Ne Win promulgated the Citizenship Act of Burma in 1983. This effectively denied the Rohingyas recognition of their status as an ethnic minority group. Harsh discrimination against them soon followed.
      Author/creator: Nyi Nyi Kyaw
      Language: English, Burmese
      Source/publisher: "Forced Migration Review" No. 30
      Format/size: pdf (English, 224K; Burmese, 123K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR30Burmese/41.pdf
      Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


      Title: The Rohingya Issue: A Thorny Obstacle between Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 2005
      Description/subject: "...Whether the exact beginnings of Muslim settlement in Arakan is still to be determined, it is reasonable to understand that they have been residing there since the period of the Arakan Kingdom (Mrauk-U dynasty). They were the origin of the Muslims in Arakan. Also it has been questioned whether those Muslims are equivalent to the present Rohingyas, Yegar's discussion is convincing: that those Muslims who had resided since the days of Mrauk-U dynasty and the Muslims from Chittagong who immigrated into Arakan in 19th and 20th century were integrated to some extent and comprised the present Rohingyas. The naming of Rohingya by themselves is a relatively recent invention, but there is no reason to deny there existence as an ethnic group whether their naming was old or new. Taking these understandings into consideration, the Rohingya have a right to be recognized as a national group in present Burma and to be treated equal to other ethnic nationals. Even if a strong image of the ex-immigrants from Chittagong sticks on them, it is meaningless to avoid those people as foreigners. There is no rational reason to put the year of 1823 as a criterion for dividing the people in Burma between indigenous and non-indigenous. In order to change the situation in the border of Burma and Bangladesh from an explosive area of another possible exodus to a stable area where the border trade can be increased and be prospered, the first step to be taken is to "qualify" those Rohingyas as a Burmese national ethnic group. Without taking this measure, nothing will be improved and a thorny obstacle may remain for another uncountable decades. Not only the Government of Bangladesh but also the international community in all are expected to make efforts to persuade the military government of Burma to accept the Rohingyas into their national community." (from the Conclusion)
      Author/creator: Kei NEMOTO
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Institute for Developing Economies (IDE) in "Elusive Borders: Changing Sub-Regional Relations in Eastern South Asia"
      Format/size: pdf (263K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 January 2013


      Title: Between Integration and Secession (The Muslims of Arakan)
      Date of publication: 2002
      Description/subject: "The first Muslims to come to Burma arrived in the ninth century. They were seafarers, probably from Bengal, and traded in the areas of Arakan and the coast of Lower Burma. Though Burma was not on the main route between the Middle East, India, and China, it enjoyed a lively maritime traffic. In the ninth and tenth centuries, Muslim travelers, Persians as well as Arabs, mentioned southern Burma in their writing, describing an extensive commercial traffic that was being carried out along the coasts of India, Burma, the Malay Peninsula, and Ceylon. Muslims who sailed in eastern waters were acquainted with the coastal areas of Arakan, the delta of the Irrawaddi River, and the cities of Pegu and Tenasserim. Indeed, the first Muslim settlements in Burma were established by such traders, some of whom came involuntarily because their ships had run aground and they were forced to seek refuge on land; occasionally, they settled permanently. There were Muslim settlers in the interior of Burma as well, but for the most part these were Muslims from India who had been captured in war and forcibly settled in the kingdom. Settlements in which Muslims reached the interior as mercenaries in the service of Burmese kings or local satraps are documented as early as the end of the eleventh century...".....Part One: The Muslims of Arakan: 1. Beginnings of the Muslim Community in Burma... 2. Muslim Settlement in Arakan... 3. From the British Occupation through World War II... 4. World War II and Its Aftermath... 5. The Mujahideen Rebellion... 6. The Mayu Frontier Administration (MFA)... 7. The Military Coup and Its Aftermath
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Network Myanmar
      Format/size: pdf (236K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 September 2014


      Title: "Our Journey" - Voices from Arakan, Western Burma
      Date of publication: May 1991
      Description/subject: Introduction, map and 32 interviews with Arakanese (Rakhine) and Rohingya refugees and activists.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Project Maje
      Format/size: pdf (2.2MB)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: The Muslims of Burma - A Study of a Minority Group
      Date of publication: 1972
      Description/subject: CONTENTS: I. Muslims in Burma in the Days of the Kings... The Beginnings of Muslim Settlement in the Irrawaddy Valley... Muslim Settlement in Arakan... Why Burma Did Not Become Muslim ...... II. Muslims in Burma During British Rule: Immigration from India... Organizations of Muslim Immigrants from India.. Organizations of Burmese Muslims.... The Burma Moslem Society... The General Council of Burma Moslem Associations... The Renaissance Movement... The Japanese Occupation...... III. Muslims in Burma Since Independence: Structural Changes in the Muslim Community... The General Council of Burman Moslem Associations... The Burma Muslim Congress... The Burma Muslim Organization... The Indian Muslims after World War II... Religious Activities... The Arakanese Muslims...... IV. Conclusion: Major Aspects of Muslim Community Life...... Appendices: A. How Many Muslims Are There in Burma?... B. Legislation on Islamic Subjects ... C. Various Documents of the General Council of Burman Moslem Associations ... D. Muslim Press ... E. Persons Interviewed ... F. Burma Newspapers Consulted... Bibliography... Indices... Personal Names... Geographical Names... Institutions... Groups.
      Author/creator: Moshe Yegar
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Network Myanmar
      Format/size: pdf (4.66MB)
      Date of entry/update: 26 September 2014


    • Kaladan News (Kaladan Press Network)
      Focus on the Rohingyas, but also covers wider issues including the economic and human rights situation in Northern Arakan and Bangladesh-Burma relations.

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: Kaladan Press Network
      Description/subject: BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO KALADAN PRESS NETWORK: "From 1948 to 1962 there was freedom of press and media in Burma but this was ended in 1962.After the present military regime came into power in 1988 the press media was totally banned. We believed that the independent media play the important roles of struggle for democracy and Human Rights. Therefore, some exile Rohingya elders consider to establish a news media group from the Rohingya community to provide news about Burma, especially Arakan and Arakan’s peoples to all Burmese nationalities and International communities. It is an independent and non-profitable News Agency covering Burma and Burma related issues. It maintains accurate, balanced and reliable news. It was established in February 2001 with the aim of promoting democracy and freedom of expressing. It provides information on Arakan State in particular and the whole of Burma in general. It produces news both in English and Burmese and provides about 350 people across the world through the electric media. Printing media yet to be printed as different difficulties. We hope that it will be produced in near future... Aims and objects: 1. To provide all out information of Arakanese peoples; 2. To established global network with the Rohingya people of Arakan State, Burma; 3. To make the ever green and peaceful world sharing with possible initiative; 4. To build the quality to international level journalism; 5. To make free Arakan for media and information and 6. To make the Burma to a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic State establishing the freedom of press, democracy and Human Rights... Activities: * Short time IT Training Program; * Basic Training on information service; * News update program; * Journalism performance program... Future Plans: * Organizing seminars, workshops and symposium; * Producing news bulletins; * Organizing short term journalism training; * To set up units of Kaladan Press Network in different places... The Alternate URL goes to a new Kaladan News site which is well designed but so far has only a small archive, though a good links section to other news sources...ARCHIVE FROM JANUARY 2006...Publishes "Kaladan News"
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html
      Alternate URLs: http://www.kaladanpress.com
      Date of entry/update: 31 January 2004


      Individual Documents

      Title: Showing Legal Projects, Nasaka Extract Money from Villagers
      Date of publication: 20 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 20: "Nasaka (Burmese Border Security Force) authority has been extracting money from villagers of Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships of Arakan State, since June 19, 2005. After forming some committees comprising with Nasaka, Immigration, Army, Military Intelligent (MI), police, Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) members showing legal projects such as--- taking photographs and checking family lists of villagers extracting money , said a trader from Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Bangladeshi camp officials step up propaganda against Rohingya refugees
      Date of publication: 19 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 19: "Bangladeshi camp officials step up propaganda against Burmese Rohingya refugees, organizing some small families to support repatriation and to deny human rights abuses in the camps, a confidential source said. Yesterday at about 11:30 am, Mr. Mohammad Siddik, the Officer-in-Charge of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) went to the office of the Camp-in-Charge (CIC) of Nayapara camp and held a meeting with Mr. Asaduzzaman (CIC), his all collaborators (Majees) and 21 members of organized family heads. They discussed about the policies of the government and hope for the supporters, source further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: A Teenage Refugee Girl Tortured by Her Employer
      Date of publication: 15 June 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 15: "A teenage refugee girl was severely tortured by her employer in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazaar District, said Shifi Ullah from Dhumdumia makeshift camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: A VPDC Chairman becomes Landlord in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 15 June 2005
      Description/subject: Taungbro, Burma, June 15: "Recently, a VPDC Chairman in Maungdaw, northern part of Arakan becomes landlord with huge acres of refugees’ and public land, said villager from Taungbro, preferring not to mention his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Flue, Diarrhea Epidemic in Burmese Refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 15 June 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 15: "Viral fever, diarrhea and some other water born diseases have broken out in an epidemic form in the Burmese Rohingya refugee camp of Teknaf since last couple of weeks that killed many refugee children, said Maulvi Ayub, an Imam of a Mosque of the camp. Due to lack of health facilities at unofficial refugee camp of Dumdumia of Cox’s Bazaar district, patients of viral fever, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and other forms of viral or betrayal infections separately increased but non of the patients get treatment and get admission in any health center, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Rice Crisis Leaves Many at Risk of Hungers in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 15 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 17: "Rice crisis leaves many at risk of hungers across Maungdaw Township of Arakan State, Burma in last couple of weeks, said a villager who is a victim of the crisis. People from the region expressed about their untold sufferings for food, water and other commodities, while crisis of rice become one of the most difficulties of their lives, as they are now facing the problems of viral fever, diarrhoea, dysentery and some other diseases, he said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: A Conference Held in Paris about to Bring Democracy in Burma
      Date of publication: 14 June 2005
      Description/subject: Paris, June 14: "A Conference was held at Paris, France on 26th May, 2005, on the topic of “To bring democracy in Burma,” said U Hla Aung, NDPHR ( National Democratic Party for Human Rights) exiled. The Conference was organized by Danielle Mitterrand, the wife of former French president Mr. Mitterrand at the office of “Foundation Danielle Mitterrand.”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html I11K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Police Arrested 3 Burmese Refugees
      Date of publication: 14 June 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 14: "Police arrested 3-Burmese refugee from Nayapara camp of Cox’ Bazar District of Bangladesh on 12th June, 2005, to resume forced repatriation, said a refugee from Nayapara camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: NUPA Leader Arrested in Chittagong
      Date of publication: 13 June 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 13: "On 11th June 2005, at about 4: 15 pm security arrested Major Tha Kyaw Tun Chief of Burma's resistant group National United Party of Arakan (NUPA) from Chittagong, said Dr Khin Maung, the NUPA president. Then he was brought from Chittagong to Naikkhongchari BDR camp. Again, the BDR of Naikkhongchari arrested Maung Aye Chan and Kyaw Min from Cox’s Bazar yesterday. But, the reason is unknown why they were arrested, he further said..."
      Language: Englsh
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Burma Appreciates Bangladesh for Repatriation of Its 172 Citizens
      Date of publication: 12 June 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 12: "Burma has appreciated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all concerned authorities of the ministry of Home Affairs, and the Bangladesh Rifles for the speedy repatriation of 172 Burmese nationals, said a press release yesterday of Burmese Foreign Ministry..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Governments urged Bangladesh-China Road Link over Burma
      Date of publication: 09 June 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 9: "Governments of Bangladesh and China were urged by their business leaders to establish a road link between two countries through Burma on a priority basis to boost bilateral trade and investment, yesterday. A meeting was took place in the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) at the Chamber building in Dhaka between two countries top businessmen. 11-member of Chinese trade delegation met with business leaders of Bangladesh, while Wang Chao, first Vice-Governor of Dehong Dai and Jinto autonomous prefecture of Yunnan province of China, led the Chinese delegation..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Rohingya Crisis to be solved as early as Possible
      Date of publication: 09 June 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 09: "Rohingyas refugee crisis will be resolved as early as possible through bilateral talks, Asadul Habib, State Minister for Food and Disaster Management told Parliament responding to volley queried during the question hour, according to UNB report of 8th June 2005. Bangladesh hopes that the camp standing Rohingya refugee problem would be resolved as early as possible through bilateral discussion with Burma. The minister further said some 20,000 refugee are still stranded in two camps in Cox’s Bazaar District of Bangladesh after repatriating 130,000 Rohingyas refugees to Burma since 1991. Not single penny was spent for the refugees during the last 3 years” he added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (23K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Buddhist buried at Muslim Cemetery in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 08 June 2005
      Description/subject: Taungbro, Burma, June 8: "A dead body or corpse of Rakhaing Buddhist from Taungbro Left Natala Rowa (model village) was buried at the Muslim cemetery on June 03, 2005, according to a villager of Taungbro Left. The Rakhaing Buddhist was identified as Soe Naing who was serving as a police inspector at the police camp of Taungbro left..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Many get the sick after Heatstroke in Burmese refugee camps
      Date of publication: 08 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazaar, June 8: "Many refugees get the sick in Burmese refugee camps in southern Cox’s Bazaar District of Bangladesh due to excessive heat, said Jaber, ex-doctor who worked in refugee camp before. About 30,000 Rohingya refugees are staying in three refugee camps, namely Nayapara, Kutupalong and Dumdumia makeshift which is unregistered and illegal till today. The refugees have been suffering from water crisis through hot weather since May, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: A Rohingya Teenaged Girl Gang Raped
      Date of publication: 05 June 2005
      Description/subject: Toungbro, June 5: "A 17 year-old Rohingya girl was gang raped by some members of the Burmese military on June 2. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the close relatives of the victim confirmed to Kaladan Press Network. The victim — daughter of Sayed Karim — was raped by at least 4 military personnel belonging to the Taungbro Left camp of Maungdaw, Arakan State, Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 July 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Authority Faces Problem with 151 Burmese Prisoners
      Date of publication: 02 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 1: "Bangladesh authority faces problem with 151 Burmese prisoners in Cox’s Bazar jail, according to “The daily Bhakkhali”, a local news paper, yesterday. About 172 Burmese prisoners were sent back to Burma after negotiation between the two neighboring countries on 27th April. Afterwards, the Bangladesh authorities gathered all the Burmese prisoners in Cox’s Bazar jail who had already finished their jail terms..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: BRAJ Celebrated a Dinner Party together with AI
      Date of publication: 02 June 2005
      Description/subject: Japan, June 2: "Burmese Rohingya Association in Japan (BRAJ) and Amnesty International met over a dinner party on May 15 at the Tabetayashi City Hall in Tokyo. The dinner was arranged to celebrate the release of Abdul Kalam — a BRAJ member — from a yearlong immigration detention. A long-term refugee status for Musharaf Hussain was also celebrated. Zaw Min Htut — BRAJ president told Kaladan Press Network..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: BDR seized Birth Control Pills worth of Taka 400,000 En-route to Burma
      Date of publication: 01 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 01: "BDR seized birth control pills worth about Taka 400,000 while en-route to Burma, yesterday, according to a local newspaper named “The Daily Bakkhali”of June 01, 2005. On 31 May 2005, at about 10:00pm, a group of smugglers from Teknaf were trying to smuggle these quantity of medicines to Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: A Workshop on HIV/ AIDs Launched in Burmese Refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 31 May 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 31: "A workshop on raising awareness about HIV/Aids was launched in the Burmese refugee camp of Nayapara on May 29, 2005. The young and old, male and female at about 100 refugees from the refugee camp were participated in the workshop..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Football Tournaments held between Nasaka and BDR
      Date of publication: 30 May 2005
      Description/subject: Taungbro (Maungdaw) May 30: "Football tournament was held between Nasaka and BDR on May 24 at Laikra village (Kuirkhali), the headquarters of the Nasaka sector No. 04, at about 15 miles of Maungdaw town in Arakan State of Burma, said Ali Ahamed, from Whykong. At first, the football tournament was organized by Burmese border security forces (Nasaka) by collecting money from nearby villagers..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Authorities Prepare a new List of Illegal Rohingya Refugees
      Date of publication: 29 May 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 29: "Bangladesh concerned authorities are preparing a new list of illegal Rohingya refugees from 6 Unions of Teknaf, a town of Bangladesh-Burma border..."
      Language: Englsh
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: A Flag Meeting between Nasaka and BDR
      Date of publication: 26 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 26: "A flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Burmese security forces (Nasaka) was held at Kur Khali (Lake Ya) village of Maungdaw north, Arakan State on May 18, 2005, said master Anwar hailed from Whykong village that has close relation with BDR. The aim of the flag meeting is to maintain good relation continuously between two neighboring countries, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: About 10-thousand refugees inundated in Teknaf flash-floods
      Date of publication: 25 May 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 25: "About 10-thousand unofficial Rohingya refugees in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar District have been inundated due to flash-floods and onrush of water from Naff River, said Mr. Tin Soe, from Teknaf when contacted over phone yesterday evening. Due to excessive rainfall and gusty to squally wind coincided with the tide of Naff River inundated the whole makeshift camp of Dhumdamia, yesterday at about 2:00 pm. The huts of the refugees were floating on flood water in that all the huts had been made of plastic sheets..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Arakan Bodies Urge Bangladesh to Review its Policies towards SPDC
      Date of publication: 24 May 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 24: "Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) urges upon Bangladesh to review its policies towards SPDC in line with the democratic aspiration of the Burmese people, including Rohingya of Arakan. ARNO also welcomes the renewed US economic sanction on Burma for SPDC’s continuing grave violations of human rights against Burmese people and large-scale repression of democratic oppositions, while it requests to the US President G.W Bush to take up the matter to the UN Security Council for further necessary actions..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Human Rights Violations increased after May 7 Bomb Blast, in Rangoon
      Date of publication: 23 May 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 23: "Some Burmese analysts are thinking that after May 7 bombs blast in Rangoon, may lead to increase of Human Rights abuses inside Burma. “We condemn this cowardly act of terrorism against innocent civilians in Burma, and are worried that the reaction to this incident by the military junta, the State Peace and Development Council, or SPDC will lead to more Human Rights violations in Burma”, the politicians further added..."”
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Forced repatriation: harassment continues
      Date of publication: 18 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 18: "Harassment centering forced repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh camps continues. On May 11, 2005, Abdul Hamid — a refugee from Nayapara camp — was sent to Teknaf police station with a fabricated allegation of being ‘a criminal’. Later, he was released as police investigation proved otherwise..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (18K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: SPDC Orders ‘Population Control’ in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 18 May 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 18: "The State Peace & Development Council (SPDC) of Burma has recently instructed Rohingyas from northern Arakan ‘to control population growth’, a school teacher from Maungdaw confirmed. In a recent statement, SPDC observed that ‘northern Arakan is one of the most over populated areas in Burma’. Henceforth, SPDC needs to control its population growth to adjust with other parts of the country. “Due to over population, agro-products of the area are not enough to feed the people and there may be severe economic crisis in the future in the region that will bring people into acute poverty,” an official with the SPDC said. SPDC statement suggested, from now on, people will have to work towards fighting the future population growth. Suggested processes of ‘population growth control’ are: obtaining official permission for marriage, applying to the Township Peace & Development Council (TPDC) through respective Village Peace & Development Council (VPDC), Nasaka (Burmese border security forces) and other concerned authorities..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Government Allows NGOs to Help the Undocumented Refugees
      Date of publication: 10 May 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 10: "At the first time, Bangladesh government allows NGOs to help undocumented refugees of Dumdumia camp under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar District. The Dumdumia refugee camp is 6-kilometer off Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh and the NGO of “Integrated Humanitarian Approach (IHA)” provided the refugees a bag (50kg) of rice and a plastic for roofing of their huts in the rainy season, on 7th May 2005, said Salim, a refugee leader of the camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Poppy Cultivation of 100 Acres at Burma- Bangladesh Border Destroyed
      Date of publication: 10 May 2005
      Description/subject: Bandarban, May 10: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and army in joint raids recently destroyed poppy grown illegally on 100 acres of land in unreachable hilly areas of Thanchi close to border with Burma, said Maung Maung, from Bandarban of Chittagong Hill Tracts..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: A Revolutionary Leader Passed Away
      Date of publication: 05 May 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May, 05: "A Rohingya revolutionary leader Moulavi Deen Mohammed has died of heart failure in Riyadh at the age of 48, the capital of Saudi Arabia on May 3, 2005 at about 4:15 am. He left Bangladesh for Saudi Arabia for the cause of party matters on April 29, 2005, said Ruhul Amin, a spokesperson from the organization..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Robbery committed by Army at Buthidaung Township
      Date of publication: 04 May 2005
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, May 4: "Burmese army holding automatic guns committed a robbery against three houses at Maung Nama Playdaung village of Buthidaug Township, Arakan State and took away cash and valuables on 19th April 2005..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Cyclone and Disaster Management Workshop Burmese Refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 02 May 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 25: "A workshop on awareness of Cyclone and Disaster Management held in Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp, under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh yesterday, said Mr. Ahmed, a participant of the workshop. A total of 73 people participated in the workshop. Of them 47 are refugees and the rest are police, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), or Bangladesh Border Security Force and Ansars (Para military forces), while the workshop was organized by the Weather Department of Bangladesh, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: UNHCR has not yet Signed the Annual Agreement and Threatens to pull out its Operations in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 02 May 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 22, 2005: "The (UNHCR) has not yet signed the annual agreement with the disaster management ministry of Bangladesh for the current year and threatens to pull out its operation in Bangladesh after a series of reported violations of human rights in two refugee camps for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, reports BDNEWS of Dhaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: A Bangladeshi fisherman died in Burma jail
      Date of publication: 01 May 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 01: "A Bangladeshi fisherman died in Maungdaw Town jail of Arakan State, Burma on 23rd April 2005. The dead body was identified as Noor Alam son of Sultan Ahamead hailed from Gular Para of Saint Martin Island of Teknaf police station under Cox’s Bazaar District, Bangladesh, said Mir Ahamed, a close relative of Noor Alam from Saint Martin..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: A Teenaged Girl Raped in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 30 April 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, April 30: "Burmese police accompanied by local Rakhaing youths committed rape against a Rohingya teenaged girl in Maungdaw Township of Arakan State, Burma, said a villager who recently came to Bangladesh for medical treatment..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Training on HIV/AIDS Held in Rohingya Camp
      Date of publication: 30 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 30: "Awareness training on HIV/AIDS has been held for four days at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee Camp in Bangladesh on April 24, 2005. Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB) and a local NGO took step to hold training with the cooperation of government officials to get awareness about HIV/AIDS, according to Dr. Zakir Hossain, a medical assistant..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Wild Elephant Killed a Refugee Boy in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 30 April 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, April 30: "Wild elephant killed a Rohingya refugee boy in a forest nearby the west of Nayapara camp, Teknaf, under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, yesterday, said Alam, a refugee who could manage to escape from killing. Yesterday, at about 12:00 pm, a refugee boy named Mohammed Amin, 10, son of Mir Ahmed, bearing refugee card number MRC-41421 from Block-C, shed No. 6/2. He went to nearby hill to collect fire wood together with some other refugees from the same camp, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Burma-Bangladesh Prisoners Exchange Resume
      Date of publication: 28 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 28: "Burma-Bangladesh prisoners exchange resumed, following a flag meeting between sector level commanders of the security forces of both neighbors, yesterday, said a local member from Teknaf who took part in the meeting. Nasaka and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), border security forces of Burma and Bangladesh held a flag meeting with very cordial atmosphere at Netaung Hotel of Teknaf, a bordering town of Bangladesh, while both sides discussed bilateral issue, including trespassing the border and cross-border smuggling, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Two Killed and 50 Injured in Arakan
      Date of publication: 27 April 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, April 27: "At least 2 people were killed and 50 others were injured in a clash between robbers and villagers in northern Arakan, said a villager from Rathedaung Township of Arakan State, Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Bangladeshi woodcutters subjected to Harassment by Nasaka
      Date of publication: 26 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, April 26:"Burmese Border Security Force (Nasaka) often arrest Bangladeshi woodcutters from the no mans land of Burma-Bangladesh border, while they enter in forest to cut wood, bamboos and etc. On April 12, 2005, at about 12:00 pm, a number of 30 Bangladeshi woodcutters were picked up by the Nasaka from zero-line of Burma-Bangladesh border from the pillar No. 46 in Naikongchori area under Chittagong Hill Tracts while they went to cut wood at Asartali hill, said Shoib, a woodcutter from Naikhonchari..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Burmese Fishes Highly Demanded in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 23 April 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 23: "Smuggled fishes from Burma are highly demanded by consumers in Bangladesh as they are cheaper than those of other variety fishes in Bangladesh. The fishes mostly come from Arakan coast and Irrawaddy Division of Burma enters Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh by smuggling boats. The smugglers load the fishes into trucks at Teknaf land port to transport them to Chittagong Fishery Ghat, managing all the check points from Teknaf to Chittagong. The Syndicates of Chittagon take responsibility for the transportation of smuggled fishes, said Kulshid, a broker of fishes..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Seasonal fruits from Arakan highly demanded in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 21 April 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, April 21: "Seasonal fruits from Arakan State, Burma are highly demanded in Bangladesh and daily entering in huge quantity under border trade through Teknaf, said Shahid Ullah Choudhury, a trader from Teknaf. Everyday, traders carry several boats with baskets of mangoes into the border towns of Teknaf and Ukhiya, under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh through river and land routes. The southern district of Cox’s Bazar now becomes the main center of the sale of mangoes from Arakan, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Former Nasaka Officers with 5 Other Rohingyas Get Unusual Punishment
      Date of publication: 19 April 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, April 19: "Former two Nasaka officers and 5 other Rohingyas businessmen were sentenced to long-term imprisonment on April 7, 2005 from the court of Akyab (Sittwe), the capital of Arakan State for their involvement in corruption, said a clerk of Akyab Court, on condition of anonymity. The convicted officers are Col. Aung Ngwe, the former Director and Lt. Col. Myint Oo, the Deputy Director of Nasaka, Arakan State were sentenced to 67 and 135 years imprisonment respectively. They earned millions of dollars from the civics of Arakan State by doing illegal business including heroin and narcotic drugs, said one of their collaborators from Maungdaw..."
      Language: Englsh
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Rohingya Children drown in a Dam in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 18 April 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, April 18: "Two Rohingya refugee children died after they fell into a lake beside Nayapara camp under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh, said Ahmed, a refugee from the camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Facing Difficulties to Build Houses and Fencing Compounds in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 16 April 2005
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, April 16: "Rohingya people from Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships of Arakan State, Burma are facing difficulties to build their houses and fencing compounds. The present ruling military government formed nine Nasaka Areas in northern Arakan, especially in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships. The name of Nasaka is changed into Nakapa after sacking Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt. An army officer is appointed as a Sector Commander to control the each of the area. The administration of the each Nakapa area is not same to those of the other Nakapa areas depending on the officer of the area, said a man who was once government servant during the Burma Socialist Program Party (BSPP)..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Unusual Encouragement for Refugee Repatriation
      Date of publication: 14 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 14: "Bangladesh camp authorities increased encouragement for the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya Arakanese refugees to Burma. On April 11, 2005, a family consisting of 4 members was voluntary repatriated from Nayapara camp, with high encouragement of concerned authorities of Bangladesh, said a refugee from Nayapara camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Burma ignores the International Calls for Changes
      Date of publication: 13 April 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 13: "Burma had repeatedly ignored the international calls for changes in the country through genuine national reconciliation, advance democratic reforms and release political prisoners, including pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Burma is a country ruling by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world and carrying a history of gross human rights abuses in the present day. It resulted tens of thousands of refugees and IDPs to its neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, China and India and etc..."
      Author/creator: Md. Sadek
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: SPDC Officials Use Bangladeshi Mobile Phones
      Date of publication: 12 April 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, April 12: "Officials of the Burmese military government, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, are using Bangladeshi mobile phones. A “City Cell”, Mobile Telephone Company owned by Bangladesh Foreign Minister, M. Morshed Khan set up a frequency tower in Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh, opposite to Maungdaw Township, Burma in February 2005 and that can be used in bordering areas easily, said a trader from Teknaf, on condition of anonymity as he often goes to Burma for business purpose..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Diarrhoea spreads in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 08 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 8: "The spread of diarrhoea diseases in this season, which started in early March, has marked an unusual rise across the Rohingya Arakanese refugee camps in Bangladesh. At least two percent of total populations of undocumented in makeshift camp of Teknaf are suffering of diarrhea, while some of them are suffering of blood and scanty mucus dysentery and malaria disease, said Moulana Mohammed Ayub an Imam of the camp. Since of March, refugees in the camps are in deteriorated position for their health as they are deprived of their refugee rights, which the refugees enjoy elsewhere in the world, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Burmese Foreign Minister takes part in Asian Co-op Dialogue in Pakistan
      Date of publication: 06 April 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 6: "The Burmese Foreign Minister U Nyan Win took part in a pre-conference seminar held in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan yesterday. He left Rangoon on April 4, with an official invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Mr. Khurshid M. Kasuri, while some SPDC officials along with Pakistani Ambassador to Burma Mr. Mohammed Newaz Choudury see off him at Rangoon International Airport, report Myanma Alinn of 4th April 2005..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: SPDC Authorities Checking Family Lists in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 06 April 2005
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, April 04: "Family lists of Rohingya people in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, Burma have been checking by Nakapa (including army, immigrations and police). A team consisting of two immigrations, three police and a military captain of the Battalion No.551, in total 6 members, at first, went to Khandaung village of Buthidaung Township on 19th March 2005, was checking the family lists and continued to other villages, said a village elder..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: A Dead Body of a Rohingya Kept Unburied over Week in Bangladesh Jail
      Date of publication: 04 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 4: "A dead body of Rohingya prisoner is kept unburied over week in front of Cox’s Bazar jail, Bangladesh, said Hasina, wife of dead prisoner. The dead prisoner is identified as Nurul Islam, (28), son of Abul Fayaz, hailed from Maungni Para (village) of Maungdaw Township, Arakan state, Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Burmese Goods Flood in Bangladesh Market
      Date of publication: 01 April 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 1: "Burmese goods are being flooded in Teknaf town, a border town of Bangladesh, opposite site of Maungdaw Township by legal and illegal means and becomes it as a market of Burmese, said Shokot Ali, a customer who recently went to Teknaf Town for buying Burmese goods. Generally, people of Teknaf are fond of Burmese goods as their households and daily uses. Comparatively, they use Burmese goods more than Bangladeshi as Burmese commodities are cheaper than the Bangladeshi goods, said Abul Hussain, a local trader from Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Indian Foreign Ministry Against Signing any MoU on the Gas Pipeline
      Date of publication: 01 April 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 01: "The Indian foreign ministry reportedly warned their energy ministry against accepting three proposed conditions of Bangladesh in signing any MoU on the gas pipeline, according to UNB, Dhaka. From the beginning, Bangladesh has said that it would not sign any deal on gas pipeline unless India accepted its three conditions. The conditions are allowing Bangladesh to export goods to Nepal and Bhutan through Indian corridor, to import electricity from those two countries through Indian territories and measures to reduce huge trade imbalance with India..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Burmese Delegation Submits Design, Land Document to Dhaka
      Date of publication: 29 March 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 29: "Yesterday, the visiting Burmese delegation submitted to Dhaka the land-acquisition report and arrangement design of the Burma-Bangladesh Friendship Link Road to Communications Minister Nazamul Huda of Bangladesh, according to the Daily Azadi, a local Bengali newspaper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Military Order Villagers Erecting Fences in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 26 March 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, March 26: "Village tracts of Maungdaw north in Northern Arakan, Burma, bordering with Bangladesh are ordered to erect fences by military, said a villager from Taungbro left without stating his name. In the first week of this month, some military officers called the Village Peace and Development Council, or VPDC Chairmen, secretaries and some villagers in high school at Taungbro and ordered them verbally to erect fences all the village tracts of northern side of Maungdaw town immediately without any shilly-shallying, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: MP’s Family members face interrogation in Rangoon
      Date of publication: 25 March 2005
      Description/subject: Rangoon, March 25: "Family members of U Kyaw Min, the elected MP from National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR) are facing interrogations at the “Tamwe Police Station” of Rangoon capital. Wife of U Kyaw Min and his two daughters were summoned to the interrogation cell of Tamwe Police Station on March 20, 2005, while the said MP was picked up from his Rangoon resident on March 17, 2005, according to a man who has relation with U Kyaw Min’s family and asked not to be named out of fear of retribution of SPDC..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: 4-Nation Economic Forum Unborn for the Lack of New Delhi Support
      Date of publication: 22 March 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 22: "The Kunming initiative to form an economic forum with Bangladesh, China, India and Burma (BCIB) fell flat for the lack of New Delhi support, said Chinese Ambassador Chai Xi on 20th March 2005 at a roundtable meeting held in Dhaka. The initiative is named after Kunming, a Chinese city, where the first meeting was held in 1999. Though it was taken by non-governmental bodies, the Kunming initiative was expected to result in an inter-governmental organization..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Burmese Junta Arrested Two MPS
      Date of publication: 19 March 2005
      Description/subject: Rangoon, March 19: "U Kyaw Min(a) U Anwar and U Kyaw Hsan, the two MPs were picked up from their Rangoon homes by the Burmese military ruling junta on 17th March 2005, said a relative of U Kyaw Min from Rangoon on condition of anonymity. Unique police agents went to U Kyaw Min’s house at around midnight and told him to follow them for some questions, and then he was carried away by car..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: A Teenaged Girl Sentenced to a 2-Year Imprisonment
      Date of publication: 17 March 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, March 17: "A Court of Maungdaw Town in Arakan State of western Burma on 12th February, 2005, sentenced one Rohingya teenaged girl to a 2-year imprisonment by alleging border cross, according to a member of her relative. Number two Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Maungdaw Town gave the verdict without proper inquiry of the case, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Tk One Crore of Fertilizer Seized by Bangladesh Navy En-route to Burma
      Date of publication: 16 March 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, March 16: "On March 13, 2005, members of Bangladesh Navy during their regular anti-smuggling drive seized about 7,700 sacks of fertilizer worth about Taka one crore while two engine boats en-route from Chittagong to Burma, according to Ali, our correspondent from Teknaf. Acting on a tip of, naval personnel challenged the boats carrying the fertilizer near Saint’s Martin’s Island and they chased the smuggling boats and seized all of them.These are locally produced urea fertilizers and were seized from the Bay of Bengal near Saint Martin’s Island of Cox’s Bazar District while en- route to Burma, Ali further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Sets pre-Conditions for allowing Pipeline
      Date of publication: 15 March 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 15: "Bangladesh has set strict pre-conditions, for allowing the one-billion dollar Burma-India gas pipeline to pass through its territory, according to PTI. Bangladesh wants to resolve the three issues relating to using corridor through India for importing electricity, trade with Nepal and Bhutan and reducing trade imbalance with India before signing any (MoU) on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline from Burma to India through Bangladesh, reports UNB..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Forced Labor Still Exist
      Date of publication: 15 March 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, March 15: "The villagers of Maungdaw south of Arakan State have been engaged in forced labor at Nakapa (Border Security Force) Camp. According to an elder, the villagers of Alay Sankyaw and Myint Hlut village tracts of Maungdaw south have been engaged in forced labor at Nakapa camp since 27th February 2005. The villagers have to plough the farmland and to grow various vegetables, to construc buildings of the camps, to carry wood from the forest to bake bricks of building, to clean up the camp compounds everyday, and to repair the damaged roads and street nearby the camps, the elder man further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Illegal Migrant Workers Crackdown in Malaysia
      Date of publication: 13 March 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 13: "From the beginning of March 01, 2005, a nationwide crackdown was carried out on illegal migrant workers in Maylaysia by deploying 300,000 police, government officers and civilian volunteers, sources said. During the crackdown operation, 868 illegal foreign workers were arrested within three days. Of them 73 were Burmese illegal workers, said Tan Cyai Ho, the Deputy Home Minister..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Two Men Killed and Two Others Injured by NaKaPa
      Date of publication: 10 March 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, March 10: "On 27th January 2005, two men were killed and two others were injured on a fire by Nakapa at Inn Din village of Maungdaw in Arakan State, said a villager who is relation of the dead bodies, asking not to be mentioned. NaKaKa is newly formed Border Security Force in place of previous NaSaKa..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Burma and Bangladesh to exchange 200 prisoners
      Date of publication: 08 March 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, March 08: "Bangladesh and Burma are going to exchange about 200 prisoners, according to police sources from Cox’s Bazar. Nearly 115 Burmese prisoners languishing in Bangladesh prisons will be sent back to their homes on March 12, following a diplomatic negotiation between the two neighboring countries..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: “Toward Understanding Rohingya”
      Date of publication: 06 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dated: Sunday, March 06, 2005 Article: (By Shau Khat alias MSK Jilani), USA"... "The name' Rohingya ' was not given by the separatists nor fundamentalists from Bangladesh after 1993-94. The word' Rohingya ' is a legitimate and recognized word during the periods of democratic rules in Burma. The word' Rohingya comes from' Rohang ' which was the original and ancient name of Arakan. Today, some Arakanese-Rakhine educated people were not interesting to really understand the word' Rohingya' and its actual meaning. A Rakhine educated person has mentioned in his writing message to a friend that he has never heard the word ' Rohingya ' and any Burmese Government did not recognized the Rohingyas in the past. He has also brought up various allegations against Rohingyas and its historical background and also accused that Rohingyas are fighting with Rakhine people and against them..."
      Author/creator: Shau Khat alias MSK Jilani
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (20K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Who Leads Chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2006?
      Date of publication: 05 March 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 05: "Most of the ASEAN countries are discussing which country will lead the Chairmanship of the ASEAN countries in 2006. . Burma must relinquish the Chairmanship of the ASEAN as the people of the country are having a tough time because of the SPDC doesn’t need to establish democracy in the country, said AFK Jilani, the organizing secretary of Northern Arakan of National League for Democracy..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Construction Companies in Rangoon in a Panic-Stricken Position
      Date of publication: 02 March 2005
      Description/subject: Rangoon, March 02: "Construction companies in Rangoon, Burma, mostly companies owned by the ethnic nationalities are in a panic-stricken position, said one of the companies of Rangoon on condition of anonymity. After the sack of ex-Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt, the SPDC authorities arrested, interrogated and gave punishment some of the Military Intelligent (MI), Nasaka (Border Security Force) who were involved in corruption and also the men who were the collaborators or co-workers of MI and Nasaka and who maintained relation with them, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: At the Last Moment India Merging in Tri-nation Gas Pipeline MoU
      Date of publication: 28 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February, 28: "India at the last moment of the final–day meeting agreed to merge in the draft MoU prepared at the tripartite techno-commercial meeting in Rangoon in February 24-25. Three conditions of Bangladesh for allowing India to install a gas pipeline from Burma through Bangladesh are ----transit facilities for Dhaka to import hydroelectricity from Nepal and Bhutan, space for Bangladesh to trade with the two countries and reduction of trade imbalance between Bangladesh and India, said sources in the government. They said although Delhi was positive about the bilateral conditions, it did not want to incorporate them in the MoU, to be signed to pave the way for the gas pipeline..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan news
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: Tri-nations Gas Pipeline MoU will be Soon
      Date of publication: 28 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Feb, 28: "A tripartite accord between Burma, Bangladesh and India will be signed next month in Dhaka for the proposed trans-border natural gas pipeline, report says. The 290-kilometer, which would run through Arakan (Rakhine), Burma, Mizoram and Tripura before crossing Bangladesh to Kolkata, is being considered by India to bring gas reserves at Shwe Gas field in blockA-1 in offshore of Arakan State, Burma, as well as volumes that are expected to be discovered in its adjacent block A-3, India’s minister Aiyar said on 27th February 2005..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: Gundom-Taungbro Bridge Over Taungbro River Foundation Laid
      Date of publication: 26 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 26: "Visiting Burma foreign minister U Nyan Win and Bangladesh communication minister Nazmul Huda yesterday, jointly laid the foundation stone of Gundom-Taungbro Bridge over Taungbro River along Bangladesh-Burma border, said sources. It is to establish a direct road link between the two countries. The 42.68-meter long two-lane bridge will be constructed as part of the Bangladesh-Burma Friendship Road Link Project, which the communication ministry is implementing with its own resources, said the ministry in a press release..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burma FM Reassures to Take Back Rohingya Refugees Soon
      Date of publication: 25 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Feb 25: "The visiting Burma Foreign Minister (FM), Nyan Win, yesterday reassured the Bangladesh government of taking back the remaining Rohingya refugees, sources said. Nyan Win arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Bangladesh FM and also had bilateral talks with his counterpart M Morshed Khan on the first day of his first-ever visit since assuming office as the Burma foreign minister..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: India Constructive on Bangladesh’s Tri-Nation Gas Pipeline Situation
      Date of publication: 25 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 25: "In the first meeting of techno-economic working committee on Burma-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline in Rangoon yesterday, Dhaka made it clear that signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) depends on resolving bilateral issues with New Delhi..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: A 2-MemberTeam of Bangladesh Goes to Burma for Gas Pipeline Talks
      Date of publication: 24 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 24: "A two-member team of Bangladesh has left for Burma to take part in a two-day technical meeting begins today on a transnational gas pipeline from Burma to India through Bangladesh. Petrobangla Chairman SR Osmani and Director of Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) Salek Sufi will discuss international laws relevant to such pipeline scheme, wheeling charge and other technical aspects with Indian and Burmese officials , said a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burmese FM Arrives in Bangladesh Tomorrow
      Date of publication: 23 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Feb 23: "Burmese Foreign Minister (FM) Nyang Win arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day visit to Bangladesh, sources said. During his visit, he will discuss ways for further cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade and commerce, direct road-link and repatriation of Burmese refugees..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: 95 Percent Rohingya Refugees Repatriated
      Date of publication: 19 February 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar February 19: "So far, 95 percent of Rohingya refugees have been repatriated to their homeland and everything is being done for the repatriation of the remaining refugees, according to FM of Bangladesh in parliament on 17th February 2005. Some 20,197 Rohingya refugees from Burma still remain in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) have been instructed not to allow any more Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, said State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar in parliament. No Rohingya refugee has applied to the government seeking the citizenship of Bangladesh, the Home Minister further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Rohingya lost an Elite
      Date of publication: 19 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 19: "Rohingya community lost an elite, named Mr. Mumtaz Jamil (alias) U Zaw Min, son of Sayagyi U Ba Maung (alias) Haji Abu Jamil, former headmaster of State Middle Schools. Mumtaz Jamil was died of cardiac failure on 25th January, 2005 at Chittagong Medical College..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burmese Foreign Minister will Visit Dhaka to Finalize Road Link
      Date of publication: 17 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February, 17: "The new Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win will visit Dhaka on February 24 for a three day-visit for giving final endorsement to the project of the proposed road link between Dhaka and Rangoon, said a report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: 2 AK-47s with Bullets Seized at Chittagong Hill Tracts
      Date of publication: 16 February 2005
      Description/subject: Bandarban, Feb, 16: "Bangladesh army seized two AK-47 rifles and 150 bullets from a hotel in the Bandarban Town of Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh on 12th February 2005. The army also arrested an indigenous man named Maung Tun Sein, a Bangladeshi, hailed from Raytha village, about 5 kilometers away from Bandarban town, and 10 others in this connection from said hotel..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Rangoon Requests Dhaka to Send Its Representatives at Tri-Nation Gas Line Talks
      Date of publication: 16 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February, 16: "Burma government has requested Bangladesh to take part in the first meeting of techno-commercial working committee scheduled to be held by the end of February, according to sources. To pave the way for signing a trilateral agreement on a three-nation pipeline to take gas from Burma to India through Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burma refutes press reports on fish export to Bangladesh with alleged traces of chemical substances
      Date of publication: 15 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 15: "Burma exports fishes to Bangladesh to boost up trade ties through mutually beneficial arrangements like border-trade and other trading facilities, a press release of the Embassy of the Union of Burma said yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 February 2005


      Title: A Slow Pace Repatriation Introduced in Burmese Refugee Camps
      Date of publication: 13 February 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, February 13: "Recently, a slow pace repatriation was being introduced in the refugee camps to repatriate the Burmese refugees to their home, said a refugee leader from Nayapara Camp. On 10th February 2005, 10 refugees of 3-family were repatriated from Nayapara refugee camp. Mohamed Hassan, 30, of Shed No. 44, Block No. C, Room No, 3 without his family (wife and a 5-year old son) and a 6-member family headed by Mohamed Jobair, 25, son of Abdul Shuker and another a 3-member family headed by Mostafa, 22, son of Abdul Ghaffar from Block No. C were repatriated. They all hailed from Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, he further added. Of them, some are forcibly and some are voluntary repatriated. The said Mohamed Hassan and 6-member family head by Mohamed Jobair were repatriated forcibly while 3-member family headed by Mostafa was repatriated by voluntary, the refugee leader more said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Plans to Construct a New Deep Seaport
      Date of publication: 10 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Feb.10: "Bangladesh is planning to construct a new deep seaport on an island to create a link between Bangladesh and landlocked countries of China, India and Burma, said a report of the shipping Ministry of Bangladesh yesterday. The proposal location of the future seaport is the offshore island of Kutubdia of Cox’s Bazaar District. It is very close to Rambree Island of Arakan State, Burma, where SPDC has also recently decided to build a deep seaport. Regarding the deep seaport, the government is planning to float tender to appoint international consultants to study the economic feasibility and site of the planned deep seaport in Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Missing 4, Wounded One at Arakan Coastal
      Date of publication: 09 February 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Feb. 09: "Nasaka (Burmese Border Security Forces) left a man wounded and 4-other missing at the mouth of Naaf River while a boat, loading with rice sacks tried to smuggle to Bangladesh from Burma on 26th January 2005, said a trader from Inn Din on condition of anonymity who recently crossed border for border trader purpose..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Burmese Ethnic Groups Celebrated Cultural Program in New Delhi
      Date of publication: 07 February 2005
      Description/subject: New Delhi, Feb.7: "Ethnic groups from Burma have celebrated a cultural program under the tile of “Unity in Cultural Diversity” in New Delhi, said Tin Soe, a Rohingya participant at the program. The Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) with the collaboration of Burmese Community Resource Center (BCRC) had organized the program in order to bring up better understating among the ethnic groups of Burma and it was celebrated on 5th February 2004 at Maharaja Banquets, Asslat Puri, New Delhi., he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Burma FM Nyan Win due today
      Date of publication: 02 February 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Feb.24: "Burma foreign minister, Nyan Win, arrives on a three-day visit today. During his visit, he is expected to discuss covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well regional and international issues of common concern, the planned project on establishing direct Dhaka-Rangoon road link between two neighbors through construction of a bridge over the Naaf river and Rohingya refugee repatriation with his counterpart, said a source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Five Refugees Jailed for Refusal of Forced Repatriation
      Date of publication: 28 January 2005
      Description/subject: Teknaf, January 28: "Five refugees were arrested and sent to jail by police for refusal of forced repatriation in Bangladesh refugee camp, said a refugee leader on condition of anonymity..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Rohingya-Rakhine Clash in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 28 January 2005
      Description/subject: Kyauk Pru, January 28: "A Rohingya-Rakhine clash broke out in a town named Kyauk Pru of Arakan State on January 20, 2005, leaving the some injured from both sides, said a habitant of Kyauk Pru on condition of anonymity..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Ethnic groups condemned Junta’s brutality against religion in Burma
      Date of publication: 25 January 2005
      Description/subject: New Delhi, Jan 25: "Ethnic groups of Burma staged a rally in New Delhi, the capital of India against SPDC’s brutalities on religion in Burma yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: EXTORTION ON RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL IN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 25 January 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Jan-25: "The military personnel in northern Arakan State, Burma have been forcibly collecting taxes from all walks of people, who celebrated the Eid-ul-Adha (the sacrificed festival), the second largest Islamic festival of Muslims, reported by a villager on condition of anonymity for his security reason..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: ARAKANESE GROUPS WELCOME THE US CALL
      Date of publication: 23 January 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Jan-23: "Rohingya Arakanese leaders welcome the recent call of US President; George W. Bush to bring freedom to the darkest corners of the world and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, Burma: "outposts of tyranny". After hearing Bush’s speech, in which the American President emphasized his country’s intention to expand freedom and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions around the world, some Rohingya Arakanese leaders along the Bangladesh Burma border reacted with enthusiasm..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Tri-nations Pipeline Issue: Trilateral Sign Depend on Bilateral Treaty
      Date of publication: 17 January 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Jan-07: "Bilateral treaty between Bangladesh and India become obstacles for recent agreement on trilateral MoU in Rangoon, Burma. On 15th January 2005, the Bangladesh State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, AKM Mosharraf Hossain said on his return from the tri-nations energy meeting in Rangoon, “Without following the bilateral treaty, we will not sign the trilateral one.”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Price Hike of Kerosene, Petrol This Year in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 16 January 2005
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, January 16: "The kerosene and petrol prices are increased in Arakan State, Burma, at the beginning of this year hamper mostly farmers, sources said. Now kerosene is being sold at Kyat 2,600/- per gallon whilst it has been sold at Kyat 2,200/- in previous month. Petrol is also being sold at Kyat 2,100/- while it has been sold at Kyat 2, 000/-at the end of 2004, said a trader who has a shop of selling kerosene and petrol..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Arakan Bodies Opposed the Tri-nations MoU on Arakan Gas
      Date of publication: 14 January 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Jan-14: "Rohingya Arakanese leaders strongly opposed the tri-nations agreement on exporting Gas from Arakan State, Burma to India through Bangladesh without the consent of its stakeholders. A spokesman of Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) said, “We will try until last time to preserve our natural resources, as it is our property that can be used for the benefits of Arakan’s people.”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (20K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Surrendered Burmese Insurgent Entered Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 13 January 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Jan-13: "Seven members of Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA) re-entered Bangladesh on January 2, 2005 that surrendered to the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) troops on 21 December 2004, said Maung Ni from Maungdaw Town, Arakan State, Burma. Some DPA members including 100 family members have surrendered to the SPDC troops, based in Platwa township of Chin State with 20 modern guns from Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, he more added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Bangladesh- Burma Border Trade Turns down
      Date of publication: 12 January 2005
      Description/subject: = Teknaf, January 12: "Burma-Bangladesh border trade has turned down due to some dealings taken by a new administration body, said our source from Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh. After the sack of Prime Minister Khin Nyunt from his position on October 18, 2004, in place of Nasaka Force, temporally the administration is conducted by--- custom, police, immigration and army--- ( new administration body) excluding the Military Intelligence. Therefore, the administrations are being a little bit changed, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Two Burmese Smugglers Nabbed in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 12 January 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’ Bazar, January 12: "Bangladesh police chased two Burmese smugglers at Cox’s Bazar and nabbed them from a car recently, said Shukur who is working at Cox’s Bazar Court. Police arrested smugglers are Zabir, 35 and Sallim, 32, both of them hailed from Shwe Zarr village under the Maungdaw Township of Arakan State. They were carrying medicines by a car from Teknaf (Bangladesh) to Chittagong through Cox’s Bazar town, he more added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Delegation leaves for Rangoon to finalize Tri-Nation Gas Pipeline
      Date of publication: 11 January 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Jan. 11: "Today, a three member delegation of Bangladesh led by the State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, is leaving the country for Rangoon, the capital of Burma to finalize the proposed Tri-nation gas pipeline tomorrow. According to a report, Bangladesh would propose at a discussion among Burma, Bangladesh and India on the proposed trans-boundary gas pipeline in Rangoon, as it would be part of a regional energy and power- sector cooperation, while Bangladesh would seek passage through Indian territories to import electricity from Nepal and Bhutan in exchange for allowing a tri-nation gas pipeline through Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: 12-Top Level Nasaka Officers Including Nasaka Director Arrested
      Date of publication: 10 January 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 10: "12-top level Nasaka officers including Nasaka Director, Nasaka deputy Director and Military Intelligence-18 ( MI-18) Chief [were arrested]on 25th December 2004, from Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships, Arakan State of Burma, according to a man who is close to government officials. A team headed by Lt. Gen Khin Maung Than, a member of State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and in-Charge-of Arakan State, which include the Western Command Commander Brig General Min Aung Naing, the Western Commander have arrived at Nasaka Headquarters of Maungdaw Township of Arakan by two helicopters on 23rd December 2004 to access the situation and arrested the Nasaka Director, Col. Aung Ngwe, the deputy Director of the Nasaka, Lt Col. Myint Oo, the MI-18 Chief, Major Than Sin, he further added. The team also arrested 9-Commander of Nasaka Sectors of Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships. They are: Major Aung Naing Win, Major Aye Tun Lin, Major Soe Maung Maung, Major Zaw Min Oo, Major Rang Naing Soe, Major Tun Tun Oo, Major San Aung, Captain Soe Min Hlatt and Captain Khine Moe, said another man who is also close to officials indirectly and requested us not to mention his name.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Burma Int’l Carrier to Spread Wing to Japan
      Date of publication: 06 January 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 6: "The Burma Airways International (BAI) will spread wing to Japan early this year as its sixth destination of international flight, the local news journal 7-Day reported on December 29, 2004. Negotiation on direct flight to Osaka or an indirect one via Hong Kong using MD-82 air craft is soon completed, the MAI sources was quoted as saying..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Statement on Arakan Natural Gas (Press Release)
      Date of publication: 06 January 2005
      Description/subject: REF: ST/06/2004. "The Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF) strongly protests the SPDC’s exporting of Arakan natural gas to India and the forthcoming energy ministerial meeting of three nations of Burma, Bangladesh and India to be held in Rangoon (Yangon) on 12-13 January 2005..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF) viaw Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Deprivation of Education in Arakan, Burma
      Date of publication: 05 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dated: Wednesday, January 05, 2005: "Arakan, Burma is extremely deprived of high level of illiteracy among the children as well as adults, said Hamid, who is studying in Malaysia University. Most of the village tracts have at least one primary school (class 1 to 4). But remote areas’ admission is weakened by distance and lack of communication during the rainy season. But, widespread poverty keeps many children have to leave school as they are compelled to support to their families. Most of the students have to give up their schools during the winter and summer seasons to provide helps to their parents in their croplands. Most of the parents send their children for religious education in Madrasa and Maqtab to learn Quarn in Arabic. Furthermore, teaching in primary schools is only conveyed in Burmese language, which most of the children cannot speak and understand, said an intellectual..."
      Author/creator: Fayas Ahmed
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (22K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: TWO REFUGEE GIRLS RAPED IN BANGLADESH
      Date of publication: 01 January 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar Jan-1: "Two Rohingya Arakanese refugee girls were raped by local goons at nearby place of Nayapara camp under the Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, said Ahmed, a refugee from the camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: SYMBOLIC REPATRIATION OF REFUGEES STARTED AGAIN
      Date of publication: 30 December 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, Dec 30: " Today, a group of 10 Rohingya refugees from one family were repatriated to Burma again, said the UNHCR official from Cox’s Bazar office, Bangladesh, who decline to mention his name. “It is a good symbol for the repatriation refugees. We hope that the repatriation process will be continued in future. It is first time repatriation after it was stalled in last August 9, 2004 after the repatriation of 7 members from 2 families, UNHCR official further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: A Huge Earthquake off Northern Indonesia Triggered Burma Casualties
      Date of publication: 27 December 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 27: "A huge earthquake off northern Indonesia triggered giant tidal waves and flash floods across southern Asia also caused casualties in Burma yesterday, said a trader who crossed the border and was reluctant to give his name for his security. Six men and four women were killed in the coastal town of Kawthaung, the southern side of Burma when a huge wave caused by earth quake collapsed the bridge while they were crossing it, according to Reuters, Rangoon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Three Nations Sit Jan 12-13 to Talk Gas Pipeline: Arakan People would be Aware about Gas pipeline.
      Date of publication: 20 December 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December, 20: "The Energy ministers of Bangladesh, India and Burma will meet in Burma on January 12 and 13 to discuss regional energy cooperation, including the possibility of implementing a transnational gas pipeline, reported by the “The Daily Star” yesterday. The possibility of implementing a transnational gas pipeline will also be discussed during the January 9-11 SAARC summit in Dhaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: Burmese Opposition Groups Completed a 3- day Seminar
      Date of publication: 19 December 2004
      Description/subject: Chiang Mai, December 19: "Some Burmese opposition groups have completed a three-day seminar on “Another Development for Burma” in Chiang Mai, Thailand today, according to Sadek who is participated the seminar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: Over 165 Rohingya University Students Deprived of Appearance in their Supplementary Exams: As Denied Issuing their Travel Documents by SPDC Authority:
      Date of publication: 09 December 2004
      Description/subject: Maungda, December 09: "Over 165 Rohingya University students were deprived of appearance in their supplementary examinations as they were denied issuing their travel documents to go to Sittwe by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) authority, said a parent of a student of Maungdaw town who preferred not to mention his name because of security reason..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: UNHCR’s Asia- Pacific Director Visited the Rohingya Refugee Camps
      Date of publication: 06 December 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, December 06: "A team of UN High Commissioner of Refugees led by Asia-Pacific Director Janet Lim visited the two Rohingya Camps on 4th of December 2004, said a refugee leader when Kaladan Press asked him by telephone. At first the delegation visited the Kutupalong refugee camp at about 10:00 am and left to Nayapara refugee camp at about 2:00 pm, the refugee leader further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: The 3-Day Biswa Ijtema Ends Today with Final Prayer
      Date of publication: 05 December 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 05: "The 3-day Biswa Ijtema ( world religious gathering) in the suburban town of Tongi about 30 km off Dhaka is set to end today with akheri munajat ( final prayer), said Tin Soe, Kaladan Press Staff, who participated the gathering. More than 3 million people including President Iajuddin Ahamed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and other cabinet members, and leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina and other opposition leaders joined in the last prayer led by Maulana Jobayer Hasan of New Delhi at 11:50 am, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: UNHCR’s Asia-Pacific Director Visits Rohingya Refugee Camps
      Date of publication: 04 December 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar: December 04: "UNHCR’s Asia-Pacific Director Janet Lim will visit the refugee camps on the first week of this month, said a refugee leader from Kutupalong camp of Cox’s Bazar district, he did not mention his name for security reason. She will visit the camps to observe the situation of the refugees and to decide about the two Rohingya refugee camps after a series of incidents against a UN staff in October led to a government crackdown on refugees on 18th and 19th of November 2004, officials said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: Ijtema (Religious Gathering) Begin Today in Dhaka
      Date of publication: 02 December 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 02: "The Biswa Ijtema (world religious gathering), a congregation of world Muslims organized by the Tablig Jammat, begins today at Tongi about 12 km north off the Dhaka, said Tin Soe, Kaladan Press Staff, who is a participant of the Ijtema. It is the second largest congregation of Muslims next to Hajj on the planet and was being held regularly at the same place since 1966..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: MI and Nasaka Officials, Their Collaborators Interrogated for Illegal Involvement in Business Deals
      Date of publication: 30 November 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 30: "The Military Intelligence (MI) and Nasaka (Burmese-Border Security Force) officials together with their collaborators are interrogated by the Tactical Operation Command (TOC) of Buthidaung, Arakan State, said a collaborator of MI who is barred from interrogation by TOC. The officials of MI and Nasaka including their co-workers have been interrogated by the TOC for their illegal involvements in business deals after sacking of Prime Minister Khin Nyunt, he further continued..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (19K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: Indian Prime Minister Seeks Rangoon’s and Dhaka’s Help to Fight Insurgents
      Date of publication: 29 November 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, November 29: "Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed hope that Burma and Bangladesh will help India deal with the northeastern Indian insurgent outfits allegedly operating in those countries, said during his trip to Assam state that ended on Monday 22nd November, according to Pallab Bhattacharya from New Delhi. “We’ve made separate representations to Burma and Bangladesh to provide us assistance in dealing with north-east based militant groups in those countries,” Singh told reporters in Assam’s capital Guwahati on the second day of his visit to the state..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: UNHCR to Review Rohingya Refugee Policy
      Date of publication: 27 November 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, November 27: "The UNHCR is likely to review next month its stance on two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar to persuade the government to end the stalemate in negotiations over the fate of the remaining 20, 000 refugees, said Ashfaq Wares Khan from Dhaka on 26th November 2004. The UNHCR wants to provide these refugees with work permit and freedom of movement beyond their two camps at Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar. But the government wants to confine the refugees to the camps and speed up their repatriation as a section of the Rohingyas is drifting into crime and other anti-social activities, he further added. The UN body last year threatened to wind up its operations in Bangladesh over the disagreement..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: Dhaka to Attend Energy Co-op Talks In Burma
      Date of publication: 26 November 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, November 26: "Bangladesh will sit with India and Burma in Rangoon in January 2004 to discuss cooperation in energy sector but exact agenda for the tripartite dialogue is not yet finalized, said State Minister for Energy Mosharraf Hossain of Bangladesh on 24th November 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: What Happened to the Kutupalong Refugee Camp On 18th and 19th November?
      Date of publication: 26 November 2004
      Description/subject: Thirteen Burmese Rohingya refugees died, over 100 wounded and more than a hundred refugees were arrested in a clash with Bangladeshi policemen on 18th and 19th November 2004, in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, said sources. The clash was started when Muhammad Nurul Alam Chowdhury, the in charge of the camp, went to see the meeting with a fellow police officer with the cooperation of police and ansars. He found some of the Rohingya refugees holding a meeting against their forced repatriation to Burma. But, previously, he was informed by a Majee (a collaborator of camp officials) with some fabricated and false information about the meeting. In fact, after the meeting, the refugees seeking heavenly helps from God if they were forcibly repatriated to Burma and wish peacefully living in refugee camps in future. But, police raided the refugees and arrested the refugee leader Mohammad Ishaq"ue, also a schoolteacher and two others. The angry mob of the refugees tried to rescue the arrested persons from the police and then the clash was erupted between police and refugees said a refugee leader who is temporary outside the camp to avoid the arrest of police..."
      Author/creator: Fayas Ahmed
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (23K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2004


      Title: 5 killed, Over 100 Wounded and more than 100 Arrested in a Police Firing in a Refugee Camp of Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 19 November 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, November 19: "At least five refugees were killed, over a hundred wounded and more than a hundred refugees were arrested in a violent clash between refugees and police at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya upazila, under Cox’s Bazar district yesterday, said a refugee leader who prefers not to mention his name. The trouble erupted at about 9.30 am when about one hundred refugees are holding a meeting against their forced repatriation to Burma in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp, the refugee leader further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


      Title: EID-UL-FITR IN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 15 November 2004
      Description/subject: Mahngdaw Nov. 15, 2004: "Thousands of Muslim Rohingyas of Arakan celebrated their religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr today like Millions of Muslims in the world celebrated it after one month of fasting, reported by an elite Rohingya from inside Arakan on condition of anonymity..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 November 2004


      Title: Child Labour in Arakan
      Date of publication: 04 November 2004
      Description/subject: Feature: Date: November 4, 2004... Chittagong, November 4, 2004: "There is a child on the east bank of a creek that follows to a river called Naf, which separated the two neighboring countries of Burma and Bangladesh. He is look like mud with muddy working at construction site of mud that know dam for shrimp cultivation (fishery damp). The child only 12-years old named Zahid Ullah from the village of Taungbro left under Maungdaw Township (a bordering village closed to Bangladesh), Arakan State, Burma. He works heard but he can earn very little recompense from his service. He is an orphan and is compelled to work there as, he has no other alternative for his survival. While asked, little Zahid said “that my father was picked up by military before 4 years but he never come back to home again. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers with my mother. I am the eldest son of the family. So, I work to earn money for my family members, while my mother works in neighboring houses for our survival. We had some lands that also seized by the Nasaka for new Buddhist settlers”. Now, I am working for the construction of dam at shrimp cultivation site but I have no fix works to do. Earlier I was engaged for cowboy to some neighboring houses with recompense of 30 tins of rice paddy in a year. I would take care of cows, bulk and others for them but I was not exempted from other general works that they have in house. If I get any money by any means, working out side, I would pay it to my lord, as I am a full time (24-hours) employee of this lord..."
      Author/creator: Md. Sadek
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (18K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Local Group Attempts to Destroy Burmese refugee camp in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 23 October 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, October 23: "A group of Bangladeshi youth in Teknaf town made and attempt to destroy the unofficial Rohingya refugee camp on 19th October 2004, said Salim from the camp. This unofficial camp is situated at Teknaf border town of Bangladesh close to Burma, was set up after an army operation against illegal Rohingya immigrants in bordering areas in early 2003. On 8th October 2004, Teknaf local youths backed by some elderly people formed a committee named the “Voluntary Committee for Illegal Rohingya Immigrants (VCIRI)” to drive out the refugees from Teknaf makeshift camp that consists of 40 local youths. The said committee forbids refugees to go out of the camp for works for their livelihood and watch the refugee camp by routine the whole day and night, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Smuggling of W.Y Drug Tablets Increases at Burma-Bangladesh Border
      Date of publication: 19 October 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, October 19: "Smuggling of WY named drug tablets is now increasing in Burma-Bangladesh border, a source in the law enforcement agency at Maungdaw said on condition of anonymity. Smuggling syndicates on both sides of the Burma and Bangladesh border have recently increased their operations along the border and the WY drug tablets are smuggled into Bangladesh from Burma through the different border routes. At present, there is no bilateral cooperation between Burma and Bangladesh on repression of smuggling along the common porous border, the source further added. Big syndicates of Burmese smuggling rings operate in amalgamation with the highest in the Burmese junta. Many corrupt officials on both sides of the border act as party to the illegal cross-border smuggling. The Burmese smuggling rings operate at Maungdaw and Sittwe in Arakan State in Western Burma close to Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong in Bangladesh, said a father of drug addict from Maungdaw town and who has relation with local Nasaka(Burmese- Border Security Force) authorities..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Nasaka Forcibly Extracts Labor and Donation from Rohingya villagers
      Date of publication: 18 October 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, October 18: "Nasaka forcibly extracts donation and labor from Rohingya villagers for construction of Buddhist pagoda and temple in Maungdaw township of Arakan State, western Burma, said a villager. On June 2004, Nasaka (Border Security Force) authorities have newly established a Natala village (a model village) named Aung Thaya model village near Wabag village (Myaw Taung village) of Maungdaw north in Arakan State. It has 495 persons of 130 family including 242 male and 253 female members. Newcomers were brought in from Burma proper for this Natala village dotted with pagoda, monastery, and community center built with forced labor and forced donation of the Rohingyas, the villager further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Western Commander orders villagers to move out
      Date of publication: 14 October 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, October 14: "The Commander of the Western Command in Burma has ordered the villagers to move out of their village in western Burma, a village elder here said. A group of high military and border security forces visiting Thet Khine Nyar Village on 6th October 14, 2004 inquired about the circumstances of the death of a junior military officer in the area. The team members also asked about the whereabouts of the gun possessed by the dead soldier. The western Commander, Major General Maung Oo in a heated speech ordered the villagers either to hand over the missing gun or face being forced out of the village, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Nasaka Arrested a 3-Member of Mosque Committee for not Complying Order
      Date of publication: 11 October 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, October11: "Nasaka (Burmese- Border Security Force) arrested a 3 -member of mosque committee for not complying the order of Nasaka to destroy a mosque of their village at Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, western Burma, a villager of this area said. In the first week of September 2004, Col.Tun Tun Oo, the Commander of the Nasaka Sector No. 6 of Maungdaw Township ordered the villagers of Zun Baina to destroy the ancient mosque. But the villagers didn’t comply the order of the Nasaka, the villager further added. So, the Nasaka arrested Zahir Ahmed, 56, son of Omor Abbas, Molvi Zakaria, 52, son of Lukman Hakim and Abul Khasim, 54, son of Tanda Meah on 25th September 2004 because of their leading role in not complying the Nasaka’s order. The victims all hail from Zun Baina village of Maungdaw Township. Afterwards, they were detained at the Nasaka camp, said another villager..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Unfriendly Gesture in Dhaka-Rangoon Relations
      Date of publication: 10 October 2004
      Description/subject: "There was a cloud of misunderstanding between Bangladesh and Burma over a visit by a Bangladeshi Survey Engineering team that had to return home immediately for lack of response from Burma side, reported the “The Daily Ajker Desh Bidesh” reported on 26thSeptember 2004.
      Author/creator: Fayas Ahmed
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Ajker Desh Bidesh" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (18K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: U-21 Challenge Cup Final Today
      Date of publication: 08 October 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, October 8: "Bangladesh gets champion in the five–nation competition today beating India 4-2 in the place–deciding match at the Maulana Bashani Stadium today, according to Bangla NTV of Bangladesh. The U-21 International Hockey Tournament was organized by Bangladesh Hockey Federation, which was started on 30th September 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: A Marriage away from Home
      Date of publication: 02 October 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, October 02: "In first week September, a Rohingya couple, whose engagement was announced nearly one year ago, had to leave their homeland to marry in Bangladesh because of the marriage restriction in Arakan, said Abdul Jalil, the bridegroom..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Essentials Prices Soaring at Western Border of Burma
      Date of publication: 29 September 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, September 29: "The prices of essentials keep soaring in the Maungdaw market in Arakan State, western Burma, on short supply, threatening to make a dent on the purse of the middle and lower income group during the month of Ramadan, which is just a few weeks away, said a trader who has a shop at Maungdaw town. All most all kinds of vegetables and essentials are selling higher price per kg against the prices before the recent weeks while the price of rice goes down significantly, he further added. Traders and shopkeepers attribute the increase the price to dearth of supply as the new harvest will be reached at the market at least one month later..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Private Tutoring become Common Practice in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 27 September 2004
      Description/subject: Monday, September 27, 2004: "What is happening today did not previously exist. In the past, only the dull students who could afford tuition fees used to go to private tutors. Usually they were from well-to-do families. Generally the students did not require private tuition if they were regular to their classes and attentive to their school lessons. It was primarily because in those days the teachers were dedicated to their noble profession. They took special care in the studies and welfare of their students. They were proud of students’ better results and improvement. They were not acquainted with the bad practice of cheating in teaching despite economic hardship with many of them. Today’s education system encourages private tuition by schoolteachers too. Private tutoring of school and college students for high tuition fees has become a common practice in Arakan State, Burma..."
      Author/creator: Fayas Ahmed
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: One woman killed after rape and another jailed for 20 years
      Date of publication: 26 September 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, September 26: "Military Intelligence-18 (MI) personnel raped two Rohingya women of whom one was killed and the other one was sentenced to 20 years jail at Buthidaung Town, Arakan State, Burma, said a trader of Buthidaung town..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 November 2004


      Title: Crackdown On Rohingya Villagers
      Date of publication: 25 September 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, September 25: "The Nasaka and police are terrorizing the Rohingya people in the village of Thet Kaine Nyar (Shatkania) and its localities in northern Maungadw, Arakan State, said Sayed Alam, who recently crossed the border to Bangladesh. The Nasaka troops and police started crackdown on the villagers on September 15 in retaliation for the death of a Nasaka Junior officer Rang Aung who had raped a young girl and injured a villager by gunshot, Sayed further continued..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 September 2004


      Title: Drug Addicts Increasing in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 24 September 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Sept. 21: "The young people in Arakan State of western Burma have now become increasingly addicted to smuggled illicit drug of Indian cough syrup “Phensidyl”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13k)
      Date of entry/update: 26 September 2004


      Title: Flag Meeting Held on Burma-Bangladesh Border
      Date of publication: 24 September 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’ Bazar, Sept. 24: "Regional Commander level flag meeting was held between Burma-Bangladesh borders on 21st September 2004, said a participant in the meeting, who declined to mention his name. Meeting took place at a guesthouse of Limosari under Naikhogchari poilice station of Bandarban district in Chittagong Hill Tract, Bangladesh, which is very close to Aungtha Pye Village Tract of Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, Burma, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 September 2004


      Title: Gold Shines on International Price: Price may cross Kyat 2,30,000, a Tical within few Months
      Date of publication: 19 September 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Sept. 19, 04: "Gold price continuously rising in local market and the local people fear the price for the first time in the country’s history may cross Kyat 2,30,000 in a Tical (1 Tical = 17.49 gm) within a few months, said a goldsmith from Maungdaw Town. Local people attribute the price hike mainly to rising international prices coupled with the rising domestic demand. A Tical of gold now sells at Kyat 2,30,000 which was Kyat 1,80,000 only two weeks ago. The price of gold was only Kyat 1,70,000 per Tical in January 2002. In early 2003, the price crossed Kyat 1,80,000 and late 2003 it suppressed Kyat 2,90,000, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 September 2004


      Title: Confiscation of 315 Acres for Nasaka Business and Forced Labor
      Date of publication: 16 September 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, September 16: "Nasaka forces confiscated about 315 acres of farmland and the villagers have to pay forced labor to grow paddy in the confiscated lands at Buthidaung Township of Arakan State, belonging to villagers for their own business purpose, said a villager of Panze. In the first week of August 2004, by the order of Nasaka Sector Commander No. 9, the local Nasaka officials confiscated the farmland from villagers of Buthidaung north. Nasaka confiscated 200 acres from Kyaung Taung, 12 acres from Tin May and 103 acres from Ba Da Gar village tracts of Buthidaung Township, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Demolition of Mosques in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 16 September 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Sept 16, 04: "Recently a total of 9 mosques had been demolished while many more are about to destroy completely in Arakan, said Rashid (nicknamed), a villager of the locality of Ba Da Gar village tract in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State. The Nasaka troops had forced the villagers into demolishing 9 mosques on 12 and 13 August that include 1 from Kinusi, 2 from Fatiya, 4 from Panze, 1 from Tanzama Dia and 1 from Nan Mraung villages, he further said. Nasaka officials said, “ It is not necessary to have many mosques in one village, one big mosque is enough for prayers. Soon many mosques will be demolished.”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: BDR Seized 2,500 Sacks of Fertilizer En-route to Burma
      Date of publication: 14 September 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, September: "The police-BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) in a joint raid seized 2,500 sacks of urea fertilizer in Cox’s Bazar district on 11th September 2004, night, said Alam from Cox’s Bazar. They seized fertilizer from an engine boat anchored at Pookkhali Ghat (port) in Moheshkhali Island of Cox’s Bazar district that was en-route from Bangladesh to Sittwe (Akyab), Burma, said police of Cox’ Bazar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Sentry imposed in Northern Arakan for SPDC authorities
      Date of publication: 13 September 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Sept. 13: "Recently, Western Command Commander imposed sentry on Rohingya villagers to ensure the security of SPDC authorities in Northern Arakan. Everyday, a number of 20 villagers are being engaged to stay in sentry posts in every village of Maungdaw Township since the end of August 2004 that was ordered in the first week of August 2004. Of them, 10 for daytime and another 10 for nighttime, while a section of Nasaka (Border Disciplinary Control Force) forces or military also have been patrolling and checking the sentries in every village at night. But, illagers have to provide food to the patrolling forces, said a villager from Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Two Killed Over the Rape of a Teenaged Girl in Maungdaw Township
      Date of publication: 12 September 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Sept 12: "wo people including a Nasaka (Border Disciplinary Control Force) were killed over the rape of a teenaged Rohingya girl in Maungdaw Township in northern Arakan, Burma, according to the Nasaka officials..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Burma Resumes Its Border Transit Point after 14 Days
      Date of publication: 07 September 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, September 07: "Burma resumes its border transit point today with Bangladesh on Maungdaw-Teknaf borderline and other frontier points after 14 days apparently amid political tempers in Bangladesh triggered by the August grenade attack, said Sayed from Teknaf by telephone. Today morning, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) officials say Burma border security forces resumes the route without prior notice..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Nasaka Abducted a Bangladeshi Fisherman
      Date of publication: 04 September 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, September 04: "A Bangladeshi fisherman was abducted by Burmese-Border Security Force (Nasaka) from Naf River while he was fishing, according to our correspondent. On August 24, 2004, the victim Shabir Ahamed, 32, son of late Kalu Meah of Ullo Bonia village of Whaikong union under the Cox’s Bazar district was abducted by Nasaka while fishing at the Naf River of Bangladesh water territorial boundary, according to the victim’s wife..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Burma-Bangladesh Border Became Tension
      Date of publication: 03 September 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, September 03: "Burma-Bangladesh Border became tension after eight Bangladeshi businessmen were pushed back to Bangladesh border by Burmese authorities from Burma border, according to our correspondent. After pushing back eight Bangladeshi businessmen by Burmese authority on 24th August, the Burma–Bangladesh border has been closed so far. The reason behind is still unknown, the Daily Cox’s Bazar reported on August 25, 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 September 2004


      Title: Arakan Rebel Leader Surrendered to Bangladesh Security Forces
      Date of publication: 31 August 2004
      Description/subject: Bandarban, August 31: "A leader of the Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA), a rebel organization of Arakan State, Burma surrendered to the security forces of Bangladesh, according to a local newspaper. On 28th August 2004, the DPA leader, Ba Ohng Maung with his family surrendered to the security forces in Tarachha in Roangchhari upazila of Bandarban District of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, the paper further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Un-named local newspaper via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 September 2004


      Title: Nasaka Authorities Declared Forced Labor Prohibited in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 29 August 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 29: "On 12th August 2004, Nasaka(Burmese- Border Security Force) authorities declared forced labor is prohibited in Northern Arakan from August 12, 2004 to infinity, according to our correspondent. But, the villagers of Fakira Bazar (Kha Moung Zeik), Shab Bazar(Ta Man Thar), Bawli Bazar( Kyein Chaung) of Maungdaw township in Arakan State, western Burma have been engaged in forced labor for construction of bridges, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 August 2004


      Title: MI Extorted Money from Rohingya Traders
      Date of publication: 28 August 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 28: "Military Intelligence (MI) extorted Kyat-3 crore (US Dollar 33, 333) from three Rohingya cattle traders of Maungdaw Township in Arakan State on June 30, 2004, according to our correspondent, inside Arakan..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 August 2004


      Title: Arakan Insurgent Group abducted Tribal UP Member
      Date of publication: 26 August 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, August 26: "The member of Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA), Arakan insurgent group abducted a tribal Union Parishad (UP) member of Bangladesh from his house recently, a local people of Bandarban told our correspondent at Cox’s Bazar. The victim was Jacob Tripura of Barathali Para in Ruma, Bandarban of Chittagong hill Tracts of Bangladesh, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 August 2004


      Title: Forced Labor for Model Village
      Date of publication: 26 August 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 26: "Nasaka forces are taking forced labor for construction of model villages from Rohingya villagers of Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, western Burma, according to our correspondent inside Arakan. Since June 10, 2004, the Nasak (Burmese- Border Security Force) has been taking forced labor from the Rohingya villagers of Maungdaw Township for constructing 120 houses at Wabag village nearby Nasaka Headquarters of Maungdaw Township, our correspondent further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 August 2004


      Title: Two Bangladeshi Woodcutters Snatched by Burmese Border Security Force
      Date of publication: 24 August 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, August 25: "Nasaka (Burmese Border Security Force) abducted two Bangladesh nationals from inside Bangladesh land territorial boundary, according to our correspondent from border area. On August 16, 2004, the Nasaka members entered the Bangladesh land territory and kidnapped two Bangladeshi woodcutters into Burma, reported by Ajker Desh Bidesh on 20th August 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 August 2004


      Title: Two Rohingya Youths Sentenced to 7-year Imprisonment in Western Burma
      Date of publication: 23 August 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 23: "A Court of Maungdaw Town in Arakan State of western Burma on August 13, 2004, sentenced two Rohingya youths to 7-year imprisonment for alleging anti-government activities, according to our correspondent from Maung daw Town..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 August 2004


      Title: 7 Rohingya Refugees Arrested at Cox’s Bazar Magistrate’s Court
      Date of publication: 19 August 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s bazaar, August 19: "Seven Rohingya refugees were sent to jail after they were arrested alleging in connection with terrorist’s activities and creating obstacles in refugee repatriation process while they were appearing before the magistrate’s court according to their fixed date for their previous cases, said an eyewitness from Cox’s Bazar. The seven refugees were previously arrested in 2002 from Kutupalong refugee camp by alleging involvement in terrorist’s activities and creating obstacles in refugee repatriation process. After some months in the jail hazard, they got bail from the court with the cooperation of Camp- in-Charge of the refugee Camps and staying peacefully in their previous refugee camps. But they have to attend regularly to the Cox’s Bazar Court on the date of their cases, said a refugee from the camp, who declined to mention his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 19 August 2004


      Title: Rohingya welcome Annan’s Initiative
      Date of publication: 19 August 2004
      Description/subject: Date: 19th August 2004 "Rohingya People welcomes UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s call on 17th August on Burma’s government to immediately release opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Gyi from house arrest and engagement in “Substantive Dialogue” with NLD and other political parties. We, the Arakan people of Burma express special thanks to UN Secretary for this initiative. It is hoped that the UN Secretary’s latest initiative will bring the standoff to an end among SPDC, NLD and other parties. In a statement released on 17th August by the UN, the Secretary General believes that without National League for Democracy (NLD) and other political parties’ participation, the “National Convention” and the 7 points road map process will be incomplete and lacking in credibility..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 19 August 2004


      Title: Local People Demanded to Repatriate the Rohingya Refugees
      Date of publication: 18 August 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s bazaar, August 18: "A local refugee repatriated committee from Ukhiya under the Cox’s Bazar district demanded to the Government to repatriate the Rohingya refugees as early as possible to their home, according to a local Daily Cox’s Bazar paper on 6th August 2004. The said committee organized and held a meeting at Ukhiya Government Primary School on 5th August and discussed about the repatriation of Rohingya refugees and they demanded to the government to repatriate the refugee, paper further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 August 2004


      Title: Foreign Goods Prohibited to Enter Bangladesh from Burma-Bangladesh Border Except Burmese Goods
      Date of publication: 16 August 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, August16: "Customs hope that tax will be decreased from Burma-Bangladesh border trade during current fiscal year---July 01, 2004 to June 30, 2005--- for barring foreign goods to enter Bangladesh from Burma- Bangladesh border except Burmese goods, according to Abul Kalam Azad from Teknaf. At the beginning of August 2004, the Bangladesh government concerned authority asked the customs of Teknaf areas not to allow foreign goods to enter Teknaf points except Burmese goods, he further added...."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 August 2004


      Title: Rohingya Youths Observed International Youth Day
      Date of publication: 13 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 13: "Rohingya youths observed the 5th International Youth Day through a discussion meeting at Chittagong, Bangladesh yesterday. The meeting was organized by the Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF) to strengthen the commitment of young people to increase opportunities for their participation in the society activities, said Jamil, a participant of the meeting..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2004


      Title: Rohingyas Observe the 16th Anniversary of 8888 Pro-Democracy Movement in Burma
      Date of publication: 08 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittaogong, August 8: "Rohingya organizations observe the 16th anniversary of 8888 anniversary of people democracy movement in Burma today. Today, 8th August 2004, the Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF), Arakan Human Rights Organization (AHRO) and many other Rohingyas in exile gathered in a discussion meeting in Chittagong to remark the 16th anniversary of 8888 democracy movement of Burma. Various leaders and elderly Rohingya delivered speeches at the meeting, said a participant of the meeting..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


      Title: A Religious Teacher Sentenced a 7-year Jail Sentence
      Date of publication: 07 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 7: "On 19th July 2004, a religious teacher was sentenced for 7 years jail sentence for his absence from his house in western border of Burma, according to our correspondent..." The victim was Moulvi Nurul Islam, 42, son of Moulvi Abdul Zaber hailed from Ywet Nyo Taung Para of Buthidaung Township in Arakan State, he further added.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


      Title: HIV: You Cannot Hide for Long: Fight It from the Very Beginning
      Date of publication: 06 August 2004
      Description/subject: Date: August 6, 2004: "Aids stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which causes havoc on the human immunity system utterly destroys it and leads its victims to sure death. The first case was detected in the US in 1981.From then on the whole world is combating it. The global AIDS situation is very grim. This deadly disease affects a large proportion of our total world populations..."
      Author/creator: Fayas Ahmed
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (20K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


      Title: Additional Recommendation Suggested by the Participants of the Dhaka Seminar On 5th July 2004
      Date of publication: 04 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 04: "A Seminar on the recent published Amnesty International Report on Rohingya Minority of Myanmar was at the VIP Lounge of National Press Club of Bangladesh on 5th July 2004. Ignoring minor difference of opinions, participants in the Seminar supported and agreed to the Amnesty International report titled “Myanmar: Rohingya Minority, Fundamental Rights Denied,” and the participants adopted all the recommendations made by Amnesty International, according to CDS-BLA-HRF Human Rights Campaign Program. Participants further suggested to add the following Recommendations of the Seminar to the recommendations made by Amnesty International: ..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (17K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


      Title: Present Situation of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 04 August 2004
      Description/subject: Date:04/08/04: There are more "than 20,000 Rohingya refugees in two refugee camps of Kutupalong and Nayapra in Cox’s Bazar. They are living in shabby huts. A room of 12ft X 8ft is provided to each family, irrespective of its size. There are average 7 members in each family. It is socially uncomfortable, even socially wrong, to live so many people together in jam-packed. The living condition in the camps is not satisfactory, injurious to health. The ration is distributed on weekly and monthly basis. 3kg of rice, 250 grams of edible oil, 250 grams of dal, 150 grams of sugar, 100 grams of salt, 250 grams of sugi (blended food) are distributed to each member of the family on weekly basis. 240 kgs of firewood, 3 pieces of soap, 1 litre of kerosene are distributed to each family on monthly basis. A piece of clothing is distributed to each member once a year, particularly on the occasion of Eidul-fitr (an annual festival after the month of Ramadan). Rice is the main and only staple food for the refugees. They used to take it three times a day (breakfast, launch, dinner) and, therefore, the rice is not enough for most of the refugee families. Healthcare is now left in the hand of Ministry of Health, Bangladesh (MOH). When it was entrusted with MSF refugees received enough care, but now they receive very little. There have been many complaints lodged by the inmates with the camp in charge about their not receiving medicine and proper treatment. Many refugees are reported to have been suffering now due to non-availability of the free medical treatment. Most of them are affected by malaria, TB, asthma, gastric, skin diseases. Children are vulnerable to pneumonia and other child diseases. Most of the women are affected by ill health with various diseases..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


      Title: A Couple of Bride and Bridegroom Crossed the Burma-Bangladesh Border
      Date of publication: 03 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 03: "A couple of bride and bridegroom have crossed the Burma-Bangladesh border after failing to get their marriage permission from the Nasaka (Burmese-Border Security Force) due to unable to manage bribe money, according to our correspondent from Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 12 August 2004


      Title: BIMST-EC Summit Closes with Economic Action Call
      Date of publication: 01 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 01: "Asian leaders representing 1.3 billion people closed their first ever summit yesterday with a united call for joint economic action, according to the Daily Star of today. The two-day meeting in Bangkok was the first for leaders since the groups was launched seven years ago, with its short history marked by slow progress towards a free trade deal. Despite the criticism, the leaders remained bullish about the trade potential through BIMSTEC, designed as a bridge between south Asia and Southeast Asia. Trade within the group is worth just 3.7 billion dollars, or four percent of their total trade..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Dhaka and Beijing to Open the Direct Road Link, via Burma
      Date of publication: 01 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 01: "The eight-member Chinese delegation headed by Shao Qiwei, vice-governor of Yunan, arrived in Dhaka earlier in the day to expend trade and to open the direct link between Bangladesh and Yunun Province of China, via Burma, according to the report of the Daily Star of Bangladesh...The road link will connect Bangladesh with China’s southwestern Yunun Province, which is the closest in proximity between the two countries..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Tk. 1 Crore-Fertilizer Seized By Navy En-route to Burma
      Date of publication: 01 August 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 1: "On July 29, 2004, Bangladesh Navy seized 24,000 sacks of fertilizer worth Tk. one crore 8 million while seven engine boats en-route to Burma, on the Bay of Bengal near Bhola Channel, according to the local news paper. Acting on a tip of, Naval personnel challenged the boats carrying the fertilizer near Char Tajmuddin, and they chased the smuggling boats and seized all of them..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: BIMST-EC Summit in Bangkok
      Date of publication: 31 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 31: "A BIMST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Economic Cooperation) summit was held in Bangkok yesterday and is set to be renamed it “ Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation” (BIMSTEC), according to the “ The Daily Star”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (13k)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: General Khin Nyunt Flies off to Join BIMSTE-EC Meet in Bangkok
      Date of publication: 30 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July30: "According to the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt flies off to Bangkok today morning to attend the first summit of the BIMST-EC (Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), and Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation, according to Burmese news..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Increasing of Model Villages in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 30 July 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 30: "Increasing of model villages (Natala village) in northern Arakan by new settlers of Bangladeshi Buddhist minorities and Burmese from proper Burma, according to our sources from inside Arakan..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: A Suspected Informer of SPDC Held In Southern Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 29 July 2004
      Description/subject: Ukhiya, July 29: "Bangladesh police arrested a young man from a bordering village of Bangladesh suspecting of SPDC’s spy on July 26, 2004, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bangladesh Police Seized a Cargo Boat of Fertilizer En-route to Burma
      Date of publication: 29 July 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 29: "Bangladesh police seized a cargo boat carrying fertilizer that en-route to Burma on 24th July 2004, according to a reporter of Kaladan Press named Sayed Noor. The cargo boat was captured at Bay of Bengal nearby Barkali River mouth while it was its way to Burma from Islampur Jetty of Cox’s Bazar .The boat was traversing at midnight towards Burma with 7 crewmen and it carried about 22,000 bags of fertilizer worth Tk. 5 million including cargo boat, he further added quoting from a local newspaper. Since the Burma government production of fertilizer has not been able to cover the domestic demands, the sea-smuggling trade of fertilizer from Bangladesh is blooming..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bangladesh, Burma Signed Coastal Shipping Agreement
      Date of publication: 28 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 28: "Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a coastal shipping service agreement in Rangon on Monday to increase trading between the two countries, according to The Daily Star of today..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: India, Burma signed MoU
      Date of publication: 28 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 28: "India and Burma in New Delhi on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) to develop the Burma Railways according to the Times of India yesterday... As per the agreement, India will make available a Line of Credit of 56.385 million USD to Myanmar for augmenting its railways..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: InIndia, Burma signed MoU
      Date of publication: 28 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 28: "India and Burma in New Delhi on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) to develop the Burma Railways according to the Times of India yesterday... As per the agreement, India will make available a Line of Credit of 56.385 million USD to Myanmar for augmenting its railways..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bridges Construction by Forced Labor in Western Burma Border
      Date of publication: 27 July 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdawa, July 27: "Nasaka (Burmese-Border Security Force) authorities are busy with bridges construction by forced labor in Maungdaw north, Arakan State, western Burma Border, according to a local villager of Bawli Bazar of Maungdaw Township. Since 3rd week of June 2004, about 500 indigeneous Rohingyas (Arakanese) from different villages of Maungdaw north have been engaged with the construction of bridges on the road, which is connecting from Ye Aung Tha Phwai (Rani) to Kyien Chaung (Bawli Bazar) road, he further said. The villagers were ordered by Nasaka that the bridges should be completed by the end of August 2004, while the 5 large and other culverts are being constructed of cements, stones, wood and other materials, a youth from Rani village while he visited his relatives in border area told our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Commerce Minister leaves Bangladesh for Rangoon Today to Review Bilateral Trade
      Date of publication: 25 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 25, 2004: "Bangladesh Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury leaves here for Rangoon today to attend a meeting of the Burma-Bangladesh Joint Commission tomorrow accompanied by a six-member delegation, according to BSS, a Bangladeshi News Agency. Bangladesh ambassador to Burma ABM Rahim, president of Burma-Bangladesh Joint Business Council Rashed Maksud Khan and its Vice President Syed Mahmudul Haq are in the delegation team..." The one-day meeting will review Dhaka-Rangoon trade ties and seek to find ways and means to further enhance bilateral trade. Two agreements may be signed on the occasion, the first one aimed to make operational the account trade between the two countries. The second agreement may be on putting into service the coastal shipping service between the two countries.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bridge to be Built on Karnaphuli Linking Road to Rangoon
      Date of publication: 24 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 24: "A third bridge would be built on the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong and it will be connected with the proposed road to Rangoon, capital of Burma, Commerce Minister Altaf Hussain Chowdhury said on July 20, 2004 while addressing a view exchange meeting with leaders Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: A ROHINGYA BEATEN TO DEATH FOR FORCED LABOR IN NORTHERN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 22 July 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 22: "A Rohingya (Arakanese) was beaten to death by Nasaka (Burmese- Border Security Force) for forced labor on 15th July 2004 in Maungdaw north, Arakan State of Burma, said a villager from the village. Victim, Abdus Salam, (50), hails from Hlaing Thi village tract of Mangdaw Township, Arakan State of Burma. He was engaged for forced labor in construction of a bridge over the Laya Chaung (creek) accompanied by other villagers. In one stage, he was taking rest as he became very tired in carrying of heavy stones from hillsides to the constructing bridge for a long time. The bridge has been constructing with wood and stones, he more added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Police Seized 35 Thousand Burmese Made Polythene Bags and Longies at Bus Terminal of Cox’s Bazar
      Date of publication: 22 July 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 22: "On 15th July 2004, police of detective branch seized 35 thousand of Burmese made polythene bags and 50 longies from Bus-Terminal of Cox’s Bazar, according to our correspondent. These goods were carried by smugglers from Burma by putting them in plastic drums and its were covered with shrimps to avoid the customs’ arrest. But, the shrimps are allowed to sell in Bangladesh, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html; (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Nine Bangladeshi Woodcutters Sentenced Three-Year Imprisonment by Court in Burma
      Date of publication: 21 July 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s bazaar, July 21:" Nine Bangladeshi woodcutters were sentenced to a 3-year imprisonment by a law court in Burma on July 7, 2004, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Nasaka Issued Ultimatum to the Villagers whether to Pay Kyats 500, 000 or to Demolish the Houses
      Date of publication: 20 July 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 20: "Nasaka issued an ultimatum to the Rohingya villagers whether to pay Kyats 500,000 per house or to demolish their tin roofed houses in Maungdaw Township, northern Arakan State of Burma, according to our correspondent, in side Arakan..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Japan Vows Aid to Burma Despite Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Detention
      Date of publication: 19 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 19: "Japan is to provide 344 million yen (3.1 million dollars) in aid to help Burma battle environmental deprivation, regardless of the ongoing detention of opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, according to Myanmar Times..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bangladesh Earned Revenue US$ 8.94 Million from Burma- Bangladesh Border Trade within 12 Months
      Date of publication: 17 July 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, July 17, 2004: "Bangladesh has earned revenue over Taka 53 crores (US$ 8.94 million) from Burma-Bangladesh border trade (Teknaf) within 12 months, according to a local the Daily Ajker Desh Bedesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Ajker Desh Bedesh via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bangladeshi farmers Facing Scarcity of Fertilizer for Smuggling to Burma
      Date of publication: 15 July 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, July 15: "Bangladeshi farmers, especially Bangladesh-Burma border areas are facing scarcity of urea fertilizer for smuggling to Burma, according to our correspondent. Burma depends on the fertilizer of Bangladesh because of the rate of the fertilizer is very high in Burma. So, the smugglers of border areas, hoping to get high price in Burma, they smuggled fertilizer to Burma at night after bribing Taka 20 per bag to BDR (Bangladesh Rifles), he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: A Refugee Arrested and Detained in Ukhiya Police Station
      Date of publication: 14 July 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 14: "A refugee was arrested from Kutupalong refugee camp by police and detained in Ukhiya police station under Cox’s Bazar District today accusing him as a terrorist, said a refugee from Kutupalong refugee camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Dominant of Naf River and Bay of Bengal by Nasaka and Pirates Makes Bangladeshi Fishermen fell Frightened
      Date of publication: 13 July 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, July 13: "The Bangladeshi fishermen throughout the coastal belt of Cox’s Bazar district and the fishermen of the western bank of the Naf river fell frightened about the dominant of Bay of Bengal by Nasaka (Burmese-Border Security Force) and pirates, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: One Burmese among 5 Illegal Workers Die in Malaysia
      Date of publication: 12 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 12: "Four illegal foreign workers including a Burmese drowned and another died from a heart attack when they tried to flee from a police raid in northern Malaysia, a news report said on 10th July..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Bangladesh Law Minister Call for Logical Solution of Rohingya Problem
      Date of publication: 06 July 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 06: "Bangladesh Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Maudud Ahmed called for a logical solution of Rohingya problem through negotiation yesterday, according to Staff Correspondent. He was addressing in the seminar that was jointly organized by Centers for Development Studies, Bandhujana Lawyers Association and Human Rights Forum to put forward recommendations based on Amnesty International report on “Myanmar: The Rohingya Minority Fundamental Rights Denied,” as a chief gust at the National Press Club, Dhaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Burma Handed over 6 Bangladeshi Detainees to Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 06 July 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, July 6: "Nasaka (Burmese Border Security Force) handed over six Bangladeshi detainees to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday morning at Maungdaw Township in Arakan State..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN PRESS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: A Religious Teacher Sentenced 3 Years imprisonment for Human Trafficking
      Date of publication: 05 July 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, July 5: "A religious teacher was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for suspected involvement in human trafficking by the Court of Buthidaung, on 23th June 2004, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Two Rohingya Girls Gang Raped in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 04 July 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, Jul 4: "Two Rohingya refugee girls were gang raped by Bangladeshi local goons at Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (4KI)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: 6 Bangladeshi Fishermen Detained in Burma
      Date of publication: 03 July 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, July 03: "Six Bangladeshi fishermen were detained in Maungdaw Town of Arakan State,Burma, according to our correspondent from Tekanf, according to our correspondent. On June 17, 2004, five fishing trawlers of Bangladesh were sank in the Bay near Saint Martin Island due to storm and downpour while they were fishing in the Bay of Bengal. Two fishermen were killed while 7 other fishermen reached the shore of Arakan coast, Burma by swimming, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: Nasaka Ordered Villagers to Destroy an Ancient Mosque in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 03 July 2004
      Description/subject: Taungbro, July 03: "Nasaka (Border Security Force of Burma) ordered to the villagers to destroy an ancient mosque at the bordering village of Taungbro Right under the Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, Western Burma, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 August 2004


      Title: An Odd Deal of Burma with a Bangladeshi Survey Team: Team returned just after 4 hours from four days
      Date of publication: 02 July 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 2: "Burmese authorities deal strange with a Bangladeshi survey team that went to Burma for four days, but returned home only after four hours without any response from concerned authorities, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Rohingya Refugees Call off 21-day Long Strike
      Date of publication: 01 July 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 1: "Burmese Rohingya (Arakanese) refugees in Kutupalong camp under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh called off their 21 day long food Strike yesterday, after they have received positive assurance from both UNHCR and the Govt. of Bangladesh, according to our correspondent. On 30 July 2004, at about 10:30 am, a team of high officials from UNHCR, Govt. of Bangladesh, NGOs and other local authorities met with refugee leaders at the women center of the Kutupalong refugee camp and discussed in details the matter of standoff between refugees and Bangladesh camp authorities for an amicable solution, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Elephant killed a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh Camp
      Date of publication: 30 June 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 30: "Wild elephant killed a Rohingya refugee at Kutupalong camp under Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh today, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Uncertain Future of Rohingya Prisoners in Thailand
      Date of publication: 29 June 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 29: "Rohingya prisoners are facing an uncertain future in Thailand jail, as they have no alternative ways for their release, said Zahir, a Rohingya who is now living in Bangkok. Thirty-eight (38) Burmese Rohingyas are imprisoned in the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) of Bangkok in November 2002.They were arrested by Thai police while crossing Burma-Thai border with a small boat through Ranong, a border town of southern Burma, he further said. After the incident, Thai police lodged cases against them as they were illegal immigrants to Thailand and were kept in IDC at Bangkok. It is almost two years have been passed, no result has been found yet for their release, said another Rohingya from Bangkok..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Two Crore Worth of Goods Trawler Capsized, 3 Crewmen Missed in Naf River
      Date of publication: 28 June 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 28: "A trawler with two crore worth of goods has been capsized and three crewmen were missed at the mouth of Naf River, hit by tornado on 24th June 2004, according to our correspondent. The trawler was hit at midnight by tornado and sank at the mouth of Naf River off the Saint Martin Island of Bangladesh with 10 crewmen while en-route to land port of Teknaf town, he more added..."
      Language: Englisdh
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: State Aided Colonization of Rohingya Homeland Through Model Villages and Militarization
      Date of publication: 27 June 2004
      Description/subject: June 27, 2004: "The military regime in Burma has been conducting the most brutal campaign of Rohingya extermination by ethnic cleansing. It has been importing large number of people of Buddhist faith into the traditional Rohingya areas in North Arakan. The Rohingyas’ concern about the “colonization scheme” is related to insecurity about their physical safety and forcible dispossession of their lands and also to fear that the Rohingya will become insignificant or negligible minority in their traditional homeland. The Rohingyas are not opposed to individual migration but only to large-scale state aided colonization schemes, which change the ethnic composition of an area..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Rangoon Signed Protocol Yesterday with other BIMST-EU Countries
      Date of publication: 26 June 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, 26: "Burma signed a protocol with other BIMST-EC countries yesterday as the prelude to outstanding a deal for free trade among the Bay of Bengal communities, according to UNB, Dhaka. Burma Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs U Kyaw Thu and Thai Commerce Minister Watana Muangsook and ambassadors from the other five countries signed the Protocol yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Forced labor for Newcomers and Relocated the Rohingya Villagers in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 23 June 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, June23: "The Nasaka (Border Security Force) of Burma has been extracting Rohingya forced labor to build houses for newly arriving settlers from central Burma and relocated the Rohingya villagers in northern Arakan since the end of May 2004, according to a relocated villager. An order has been issued by the Nasaka acting Director Lt. Col. Myint Oo to evacuate 130 Rohingya houses from Myaw Taung (Wa-beg) and Kyi Kan Pyin (Kawa Bil) villages of Maungdaw Township to build houses for newly arriving settlers, which are closed to the Nasaka Headquarters. These newcomers are arriving soon from central Burma to the Maungdaw Township, Arakan, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: A Rohingya chopped to Death in Western Burma
      Date of publication: 22 June 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 22: "On 6th June 2004, unidentified men chopped to death a Rohingya man and were thrown into a well nearby a government primary school of Khari Para (village) at Mungdaw Township in Arakan State, western Burma, according to our sources. The next day, the dead body was found in the said well by some local women while they were going there to carry water. Hearing the hue and cry of women, local people rushed to the spot and they identified the dead body as Sidique (a) Maung Tun, 34, son of Habi Ullah, hailed from Khari Para of Maungdaw Township, sources further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: BDR Seized a Trawler of Hilsa Fish with some Burmese Currency inside Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 21 June 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 21: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized a trawler of hilsa fish with some Burmese currency, in Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh on 18th June 2004, according to our correspondent from Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Standoff still continues in Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 21 June 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 21: "After 12-days of standoff between the Bangladesh camp officials and the Rohingya refugees of Kutupalong camp, Bangladesh, a small team of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Cox’s Bazar sat with refugees this morning but nothing comes out from their discussion, said a refugee leader who participated in the discussion..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Hungry Rohingya Refugees Observed World Refugee Day 2004
      Date of publication: 20 June 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 20: "Today, thousands of hungry Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong camp of Bangladesh, observed World Refugee Day-2004 to find a durable solution of the refugee crisis, said a refugee from the camp. There are about 7,000 Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong camp are still refusing to take food rations since 9th June 2004, demanding adequate protection and full refugee status, while they are totally dependent on UN and other aid agencies for food. But, the UNHCR, Bangladesh authorities and the International Community have paid little attention to the standoff of refusal of rations, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Rohingya Barred from Cyclone Relief in Arakan -- Though Rohingya donated US$ 2,67,000/- for Cyclone Victims
      Date of publication: 18 June 2004
      Description/subject: Akyab( Sittwe): June 18: "Though Rohingyas from Rangoon donated a large amount of money for cyclonic storm affected victims in Arakan State, Rohingyas were barred from relief, according to our sources. .."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Only 30 Refugees Repatriated within two Months after Burmese PM’s Visit at Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 15 June 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 15: "After two months of Burma’s Prime Minister Khin Nyunt’s visit to Bangladesh, only 30 Burmese Rohingya refugees were repatriated though he assured the Bangladesh authorities all the refugees should be repatriated soon according to the procedure, according to Mr. Giyas Uddin. On March 8, 2004, Nasaka pushed back six-repatriated Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh and the tense situation was prevailed between two governments. It caused repatriation temporally blocked till May. But repatriation was resumed in May. On 3rd May 19 refugees and on 11th May 11 refugees of two families, in total 30, refugees were repatriated. Only 139 refugees were repatriated this year (till June15, 2004)..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Marriage Restrictions Still Imposed on Rohingya Community
      Date of publication: 14 June 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, June 14: "Marriage restrictions that have been imposed on Rohingya community by Nasaka (Border security Force) since 1999 still exist, according to our correspondent. The marriageable age is fixed 25 years for the bridegroom and 18 years for the bride. The couples are required to give undertakings that they would not take more than three children. In addition, the bridegroom has to assure not to take more than one wife, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: More than 8,500 Rohingya Refugees are in Fear of Possible Attack and Arrest in Bangladesh Camp
      Date of publication: 13 June 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 13: "More than 8,500 Rohingya are in fear of a possible attack and arbitrary arrest at Kutupalong UN refugee camp under Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh, said a refugee from the camp. These refugees have been refusing food ration and staging on hunger strike since Wednesday, the 9th June 2004, demanding adequate protection and full refugee status, he further said. Although it has been already four days the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) and other concerned authorities have not taken any necessary step yet to solve the problem, said another refugee..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: For Extortion: A Man Detained with False Case by MI (18) in northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 11 June 2004
      Description/subject: Rathedaung, June 11: On 19th May 2004, the Military Intelligence No.18 (MI-18) arrested and detained one man in their camp by accusing of involvement with insurgent groups, according to our correspondent.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: India to Export Petroleum to Burma
      Date of publication: 11 June 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 11: "India soon export diesel and other petroleum products to Burma besides unveiling plans for laying a pipeline to import gas from that country, according to Sakyasen Mittra, Kolkata. An official of the petroleum ministry said the process of exporting diesel to Burma from the Numaligarh Refinery in Assam would begin by next month..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: What a fate of unofficial Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh! - One killed and 35 others injured in 2-day Attacks
      Date of publication: 11 June 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 11: "One Rohingya refugee woman was killed and 35 others injured yesterday, in the makeshift camp of Teknaf, Bangladesh by the local terrorist attacks, according to our correspondent. In the evening of 9th June 2004, a group of local youths armed with knives and sticks suddenly came and attacked the helpless and hapless refugees. As a result, 20 refugees were injured. On resistance, the terrorists withdrew within half an hour, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Burmese Rohingya Refugees Called Hunger Strike at refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 10 June 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, June 10: "Burmese refugees called an indefinite hunger strike at Khutu Palong refugee camp from yesterday morning till now, following a meeting among the refugees yesterday, said a refugee who preferred not to mention his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Changes at Bangladesh-Burma Immigration Jetty Hamper Passengers of Both Countries
      Date of publication: 09 June 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 9: "Changes effective on June 2nd, 2004 at the Bangladesh-Burma immigration jetty from Teknaf main town to land port (Port jetty), makes passengers of both countries uneasy to cross the border, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Forced Labor Still Exists in Arakan, Western Burma
      Date of publication: 08 June 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, June 8: "The Military Operation Command –15 (MOC-15) Commander of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, had ordered five villages to provide forced labor to work in the military Battalions, according to our source. The villagers of Quan Dine, Tharakani, Dabru Chaung, Sinyan Way and Nanragong of Buthidaung Township have been engaged in forced labor for military Battalins since last month 2004, he further added. The villagers have to provide forced labor to the army battalions No.551, 556, 564 and MOC-15 headquarters, which have been established at Koya Sori, Krakma Taung, Palay Daung and Dabru Chaung villages respectively. Forced labor is continuing in Arakan State of western Burma. The commander warned the villagers of serious action in case of non-compliance..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: A Nasaka Agent Stabbed in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 07 June 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 7: "A Nasaka (Burmese Border Security Force) agent was stabbed severely by village youths in northern Arakan on 4th June 2004, according to our correspondent. He was immediately sent to Maungdaw hospital for medical treatment where doctors said that the condition of the wounded person was very serious, source further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: BDR Seized two Boats of Smuggling Salt En Route from Burma to Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 06 June 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, June 6: "On 6th May 2004, BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) seized two cargo boats of smuggling table salt en- route from Akyab(Burma) to Bangladesh, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Conditions Set for Three-Nations Gas Pipeline Project
      Date of publication: 06 June 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, 6 June: "The Bangladesh government has put some conditions in allowing construction of gas pipeline from Burma to West Bengal (India) through Bangladesh Territory, according to UNB, Dhaka. The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) prepared a draft for the proposed Burma-Tripura (India)- Bangladesh-West Bengal gas pipeline project, official sources said. The EMRD draft set certain stipulations like importing gas from Burma, when required, and keeping provision for transmission of Bangladesh’s gas domestically or for export through the pipeline network for the trans-border project, they added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Rohingya Youths & Women jointly completed a Media Training and Basic Photojournalism Workshop
      Date of publication: 03 June 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June03: "Kaladan Press Network (KPN) based in Bangladesh conducted 5-day long basic media training and photojournalism workshop with the participants of Rohingya youths and women, was jointly completed yesterday. This is the first time; with six members including two Rohingya women participants attended the basic media training and photojournalism camp conducted by Kaladan Press Network The basic media and photojournalism training camp was held in Burma-Bangladesh border area from 29th May to June 02, 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: BDR Arrested Eight New Arrival Rohingya
      Date of publication: 27 May 2004
      Description/subject: Naikongchari, May 27: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested eight new arrivals Rohingya from Bangladesh-Burma border, accusing them illegal refugees, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: BDR Destroyed about 100 Huts of Unofficial Rohingya Refugees at Teknaf
      Date of publication: 27 May 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 27: "Recently, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) destroyed about 100 huts of unofficial Rohingya refugees at Teknaf, who have been living among the Bengali villages, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Diarrhea Claims Three Infants in Teknaf Makeshift Refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 23 May 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 23: "Three infants have so far died of diarrhea at Teknaf Makeshift Burmese Rohingya refugee camp (unofficial refugee camp), said Ibrahim, reporter of Kaladan Press Network. Diarrhea broke out in an alarming at Teknaf refugee camp from the beginning of this month, but the diarrhea patients could not be admitted to any health complex, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 August 2004


      Title: Burma Abusing Muslim Minority, Amnesty Says
      Date of publication: 22 May 2004
      Description/subject: Chitagong, May 22: "The Muslim ethnic minority (Rohingyas) continue to suffer from multiple restriction and human rights violations, said Amnesty International on Wednesday, May 19, 2004. They, generally known as the Rohingyas, who live in northern Arakan (Rakhine) State, western Burma are often forced to work on roads and at military camps and they are also subjected to forced eviction and house destruction, land confiscation and various forms of extortion and arbitrary taxation including financial restrictions on marriage, the rights group said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: A Flag Meeting Between BDR and Nasaka
      Date of publication: 21 May 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 21: "A flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Burmese border security forces (Nasaka) held at Chakdhala border area under Naikongchari Police Station of Bangladesh yesterday. It was held at about 11:00 am and ended at 1:00 pm. During their 2 hours meeting, they discussed issues of cross border and various topics, particularly the flight of Rohingyas from Arakan State, said a local member of Naikongchari who is accompanied by BDR..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: BDR Arrested two Burmese Nationals with Guns from Bangladesh-Burma border
      Date of publication: 21 May 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 21: "The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has arrested two Burmese nationals with guns from Bangladesh-Burma border, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: A Rohingya National Convention Completed and Formed Working Committee
      Date of publication: 17 May 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 17: "A three-day Rohingya National Convention (RNC) was completed in a Burma–Bangladesh border area yesterday. It formed a “Working Committee” with the participants for building consensus and drafting Arakan State Constitution, in a manner consistent to democracy and federalism, according to Chairperson of the convention named AFK Jilani..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (20K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: BDR Seized a Cargo Boat of Table Salt Being Smuggled into Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 16 May 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 16: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized a cargo boat carrying table salt that was being smuggling into Bangladesh on 6th of May 2004, said our correspondent from Teknaf. The cargo boat was captured at Naff River, while it was on its way to Bangladesh from Akyab, Burma. The boat was traversing at midnight towards Banglades with 9 crewmen and it carried out about 5,000 mounds (160 metric tons) of table salt worth Taka 11,20, 000/-(US$ 1.32 millions), he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: Nasaka Raped a 12-Year Old Girl and Strangled
      Date of publication: 12 May 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 12: "On April 27, 2004, a Nasaka (Border Security Force) from Nasaka Headquarters of Kyi Kan Pyin (Kawa Bill) village of Maungdaw north, Arakan State, raped and killed a 12-year old girl by strangling her, according to our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: Smuggled Burmese Longyi Seized at Cox’s Bazar
      Date of publication: 10 May 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 10: "Four hundred and forty eight (448) Burmese longies smuggled from Burma to Bangladesh were seized in southern Chittagong District, Cox’s Bazar, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: Bangladesh Earned 5.5 Million US$ from Burma-Bangladesh Border Trade in 7 Months
      Date of publication: 09 May 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 9: "Bangladesh has earned 330 million Taka (US$ 5.5 million) of revenue from Burma-Bangladesh border trade in 7 months, according to a local The Daily Bashkhali of May 6..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Bashkhali" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: Nasaka Handed 48 Prisoners over to BDR after Flag Meeting
      Date of publication: 07 May 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 7: "Nasaka (Burma-Border security Force) handed 48 prisoners over to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) after flag meeting between Nasaka and BDR at Maungdaw Town, Arakan State, according to our reporter..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: Re-open an Old Transit Point between Burma-Bangladesh Border
      Date of publication: 07 May 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 7: "Burma- Bangladesh old transit point Ngakura-Nhila is going to be re-opened after 2 years and 8 months closed, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 May 2004


      Title: Diarrhea killed 3 in Teknaf Makeshift Camp, and many fighting for Life
      Date of publication: 06 May 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, May 6: "Diarrhea claimed 3 lives and attack at least 50 in Teknaf makeshift camp of Burmese Rohingya refugee (unofficial refugee camp), sources from Teknaf said yesterday. On 4th May 2004, three Rohingya refugee children namely Hossain Ahmad, 7, son of Kala Mia, Deen Mohammad, 5, and other one in the makeshift camp of Teknaf died of diarrhea in one day and many other children and old people have been suffering with such disease. They are fighting for their lives, as there is no action from any quarters, sources further added..." N.B. photo of part of the camp in Alternate URLs.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K), jpeg (26K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/KP2004-05-06-photo.jpeg
      Date of entry/update: 07 May 2004


      Title: Why Bangladesh choose ‘Look East’ Policy?
      Date of publication: 05 May 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 05: "It is the manifestation of the "Look East Policy" of the Bangladesh government and must be given its due to priority if Bangladesh really wants to come out of the choking economic stranglehold of its huge western neighbor, according to Mr. Ali, a reporter from Dhaka. The new " Burma Road" is the road to the future of Bangladesh. Raw materials from China, Thailand etc. come by sea via Singapore or other intermediate ports where transshipment and its related costs are involved. In addition, to being slow and time consuming..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


      Title: Arakan People Welcomes US Congress’s Renewal of Sanction on Burma
      Date of publication: 04 May 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 04: "Arakan people welcome congressional leaders for renewal of sanction on Burma placed on Burma’s military regime in July of last year, said a NLD member inside Arakan, who declined to mention his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 05 May 2004


      Title: Bangladesh Chamber Leaders Urged Revision of Account Trade Deal with Burma
      Date of publication: 03 May 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 3: "Bangladesh Chamber leaders have urged the government to revise the account trade agreement with Burma saying the deal is not helpful to augment bilateral trade, according to the Daily Star of Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Barbaric Killing of a Religious Teacher in Nasaka Custody
      Date of publication: 28 April 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, April 28: "A barbaric killing of a religious teacher in Nasaka (Border security Force) custody was occurred on 21st April 2004, in Maungdaw township, Arakan State, according to our sources..."
      Language: English, Burmese
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K), jpeg (19K)
      Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/KP2004-04-28-photo.jpeg
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: A Burmese teenage Girl Committed Suicide in Bangladesh Refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 25 April 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 25: "A Burmese teenage girl committed suicide taking poison in a refugee camp of Bangladesh on April 23, 2005 after taking an altercation with her mother, said Amin, a refugee from Kutupalong camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: SPDC’s Campaign for National Convention in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 25 April 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, April 25: "SPDC authorities were campaigning in Northern Arakan for its National convention in Northern Arakan to divert the people from supporting pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: 15 Burmese Nationals Get four Years Imprisonment for Smuggling Rice
      Date of publication: 24 April 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 24: "A court in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Thursday sentenced 15 Burmese nationals to four years in jail for smuggling rice, according to our reporter from Cox’s Bazar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: A 3-Day Thingyan (Water Festival) of Burmese Community Ends in Cox’s Bazar
      Date of publication: 22 April 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 22: "A three-day Thingyan (Water Festival) of Burmese community (Rakhaing) ended in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday, April 19, 2004, according to our source named Saiful Alam. Groups of young Rakhaing Boys and girls in same new dresses gathered under huge canopy and participated in water pouring--- a game of sprinkling water on each other, to celebrate the Rakhing New Year, he further added. Canopies were set up at different area of Cox’s Bazar on the occasion..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: A Press Release of ARNO on Recent Attack on Burmese Embassy in Malaysia
      Date of publication: 11 April 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 11: "Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) releases a press release on recent attack on Burmese Embassy in Malaysia on Sunday April 11, 2004. According to the press release, the ARNO states that: ARNO does not approve of the recent attack on the Burmese embassy in Kuala Lumpur, on last Wednesday, the 7th April 2004, by three Burmese refugees, reported to be Rohingyas. ARNO does not support violence against civilians and does not support violent action against SPDC in 3rd countries. ARNO's struggle is confined within Burma and is for the self-determination and democracy of Arakan." [full text]
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: ARNO via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Fire at the Burma Embassy: Rohingya Refugees behind the Arson Attack
      Date of publication: 10 April 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 10: "On 7th April 2004, at 9.30 am, three Rohingya refugees armed with lethal weapons, illegally entered the embassy compound and setting it on fire, according to Dr. Kamal, who is living in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: UNDP to Rebuild Maungdaw-Kayinchaung Road
      Date of publication: 10 April 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, April 10: "The UNDP staff in Arakan showed keen interest to rebuild a two kilometre long depleted road, which passes through Shweza village, linking Maungdaw town with Kayinchaung village, said a Village Council Member of the area preferring not to mention his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Burmese Security Force abducted 6-Bangladeshi Nationals
      Date of publication: 08 April 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 8: "Burmese Security Force abducted two Bangladeshi fishermen with 2 rowing boats and 4 other wood cutters within a week. Two fishermen were abducted on April 6, 2005 who are identified as Mohammad Kasim and Kabir, hailing from Wabrang village of Nhila Union, a bordering village of Bangladesh that close to Burma. The Burmese Security Force asked them to pay toll for fishing, while they were catching fish in the Naf River. In failure of paying tolls, the Burmese forces picked up them from the river and are still kept in their custody, said Rafiq, a Bangladeshi fisherman from Nhila..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Dhaka –Rangoon Highway Stone Laid
      Date of publication: 07 April 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 7: "Communication Minister Nazamal Huda and Burma Transport Minister Major General Hla Myint Swe laid the foundation stone for the 133-km highway on 5th April 2004 that is expected to be complete in a year and a half according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Rohingyas Cast Doubt on SPDC National Convention
      Date of publication: 07 April 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 7: "Rohingyas cast doubt on SPDC National Convention which is to be convened on 17th May 2004, said a press release of ARNO. In a press release issued on 6th April, 2004 Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) expressed its concern over the SPDC sponsored National Convention scheduled to be held on 17th May 2004 to draft a state constitution. The statement is reported verbatim: “ Without free and fair participation and representation of NLD, other political parties and ethnic nationalities, including the Rohingyas of Arakan, the convention lacks credibility and as such the peoples of Burma as well as international community will not accept it..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Khin Nyunt’s First Visit to Bangladesh after He Took Office
      Date of publication: 05 April 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 5: "General Khin Nyunt termed his visit significant because it is his first visit to any country after he took office as Prime Minister. General Khin Nyunt arrived at Dhaka on 4th April, at 11:30am on a three-day official visit accompanied by a 41-member delegation including several ministers and government officials. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her cabinet colleagues received him, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Rohingya Refugees seek High School education in Bangladesh Camp
      Date of publication: 02 April 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazaar, April 2: "Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps seek High School education for their children in the refugee camps, reports our correspondent. On 23/3/04, a group of refugee women staged demonstration in Kutupalong camp demanding High School Education for their children and to stop oppression of camp officials and their collaborators (Majees) on them, while Mr. Faruk Ahmed Khan, the Secretary In-charge of Bangaldesh Relief Ministry and Ms. Masiko Kondo, the country representative of the UNHCR in Dhaka, visited the camp. But the refugees received no positive response to their demand, said a refugee leader from the camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALDAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Violence against Rohingya Refugees in Burma – Bangladesh border
      Date of publication: 26 March 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, Mar 26: "A violence fire broke out in the makeshift camp of Rohingya refugees in Taknaf injuring 8 inmates while damaging belongings of thousands of others, said a refugee leader of the camp..."
      Language: Engliah
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 May 2004


      Title: Continued Extortion of Money in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 16 March 2004
      Description/subject: Maungday, Mar-16: "Nasaka (Border security Forces) extorted Kyat 700,000 from a Rohingya villager in Maugdaw Township, Arakan State, Burma on 29 February 2004, said Ali Miah, of the same village..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


      Title: Rohingyas’ concern over “ANC”
      Date of publication: 16 March 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Mar. 16: "The Arakan National Preconvention was held in New Delhi, India, on March 1-6, 2004 and it formed Arakan National Council (ANC) that claims to have been given political leadership role to represent the Arakan people and national interest, but the Rohinghyas of Arakan express their concern over it..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 March 2004


      Title: SPDC Authority Sentenced a Cattle Trader a 7-Year Jail Sentence
      Date of publication: 07 March 2004
      Description/subject: How a Cattle Trader Becomes a Terrorist! Ann, March 07: "A cattle trader was sentenced to 7-year imprisonment for suspecting of terrorist by a speedy tribunal without proper trial in Ann township of Arakan State, said a detainee released from Nasaka detention center..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


      Title: DHAKA, RANGOON PLAN TRADE EXPANSION
      Date of publication: 06 March 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 6: "Bangladesh and Burma will set up a joint trade commission during PM Khaleda Zia’s visit to Rangoon on 19th this month. A foreign ministerial joint commission will also be set up to oversee bilateral relations, according to the Daily Star report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


      Title: Is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Ready to Work For Democracy With General Khin Nyunt?
      Date of publication: 06 March 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 6: "Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt is committed to taking his country to democracy and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is ready to work with him on it, UN special envoy Razali Ismail said on 4th March 2004, according to AFP, Reutera, Kuala Lumpur..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


      Title: 72 Burmese Nationals Sent Back to Their Home
      Date of publication: 03 March 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, March 03: "A group of 72 Burmese nationals, who served different terms in Bangladeshi jails, were sent back home on Saturday, according to our correspondent. Following a top-level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Nasaka Force at Teknaf Rest House in Cox’s Bazar District, both sides agree to deport them to their land, meeting sources said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (2K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


      Title: Bad Days For Fishermen In Coastal Areas
      Date of publication: 03 March 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, March 03: "Burmese military junta earns huge foreign currency by exporting fishes abroad every year, but the fishing sector remains neglected, said a fish exporter from Rangoon, who recently visited Bangladesh. Hundreds of fishermen in the coastal area of Arakan State have been passing days in misery. They lack capital for building new boats or repairing old ones and making fishing nets, a fisherman told our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


      Title: A Heroic Fighting Between Man And Tiger
      Date of publication: 29 February 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 29: "A superhuman fighting was occurred between man and tiger at Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, western Burrma, said a village Chairman to our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 March 2004


      Title: A Team of 84 Army Officers Arrived At Arakan State From Rangoon
      Date of publication: 28 February 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 28: "An army team consists of 84- army officers led by one ex-Nasaka Director, has arrived at Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, western Burma, said our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 February 2004


      Title: Elephant Killed a Minor Boy in Bangladesh Refugee camp
      Date of publication: 28 February 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf, February 28: "A Rohingya refugee minor boy was killed by an elephant today at Khutu Palong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, according to a refugee named Khala Meah from the refugee camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 February 2004


      Title: Rakhine and Rohingya Student Clashes in Sittwe University
      Date of publication: 24 February 2004
      Description/subject: Sittwe, February 24: "Clashes had been erupted between Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim students in Sittwe (Akyab) University in Arakan (Rakhine) State of western Burma, according to our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 24 February 2004


      Title: An Arakanese Youth Fighting For Life In Hospital
      Date of publication: 17 February 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Feb. 17: "An Arakanese Rohingya youth is fighting for his life in Maungdaw hospital with serious injury from gun firing by Nasaka (Border Security Force) in Arakan State, Burma. The youth Mohammed Ismail, 25, son of Deen Mohammed is a professionally fisherman hailing from Kyauk Chaung (Shill Khali) Village Tract under Maungdaw Township was fired by Nasaka in front of his family members with the accusation of link with rebel group, said a family member to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (3K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 February 2004


      Title: An Unfortunate Death dead of A Rohingya In Naf River
      Date of publication: 16 February 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Feb.16: "A Rohingya labor named Mir Ahmed (40) son of Lalu Mia of Yaung Chaung village under Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, died unfortunatelyt when their small country boat was capsized in the river Naf on 24th January 2004, said a trader from the town..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (2K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 February 2004


      Title: Seasonal fruits from Arakan
      Date of publication: 14 February 2004
      Description/subject: Teknaf Feb, 14: "Seasonal fruits from Arakan are daily entering into Bangladesh in huge quantity under border trade through Teknaf, said a trader from Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (2K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2004


      Title: 24 MORE BURMESE ROHINGYA REPATRIATED FROM BANGLADESH CAMPS
      Date of publication: 09 February 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar Feb-09: "UNHCR and the Bangladesh camp officials jointly repatriated 24 more Burmese Rohingya refugees to their homes in Arakan State of Burma from the official camps in Bangladesh on 5th February 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 February 2004


      Title: Rice Prices Increase in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 09 February 2004
      Description/subject: Mauungdaw, Feb. 9: "Prices of different varieties of rice have increased in a month in different towns of Arakan State. Due to short supply in markets caused by blockages of Nasaka to bring rice to the northern Arakan from the southern side, which is called granary of rice, said traders. Prices of a 50kg bag of rice have increased from Kyat 5,000 to Kyat 7,000 in a month in Maungdaw Townships of Arakan State, which was at Kyat 4,500 to Kyat 5,000 in December 2004. The lowest price in the retail market is about Kyat 115 per kg and the highest Kyat 150..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Burma-Bangladesh Road Link Resumes in Next Month
      Date of publication: 08 February 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Feb. 8: "Burma and Bangladesh have finalized the direct road link route between Rangoon and Dhaka in the recent joint meeting held in Rangoon with Technical Task Force (TTF) of the two countries, said official of the Bangladesh Communication Ministry. According to The Independent, a daily newspaper of Bangladesh, Additional Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Mohammad Idris Mia led a 4-member Bangladesh team to the meeting, while a 6-member Burmese delegation was headed by Managing Director of the Construction Ministry U Han Zaw. Both the countries have agreed to develop a 130-kilometre of highway to be built from Ramu in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh to Kyauktaw Township, Arakan State in Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Forgotten people: Burmese Rohingyas’ Uncertain Destiny In Bangladesh Prison
      Date of publication: 31 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chitagong, January 31: "Some Burmese Rohingyas are being blocked with an uncertain destiny in Bangladesh prisons for many years after the expiry of their prison terms. There are seventy-four Burmese prisoners have already spent 5 to 12 years after the expiry of their prison terms in Bandarband Jail, a district jail of southern Chittagong Hill Tracts, said a prison clerk of the jail, named Dipok Sharker. A total of 230 prisoners are lingering in a Bandarban jail, of them 74 prisoners are Burmese citizens. Two of them are Burman from Rangoon capital, who were caught while fishing illegally in the Bangladesh waters with Thai fishing Boat and the rest 72 are Burmese Rohingya from Arakan State, Burma. They were also caught while taking shelter in Bangladesh after crossing Burma-Bangladesh border and some were caught, fishing in Bangladesh waters, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 January 2004


      Title: A Motor Cyclist Fined Kyat 70,000 By Police At Maungdaw Town
      Date of publication: 19 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Jan-19: "A Rohingya youth motorcyclist was fined Kyat 70,000 for alleged violation of traffic regulations, said a trader from Maungdaw Town..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 January 2004


      Title: A Football Contest Organized By Nasaka In Maungdaw Township
      Date of publication: 18 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Jan-18: "A football contest was organized by Nasaka in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, Burma, said a youth from the town. Nasaka Sector No. 6 Commander arranged 10 teams of players including one from Nasaka in this football competition from 15 to 25 January 2004. Although it was organized with the collection of the villagers, it will be competed among the teams in thrilled mood, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 January 2004


      Title: Continued Curfew Paralyses Movement of Rohingyas in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 18 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Jan-18: "The continued curfew paralyses the movement of Rohinyas in northern Arakan State, Burma, according to a trader from Maungdaw town. SPDC authorities have been imposing dark to down curfew on Rohingyas in Maungdaw Town, Arakan State, after the arson attack to a mosque, which was happened in Maungdaw town on November 4, 2003, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 January 2004


      Title: Large Natural Gas Deposit Discover at Offshore Of Arakan Coast
      Date of publication: 18 January 2004
      Description/subject: Rangoon, Jan-18: "A major natural gas filed has been discovered in an area of offshore of Arakan Coastline, according to the New Light of Myanmar. The new find block A-1 of Burma’s Arakan State contains “a world class commercial scale gas deposit” estimated to hold 42 trillion to 5 billion cubic feet of gas, with a top side potential of 14 trillion cubic feet (tcf). The Burma Oil and Gas Enterprise reached an agreement with the Daewoo International Corporation of the Republic of Korea to explore Arakan Coast on 4th August 2000 under production sharing contract..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The New Light of Myanmar" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 18 January 2004


      Title: Marriage program: Nasaka benefited But Villager Lost In Arakan
      Date of publication: 16 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 16: "Nasaka (Border Security Force) has benefited Kyat 100,000 by arresting a bride at Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, said a relative of the victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 January 2004


      Title: Planned Road Link Promises Closer Ties Between Burma-Bangladesh: PM Tells Burma Envoy
      Date of publication: 16 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Jan-16: "The planned road link between the two neighbors would bring closer as well as the other countries of the region, said the Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, according to The Daily Star, Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 January 2004


      Title: Flow Of Pilgrims From Arakan State to Makkah
      Date of publication: 15 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 15: "Pilgrims from northern Arakan State flow in Bangladesh to continue to Makkah to perform Haj (pilgrimage), said a pilgrim in Bangladesh, who is on his way to Makkah. A pilgrim from Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships of Arakan State has to pay Kyat 150,000 to Nasaka (Border Security Force) and Military Intelligent (MI)-18 respectively. Anyone who is able to pay said money is allowed to perform pilgrimage to Makkah through Bangladesh, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 January 2004


      Title: A Minor Refugee Girl Raped by Bangladeshi Youth
      Date of publication: 13 January 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, January 13: "A minor refugee girl was raped in Bangladesh refugee camp by a Bangladeshi youth on January 2, 2004, according to the victim’s father..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 January 2004


      Title: Burmese Rohingya Refugees Detained for Refusal of Forced Repatriation in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 11 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 11: "Six Burmese Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh camp were sent to police custody for refusal of forced repatriation on first week of January 2004, said a refugee from Nayapara Camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 January 2004


      Title: Refugees Urged UNHCR, Information For Local Integrity
      Date of publication: 10 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 10: "Burmese Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have urged the UNHCR of Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh to allow them to choose a suitable place where there is no hatred and national discriminations of Rohingyas for temporary settlement, according to a refugee leader..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2004


      Title: Nasaka Burnt Down 3 Alive Rohingya Youths in Maungdaw Township
      Date of publication: 08 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Jan-08: "Nasaka (Border Security Force) burnt down three alive Rohingya youths on 5th December 2003 in Maundaw Township of Arakan State, western part of Burma, said one of the victims’ relatives..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 08 January 2004


      Title: Judgment Without Proper Trial in Arakan: SPDC Authorities Sentenced A Retired Health Assistant to 6 Months Jail
      Date of publication: 07 January 2004
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Jan-07: "SPDC authorities have sentenced a retired health assistant to six months jail without proper trial on 24th December 2003, said a relative of the victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN PRESS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 08 January 2004


      Title: A New Method set up for forced repatriation of Refugee in Bangladesh Camp
      Date of publication: 06 January 2004
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, Jan-06: "Recently, the Bangladesh camp officials set up a new method for forced repatriation in Burmese Rohingya Refugee camp in Bangladesh, said a refugee from Kutupalong camp. Mr. Mohammad Yasin, the Camp-in-Charge of the Kutupalong camp, ordered his clerks and other refugee collaborators (Majees) to count the family members and to demand Taka 200/- in absence of a person during the queue of ration receiving from ration distribution center. The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) distributes rations to the refugees, which are provided by the World Food Program (WFP), he further added. If any refugee fails to pay said bribe, he/she would be signed or thumb impressions on affidavits for voluntary repatriation. Otherwise, half of the rations would be cut off from the family members, said another refugee preferring not to mention him..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 07 January 2004


      Title: INDIA SENT TROOPS TO TRAIN BURMESE FROCES FOR JOINT OPERATION
      Date of publication: 04 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 4: "India has sent troops to train Burmese forces in Burma for joint operation against anti-Indian rebels, the Chief of the Indian army General N.C.Vij said on January 02, 2004, according to a local newspaper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 January 2004


      Title: Prices Of Some Essential Commodities Go Up While Paddy Price Go Down In Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 03 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 03: "The prices of some essential items continued to show an upward trend in the markets of Maungdaw townships in Arakan State for the last few days while the price of paddy goes down significantly the end of the year, said a trader of Maungdaw town. Prices of some commodities, especially onion, garlic, chilli, mustard oil, meat and fish, rose by leaps and bounds to abnormal proportions towards the end of the year. But, the price of paddy goes down below the price of production rate, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 January 2004


      Title: A NASAKA GATE SET UP TO CHECK ROHINGYA TRAVELERS
      Date of publication: 02 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 02: "A Nasaka (Border Security Force) check-post has been set up recently at 3-miles off Maungdaw Town to check the Rohingya travellers within the Maungdaw Township, according to our correspondent. This check-post is well known as a gate of “Bawli Bazar-Monestory Nasaka Gate,” which is under Nasaka control. They check the Rohingya travelers who cross the check-post. It is especially set up for up and down travelers, those who want to go to northern Maungdaw and who come to Maungdaw from northern side of Maungdaw Township, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 January 2004


      Title: Burma, India, Thailand Run Survey On Mega Highway Project
      Date of publication: 01 January 2004
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 10: "Burma, India and Thailand have conducted a survey in New Delhi on December 23, 2003 for the construction of a( 1,360-km) long highway connecting the three countries to expand trade, tourism and people-to people contact, according to a correspondent of local newspaper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 January 2004


      Title: Nasaka (Border Security Force) taking Photos Of Rohingya Families
      Date of publication: 01 January 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 01: "Nasaka (Border Security Force) has been taking photographs of Rohingya families of Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships in Northern Arakan since December 19, 2003, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 01 January 2004


      Title: Paddy Farmers Have To Grow Mustard, The Green Gram Seeds In Their Paddy Lands In Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 31 December 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, December 31: "The State [Township?] Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman has ordered the paddy farmers of Maungdaw Township in Arakan State to grow mustard and the green gram seeds in their paddy lands, according to our sources. On December 24, 2003, regarding this, the TPDC Chairman Captain Hla Pho held a meeting in his office inviting all the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) Chairmen and Secretaries. In this meeting, he asked all the participants to grow mustard and the green gram seeds in their paddy lands. He also threatened the attendants if any one meet not to comply with the order, all his arable lands would be seized and the owner also will be punished according to the local law and administration, sources further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 December 2003


      Title: 26 DWELLING HOUSES DESTROYED BY SPDC AUTHORITIES IN NORTHERN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 30 December 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, December 30: "On December 27, 2003, the SPDC authorities destroyed 26 dwelling houses of Myo Ma Kayan Dan (Shikdar Para) village of Maungdaw Town in Arakan State, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 December 2003


      Title: Akheri Munajat (Last Prayer) of Ijtema(Religious gathering)
      Date of publication: 30 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 30: "Million of peoples from home and abroad including top National Leaders of Bangladesh offered Akheri Munajat (concluding supplication) at the end of Biswa Ijtema (world religious gathering) at Dhaka yesterday, according to a participant of Ijtema..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 December 2003


      Title: BURMA EAGER TO TAKE BACK CITIZENS FROM BANGLADESH
      Date of publication: 30 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 30: "The Burma government is eager to take back its citizens from the refugee camps in Bangladesh as early as possible, according to a local newspaper of Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 December 2003


      Title: Nasaka Collecting Paddy From Farmers For Model Villagers In Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 30 December 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, December 30: "The Nasaka (Border Security Force) of Maungdaw Township in Arakan State has been collecting paddy from Rohingya farmers since 9th December 2003, for Buddhists Natala (Model) villagers, according to a villager, who is contributed Kyat for Natala village..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 December 2003


      Title: Ijtema (Religious Gathering) Began Yesterday in Dhaka
      Date of publication: 27 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Dec. 27: "Biswa Ijtema (world religious gathering), a congregation of world Muslims organized by the Tablig Jamaat, began at Tongi about 20 kms north off the Dhaka, according to our correspondent, who has been participating in the gathering..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2003


      Title: Kyat 4 Million Bribes to Western Command Commander for A Boat of 37 Cattle
      Date of publication: 27 December 2003
      Description/subject: Man-aung, Dec. 27: "The Western Command (WC) Commander and Chairman of Arakan State PDC General Maung Oo received an amount of Kyat 4 million as a bribe for a permission of a boat of 37 cattle bringing it to Bangladesh, according to Trader, Maung Saw Kin..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2003


      Title: Paddy Procurement Process: Betrayal of Appointment Letters for Representatives of Paddy Procurement
      Date of publication: 25 December 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Dec. 25: "Recently, appointment letters for representatives of paddy procurement of Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships, Arakan State, were sent from Ministry of Commerce and Trade but concerned authorities betray to handover the selected persons, said a VPDC member..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2003


      Title: Army Apprehended A Passenger Boat And Goods In Arakan
      Date of publication: 24 December 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Dec. 24: "Army apprehended a passenger boat and goods of passengers in the second week of this month, while it was plying from Buthidaung town to Taungbazar area of the town, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8k)
      Date of entry/update: 25 December 2003


      Title: Arakan body urges PM not to allow pipeline
      Date of publication: 23 December 2003
      Description/subject: . Chittagong, Dec. 23: "The Arakan Muslim Community Development Foundation of Burma has urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia not to allow construction of Burma to India gas pipeline through Bangladesh, according to Mr. Mohammad Zahir Gaffari, the President of the Foundation..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 December 2003


      Title: Burma-Bangladesh Friendship Road Starts this Winter
      Date of publication: 23 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Dec. 23: "Burma-Bangladesh Friendship Road will be started in coming winter for direct road link between Rangoon and Dhaka, Bangladesh Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said yesterday, according to UNB, a local news agency of Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 December 2003


      Title: MOVE TO DESTROY CENTURIES OLD VILLAGE FOILED
      Date of publication: 23 December 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Dec. 23: "On December 11, 2003, local women and students foiled on attempt to destroy centuries old village in the city’s predominantly Rohingya Muslims area of Myo Ma Kayan Dan (Shikdar Para) village of Maungdaw town in Arakan State, after clashes between police and village women and students, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 December 2003


      Title: FURTHER RESTRICTION IMPOSED ON THE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT OF THE ROHINGYA
      Date of publication: 21 December 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Dec. 21: "Recently, the SPDC authorities have imposed severe restrictions on the movement of the Rohingyas in northern Arakan, according to our correspondent. For traveling from Buthidaung to Maungdaw, a distance of 16 miles within the same locality, a Rohingya has to obtain recommendation first from Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) paying Kyat 200, then Form 4, (which is normally used for foreigners) with recommendation from Township Immigration Office paying Kyat 500. After that he has to approach with all these papers and recommendations, to the Nasaka transit camp at the gate of Buthidaung town for its permission paying Kyat 200. Finally, he has to appear before the offices of TPDC and DPDC submitting all the relevant papers and recommendations for approval by paying bribes of Kyat 500 and Kyat 200 respectively, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 21 December 2003


      Title: Forced labor for harvest in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 20 December 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Dec. 20, 03: "The Military Operation Command (MOC-15) Commander ordered to the villagers of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State to harvest 10 acres of land, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 December 2003


      Title: WB to help Bangladesh-Burma Rail Networks
      Date of publication: 20 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Dec.20, 03: "The World Bank (WB) has expressed its interest to provide financial assistance for construction of Bangladesh-Burma rail networks, according to UNB, a local news agency..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: UNB via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 20 December 2003


      Title: Burmese Army killed a Traveler at Maungdaw-Buthidaung Road
      Date of publication: 16 December 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, Dec.16: "Burmese army killed a Rohingya traveler at Maungdaw-Buthidaung road on 19th November 2003, according to our corresponedent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


      Title: Meeting To Avoid Communal Violence Held At Maung Daw
      Date of publication: 10 December 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, December 10: "Recently a meeting on the issue of communal violence was held at Maungdaw Town, Arakan State, with the initiative of Tactical Operation Command (TOC) Commander of Buthidaung, urging the participants to guard and avoid any communal troubles, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


      Title: DA BYU CHAUNG – PALAY DAUNG ROAD UNDER CONSTRUCTION WITH FORCED LABOUR
      Date of publication: 08 December 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, December 08: "A 16 kilometers long road from Da Byu Chaung to Palay Daung is being under constructed in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State with forced labour of villagers, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


      Title: Arakan Alliance Signed Deed of Commitment Under Geneva Call
      Date of publication: 07 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 07: "Recently the Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) and the National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), the two component organizations of the Arakan Independence Alliance (AIA), had separately signed the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action (DoC)..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 16 December 2003


      Title: Chittagong Research Society Formed
      Date of publication: 06 December 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 06: "A Chittagong Research Society (proposed) was formed yesterday in a meeting held at Chittagong, Bangladesh, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003


      Title: Arson Attack to a Mosque and Its Guesthouse
      Date of publication: 02 December 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, December 01: "On November 04, 2003, some Rakhine youths made an arson attack to a mosque and its guesthouse at around 9:00 pm in Buthidaung Town, Arakan State, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 December 2003


      Title: Mosques Under Guards During Prayer Times
      Date of publication: 24 November 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 24: "Mosques at Maungdaw Town are under police guards during prayer times, in the month of Ramadan, since November 9, 2003, according to our correspondent. On 9th November at around 8:00 pm, while the Muslims were praying inside the mosque of No. 5 quarter of Maungdaw town, a group of Rakhine youths backed by policemen had suddenly torched the mosque and the basic religious school attached to it. Both the mosque and school were made of bamboo and thatched with dhani (sea palm leaves). The school was partly burnt down while the mosque could be saved from the fire, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 November 2003


      Title: Nasaka Authorities Illegally Taking Money From Public to Support their Armed Force
      Date of publication: 23 November 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 23: "Nasaka (Border Security Force) of Maungdaw Township in Arakan State was taking Kyat 500,000/- from a businessman by giving a license for a sole agent of vermicelli for only Maungdaw Township, said a trader from Maungdaw Town..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 November 2003


      Title: BANGLADESH SOUGHT THE CHINESE COOPERATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ASIAN HIGHWAY
      Date of publication: 18 November 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, November 18: "On November16, 2003, Bangladesh sought the Chinese cooperation for the construction of a highway passing through Dhaka, Chittagong , Cox’s Bazar, Burma, Thailand and China, according to BSS. Bangladesh government has adopted a“Look East” policy to develop road communication with other Asain countries connecting Bangladesh with Asian Highway, the Communications Minister Nazmal Huda said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 29 November 2003


      Title: Residents of Taungbru Left Relocated for New Battalion and Jail Project
      Date of publication: 15 November 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 15: "Residents of Taungbru left (Day Banna) village in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State have been relocated recently for a new army battalion and jail project by SPDC authorities, according to our sources. According to local news, over 53 houses and a Muslim graveyard in Taungbru left village of Maungdaw Township have already been destroyed, followed by the SPDC authorities..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


      Title: A Cowboy Boy Sodomized by Army
      Date of publication: 12 November 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, November 12: "An army in Buthidaung Township in Arakan State sodomized a Rohingya cowboy, according to a relative of victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


      Title: Unofficial Makeshift Refugee Camp of Teknaf Relocated to Dhomdomia
      Date of publication: 12 November 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, November 12: "Unofficial makeshift Refugee camp of Teknaf was relocated completely to a new place, close to Dhomdomia BDR check post of Teknaf Town on 28th October 2004, according to Deen Mohammed, a leader of the refugee camp. This unofficial camp was situated at Teknaf border town of Bangladesh close to Burma, set up on a private land after an army operation against illegal Rohingya immigrants in bordering areas in early 2003, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2004


      Title: BANGLADESH BDR SEIZED SOME ARMS AND AMMUNATION FROM RNA
      Date of publication: 11 November 2003
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, November 11: "The Bangladesh BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) seized some arms, ammunition and equipments from Rohingya Freedom fighters on November 6, 2003, according to R NA (Rohingya National Army) spokesman..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


      Title: PRICES FALL IN MAUNGDAW TOWN
      Date of publication: 10 November 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 10: "Prices of essentials, which shot up with the advent of Ramadan Month (Sabbath month), have started falling in local markets, said a trader from Maungdaw Town, yesterday. Prices of items like turmeric, petrol had registered moderate rise but vegetables virtually went beyond the reach of the common man, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN PRESS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


      Title: A Regional Conference on Protection for Refugees from Burma
      Date of publication: 09 November 2003
      Description/subject: Chian Mai, November 9: "A two-day long Regional Conference on Protection for Refugees from Burma was held in Thailand between 6 and 7 November 2003, according to a participant named Idris. The conference was organized by Forum-Asia, Altsean, Jesuit Refugees International and Non-violence International on Protection for Burmese Refugee..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


      Title: No Rohingyas Camped Across the Naf River to Cross the Border
      Date of publication: 08 November 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, November 8: "There were no Rohingyas from the Burma Province of Arakan State have camped across the Naf River for last couple of days with intent to cross into Bangladesh, according to our correspondent from Maungdaw town..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 17 November 2003


      Title: Forced Collection of Money for Conducting Civil Defense
      Date of publication: 04 November 2003
      Description/subject: Akyab, November 04: "The ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) officials have been engaged in forcefully collecting money from Rohingya villagers for conducting short-term military training from across the Akyab (Sittwe) Township in Arakan State, the western part of Burma, sources in the Akyab Town said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2003


      Title: SOME NASAKA EMPLOYEES IN BANGLADESH
      Date of publication: 22 October 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, Oct. 22, 03: "Recently, Nasaka (Border Security Force) are being employed as goldsmiths in different gold shops of Bangladesh, said Jabed Iqbal Choudhury from Teknaf. Some gold shops were established along the border of Cox’s Bazar district with the collaboration of two syndicates, one U Myint Aung from Maungdaw (Burmese) and another one is Kyaw Hla Oo from Nhila (Bangladeshi), in which most of the employees are Burmese nationals (Rakhines) and of them some are Nasaka or Nasaka agents as goldsmiths, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: Conducting Population Survey in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 21 October 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Oct 21: "The Burmese military regime is conducting a survey on population and other things in the bordering township of Maungdaw, Arakan State, from October 7, 2003, said a source close to Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC)..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: BURMESE ARMY DEMANDS FARM PRODUCTS AND FIRE WOOD TO WITHDRAW FARMLANDS CONFISCATION ORDER
      Date of publication: 19 October 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, October 19: "Rohingya villagers have to pay chili, potatoes, peas and fire woods for army battalion to withdraw their confiscated farmlands and grazing ground in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, said villager..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: ARMY LOOTING GOODS FROM PASSENGERS AND TRAVELERS
      Date of publication: 15 October 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, October 15: "Since September last week, 2003, Burmese army have been looting goods from the passengers and travelers in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State while crossing army check-posts, said a trader to Kaladan Press..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: A Refugee Woman Missing from Refugee Camp
      Date of publication: 13 October 2003
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, October 13: "A Burmese Rohingya refugee woman has been missing from refugee camp since September 21, after being clashed between refugee women and police, according to a victim’s parents. On September 21, 2003, in Kutopalong refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, there was a clash between Rohingya refugee women and policemen as the refugees’ defense against forced repatriation. In the clash, 7- Rohingya women and two other elderly men were severely beaten up by the police. Among them Miss. Sajeda Begum, 22, and Ms. Dil Bahar, 25, a pregnant woman were seriously wounded, they further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: AN AGREEMENT HAS TO BE SIGNED BETWEEN NASAKA AND NEW COUPLES
      Date of publication: 12 October 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, October12: "Recently, Nasaka has released an order for the Rohingya community to sign on an agreement between Nasaka (Border Security Force) and new married couples for birth control, said a new married couple to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: Township Chairman Ordered to Vacate 65 Dwelling houses at MaungdawTownship
      Date of publication: 11 October 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, October 11,2003: "Maungdaw Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman had ordered the Rohingya village to vacate their dwelling houses by October10, 2003, according to our correspondent of Maungdaw. On September 18, 2003, the TPDC Chairman Captain Hla Pu had ordered the Ba Gone Nah village of Maungdaw south in Arakan State to vacate 65 dwelling houses as to establish a new army camp by October10 but the villagers still refuse to vacate the houses, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: FIVE ROHINGYAS SENTENCED FOR 7- YEARS JAIL IN BUTHIDAUNG
      Date of publication: 10 October 2003
      Description/subject: . Buthidaung, Oct. 10: "Five Rohingyas of Buthidaung Towship were sentenced 7 years jail each for a little bit extension of Madrasa by the Court No.2 of Buthidaung Town in Arakan State on September 10, 2003, according to a Madrasa teacher, named Mv. Anwar. All victims hail from Ywet Nyo Taung village of Buthidaung Township and were arrested by Nasaka (Border Security Force) of camp No.21 of Nasaka area No.9 on February 2, 2003 by accusation of for extension of Madrasa (Religious School) without permission of concerned authorities..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: Burmese Nasaka Gave Ultimatum to Bangladesh Businessmen
      Date of publication: 09 October 2003
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, Ocober10: "The Burmese Nasaka (Border Security Force) has given an ultimatum to two Bangladeshi businessmen for immediate release of seven arrested Burmese nationals by Bangladesh police, said Hamid Mohamed Ershad, a local reporter. Seven- Rakhine (Burmese nationals) including one Aung Kyaw Sein has been arrested on 4th October 2003 by police in Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar District under the accusation of passport Act..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: Army Headquarters Became a Market
      Date of publication: 08 October 2003
      Description/subject: Buthiaung, October 08: "The army Headquarters of Battalion No.551 of Thin Ga Net village of Buthidaung north in Arakan State has become a market since September 20, 2003, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 07 November 2003


      Title: A SPDC Deputy Minister Held a Meeting at Maungdaw Town, to Support the 7-Points Road Map.
      Date of publication: 07 October 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw. October 07: "A SPDC Deputy Minister held a meeting at Maungdaw Town in Arakan State in supporting the 7-points road map by the new Prime Minister on 20 th September 2003, according to a participant of the meeting..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: U-17 Booters lost All Three Practice Matches in Rangoon
      Date of publication: 07 October 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, October 07: "Bangladesh lost all the three-practice matches they played in the Burma, according the sports reporter..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 31 October 2003


      Title: A female Refugee Detained in Cox’s Bazar Jail
      Date of publication: 26 September 2003
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, September 26: "A female Rohingya refugee from Khutupalong camp named Shajeda Begum, 22, is being detained in Cox’s Bajar Jail, in Bangladesh, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


      Title: Forced Labour is Still Continuing in Arakan
      Date of publication: 13 September 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, September 13: "Forced labour is still continuing in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, according to our correspondent. The villagers of Buthidaung Township have to pay forced labour at Nasaka camps (Border Security Force), military camps, Military Intelligent (MI), such as to clean the camps, to fence the camps, to build the latrines, to carry water, to prepare firewood, and etc, he further said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 September 2003


      Title: Policemen together with Immigration Arrested 120 Men and Extortion
      Date of publication: 11 September 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, September 11: "On August 30,2003, a team of police together with immigration have arrested 120 Rohingyas from Koin Daung (Kwan Dine) village of Buthidaung Township in Arakan State and extorted money, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: S. KOREA AND BURMA BUSINESSMEN MEET
      Date of publication: 07 September 2003
      Description/subject: Rangoon, September 7: "South Korean products recently have found ready market in Burma said a Rangoon businessman, according to Burma Times..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Burma Times" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: SPDC Authorities conducted a Buddhist Rites to Prevent Curse
      Date of publication: 07 September 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, September 6: "On 27th August 2003, early morning, the authorities of the State Peace and Development Council( SPDC) conducted a religious ceremony at Maungdaw Town in Arakan State, according to our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: 2858 Rohingya Refugees Returned Home in August and till 4th September
      Date of publication: 06 September 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, September 6: "Some 2858 Rohingya refugees returned to Burma in August and until 4th September from Kutopalong and Nayapara refugee camps of Cox’s Bazaar District, according to our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: BRC and UNHCR Don’t Take Responsibility If Political Refugees of Burma Sent to Mae Sot
      Date of publication: 03 September 2003
      Description/subject: Mae Sot, September 03: "On September 2, 2003, a press release was released for the security of political refugees of Burma, by (BRC), which takes care of political refugees, who are living in Bangkok, Thailand, according to Muslim Agency for News..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: Border trade with Burma halts on trader strike
      Date of publication: 02 September 2003
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, September 2: "Border trade between Bangladesh and Burma came to a halt yesterday as traders at the frontier went on an indefinite strike to protest harassment by law enforcers while transporting goods through the Teknaf (border Town) Highway, according to UNB, Cox’s Bazar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: Bangladesh Army Seized Some Arms and Ammunition from Rakhine Armed Groups
      Date of publication: 01 September 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, September 01: "The Bangladesh army seized some arms, ammunition and equipments from Rakhine armed groups on August 25, 2003, according to Daily Star..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: Burma Announces Democracy Roadmap
      Date of publication: 31 August 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 31: "Burma’s military government announced a seven-point roadmap towards democracy yesterday that includes "free and fair" elections to be held under a new constitution, according to the newly installed Prime Minister Khin Nyunt said in his first speech yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: Primary Education System Deteriorated in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 30 August 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 30: "Primary education system is deteriorated day by day in northern Arakan, Burma, according to a prominent Rohingya leader of Maungdaw Town..." children, UNICEF, school
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: What Happened to the Shrimp Culture?
      Date of publication: 26 August 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 26: "The shrimp farmers of Maungdaw Township in the western part of Burma are facing difficulties arising from constantly changing polices on shrimp farming, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: China to Promote Bilateral Relations with Burma
      Date of publication: 23 August 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 23: "China will promote bilateral relations with Burma to ensure stability and development even as sanctions are leveled against Rangoon by the United States and other nations, state media reported yesterday, according to AFP, Beijing..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: Does Forced labour Exists in Arakan?
      Date of publication: 22 August 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, August 22: "On June 30,2003, the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman of Buthidaung Township under the Arakan State ordered five villages to plant seedlings along the roadsides, said our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Two Deals with Burma in the Process of Implementation
      Date of publication: 21 August 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 21: "Two deals with Burma are in the process of implementation, said Commerce Minister Amir Khosoru Mohmud Chowdhury to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting held at the Ministry of Commerce Conference room on 18th August, according to Star report.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Nasaka Confiscated a Garden From a Poor man
      Date of publication: 20 August 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 20: "The Nasaka (Border Security Force) of Nasaka headquarters of Maungdaw Township in Arakan State confiscated a garden from a poor man for new Buddhist settlers, on July 27, said a victim’s relative to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (4K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Account Trade with Burma Hangs in the Balance
      Date of publication: 19 August 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 19: "Account trade between Bangladesh and Burma hangs in the balance as the US has imposed economic restrictions on Yangon,according to Star report. Dollar crisis worsened in Yangon following the economic restrictions. Due to restriction on opening Lcs in Burma, Dhaka and Yangon had decided to introduce account trade, which has now become uncertain due to the US sanction, said a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Money Extorted From Farmers for Model Village
      Date of publication: 19 August 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, August17: "The Buthidaung Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Chairman had extorted Kyat 250,000/-from five farmers under the pretext of establishing a model village for Buddhist settlers, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: US Sanctions Cripple Burma Economy
      Date of publication: 19 August 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 19: "US sanctions against Burma have plunged the military State’s ailing economy into chaos, crippling trade and prompting the junta to devise ways of beating the measures, analysts say, according to AFP, Rangoon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AFP via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Government Servants to Take Military Training
      Date of publication: 17 August 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, August 17: "On August 13, the Commander of the Western Command issued an order asking government servants to take a short-term military training by the end of this month, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: SPDC Authorities and DKBA Jointly Checked Mosques
      Date of publication: 17 August 2003
      Description/subject: Mae Sot, August 17: "The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) authorities and their collaborators Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) were jointly checking the Mosques in Karen State and Pegu Devision of Burma, on August 01, 2003, according to Burma Agency for News..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Burma Agency for News via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: 17 Families Refugee Returned Home
      Date of publication: 16 August 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, August 16: "17 families of Rohingya refugees returned home on August13, 2003 from two existing refugee camps Kutupalong and Nayapara of Cox’s Bazar District, according to our correspondent of Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Paddy Purchasing Representatives Appointed in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 15 August 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 15: "On July 23, 2003, the Western Command Commander has appointed two representatives for procurement of paddy from Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships of northern Arakan State, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Two Muslims Arrested for identification of Islam on NID Cards in Southern Burma
      Date of publication: 14 August 2003
      Description/subject: Moulmein, August 14: "On 11 August 2003, two Muslims named U Win Khrine, 42, and Zaw Win Naing, 35, were arrested by a combined cell, consisting of Nasaka (Border Security Force) and Immigration because of their identification of Islam in religion on their National Identity Cards (NID), said Muslim Agency for News..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Muslim Agency for News via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Muslim Migrant workers celebrated Mother’s Day in Thailand
      Date of publication: 13 August 2003
      Description/subject: Mae Sot, August 13: "Muslim migrant workers celebrated Mother’s Day in Thailand on 12 August 2003 to honour Queen Sirikit Kitiyakorn’s 71st birthday, which is also marked as Mother’s Day in Thailand, according to Muslin Agency for News..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Muslim Agency for News via Kaladan Press
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: Five Muslims Arrested in Myawaddi Town
      Date of publication: 11 August 2003
      Description/subject: Myawaddi, August 11: "A combined operation cell consisting of Military Intelligence (MI), Nasaka (Border Security Force) and USDA members arrested five Muslim youths in Mya waddi town of Karen State, a border town of Thai- Burma, on August 8, 2003, according to Muslim Agency for News..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Muslim Agency for News via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 22 August 2003


      Title: FOUR ROHINGYA REFUGEES DROWNED AS TRAWLER SANK
      Date of publication: 10 August 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, August 10: "Four Rohingya refugees drowned as their fishing trawler sank in the Naf River on 31 st. July 2003, due to inclement weather, said a refugee from Nayapara Camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: SPDC Recruiting Villagers For Short-term Military Training
      Date of publication: 10 August 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 10: "The local SPDC authorities in Arakan State are recruiting villagers for short-term military training in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships, according to our correspondent. Members of Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) in Arakan State went round the villages in their townships, called meetings, and enlisted the villagers to attend the military training. They registered youths of 18 to 25 years old, source further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: Army Abducted and Married a Rakhine Girl
      Date of publication: 09 August 2003
      Description/subject: Rathedaung, August 8: "On July 9,2003, a Rakhine girl was abducted and married by an army named Tat Naing, according to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan news
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: BDR Seized Smuggled Goods In Teknaf
      Date of publication: 09 August 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, August 08: "On July 26, 2003 a BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) team of Teknaf in a daylong anti-smuggling drive seized a motorboat with full load of goods in Kauyar Khali Creek of Bangladesh while it was on way to Burma, according to our source from Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: Two Nasaka Beaten up By One Villager
      Date of publication: 09 August 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, August 9: "On 12th July 2003, two Nasaka (Bordr Security Force) forces were beaten up by a villager during altercation among them, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: Army Beat Up a Cleric’s Wife and Daughter
      Date of publication: 08 August 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, September 8: "Army beat up a cleric named Fayazul Islam’s wife and daughter because of their scarves on their heads while entering the compound of army, in which they were taking photographs of Rohingya people on 2n September 2003, according to our sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


      Title: Coastal Guards Seized Series of Cargo ships with Fertilizer
      Date of publication: 04 August 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, August 04: "On July 27, 2003, Bangladesh Coastal Guard seized a cargo ship loaded with fertilizer in Bay of Bengal near Saint Martin Island while on their way to Burma, said an owner of the cargo ship..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: 986 Rohingyas Returned Home in July.
      Date of publication: 03 August 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf. August 03: "Some 986 Rohingya Refugees of 178 families returned to Burma in July from Kutopalong and Nayapara refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar District, said our correspondent from Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: Human Rights Workshop for Arakanese Youths in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 03 August 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, August 03: "The Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Based in Thailand conducted a one-day long training between two youth groups of Rakhine and Rohingya in Bangladesh ended on 1st August 2003, according to a participant..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: SIX TRAWLERS SINK IN BAY, FOUR FISHERMEN DROWNED, 60 MISSING
      Date of publication: 30 July 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, July 30: "Four fishermen drowned and at least 60 are missing as six fishing trawlers sank in the Bay of Bengal on July 27,2003, due to inclement weather, trawler owners association of Teknaf said to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: A MOTOR BOAT SEIZED AND EXTORTED
      Date of publication: 29 July 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 29: "On July 10, 2003, a motorboat carrying 22 bulls was seized by Nasaka (Border Security Force) of Area No. 8 of Maungdaw Township and was later released after paying a bribe of 2.8 million Kyats, a border trader said to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: SUU KYI WILL NOT REMAIN DETAINED FOR LONG TIME
      Date of publication: 29 July 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 29: "Aung San Suu Kyi will not remain in detention in Burma "for a long period," the Foreign Minister Win Aung said yesterday, according to AFP, Jakarta..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AFP via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: A VPDC Chairman Arrested for Second Marriage
      Date of publication: 28 July 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, July 28: "On June 15, 2003, a Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) Chairman named Imam Hussain, 50, was arrested by the Nasaka- Border Security Force- camp No. 21 of Nasaka Area No. 9 of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, for the cause of second marriage, said a relative of the victim to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 August 2003


      Title: FISHING IS RISKY IN NAF RIVER NOW
      Date of publication: 27 July 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 27: "Fishing is risky in Naf River now as many fishermen were looted of their fishing nets, fishes, cash and other belongings. Yet the poor fishermen are going for trawling in the river with great fear for their livelihood, said a fisherman from Maungdaw town to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: Nasaka’s Reckless Shooting in a Bordering Village of Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 25 July 2003
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, July 24: "The Burmese Border Security Force (Nasaka) personnel crossed the international border over the Naf River and started firing at Ulobonia village in Waikhong Union under Teknaf Township of Cox’s Bazar district in southern Chittagong, Bangladesh, eyewitnesses told Kaladan Press..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: Seven Rohingya Muslim Seek Refugees Status
      Date of publication: 25 July 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 25: "Seven Rohingya Muslims from Burma climbed the perimeter fence into the compound of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at Jalan Bukti Petaling there on 8th July 2003 to demand refugee status, according to the New Straits Times of Malaysia..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "New Straits Times" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: A ROHINGYA WOMAN RAPED
      Date of publication: 23 July 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 23: "On July 01, 2003, a Rohingya woman named Ms. Nasima Khatoon (nickname), 25, was raped for two days in Nasaka (Border Security Force) camp by a Nasaka officer, said a victim’s relative to our source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: REPAIR WORKS OF MAUNGDAW JAME-MOSQUE AGAIN HALTED
      Date of publication: 21 July 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 21: "On 11 July 2003, The Chairman of the Maungdaw Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Capt. Hla Poo had issued an order to stop again all the repair works of the Maungdaw Jame-Mosque, said a community leader to our Kaladan Press..."
      Language: eNGLISH
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: BLACK PEPPER CULTIVATION IN NORTH ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 20 July 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 20: "On July 3, 2003, the Chairman of the Maungdaw Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) has introduced black pepper cultivation in north Arakan and issued an order asking every family to the villagers to plant seedlings of black pepper, said a farmer to our correspondent preferring not to refer to his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: NASAKA COMMITTED SERIES OF ROBBERY
      Date of publication: 19 July 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, July 19: "On 1st July 2003, Nasaka (Border Security Force) troops had looted a shrimp culture project in Loun Don village of Maungdaw township, Arakan State, Burma, said a schoolteacher to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: ROHINGYA WELCOMES US APPROVED SANCTIONS ON BURMA
      Date of publication: 17 July 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, July 17: "Rohingya people of Arakan State, Burma, welcomes US approved sanctions on Burma in protest against its recent crackdown on the pro-democracy opposition, said an exiled NLD member living in Chittagong..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 28 July 2003


      Title: BURMA-BANGLADESH BORDER ALERT
      Date of publication: 15 July 2003
      Description/subject: Taungbro (Maungdaw) July 15: "From last week of June 2003, the border security forces of both Burma and Bangladesh are on alert all along the border due to possible sporadic fresh influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, according to our correspondent. At present, about 80 Rohingya families, most of whom were repatriated refugees from Bangladesh have, in their attempt to cross the border to Bangladesh, gathered in a bordering village of Taungbro Left in Nasaka Sector No.3. After repatriation, they are not properly rehabilitated in their original places and are denied the right to own their lands and properties, sources said..."
      Author/creator: Md. Sadek
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 July 2003


      Title: Football Tournament Organized by NaSaKa With the Villagers
      Date of publication: 15 July 2003
      Description/subject: Taungbro( Maungdaw) July 15: "A football competition was held, between NaSaKa Sector Nos. 3 and 4, from 30 June to 5 July 2003, at Laikra village (Kumirkhali), the headquarters of the NaSaKa Sector No.4, about 15 miles north of Maungdaw town, said our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 July 2003


      Title: Process of Forced Repatriation Continued in the Rohingya Refugee Camps
      Date of publication: 11 July 2003
      Description/subject: Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, July 11: "The Bangladesh camp officials and the local UNHCR staffs are continuously threatening the remaining Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong and Nayapara refugee camps to go back to Burma without any protection, said a Rohingya refugee leader. The refugees have been forced to put their signatures or thumb impressions on blank papers to be used later stating voluntary repatriation, he further said. The refugees, who refuse to do so, cannot live in the camps. If any one disobeys such order of the camp officials, he is jailed under false and fabricated charges (such as criminal charges under Bangladesh Penal Code) or forcibly repatriated or deprived of all his entitlements and facilities in the camp such as, food, ration, medical treatment and shelter etc., he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


      Title: Forced Labour Still Continuing in Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 09 July 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung July, 9: "Forced labour is still continuing in Arakan State of Western Burma. As part of SPDC’s design, the Commander of the Battalion No.565 of Burma Army in Buthidaung Township ordered the Rohingya villagers of Nan Ra Gon, San Nyin Way (Lambarbil-East) and Quendaung villages to construct a bridge on the “Dabruchaung River”, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 13 July 2003


      Title: FORCED LABOUR FOR GROWING PADDY
      Date of publication: 01 July 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, July 1: "On 12th June 2003, the Commander of the Military Operation Command (MOC)-15 of Buthidaung Township,Arakan State, had ordered five villages to provide forced labour to work in farmlands controlled by the army camps, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 July 2003


      Title: A FIGHTING BETWEEN PRO- NLD AND ANTI- NLD SOLDIERS
      Date of publication: 22 June 2003
      Description/subject: Sittwe, June 22: "On 12 June, an armed fighting was occurred between pro-NLD and anti- NLD soldiers in the battalion No. 232 in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, according to our correspondent of Sittwe..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 June 2003


      Title: 48 MORE REFUGEES REPATRIATED
      Date of publication: 19 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June19: "Forty-eight more Rohingya refugees of 8 families went back to Burma from two existing refugee camps yesterday, according to our correspondent. Officials of Bangladesh and UNHCR saw them off on the bank of Naaf River at Teknaf, he further said. In Burma side, Burma immigration officials received the refugees at Kayaung Chaung reception Center of Maungdaw Township, source said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 June 2003


      Title: TWO MEN DETENTION BY NASAKA WITH FALSE CASE
      Date of publication: 19 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 19: "The commander of Nasak Area No. 6 detained two men on 12th June 2003, by accusing of involvement in human trafficking in Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, said our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 June 2003


      Title: 94 MORE ROHINGYAS REPATRIATED
      Date of publication: 04 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 04: "More 94 Rohingya refugees belonging to 15 families returned to Burma on first June Sunday from Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps, according to the Daily Star. Bangladesh and UNHCR officials saw them off on the bank of Naaf River at Teknaf. Burma Immigration officials received them at Kayinchaung Reception Centre, Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A MEETING BETWEEN FBCCI AND UBFCCI
      Date of publication: 03 June 2003
      Description/subject: Coxs Bazar, June 03: "A meeting was held between directors of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) and the visiting five-member Burma business delegations led by Union of Burma Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( UBFCCI ) president U Win Myint, at the FBCCI conference room yesterday, according to today Daily Star. In the meeting, the Bangladesh side identified that the visa restrictions, lack of transportation, and absence of effective transactions mechanism are the major hurdles to the growth of business between Bangladesh and Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: WORLDS OLDEST WOMAN DIED IN BANGLADESH
      Date of publication: 03 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 3: "An old woman named Begum Poirunessa, presumed to be the oldest woman in the world, died on 1st June 2003, night at her Chargobindapur residence under Sujanagar Upazila at the age of 151, according to BBS of Pabna..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: BBS via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 704 ROHINGYAS REPATRIATED IN MAY
      Date of publication: 02 June 2003
      Description/subject: Coxs Bazar, June 02: "A total of 704 Rohingya refugees belong to 121 families were repatriated to their homes in Burma from Ukhiya and Teknaf camps in May, according to BSS of Coxs Bazar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: BSS via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES ORDERED CLOSED FROM MONDAY
      Date of publication: 02 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 02: "Universities and colleges in Burma have been ordered closed from Monday 2 June until further notice following the arrest by junta authorities of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi , according to AFP, Rangoon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AFP via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FLAG MEETING BETWEEN BDR AND NA SA KA
      Date of publication: 01 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, June 01: "A flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (Na Sa Ka) was held in the Bandola Camp (Nasaka camp) of Maungdaw north in Arakan State on 30th May 2003, according to Dainik Purbokone..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: SUU KYI TAKEN UNDER TEMPORARY ARREST
      Date of publication: 01 June 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, April 01: "Burmas opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been put under temporary arrest after a violence clash between her supporters and pro-junta group in northern Burma, according to "The Daily Star"..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: AIA DECLARATION
      Date of publication: 26 May 2003
      Description/subject: "According to our correspondent, we came to know that an emergency meeting of the Arakan Independence Alliance (AIA), an umbrella organization of the National United Party of Arakan (NUPA) and Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), was held on 24-25 May 2003. He further added that the meeting discussed about the present political situation and other matters of national importance. The issue of launching an active peaceful political movement was one of the important agenda items dominated in the discussions of the meeting. Considering the need for reconciliation among different peoples in Burma in order to bring the autocratic rule of the illegitimate military regime to an end, the AIA declares to continue its joint movement until the inalienable right of the people of Arakan to self-determination is achieved. We have learnt that the AIA has just released a declaration today, which has included the following points:..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 175 ROHINGYA REFUGEES REPATRIATED
      Date of publication: 25 May 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 25: "A group of 175 Rohingya refugees belonging to 27 families returned to their homes in Burma on 21st May from Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps, according to the Daily Star correspondent, Coxs Bazar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: DAW SUU KYI, GENERALS TO TALK SOON
      Date of publication: 24 May 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 24: "Burmas military government and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will hold long-awaited talks within the next few weeks, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai of Thailand said, according to the Nation/ANN, Bangkok..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Nation"/ANN via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: NASAKA INSPIRE SMUGGLING FUEL OIL FROM BANGLADESH
      Date of publication: 23 May 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 23: "The concerned authorities of Nasaka in Burma inspire smuggling of fuel oil into the country from Bangladesh. The dealers of Burma pay money in advance to their Bangladesh counterparts for fuel oil, according to our correspondent. Smuggling through Bangladesh-Burma border at Ukhiya and Teknaf in Coxs Bazaar continues unabated, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Burmese Rohingya in Bangladesh Face an Uncertain Future
      Date of publication: 22 May 2003
      Description/subject: Veronika Martin and Kavita Shukla [of Refugees International] are in Asia for an assessment mission on Burmese refugees. "By June 30, 2003 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is planning a dramatic change in its responsibilities towards the remaining 21,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma residing in two camps in Coxs Bazaar district of Bangladesh. The proposed plan outlines an 18-month assistance program. The guiding principle of the program is self-sufficiency within local communities for refugees who do not opt for repatriation by the proposed July 1 deadline, when UNHCR plans to disengage from its role in normal care for refugees, as well as from repatriations. The plan for this residual case load, left over from the influx of 250,000 Rohingya in the early 90s, proposes providing skills training with the intention of enabling refugees to become economically and socially independent by the end of 2004..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Refugees International via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (17K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: SERIES OF BOMBS LEAVE 4 DEAD IN BURMA
      Date of publication: 22 May 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 22: "Four bombs exploded in a Burma town on the border with Thailand yesterday, killing 4 people, a Burma government spokesman said, according to AP, Rangoon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AP via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: ROHINGYA REFUGEE REPATRIATION STARTS AGAIN
      Date of publication: 21 May 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 21: "Repatriation of Rohingya refugees resumed Monday after over a couple of years with the return of 123 refugees from 20 families to their homeland, Arakan, Burma, according to the Daily Star. Another 150 refugees are expected to return today. The Rohingya refugees have been in Bangladesh for the last 12 years. They will be repatriated twice a week--- on Mondays and Wednesdays. About 21,658 refugees are still waiting for repatriation, said Bangladesh officials..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Daily Star via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A YOUNG GIRL RAPED BY POLICE
      Date of publication: 12 May 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, May12: "A girl was gang raped by police while she was returning to her home after visiting her relatives at Rathedaung Township on 19th April 2003, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: ARMY ARRESTED 20 VILLAGERS FOR FORCED LABOR
      Date of publication: 07 May 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, May 07: "A section of army went to Koin Daung village of Buthidaung Township in Arakan State on April 20, 2003, and arrested 20 villagers for forced labor, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: BURMA FREES 21 PRISONERS
      Date of publication: 05 May 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, May 5: "Burmas military government has released 21 prisoners, including prominent academic Salai Tun Than and 12 members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), according to AFP, Rangoon, said in a statement Sunday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A MEETING ON FORCED LABOR
      Date of publication: 27 April 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, April 27: "The Commander of Military Operation Commands (MOC)-15 called a meeting with Maulanas (religious leaders) at Buthidaung in order to obtain false statements that forced labor has totally stopped in the villages now. He strongly warned the participants to use the word volunteer helps instead of forced labor for any unpaid labor, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FORCED COLLECTION FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION
      Date of publication: 27 April 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, April 27: "The Commander of the Tactical Operational Command (TOC) of Buthidaung, Arakan State, had forcibly collected from villagers an amount of Kyat 700,000/- for construction of a 7 kilometre-long road, linking Let Wai Dad and Nga Kyi Dauk village, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 6 MADRASSA COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND TEACHERS ARRESTED
      Date of publication: 21 April 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, April 21: "3 committee members of a madrassa (religious school) with 3 teachers, who were arrested on 15 March by Nasaka for expanding the madrassa structure, are still in police custody, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: ARBITRARY ARREST AND EXTORTION BY NASAKA
      Date of publication: 21 April 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, April 21: "Nasaka (Border Security Force) arrested a Rohingya man unlawfully and extorted money on 27th March while he was visiting his relatives at Buthidaung township of Arakan State from neighbouring Maungdaw town, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: Engl;ish
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 32 PRISONERS HANDED OVER AFTER TWO DAYS OF FLAG MEETING BETWEEN NASAKA AND BDR
      Date of publication: 09 April 2003
      Description/subject: Teknaf, April 09: "32 prisoners of both countries were handed over between Nasaka (Burma border security force) and Bangladesh Rifle (BDR){Bangladesh border security force} after two days of flag meeting between Nasaka and BDR at Teknaf (a border town of Bangladesh), according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Bangladesh PM back from Burma
      Date of publication: 22 March 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, 22nd March: "Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia returned home yesterday afternoon from Rangoon, winding up her three-day official visit to the Union of Burma. She visited the Burma at the invitation of Burma Prime Minister, according to the BSS, Dhaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: BSS via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: BANGLADESH PRIMINISTER LEAVES FOR BURMA TODAY: ECONOMICS TIES WITH BURMA TO EXPEND.
      Date of publication: 19 March 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, 19th March: "Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka for Rangoon today for a three- day official visit to Burmam at the invitation of SPDC Chairman and Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe, the Daily star said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE:
      Date of publication: 17 March 2003
      Description/subject: "During 1991-92, nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims sought refuge in Bangladesh from persecution by the army in Burma. Since then, the bulk of them have been repatriated, but new influxes are happening occasionally, as the situation was not improved at all in Arakan. The Burmese junta has not yet restored citizenship of the Rohingyas also breaking the promise they have given to Bangladesh earlier. About 20,000 refugees remain in camps under difficult conditions. The conditions in the refugee camps are particularly appalling..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (24K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Burma, 4 other countries for freetrade agreement
      Date of publication: 09 March 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, Mach 09: "Commerce ministers from five countries around the Bay of Bengal on 7th March, called for a free-trade pact to boost regional economic cooperation, according to AFP, Colombo..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: AFP via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Quarrel Occurred Between a Rohingya Student and a Local Rakhine Youth But benefit for Police and MI
      Date of publication: 07 March 2003
      Description/subject: Akyab, 7th March 2003: "A quarrel was occurred on 10th February 2003, between a Rohingya Student and a local Rakhine youth at Nazirpara village of Akyab, the capital of Arakan State. But, this facility has benefited to the police and Military Intelligence (MI-10) to extract Kyat-11, 00,000/- from the elder brother of the student, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: DHAKA, RANGOON PLAN TRADE EXPANSION
      Date of publication: 06 March 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 6: "Bangladesh and Burma will set up a joint trade commission during PM Khaleda Zias visit to Rangoon on 19th this month. A foreign ministerial joint commission will also be set up to oversee bilateral relations, according to the Daily Star report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: NASAKA IMPOSED MOVEMENT RESTRICTION TO THE VILLAGERS OF MAUNGDAW SOUTH
      Date of publication: 05 March 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, March 5: "The villagers of Maungdaw south are being imposed further movement restriction by the Nasaka to go to Maungdaw town for the cause of committed an armed robbery in those areas by the Bangladeshi dacoits, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: SOME RAHKINE FAMILIES RE-ENTERED BANGLADESH
      Date of publication: 21 February 2003
      Description/subject: Naikongchari, Feb. 21: "Some Rakhine families from Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships of Arakan State re-entered Bangladesh, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: ROHINGYA AND RAKHINE YOUTHS JOINTLY COMPLETED A HUMAN RIGHTS WORKSHOP
      Date of publication: 20 February 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 20: "Rohingya and Rakhine youths successfully completed a joint human rights workshop at Dhaka from 4th to 8th February 2003, according to a participant of the workshop..".
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Eid- ul- Azha Celebrated in Arakan
      Date of publication: 19 February 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 19: "Rohingya Muslims across the Arakan State on 12th February 2003 celebrated the holy Eid- ul Azha with due religious fervour and sprit of sacrifice, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: BANGLADESH FAIR BEGINS IN RANGOON MARCH 20
      Date of publication: 18 February 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, February 18: "The second Bangladeshs single country fair will be beginning in Rangoon on March 20, said in the Daily Star..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: AIA HAS RELEASED A JOINT PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE RECENT RECENT AGREEMENT OF BURMA AND INDIA TO DEVELOP ECONOMIC PROJECTS
      Date of publication: 05 February 2003
      Description/subject: CHITTAGONG, 5th Feb 2003: "The Arakan Independence Alliance (AIA), an umbrella organization of the National United Party of Arakan (NUPA) and Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) has released a joint press release today about recent agreement of Burma and India to develop economic projects, said the statement..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10k)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: PRICES OF RICE AND ONION HAVE MARKED SHARP RISE IN WESTERN BURMA
      Date of publication: 05 February 2003
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 5: "Prices of rice and onion have marked sharp rise by Kyat 12 per kg and Kyat 100 per viss (I viss=1.74 kg) respectively. Rice is now being sold Kyat 260 per kg as against Kyat 228 Per kg, onion kyat 400 per viss as against kyat 300 four months back, in western Burma, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Bangla-Myanmar shipping begins
      Date of publication: 31 January 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagon, January 31: "A shipping service began yesterday between Bangladesh and Myanmar, marking the first legal sea vessel between the neighbours since a 1988 coup in Yangon, said in the Daily Star..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A FATHER DIED FOR HIS DAUGHTER s MARRIAGE AFFAIRS
      Date of publication: 30 January 2003
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, January 30: "A father was dead on January 13, 2003, for his daughters marriage affairs to a young man without getting permission from Nasaka (border security force)..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Myanmar FM visits India to talk economic ties
      Date of publication: 20 January 2003
      Description/subject: Chittagong, January 20: "Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Maung arrives in New Delhi today on a six-day visit to deepen the economic content in relations with India; Bangladesh could be left behind to reap the benefit from developmental spin-offs in infrastructure and energy sectors according to the Daily Star..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Daily Star via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FORCED LABOUR AND EXTORTION STILL EXISTS IN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 26 December 2002
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, December 26: "Forced labour and extortion are still continuing in Arakan State even if SPDC authorities have officially denied the existence any forced labour across the country, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: BANGLADESH STAND BY MYANMAR FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ASIAN HIGHWAY
      Date of publication: 25 December 2002
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 25, 2002: "If the tangle over the Asian Highway is not resolved immediately Bangladesh should stand by Myanmar regarding the following confusing matters with all her available resources, said in the Daily Star on December 22. In this regard, building a bridge over the Naaf River should get precedence over any other similar project inside the country, it further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FORCED COLLECTION OF CHICKEN BY ARMY
      Date of publication: 23 December 2002
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, December 23, 2002: "Rohingya villagers of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State are still being paid 8 to 12 Visses (1 Viss = 1.75 kgs) of chicken to the army camp per quarter in every 3 months, according to our correspondent..."
      Language: Enlgish
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A PREGNANT ROHINGYA WOMAN KICKED OUT A NASAKA
      Date of publication: 22 December 2002
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, December 22: "A pregnant Rohingya woman kicked out a Nasaka while he checked her stomach and whole body insincerely on 5th December, said a man to our source who preferred not to mention his name..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: $1B GAS PIPELINE PROJECT PROPOSED
      Date of publication: 20 December 2002
      Description/subject: Plan to link Myanmar with India via Bangladesh... Chittagong, 20 December: "The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has accepted, in principle, a proposal for the construction of a Myanmar-Tripura- West Bengal gas pipeline through Bangladesh, according to the Independent of 19th December..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Independent" via KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: DHAKA-RANGOON DEAL TO SET UP JOINT TRADE COMMISSION FINALISED
      Date of publication: 19 December 2002
      Description/subject: Dhaka, December 19: "Resolving all pending issues of bilateral trade, Bangladesh and Myanmar on yesterday finalised agreements to establish a Joint Trade Commission and introduce Accounts Trade and Coastal Shipping Link, report in Financial Express. The agreements are expected to be signed next March, opening new vistas in trade between the two neighbouring countries, officials said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: BURMESE JUNTA LEADER REACHED DHAKA YESTERDAY
      Date of publication: 18 December 2002
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 16,02: "The Burmese junta leader Gen. Than Shwe, also the chairman of Myanmars SPDC, arrived Dhaka yesterday morning for a two-day state visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FOUR FISHERMEN ARRESTED IN AKYAB FOR MURDER OF TWO WOMEN AND THROWING OF TWO OTHER MEN INTO THE RIVER
      Date of publication: 16 December 2002
      Description/subject: Sittwe, December 16, 2002: "Four Rohingya fishermen were arrested in Akyab (Sittwe) for murdering and robbing two Rakhine women and for throwing two other Rakhine men into the river while they were crossing the mouth of the Kaladan river on 11th November 2002, according to our source in the Police Department..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: MYANMAR PM VISIT DHAKA TOMORROW
      Date of publication: 16 December 2002
      Description/subject: Chittagong, December 16: "Myanmar (Burma) Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe will fly in Dhaka tomorrow on two-day visit to Bangladesh, according to the Daily Star.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "Daily Star" via Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A MAN KILLED AT MINBYA IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 10 December 2002
      Description/subject: Minbya, Dec. 10: "An immigration officer has beaten and killed a man during investigation with an accusation of made contact with his son by telephone in Saudi Arabia on 11th November 2002, said a source in the Minbya Township Administration..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: BURMESE NASAKA TROOPS SUMMARILY EXECUTED TWO ROHINGYA VILLAGERS IN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 04 December 2002
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Dec. 04: "Burmese Border Security Force (Nasaka) summarily executed two Rohingya villagers on 23rd November 2002 in the Headquarters of Nasaka Sector No.2, at Maungdaw Township in Arakan State, Western part of Burma, said a source in Nasaka Headquarters..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: THE REMAINING 162 PERSONS RELEASED, EXCEPT 4 ROHINGYA YOUTHS
      Date of publication: 19 November 2002
      Description/subject: By our correspondent: Maungdaw, November 19: The remaining 162 persons including the 4 women were released at the end of October 2002, with a bribe of Kyats 10,000 to 70,000 for each and 4 main accused Rohingya youths still kept in police custody of Maungdaw, Arakan State, according to our correspondent.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: OVER 100 FISHERMEN MISSING IN BAY OF BENGAL AS CYCLONE HITS
      Date of publication: 18 November 2002
      Description/subject: Coxs Bazar, November 18: "Over 100 Rohingya fishermen remained missing after 12th Novembers Cyclone hit that lashed the coastal belt of Coxs Bazar of Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan news
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: ARMY USED FORCED LABOUR IN ARAKAN STATE
      Date of publication: 14 November 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, November 14: The Commander of the Military Operation Command of (MOC-15) of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State used forced labor for reaping his own crop, according to our source. The villagers of Nanragoon and Quandaung village tracts of Buthidaung township of Arakan State had to pay 100 labors daily for reaping the said Commanders own paddy crop from last October 22 to 27. The two village tracts, about one mile east of Buthidaung town consisting of 1125 households, said a villager..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: PRICE-HIKE OF RICE MAKE PEOPLE STARVE IN ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 14 November 2002
      Description/subject: Dated: October14, 2002. Maungdaw, October 14: "The price of rice hikes up over twofold in northern Arakan, western part of Burma, compared to previous two months and poor people of the area are now facing starvation, said a trader of Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: KALADAN NEWS
      Format/size: html (12k)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 13 FAMILIES OF NEW SETTLERS BROUGHT TO MAUNGDAW
      Date of publication: 08 November 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, 8th November: 13 families of new settlers were brought to Maungdaw north, Arakan State from Rangoon for settlement on 22nd October, according to our source...Since August 2002, the authorities have been very busy construction of aforesaid model village for the new settlers. In addition, some acres of Rohingya lands were seized within a short time for these settlers..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 2 army [personnel] killed and 2 others wounded in landmine blast
      Date of publication: 03 November 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, November 3: Two Burmese army personnel were killed and two others wounded in an explosion of landmine inside their territory on the Burma- Bangladesh border on 21st October 2002..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: 231 YOUNG MEN AND 4 WOMEN DETAINED AT MAUNGDAW
      Date of publication: 30 October 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, October 30: From 11th to 15th October 2002, police arrested 231 young men and 4 women from Baggona village, a place 2 miles south of Maungdaw, Arakan State, said a trader of Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Price-hike of rice makes people starve in Arakan
      Date of publication: 14 October 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, October 14: The price of rice hikes up over twofold in northern Arakan, western part of Burma, compared to previous two months and poor people of the area are now facing starvation, said a trader of Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A FISHERMAN SHOT DEAD, HIS DEAD BODY THROWN INTO THE BAY BY NASAKA
      Date of publication: 01 October 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, October 1: A Rohingya fisherman was shot dead and his dead thrown into the Bay of Bengal by the Burmese Nasaka forces, said a fisherman to Kaladan Press..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: ALL LUCRATIVE BUSINESSES ARE CONTROLLED BY SPDC AUTHORITIES IN NORTH ARAKAN
      Date of publication: 19 August 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, August 19: The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) authorities through their agents in North Arakan control almost all lucrative businesses such as paddy, cattle, red-chilli, onion, hardwood, bamboos, fishes and salt, etc, said a businessman of Maungdaw Township..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A ROHINGYA VILLAGE HEADMAN WAS FINED KYATS 10,000 FOR REPORTING LOOTING OF MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PERSONNEL
      Date of publication: 18 August 2002
      Description/subject: "Akyab, August 17: Mr. Abul Hussain, a Rohingya Village Headman of Nazir Para also known as Nazi Yowa of Akyab (Sittwe) city, Arakan state, western part of Burma was fined Kyats.10,000 by Military Intelligence (MI) personnel of MI No.10 stationed in Akyab on 12 th July 2002 for reporting looting of MI personnel, said a local trader..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: CONSTRUCTION OF ANOTHER NEW MODEL VILLAGE FOR NEW SETTLERS IN MAUNGDAW TOWNSHIP
      Date of publication: 18 August 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, August 18: At about 50 houses are being built in Nasaka Area No. 2, between Ngaran Chaung and Lanchi villages of Maungdaw Township, adjacent to the Burma-Bangladesh border for the new Buddhist settlers by the forced labour of Rohingya villagers, said a member of local village council..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A ROHINGYA GIRL WAS RAPED BY A BURMESE SOLDIER
      Date of publication: 17 August 2002
      Description/subject: "Akyab, August 16: Miss Sakina Khatoon, age 23,daughter of Mohamed Modu hailed from Ambari village of Akyab(Sittwe), the capital of the Arakan State was raped by a Burmese soldier on 23th July 2002 and the culprit is still set free by the authorities, said a relative of victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A ROHINGYA GIRL RAPED BY BURMESE ARMY
      Date of publication: 16 August 2002
      Description/subject: "Akyab, August 16: Miss Sakina Khatoon, age 23,daughter of Mohamed Modu hailed from Ambari village of Akyab(Sittwe), the capital of the Arakan State was raped by an army on 23th July 2002 and is still set free, said a relative of victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A MINOR GIRL RAPED BY A LOCAL RAKHING YOUTH
      Date of publication: 31 July 2002
      Description/subject: "Rathedaung, July, 31: On 10th June 2002, a Rohingya minor girl, named Lalu Khatun, 9, daughter of Gura Mia hailed from Thamila village of Rathedaung Township was raped by a local Rakhing youth, said a relative of the victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH URGED UN SPECIAL ENVOYS TO BURMA TO
      Date of publication: 27 July 2002
      Description/subject: "Chittagong, July 27: Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged former Malaysian Ambassador Razali Ismail, the U.N.'s special envoy to Myanmar, to take up the plight of the country’s embattled Muslim community. The HRW also urged the Burmese Govt. to allow Ambassador Razali and the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, unrestricted access to Muslim areas, including the sites of last year's violence, so that they can meet with local Muslim residents and community leaders..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A ROHINGYA TEENAGE GIRL GANG RAPED
      Date of publication: 24 July 2002
      Description/subject: "Rathedaung, July 24: On 10th July 2002, a Rohingya teenage girl named Ms. Tayaba Khatun, 13, daughter of Maung Bullah hailed from “Thamila village” of Rathedaung township, Arakan State was raped by three Burmese armed forces, said a relative of the victim..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: TWO PRISONERS OF LABOUR CAMP DIED OF HARD WORK
      Date of publication: 16 July 2002
      Description/subject: "Mrauk-U: July 16: Two prison labourers of the Layant Taung prison labour camp in Mrauk-U township, Arakan state, died of exhaustive hard labour on June 1, 2002 while they were collecting stones by diving into the Lemro river..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Census carried out in North Arakan
      Date of publication: 15 July 2002
      Description/subject: "Akyab, 15 July: The government is conducting population census in the areas inhabited by Rohingyas, particularly in the townships of Akyab, Buthidaung and Maungdaw in Arakan state, said a source close to District Peace and Development Council (DPDC). ..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: MILITARY ATTACKS ON MOSQUE AND VILLAGERS
      Date of publication: 15 July 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, 15 July: On 10th June 2002, at about 4:20 pm 4 army personnel equipped with knives and swords in civil dresses attacked the mosque and villagers of “Saan Gana”(Thin Ga Net) village tract, about 12 miles north of Buthidaung while praying, including the Imam (the religious leader leading the prayer) of the mosque without provocation, said a villager from Saan Ganavillage who recently crossed the border..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: EIGHT ROHINGYA VILLAGERS STILL DETAINED FOR BRIBE MONEY
      Date of publication: 28 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, June 28: Eight Rohingya villagers implicated in a false case of beating a Nasaka personnel are still detained, as they could not afford the bribe money being demanded by Nasaka officer for their release, said a relative of victims yesterday to Kaladan Press. Earlier on 19th March and 1st April 2002, the said eight Rohingya villagers had been arrested by Nasaka authority of Camp No.21 in Sector 9 from ‘Atwin Nget Thay’ village, a place about 6-miles South-east of Buthidaung town in Arakan State, he further added..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (21K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: MORE LAND CONFISCATION FOR BURMAN BUDDHIST INCOMERS ON THE ORDER OF WESTERN COMMAND
      Date of publication: 22 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, June 22: The Commander of the Western Command Brig. Gen. Maung Oo, accompanied by Da Sa Ka Commander of Akyab (Sittwe), visited the northern Arakan on 1st June 2002, and instructed the local officers to confiscate 750 acres of Rohingyas’ farm lands from Nwa-Ron-Daung (Khoror Dale) village tract in Maungdaw North, told the Kaladan Press by an owner of the confiscated land..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: UNUSAL PRICES HIKE PUSHING ARAKAN PEOPLE INTO GRIEVOUS SITUATION
      Date of publication: 18 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, Arakan, June 18: The prices of essential commodities, including rice, have shot up in Arakan affecting the people into grievous situation, said a village council member..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Land Confiscation And Forced Labour For Model Villages:
      Date of publication: 08 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, Arakan, June 08: The commander of the Sector No. 6 Major Than Tun has confiscated about 300 acres of Rohingyas’ lands from “Khoror Dale” (Nwa-ron-daung) village, a place 3.5 miles north of Maungdaw while extracting forced labour for constructing 80 tin roofed houses for the new Buddhist settlers. This has been done by the order, dated May 13, of Lt. Col. Soe Twe, the chairman of the District Peace and Development Council (DPDC) and Lt. Col. Aung Ngwe, the Commander of Nasaka headquarters of Maungdaw Township, said a trader to the Kaladan Press..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Bangladesh Plans to Repatriate all Rohingyas Refugees by June 2003
      Date of publication: 05 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Dhaka, June 4: The Bangladesh government plans and is taking allout measures to complete repatriation of remaining 21,982 Rohingya refugees by June 2003 through negotiation with neighbouring Myanmar (Burma), reports BSS of Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: BSS via Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Return of Rohingyas
      Date of publication: 05 June 2002
      Description/subject: Editorial, The Independent, Dhaka. June 5 2002. "The repatriation of the remaining Rohingyas from the soil of Bangladesh is likely to take place very soon, thanks to a well-concerted move by the governments of the two countries, Bangladesh and Myanmar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Independent (Dhaka) via Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: FORCED LABOUR FOR ROADWORKS
      Date of publication: 04 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, Arakan, June 04: On May 12, the commander of the Military Operation Command (MOC) No.15 Brig. General Sein Hlaing has ordered the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) chairmen and secretaries of 5 Rohingya villages of Buthidaung township to build a 10 kilometre long connecting road between battalion No. 551 and the jetty of Mayu river at Buthidaung town, told Kaladan Press by a retired school teacher..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: UNHCR DISTRIBUTES RICE AMONG ADULT LEARNERS
      Date of publication: 02 June 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, Arakan, June 2: The UNHCR staff at Maungdaw is now distributing rice among the elderly villagers reading under Adult Education Program of UNHCR, said a villager..."
      Language: Engl;ish
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Forced Labour and Lands Confiscation Continued in Arakan
      Date of publication: 30 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw,Arakan, May 30: On May 25, 2002 the SPDC armed forces ordered to the chairmen of the many local Village Peace and Development Council ( VPDC ) in Maungdaw Township, Arakan State to supply house building materials and construct a total of 347 houses within the next few months on the confiscation lands of Rohingyas with the forced labour of the Rohingya villagers, said a VPDC chairman..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: UNHCR and WFP’s Assistance for Settlers
      Date of publication: 28 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw,Arakan, May 28: The two UN aid agencies, UNHCR and WFP, who are working inside Arakan State of Burma are now rendering financial help in cash and kind to the new illegal Buddhist settlers..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A ROHINGYA GIRL RAPED
      Date of publication: 27 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Teknaf, May 27: On May 13 Jamalida, aged 14 years, daughter of late Jamal of Pranpru village under Na Sa Ka Sector No. 6, in Maungdaw north, Arakan State, Burma, was raped by one Rahmat Ullah (28), son of Kabir of same the village. The culprit is an agent of the Na Sa Ka as well as chairman of the Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC), a villager, requesting anonymity, said yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: HOUSES BUILT FOR SURRENDERED INSURGENTS WITH FORCED LABOUR
      Date of publication: 27 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Maungdaw, Arakan, May 27: The surrendered Rakhaing insurgents numbering about 245, including their family members, are being settled by the SPDC authorities in houses built with forced labour in “Prasa” village, a settler village 3 miles east of Maungdaw, Arakan, Burma, said a local villager..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: JUST FOR ONE NIGHT STAY A ROHINGYA HAS TO BRIBE 3,000 KYATS
      Date of publication: 23 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Teknaf, May 23: “Any Rohingya travelling from Buthidaung to Maungdaw has to bribe 3,000 Kyats to concerned authorities,” a Rohingya who recently crossed the border, told Kaladan Press yesterday in Teknaf..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: A VILLAGER UNABLE TO BRIBE 5 MILLION STILL DETAINED
      Date of publication: 18 May 2002
      Description/subject: "TEKNAF, May 17: A Rohingya villager named Abdul Gaffar from Wamakya village of southern Buthidaung in Arakan State, Burma, who was arrested on April 19, 2002, is still detained in Na Sa Ka camp No. 23 of Sector No- 9, as he could not afford to pay a bribe of 5,000,000/- (five million) Kyats to the Na Sa Ka officer, a villager who wanted not to be named, told Kaladan Press yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: THE WORST KIND OF MOVEMENT RESTRICTION AND ROHINGYA STUDENTS' APPEAL TO INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
      Date of publication: 14 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Buthidaung, May 13: Cattle can freely move from grazing ground to grazing ground, but we Rohingyas cannot move from place to place, even within a same locality. The whole Arakan is like a hell for the Rohingyas, said Sultan who is a student of Akyab University..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (16K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


      Title: Kachin, Karen and Rohingya Leaders Welcome Unconditional Release of Aung San Suu Kyi
      Date of publication: 13 May 2002
      Description/subject: "Chittagong, May, 13: The leaders of Kachin, Karen and Rohingya welcome the unconditional release of Nobel Peace laureate and pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from 19 months of house arrest in Burma on 6 May 2002, said in their respective press statements..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Kaladan Press Network
      Format/size: html (17K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    • Narinjara News
      This news service covers Bangladesh-Burma relations, the Bangladesh-Burma border, events in Arakan and occasional reports on other parts of Burma. Email delivery of the reports may be requested from narinjara@yahoo.com

      Websites/Multiple Documents

      Title: Narinjara website
      Description/subject: "Narinjara News is an e-mail news service based in Dhaka and set up by a number of Arakanese democratic activists in exile in September 2001...[It aims at] the objective projection of news from the western part of Burma, which has not been covered either by the mainstream Burmese press or the Burmese opposition media in exile..."... Place of correspondents: I. Sittwe Inside Burma; II. Maungdaw Inside Burma; III. Teknaf, Burma-Bangladesh Border; IV. Cox’s Bazaar, Border District Bangladesh... "The Narinjara News is an independent organization, not affiliated with any political party or organization. Any opinion or advice relating to our News Agency is warmly welcomed and please email to: narinjara@yahoo.com "
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Individual Documents

      Title: Burma bordering Indian states face drug abuse and HIV
      Date of publication: 05 January 2007
      Description/subject: "Burma bordering all Northeast Indian states are running under the menace of drug abuse consequential HIV infection and AIDS. Disclosed by the Indian Health Minister of India, Anbumani Ramadoss recently, the pathetic tale describes Manipur and Nagaland are among the 'high HIV/AIDS prevalence' states, where as Arunachal Pradesh and Mizroam are termed 'vulnerable' to the threat of HIV infection and AIDS..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Muslim Community from Arakan Unhappy this Eid ul Azha
      Date of publication: 05 January 2007
      Description/subject: "Many Muslim families from northern Arakan State were unable to enjoy this year's Eid ul Azha festival due to the high price of sacrificial animals in Arakan, said a well-known townsperson from Maungdaw. As the animals, including bulls and cows, were priced high, many ordinary Muslim families could not celebrate the festival, having lost their opportunity to make the appropriate sacrifices..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 30 Political Prisoners Released in Independence Day Amnesty
      Date of publication: 04 January 2007
      Description/subject: "About 3000 prisoners were released yesterday from several jails in Burma as part of the independence day amnesty, with 30 political prisoners among them. However, there were no prominent political leaders, such as detained democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or well-known senior journalist U Win Tin, among those granted release..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Bangladesh to Set Up Petrochemical Zone near Burmese Border
      Date of publication: 04 January 2007
      Description/subject: "Bangladesh has plans to establish a petrochemical zone near the Bangladesh-Burma border to ensure optimum use of natural gas, said a report from authorities. "It will be set up in the border town Teknaf, which is located on the banks of the Naff River, opposite Burma's western town of Maungdaw," the report stated..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.4K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burma envoy calls on Bangladesh president
      Date of publication: 04 January 2007
      Description/subject: "Outgoing Ambassador of Burma to Bangladesh U Thand Myint Yesterday paid a farewell call on Bangladesh president Prof Dr Iajuddin Ahmed at presidential House in Dhaka, said an official report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Small Explosion but No Injuries
      Date of publication: 04 January 2007
      Description/subject: "A small bomb exploded in a village of western Burma near the Bangladesh border but there were no injuries in the blast, according to an official report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.3K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Mro Tribal Village Forced to Relocate
      Date of publication: 03 January 2007
      Description/subject: "A Mro tribal village in Mrauk U Township, Arakan State, has been ordered by the army authority to relocate to a new location, as the current location is said to be within an army cantonment area, reported a villager. The village is known as Nadine, where there are over 60 households that are all Mro tribal families. The village has been at its current location since time immemorial..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9.4K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Bangladeshis Among Boatmen Arrested by Nasaka
      Date of publication: 02 January 2007
      Description/subject: "Burma's border security force, Nasaka, transferred on Sunday to Bangladesh authorities the list of names of Bangladeshis who were recently arrested on a boat by Burmese authorities, reported a source close to Nasaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8.3K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: India-Burma army car rally concludes
      Date of publication: 02 January 2007
      Description/subject: "The India-Burma army car rally culminates its journey after completing the round from New Delhi to Rangoon and again backs to Indian capital city. Inaugurated on December 5 in New Delhi, the rally crossed through various Indian states including UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Asom, Nagaland,Manipur and Burmese towns like Tamu, Kalewa, Monywa, Mandalay, Taungoo to reach Rangoon and then it returned back in the last week of December..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Ceremonies Marking Fall of Arakanese Sovereignty Held in Thailand and Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 01 January 2007
      Description/subject: "The 222nd anniversary of the fall of Arakan's sovereignty was marked with ceremonies yesterday in Thailand and Bangladesh, with many in the Arakanese diaspora participating. In Thailand, about 300 people, including Arakanese and Burmese ethnic nationalities attended the ceremony that was held in Mae Sod, a border town of Thailand opposite Burma's Myawaddy..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Land Survey for New Airport in Ancient City of Arakan
      Date of publication: 31 December 2006
      Description/subject: "A group of army engineers from Light Infantry Battalion 540 based in Mrauk U recently surveyed lands near Nankya Village for a new airport to be built in the ancient city of Arakan, reported an engineer from the Mrauk U construction department. He said the military government was likely to build a new airport in Mrauk U in the near future, and for this reason recently had the lands surveyed in Mrauk U Township. The authorities have decided to build the new airport near Nankya Villave, located between Mrauk U and the Minby motor road six miles from downtown Mrauk U..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9.7K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burmese Army Robs House in Arakan
      Date of publication: 30 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Two soldiers from the Burmese army along with two local people robbed a house in Buthidaung Township on 22 December, taking a large amount of cash from the house, stated a police report. The incident took place in a village of Wet Makya under Thigan Guason Village Tract in Buthidaung Township, 80 miles north of the state capital Akyab..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (6.5K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burmese Authorities Collect Paddy from Mills
      Date of publication: 30 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Burmese authorities have been extorting paddy from rice mill owners in exchange for permission to mill rice in the region, reported one rice mill owner..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (6.4K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Three Bangladeshi Prisoners Die in Burma
      Date of publication: 29 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Three Bangladeshi prisoners recently died in a Burmese jail due to inadequate treatment for their illnesses, according to a report of Nasaka, the Burmese border security force..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (6.8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 23 Bangladeshi Prisoners Returned by Burma
      Date of publication: 27 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Burmese authorities handed over 23 prisoners to Bangladesh authorities at yesterday's flag meeting that was held in the western Burmese border town of Maungdaw, reports a source quoting local officials..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.3K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Cattle Traders Arrested at Border
      Date of publication: 27 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Eight Arakanese cattle traders were arrested on Saturday at the border, as they were attempting to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh via sea, report sources at the border. The Burmese border security force, Nasaka, arrested the eight traders as they were crossing the Naff River on a cattle machine boat from Burma to Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9.6K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: The Funeral of General Saw Bo Mya
      Date of publication: 27 December 2006
      Description/subject: "General Saw Bo Mya, who passed away on 24 December 2006, was buried yesterday at Battalion No. 202, on of the Karen Liberated Areas on the Thai-Burma border. Approximately 10,000 people, including SPDC representatives Myat Htun Oo and Min Chit Oo attended the funeral..."
      Author/creator: Aung Mirm Oo
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.5K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burma Force Kills Bangladeshi Fisherman
      Date of publication: 23 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Burma's border security force Nasaka, shot and killed a Bangladeshi fisherman Wednesday on the Naff River, shortly after he was arrested from a fishing boat, according to a Bangladesh newspaper report. The report claimed that Nasaka troops suddenly intruded into the Bangladesh waters of the Naff River, firing several shots and arresting the victim on a fishing boat. Other fishermen who were fishing in the area managed to flee from the Nasaka force..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: New Restrictions on Ships Prompted by Fuel Crisis in Arakan
      Date of publication: 22 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Many government ships in several inland waterways in Arakan state have not been allowed to maintain their normal schedules due to a fuel crisis, said a well-known businessman from Akyab..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (5.7K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Two Chin People Arrested for Connection to Insurgent Group
      Date of publication: 22 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Two Chin nationals were recently arrested by the Burmese army in Mrauk U Township, Arakan, as they were reportedly linked to Chin rebels, said a family member..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.1K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 56 Burmese Muslims Arrested on Boat
      Date of publication: 21 December 2006
      Description/subject: "The Burmese border security force, Nasaka, arrested 56 Burmese Muslims on a boat Wednesday evening as they were heading to Malaysia to look for work, a Nasaka source reported..." Among them, five are from Bangladesh and 51 are from Burma's Maungdaw, a western border town near Bangladesh.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Government Buildings Likely to Move from Downtown Akyab for New Port
      Date of publication: 20 December 2006
      Description/subject: "There has been a rumor in the Arakan state capital of Akyab that many of the government buildings located in downtown Akyab will have to move outside of Akyab to accommodate for a new port which will be built with the help of the Indian government next month, said a prominent Arakanese businessman. He said, "There was a rumor among people that the hospital, bank and central market in Akyab will be moved to Visali ground, out of downtown Akyab.”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 329 Muslim families flee to Bangladesh in 2006
      Date of publication: 19 December 2006
      Description/subject: "329 Muslim families from north Arakan state fled to neighboring Bangladesh in 2006, marking a greater exodus than 2005, said a report from the Maungdaw immigration department..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: India to Build at an Abandoned Port in Burma
      Date of publication: 18 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Akyab port, which has been abandoned since Burma's independence, will be rebuilt by India in next month. India will spend $100 million to connect northeastern India with East Asia..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8.8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 17 Muslim Burmese Refugees Arrested in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 16 December 2006
      Description/subject: "17 Burmese Muslim refugees, who are sheltering in Refugee camps in Bangladesh, were arrested by the Bangladeshi authority on Thursday night, said a report from the Bangladesh police department..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (6.7K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Fresh Land Confiscation in Arakan
      Date of publication: 16 December 2006
      Description/subject: "The Burmese authority recently confiscated 5000 acres of land from several Arakanese farmers in Ponna Kyunt Township and will allocate the land to regional army battalions to implement government agricultural projects, said a farmer whose land was confiscated. He said, "It was fresh round of confiscations for our area and over 1000 acres of land were confiscated by the authority before."..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: One Customs Officer from Nasaka Detained in Rangoon
      Date of publication: 15 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Burmese military authorities arrested and harshly sentenced several customs officials to long prison terms recently in Rangoon. Among the convicted men is one customs official from the western border security force, Nasaka - a combined force consisting of the army, immigration, police, and customs..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.7K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: High Timber Tax Deters Home Construction
      Date of publication: 14 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Illegal high taxes imposed by Burmese military personnel, police, and forestry officers in Arakan State on timber and bamboo, on both wholesale producers and private re-sale buyers is have left the latter facing difficulties in building or repairing their homes. According to a resident of Ponna Kyunt, troops from Light Infantry Battalion 539, stationed at the Yoe Khaung Bridge between the villages of War Taung and Pan Bae Khaung, take 10 kyats for bamboo, 700 kyats for small-sized timber, and 150 kyats for a bunch of thatch..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8.6K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Model Villagers Hungry as Rations Cut Off
      Date of publication: 14 December 2006
      Description/subject: "As the distribution of government rations to model villagers has been stopped, many model villagers from Rathidaung Township, 20 miles north of the Arakan State capital Akyab, have been facing hunger, according to a report of the villagers. The report said 25 families, about 82 people, from Padauk Myaing model village, located at the foot of Mayu hill 30 miles northwest of Rathidaung Town are now facing starvation..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Salt Production Declines in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 13 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Salt production in the coastal state of Arakan in western Burma is expected to be lower than last year due to the decline in demand for the salt in Burma's neighboring country, Bangladesh, says an Arakanese salt producer. Bangladesh domestic salt producers are using modern methods to get a greater yield, and this, combined with the Bangladesh government's ban on salt imports and higher transport costs since last year is pushing down the demand for Burmese salt in Bangladesh, reports a Bangladeshi salt trader..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9.8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Unknown Gunmen Kill Three Arakanese in Thailand
      Date of publication: 13 December 2006
      Description/subject: "A group of unidentified gunmen shot and killed three Arakanese people and seriously injured another woman in an orchard located outside the Thai town of Mae Sot, opposite Burma's Myawaddy, on Friday, reported an Arakanese in Mae Sot..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.1K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Bangladesh Mulls Over Backup Telecom Cable Line Via Burma
      Date of publication: 11 December 2006
      Description/subject: "The Bangladesh government is seriously considering the possibility of a fiber optic cable linking Cox's Bazar with Pyapon of Burma, in order to give Bangladesh access to the SEA-ME-WE-3 undersea cable as a backup to the recently commissioned SEA-ME-WE-4 cable link, reported the Bangladesh newspaper New Age..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Inadequate Medical Supplies in Arakan Spell Looming Health Crisis for Children
      Date of publication: 11 December 2006
      Description/subject: "The number of children who have been suffering from tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and hepatitis has increased, and the limited medicinal supply has not been helping the problem, says one health worker from Akyab Hospital. Since 19 November, there have been about 300 children hospitalized in Akyab Hospital, in Arakan State, due to malaria and dengue fever, and jaundice caused by complications of malaria, reports a medical officer from the hospital..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9.1K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 3000 Bags of Smuggled Fertilizer Seized Near Burma Waters
      Date of publication: 10 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Despite Bangladesh authorities' crack down on fertilizer smuggling to Burma, the illegal trade of fertilizers to Burma from Bangladesh is still widespread. On Friday, Bangladesh police seized a large number of fertilizers bags from a smuggler's engine boat near Burmese waters. The boat was bound for the western Burma state capital Akyab..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8.1K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burma and India Sign for Offshore Gas Exploration
      Date of publication: 10 December 2006
      Description/subject: "The Burmese junta's oil and gas agency and an Indian resource company signed an agreement for the exploration of natural gas in the offshore plot A-7 in the seas of Arakan State in western Burma on Thursday. According to a Burmese government media report, Burmese officials, including six ministers from the junta, attended the signing ceremony. R.D. Goral, the director of Gail of India, and Min Min Aung, the president of the Singapore based Silver Wave Energy, signed the agreement with the Burmese Oil and Gas Enterprise..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8.3K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: India-Myanmar car rally to enter Burma on Tuesday
      Date of publication: 10 December 2006
      Description/subject: Narinjara Correspondent, Guwahati, Northeast India... "The India-Myanmar army car rally, which was flagged off by Indian Defence Minister A K Antony will enter Burma through Tamu on December 12. The joint car rally, participated by the Indian and Burmese soldiers was launched on December 5 at India Gate of New Delhi. Visiting Burmese Army general Thura Shwe Mann and Indian Army chief Gen JJ Singh with other senior officials were also present at the flag-off ceremony..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Paddy Price Jumps in Western Border Area
      Date of publication: 09 December 2006
      Description/subject: "The paddy price in the western Burmese border area has jumped up to 280,000 kyat per 100 tinn, or 250 baskets, from a price of 200,000 kyat just one week ago, after the rice harvest season began in the area, reported a trader from Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Shwe Gas Movement Activists: Sales of Arms Technology to Burma by Daewoo is Threat to Regional Security
      Date of publication: 09 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Shwe Gas Movement activists stated in their press release on 7 December that the selling of arms and technology to Burma by South Korea's Daewoo Corporation poses a threat to regional security..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: 17 Burmese Prisoners Handed Over to Burmese Authorities
      Date of publication: 07 December 2006
      Description/subject: "As part of a prisoner exchange, the Bangladesh authorities handed 17 Burmese prisoners over to Burmese border authorities on Monday in Teknaf Town, Bangladesh, said an official source..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8.6K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burma Hands Over Corpse of BDR to Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 07 December 2006
      Description/subject: "Burmese authorities handed over the dead body of a Bangladesh Rifles member who was killed by smugglers to Bangladesh authorities in the border town of Maungdaw on 5 December 2006, said an official from the Burmese border security force..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9.2K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Deserter Killed in Battle
      Date of publication: 07 December 2006
      Description/subject: "An army deserter was killed by the Burmese army during an armed clash between a column of soldiers and the deserter deep in the forest of the western border near Bangladesh on 21 November, 2006, said a source close to the army..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7.8K)
      Date of entry/update: 06 January 2007


      Title: Burmese Army Turns to Rice Growing on Land Confiscated from the People
      Date of publication: 09 July 2005
      Description/subject: "Burmese troops are going to grow rice by themselves on land confiscated from the people in Kyauk Taw Township. Instead of leasing out to the local farmers to cultivate rice during the monsoon season as before, the military personnel have decided to farm the land themselves. Military sources said the higher authority ordered them not to lease out the land, but to work on it by themselves..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: hrml (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Security Forces Raid a Burmese Muslim Rebel Camp
      Date of publication: 08 July 2005
      Description/subject: "Bangladesh security forces, army and Bangladesh Rifle, raided a Burmese Muslim rebel camp stationed in Bangladesh territory near the Burmese border on 5 July, stated a border report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Five held with Burma made Yaba tablets in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 08 July 2005
      Description/subject: "Bangladesh Police arrested five persons in a hotel with 800 pieces Yaba , stimulate tablets, from Burma on July 5, said a Bangladesh Newspaper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: ?? ? via Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Arakanese Political Prisoners Released
      Date of publication: 07 July 2005
      Description/subject: "Yesterday, 240 political prisoners were released, including some prominent leaders. Many Arakanese political prisoners were among those released from prison. These political prisoners were part of the Junta's latest round of prisoner releases..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Bangladeshis Given Five Year Sentence in Burma
      Date of publication: 07 July 2005
      Description/subject: "24 Bangladeshi woodcutters were sentenced to five years each by a Burmese court for violation of immigration and forestry laws..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Does Not Join Tri-National Gas Pipeline Talk in New Delhi
      Date of publication: 06 July 2005
      Description/subject: "The tri-nations gas pipeline conference will be held today in New Delhi, but representatives for Bangladesh will not be attending, according to a report of a Bangladeshi news agency. Bangladesh cancelled plans to send its delegation as the invitation to attend came only one day prior to the meeting..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Authority Loots Local Farms for Modern Villages
      Date of publication: 05 July 2005
      Description/subject: "The Burmese authority has confiscated several acres of farms from local farmers. The confiscated land will be used for new settlers in the government's 'modern villages' that are being set up in the northwestern area of Rathidaung Township, in Arakan state, reported a social worker..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Phenomenal Rice Price Rise in Western Burma Threatens Social Unrest
      Date of publication: 05 July 2005
      Description/subject: "The price of rice in western Burma has jumped phenomenally within the last two or three days, and community leaders worry that it could lead to social unrest in the region..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Bangladesh Bagged 540 Million Taka from Border Tariff Last Year
      Date of publication: 04 July 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 4 July 2005: "The Bangladesh customs office received 540 million Taka in tariffs from the border trade post at Teknaf, on the southern Burmese border, during the 2004-2005 financial year. Abdul Gufur, the officer in charge of Teknaf Customs said, "during the last 12 months, Taka 54 corers were collected from the Teknaf Office alone for the national treasury." Teknaf is located at the heart of the border trade. However, since illegal trading is now flourishing along the border, the Customs office has not been able to collect all the available revenue..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Dhaka stays cool to India's new idea about gas pipeline
      Date of publication: 03 July 2005
      Description/subject: DHAKA, July 3 (Xinhuanet) -- "Dhaka will not mind if New Delhi decides to exclude Bangladesh from the proposed overland gas pipeline between India and Myanmar, said a senior Bangladeshi official. The Financial Express Sunday quoted Mahmudur Rahman, adviser tothe Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources as saying that Bangladesh will welcome new plan on the proposed tri-nation gas line project that might bypass Bangladesh to safeguard India's strategic interests. India, however, is yet to inform Bangladesh about its change ofmind, Rahman noted..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Xinhuanet via Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (15K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Storm Kills Two Boatmen in Arakan
      Date of publication: 03 July 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, 3 July 2005: "Two boatmen were killed in a small storm that had winds up to 45 miles per hour (60 kph) in the coastal area of Arakan on 29 June, said a report. The identities of the deceased were unknown but they were reportedly from Mawlamyine, the capital of Mon state..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: High Birth Rate among Burmese Muslim Refugees Worries Bangladeshis
      Date of publication: 02 July 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 2 July 2005: "The local Bangladeshi people are worried about the high birth rate among Burmese Muslim refugees living in camps in Cox's Bazaar district of southern Bangladesh. The local Bengali language newspaper, The Daily Ajker Deshbidesh, reports on 26 June that there are about 20,000 Muslim refugees living in two camps, Nayapara and Kutupalong. Within the camps, there are about 50 children born every month, about 600 a year. If births continue at this rate, the refugee population in the camps will explode into an unmanageable proportion, said the newspaper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: 20,000 People face new threat Due to Naff River Overflow
      Date of publication: 01 July 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 1 July 2005: "20,000 people living along the Bangladesh and Burma border have been facing a new threat following flooding along the upper reaches of the Naff River, a local newspaper has reported. Since the heavy monsoon rains started on 26 June, the river has overflowed its banks. Heavy rain has continued to fall in the border areas. Five bridges have been damaged by heavy rains in the border area of Bangladesh, and several roads and farms are now under floodwaters..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Burma close watch on alleged American naval base in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 27 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 27 June 2005: "Burmese military personals in western Burma are keeping a close watch on Onn kyunt Island, Known as St. Martin’s Island, in southern Bangladesh bordering Burma. The watch resulted from a rumour spreading in the border area that an American naval base is being built at Onn Kyunt Island. The Nasaka Regional 8, the Burmese border security, based in Inn Dinn, has been gathering information on the local rumour as well as the ship movement around the Island. The Burmese authority believes that Onn Kyunt Island has been borrowed by the American and soon there will be American navy ships will be trafficking around the Island soon, said an Arakanese person closed to Nasaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Natural Gas found instead of water from digging a tube well in Arakan
      Date of publication: 25 June 2005
      Description/subject: Mrauk U, 25 June 2005: "Natural Gas came out instead of water from a tube well in Set Thar Village in Mrauk-U Township in northern part of Arakan state in western Burma. On the 17th of this month, the gas came out from the ground of the digging for water in the compound of U Aung Than Kyaw’s house, who is the president of Ya-Ra-Ka, the village level administration body of the junta, SPDC..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Over 40 Million Taka in Contraband Seized in 5 Months
      Date of publication: 24 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 24 June 2005: "Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) battalion number 23, stationed at Taknef border town, seized over 40 million takas worth of smuggled goods from Taknef border town alone in the first five months of fiscal year 2005, said an official from Bangladesh. The smuggled goods seized were from both Burma and Bangladesh, and were mostly; clothes, textiles, beer, cheroots, medicine, fertilizers, alcohol, phensidyl and diesel, according to BDR senior officer Abutahail Mohmad Eibarhin..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Forced Labor for Army Brick Kiln
      Date of publication: 23 June 2005
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, 23 June 2005: "Several villagers have been forced to work in an army brick kiln in Buthidaung Township, said a villager who fled to Bangladesh recently. Light Infantry Battalion 565, stationed at Kum Dai Village of Buthi Daung Township, 80 miles north of Arakan's state capital Akyab, has summoned the villagers from nearby villages to work at the army brick kiln. The villagers have been working since the kiln project began, which provides funding for the army..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Villagers from Government's 'Modern' Villages Suffer Famine
      Date of publication: 23 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, 23 June 2005: "Several villagers from the government's modern villages in Northern Arakan state are now suffering from famine due the sky-rocketing prices of rice recently, said a village chairman from the region. The villages facing famine are; Aung Thapray, Thupan Naga, Rankha Zadi, Mun Khamong, Nanra Gai, Bandu la, Tight Chaung and other Mro and Dainet tribal villages. All villages are located in the northern part of Maungdaw, close to Bangladesh. The village headmen from several villages complained about the problem to local army officials from LIB 538, asking them to take emergency supplies to the famine victims immediately, he said. A battalion commander and local departmental officers visited the areas to look over the crisis in the last two days after they received information of the famine. But there has been no official action to help the famine victims..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Two Arakanese organizations hold rallies for Daw Suu's birthday in Dhaka
      Date of publication: 20 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 20 June 2005: Two Arakanese organizations, Democratic Force of Arakan (DFA) and Rakhaing Women Union (RWU), both in exiles, held rallies to commemorate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday in Dhaka yesterday. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has turned 60 years old..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: 3 mango traders hospitalized in Bangladesh after gun shot by Nasaka
      Date of publication: 17 June 2005
      Description/subject: Taknef, 17 June 2005: "3 mango traders from Burma have been hospitalized in a town hospital in Bangladesh after Nasaka, Burma border security force, fired at them on the Naff River, said a businessman. The incident took place on 14 June while they were crossing Naff River by a small machine boat. The mango traders were bringing 1000 kg of mango to Bangladesh by the machine boat..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Amy collects toll for bank savings
      Date of publication: 17 June 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, 17 June 2005: "The Burmese army stationed in Arakan state is collecting tolls from local business sectors for savings in a government bank army fund, said a brick kiln owner from Kyauk Taw, situated along the upper Kaladan River. The military headquarters in Rangoon ordered the army battalions in Arakan state to save at least 10 million Burmese kyat in the army bank, U Pai Ltd, within a year. Since then several army battalions have been collecting tolls from local businesses as well as traders and travelers, to add to the savings fund..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: 24 Bangladeshis arrive at Dhaka airport after 1-year jail term in Burma
      Date of publication: 16 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 16 June 2005: "24 Bangladeshis arrived at Dhaka airport yesterday after their one-year jail term in Burma was concluded, said a report of a local TV channel. Burmese authorities arrested them last year while they were illegally entering the territory of Burma as a transit point on their way to Malaysia..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Five Arakanese monks arrested with illegal stimulants in southern Burma
      Date of publication: 16 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 16 June 2005: "Five young Arakanese monks were arrested on 13 June by Burmese authorities in the border town of Kaw Thoung, opposite Ranoung of Thailand, under the Tanintheryi division. They were arrested after authorities found them in possession of a small number yama stimulant tablets, reported an Arakanese resident from Kaw Thoung..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Arrested Burmese refugee released
      Date of publication: 15 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 15 June 2005: "Maung Kyaw Moe, a Burmese refugee who was arrested in Bangladesh, was released yesterday after authorities found he was not guilty..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Burmese authority surveys the Hindu population in Arakan state
      Date of publication: 14 June 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, 14 June 2005: "Burmese authorities recently surveyed the population of Hindu people in Arakan state, but other communities were excluded from the survey, reported a Hindu community leader from Akyab. The district administrators from four districts of Arakan state conducted the survey during the past few weeks as per the Rangoon authority’s instructions..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Bangladesh government awards stipends to 153 Arakanese students from Cox’s Bazaar
      Date of publication: 13 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 13 June 2005: "The Bangladesh government awarded a yearly stipend to 153 Arakanese students in Cox’s Bazaar on 9 June, according to a report of Rakhine Buddhist Welfare Association in Bangladesh (RBWA). The stipend award is part of a program of the Bangladesh government, to provide direct support to minority students in Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: UNHCR-recognized Burmese refugee arrested in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 13 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 13 June 2005: "A UNHCR-recognized refugee from Burma was arrested yesterday morning by a group of Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) in Cox’s Bazaar, a district town of Bangladesh near Burma, reported the man's family. He is identified as Maung Kyaw Moe and his refugee ID card number is 01087. He has been recognized as a refugee by Dhaka UNHCR since 2001..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: 27-man Burmese hockey team arrives in Dhaka for joint training
      Date of publication: 12 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 12 June 2005: "A 27-man Burmese hockey team arrived at Dhaka, Bangladesh Friday for joint training with Bangladesh hockey federation (BKSP), said a report. The Burmese hockey team came to Bangladesh through the border at Arakan state. The team was received by high ranking officials of Bangladesh at Taknef town, opposite Maungdaw, a Burmese town, at 10:30 on 10 June..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Newly appointed Arakan Governor tours the state
      Date of publication: 12 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, 12 June 2005: "Newly appointed Arakan Governor, or 'Chairman of Arakan state Peace and Development Council', Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint, arrived at Toung Bro, a westernmost border town of Burma close to Bangladesh, to inspect many worksites there, on 10 June, said townspeople. The tour is a part of his first official journey after he was posted as the chief of Arakan state by Rangoon authorities..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Prisoners forced to work on road construction in Arakan
      Date of publication: 10 June 2005
      Description/subject: Kyauk Pru, 10th June 2005: "About 300 prisoners have been forced to work by Burmese authorities on the construction of the Rangoon-Kyauk Pru road. They have been working on the road since the beginning of this summer, said a monk living in the area. The work site is located near Paday Kyung village in Kyauk Pru Township, a district of Rambree Island in Arakan state. One platoon of the Burmese army, Light Infantry Battalion 34, is strictly guarding the prisoners. The prisoners typically work at the road construction site at least 12 hours a day, in two shifts. The first work shift is from 6 am to 12 pm, the second shift is from 1 pm to 6 pm, the monk said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Villagers pay paddy to school teachers as salaries insufficient
      Date of publication: 09 June 2005
      Description/subject: Kyauk Pru, 9 June 2005: "Parents from Kyauk Pru Township have had to pay paddy rice as extra income to village teachers due to the insufficiency of their government salaries. If the parents do not pay any extra money, the teachers do not come to schools in time to teach the children, said a village chairman..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Khaing Moe Lun Day observed by ALP members in the jungle
      Date of publication: 08 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 8 June 2005: "The 28th anniversary of Khaing Moe Lun Day was observed by members of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) in a border area on 4 June 2005, said a statement released by the ALP. Several leaders and comrades from 4 Arakanese organizations participated in the ceremony. A number of delegates delivered speeches during the ceremony. Khaing Moe Lun was paid respects by attendees at the ceremony for his sacrificing throughout his life for the Arakanese people..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Arakanese worker killed by snooker owner in Malaysia
      Date of publication: 07 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 7 June 2005: "An Arankanese worker named Kyaw Kyaw Htun passed away in a Malaysian hospital after succumbing to injuries inflicted in a gang beating. The man was accosted by a gang of snooker casino owners on 28 May, who accused him along with 3 other Arakanese workers of stealing money from a video game casino owned by one of the gang members..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Water crisis in western border area of Burma
      Date of publication: 07 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, 7 May 2005: "A number of villages in the north of Maungdaw Township have been facing a water shortage since the beginning of May, reports a villager who has been transporting water from Bangladesh to Burma via a small boat on the Naf River. "The water is not for my family, it is for the Nasaka camp which is located at Ngakhura village," he said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: 4 army personnel arrested for a gang rape of teenage girl in Arakan
      Date of publication: 06 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, 6 June 2005: "4 army personnel were arrested yesterday after raping a Burmese Muslim girl in Taung Bro Left village under Maung Daw Township, near the border town of Okia in Bangladesh, said a police official from Maung Daw. A powerful army team led by Colonel Win Shwe, commander of the Military Planning Bureau (3) based in Buthi Daung, arrested the men from their camp station in the same village..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Woman forced into marriage after rape
      Date of publication: 05 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, June 5, 2005: "An Arakanese woman was forced to marry a rapist after she was violated by him, according to a press release of Rakhaing Women Union (RWU) on 3 June 2005. The incident took place in the village of Sarbyin under Toung Gok Township, in southern Arakan state on 19 May..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 09 July 2005


      Title: Bangladesh vows to crack down on drug smuggling
      Date of publication: 03 June 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, 3rd June 2005: "The Bangladesh government ordered the department of Narcotics Control (DNC) to take drastic action against drug smuggling and drug trafficking within the country, said a newspaper report yesterday..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: NUPA split up into two groups
      Date of publication: 03 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 3rd June 2005: "The National United Party of Arakan, NUPA, a large coalition party in Arakan state consisting of several Arakanese revolutionary parties, has now been split up into two groups. The party was split after the third congress of NUPA which was held in the border area between Burma and Bangladesh from 26 May to 30, said a local politician..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 03 June 2005


      Title: Burmese Authority refuses to accept another 151 Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh Jail
      Date of publication: 02 June 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, 2nd June 2005: "Burmese authorities recently refused to accept 151 Burmese prisoners from Bangladesh jails but the reason is unknown, said a report from a local Newspaper. The prisoners were gathered in Cox's Bazaar district jail by Bangladesh authorities from several jails in Bangladesh just soon after the first batch of 172 Burmese prisoners were handed over to Burma on 27 April..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Nasaka reformed along with a large number of officers for reunification
      Date of publication: 01 June 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, June 1: "Nasaka, or Border Security Force, in Arakan state, was reformed recently along with 60 senior officials and 1850 junior level officials in the number 9 administrative region including 25 camps in Arakan state, according to a report of Nasaka department. The reformation is intended to reunify Nasaka officials. Nasaka officials have been in disarray since the dismissal of 100 officials last year..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: A young Rakhaing woman was caught red-handed with about 5 grams of heroin
      Date of publication: 30 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazaar, May 30, 2005: "A young Rakhaing woman aged 22 was arrested holding 5 grams of heroin by the Narcotics Department in Cox's Bazaar, the southernmost district town of Bangladesh near the Burmese border, on 28 May, according to a local townsperson. She was caught red-handed when narcotics officers raided the woman's house during the day..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Nasaka, BDR talks for border security
      Date of publication: 30 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 30: "Two commander level officials from Nasaka, Border Security force of Burma and Bangladesh Rifle held a day long talk in a border town of Bangladesh recently, according to border sources..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Another Burmese refugee woman arrested for spying
      Date of publication: 29 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 29: "A Burmese Muslim refugee woman was arrested by Bangladesh police, suspected of having a connection with Burmese military intelligence.."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Bangladesh army begins operation on Bangladesh-Burma border
      Date of publication: 27 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 27: "The Bangladesh army has started a combing operation in the remote area of the hill district town of Bandaban, opposite townships in Burma’s western Arakan state since May 19, 2005, according to an official source. The operation is intended to rescue two road construction workers who have been abducted by a foreign terrorist group in Roangchchari township of Bandaban district on 1st April for ransom..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Price hike on rice after mills closed down in Arakan
      Date of publication: 27 May 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 27, 2005: "The price of rice has gone up recently in Arakan, due to the authorities placing a temporary ban on the milling of rice around Arakan state, said a farmer. The ban and price-hike has most severely affected the poorer people throughout the state, particularly day laborers and those living along the border. According to a local rice mill owner from Kyauk Taw, the local authority from the agricultural department has not allowed rice grinding by any rice mills in Arakan state since April, in order to maintain government control of rice production..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Bangladeshi Company Begins International Consortium Negotiations for a Tri-nation Gas Pipeline
      Date of publication: 26 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 26: "A Bangladeshi private company held a press briefing in a hotel in Dhaka on 23 May regarding their negotiations with an international consortium about a tri-nation (Burma, Bangladesh, India) gas pipeline. The press briefing was held under the Mohona Holdings Ltd, a private company of Bangladesh. There were several leaders of the company, including Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelly, in attendance at the ceremony. The company is now negotiating with potential investors from private and public sectors and financial institutes to set up an international consortium for financing the tri-nation gas pipeline. The government of Bangladesh, however, has yet to give any signal to go ahead with the project, said a report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Army officer arrested for the killing of 3 deserters
      Date of publication: 25 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 25: "An army officer was arrested in the district town of Buthidaung, 80 miles north of Arakan state capital Akyab, on 7 May 2005, for the killing of 3 deserters in a front line of the western Burma border area. Captain That Oo, from Light Infantry Battalion, LIB, 535, is now being interrogated in a military tribunal under the Sakhaka 15, a military operation planning bureau based in Buthidaung, for his involvement in this killing..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Arakanese people from border area desert their homes after prohibition of hill-side cultivation
      Date of publication: 24 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 24, 2005: "A number of Arakanese people have deserted their homes since Burmese authorities have banned hill-side cultivation in the northern border areas close to Bangladesh, said an Arakanese couple who have recently relocated to Bangladesh. They declined to estimate of the number of Arakanese people who have recently deserted their homes..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Bangladeshi Authorities Seized Fertilizers Worth Taka 40 Million
      Date of publication: 24 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 24: "Bangladeshi authorities seized fertilizers worth Taka 40 million from four smuggling boats on 17 May 2005. According to official sources, the fertilizers that would have been smuggled to Burma were seized by the Bangladeshi coast guard in a raid of four boats in the river of Meghna..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: 4 Burmese Refugees Arrested for Spying
      Date of publication: 23 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 23: "Four Muslim Burmese refugees were arrested by Bangladeshi police, suspected of having a connection with Burmese military intelligence, according to a local Bengali newspaper, The Danik Cox’sbazar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: "The Danik" via Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Army Commander Detained and 20 Soldiers Dispelled After Inner Clash
      Date of publication: 22 May 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, May 22: "An army commander has been detained and 20 soldiers have been dispelled in a northern town of Arakan since an inner clash on 14 April 2005, said a prominent person from the town of Kyauk Taw, 50 miles north of Arakan capital, Akyab. The detained commander is major Tun Aung Zan, a commander in charge of Light Infantry battalion, LIB, 375, based in Nung Pun Hla village of Kyauktaw. The other 20 soldiers were from the same battalion. All soldiers are Arakanese nationals, he said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: A robber killed by army in northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 17 May 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, May 17: "One man was killed and three were arrested by the Burmese army during a robbery in northern Arakan state on 7 May, said an official source. The man was killed when a 12 member robbery gang, holding some sophisticated arms, robbed a house in Thik Tonar- Kwasoom village under Maung Daw Township. The deceased was identified as Ei Nurl, 35, from the nearby village of Owe Thain..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Educational Certificates for Buddhist Monks are for Sale in Arakan
      Date of publication: 16 May 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, May 16: "Educational certificates on Buddhist literature classes for monks can be bought with a substantial amount of money in Arakan State, a western province of Burma. Certificates are issued to monks who passed the exams set up by the Government Religious Affairs Department. However, these certificates can be purchased by paying money to the head of the State branch of the Department..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: 183 sophisticated weapons confiscated near the Burma-Bangladeshi border during 2004
      Date of publication: 12 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 12: "The Bangladesh military authority confiscated 183 sophisticated weapons and 24,144 rounds of ammunition from areas near the Burma border during last year. According to a local newspaper source on 10 May, 2005, seized weapons included automatic assault rifles such as AK-47 rifles and M-16 rifles as well as a large amount of ammunition and other explosive devices. The seizure also included some heavy weapons such as a six rocket launcher and two 60 mm mortar..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: AASYC joins hands with Bangladeshi activists against the tri-nation Gas Pipeline Project
      Date of publication: 11 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 11: "Members of an Arakanese student and youth organization, All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (AASYC), joined hands with Bangladeshi social activists against the tri-nation gas pipeline at a function held at Dhaka University, Bangladesh on 9 of May. The public meeting was held under the banner of ‘Preserving Natural Resources and Using them for the Native People’ organized by Student and Youth Movement Against Plundering Oil and Gas (SYMAPOG) and the Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) at Dhaka University’s Teacher and Student Center..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Arakan Becomes the Land of Crime Due to Economic Hardship
      Date of publication: 10 May 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, May 10" "In Arakan State in western Burma, crimes have become endemic due to the economic hardships experienced by its people, said a retired police officer from the state capital, Akyab..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT ON DECLARATION OF SHAN STATES INDEPENDENCE
      Date of publication: 10 May 2005
      Description/subject: "We, the members of the Central Committee of NUPA and the senior Commanders of Arakan Army, held a meeting from 2 to 8 of May 2005 and unanimously agreed to recognize and support in principle on the declaration of Shan States independence by the Shan elders on 17 April 2005. We agreed that historically they have legitimate right to declare independence of Shan States to protect their land and their people from the danger of extinction. Why? ..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: NATIONAL UNITED PARTY OF ARAKAN via Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (13K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Arakanese Democracy Activist Dies After Release From Jail
      Date of publication: 09 May 2005
      Description/subject: Mrauk U, May 9: "A member of Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) from Mrauk-U died of injuries sustained from torture inside the Akyab prison, according to a family member. U Khin Maung Gree was 52 at the time of death in early February this year. He was one of three members of ALD detained by the junta in 2001, charged with having communication and connection with the Arakanese armed insurgent groups. The other detainees are two lawyers from Mrauk-U: U Shwe Saw U and U Tha Tun Aye..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Opposition groups deny accusations by the junta of involvement in the Rangoon Bomb blast
      Date of publication: 09 May 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, May 9: "Ethnic insurgent groups and exiled opposition groups strongly denied any role in Saturday’s bomb blast in Rangoon via Burmese radio programs based overseas. In a junta radio announcement the junta blamed four groups for the bomb blast, accusing of them of wanting to destabilize Burma. Last Saturday, Rangoon witnessed three bomb blasts that resulted in at least 11 dead and 162 injured. KNU, KNPP, SSA (South) and NCGUB are the organizations that are being accused of involvement in the bomb blasts..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Increased Security Measures in Arakan After Rangoon’s Bomb Blast
      Date of publication: 08 May 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, May 8: "The military junta in Arakan, the western state of Burma, has increased security measures after a deadly bomb blast in Rangoon, the Capital of Burma. There have been three bomb blasts in the capital of Rangoon resulting in several deaths and injuries. This new situation has resulted in the increase of military presence in Akyab and major towns in Arakan..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Burma Arrests People Who Enter Illegally From Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 06 May 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, May 6: "The Burmese Border Security Forces (known as Nasaka) in Maung Daw Township, Burma’s western township, arrested 15 people who entered Burma illegally from neighbouring Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Curfew placed on Akyab after family murder
      Date of publication: 05 May 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, May 5: "A curfew has been imposed in Akyab, the capital of Arakan State in western Burma for the last two weeks. This was done in reaction to the murder of an officer and his father. They were stabbed to death by a group of people, said an Arakanese trader in Cox's Bazaar. "Anybody found on the street after 8 pm have been arrested by the army and the police are patrolling the streets in Akyab with armoured vehicles", the trader said..."
      Language: Englsh
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Khin Nyunt portrait pulled down from all Buddhist sites in Arakan
      Date of publication: 05 May 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, May 5: "The ousted Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt's portraits were pulled down by authorities from all the Buddhist temples and monasteries in Arakan, said a well-known Gopaka member, a pagoda trustee from Akyab. "The local authority ordered us to pull down all the portraits of the former Prime Minister, Khin Nyunt, from Lokanada Pagoda and said to replace it with the newly appointed Prime Minister Soe Win's portraits", he said..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: NUPA Vice President Passes Away
      Date of publication: 30 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 30: "Vice President of National United Party of Arakan (NUPA) and veteran politician of Arakan, Oo Ba Soe Aung, died yesterday at Cox’sbazar general hospital in Bangladesh aged 58. Doctors declared him dead at 4:15 pm after all medical treatment had been exhausted. Oo Ba Soe Aung was suffering from the symptoms of paralysis, and died as a result of his disease..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Bangladesh, Burma Exchanged 192 Prisoners
      Date of publication: 29 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 29: "Bangladesh and Burma exchanged 192 prisoners on 27th April after a flag meeting between Nasaka, Burma border security forces and BDR, Bangladesh Rifle in Taknef (a border town of Bangladesh), according to a report issued by border officials. Bangladeshi authorities handed over 172 Burmese prisoners to Burma Nasaka Officials while Burma authority handed over 20 Bangladeshi prisoners to Bangladeshi BDR. Among the Burmese prisoners, one child and 3 women were included in the exchange, said a Nasaka official..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: VBSW Denounces Bomb Blast of Mandalay
      Date of publication: 29 April 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, April 29: "A Burmese militant student group, known as the ‘Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors’ (VBSW), denounced the bomb blast of Mandalay Zaycho in its internet media release that was issued on 27 April. The bomb blast occurred on the ground floor of Zaycho, the main market in Mandalay, on 26 April, 2005, killing two people and seriously injuring at least 15 others..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Burma becomes a source of raw materials for Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 28 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 28: "Burma has become a source of raw materials for Bangladesh through the exportation of several kinds of raw materials to Bangladesh via both legal and illegal methods. This trade trend is a result of failing Burmese businesses in the recent years, said a top businessman from the Taknef border town in Bangladesh. Burmese businessmen have been exporting several kinds of raw materials to Bangladesh, including rice, wood, fruit, husbandry animals and their skins, fish and raw iron materials, through the Teknaf border seaport..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: The First Bangladeshi Rakhaing Modern Music Album Released in Cox’s Bazar
      Date of publication: 27 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 27: "The first Rakhaing modern Music album by Bangladesh-Rakhaing from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh was released on April 5th, 2005. The album was produced by the Bangladesh Rakhaing Music Production Group (BRMP Group). The album (Hnoon Khree Song: Winter that makes the snow falls) was the endeavor of the Rakhaing band “Metal Cross” under the leadership of Kyaw Nyine, who is also one of the three vocalists, Kyaw Nyine, Than Oo Kyaw and Mum Saw Mon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: A Burmese Muslim refugee girl committed suicide in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 26 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 26: "A Burmese Muslim refugee girl died on her way to Cox’s Bazar hospital on April 23. The neighbors found her after she had swallowed some poison in attempt to take her own life..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Rakhaing Womens Union extends its activities in the United States
      Date of publication: 25 April 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, April 25: "Rakhaing Womens Union (RWU) extended its activities in the United States by forming a USA branch, according to a RWU press statement dated 23 April 2005. The president of RWU, Saw Mra Raza Lunn, said that the American branch has been formed to unite Rakhaing women under a single banner of womanhood. The goal of this is to work hand in hand with Rakhaing men to save Rakhaing who are underdeveloped in every aspect of life..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K_)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: 13 Bangladeshi hospitalized due to the torture of the Burmese Nasaka
      Date of publication: 24 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, April 24: "13 Bangladeshi woodcutters have been hospitalized in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh due to severe injuries inflicted by Nasaka, the Burmese border security forces. On April 21st, 150 Bangladeshi woodcutters traversed the forest of Waeladaung Hill near the Burma-Bangladesh border. At the hill, 32 of these woodcutters were seized by Nasaka troops who threatened them by firing guns into the air..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 02 June 2005


      Title: Pirates from Burma and Thailand Loot the Marine Fisheries in the Bay of Bengal
      Date of publication: 21 April 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, April 21: "Sea pirates from Burma and Thailand have long been engaging in the looting of marine fisheries in Bangladeshi waters in the Bay of Bengal via illegally intruding with the use of modern fishing trawlers and fishing boats. The pirates steel no less than 800 to 1000 million Taka worth of goods from marine fisheries in the Bay of Bengal each year, noted a report in The Daily Star..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Forced labor in the last ancient city of Arakan
      Date of publication: 14 April 2005
      Description/subject: Mrauk Oo, April 14: "Forced labor in Arakan state is now again increasing, having taken place in several areas of Arakan state, including Mrauk Oo, an ancient Arakanese city, said a well-know local person. “A few months ago there was no forced labor here, and the problem had almost disappeared in Mrauk Oo. But now the authorities are again perpetrating forced labor around the Maruk Oo town", he said. The authorities have summoned town people, through the local Rayaka village administration, to work in the hills surrounding Mrauk Oo, forcing them to clear thick clumps of bushes and cut down trees..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Former Arakan Nasaka officers receive 60 to 150 year sentences
      Date of publication: 13 April 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, April 13" "An Arakan State court in Akyab convicted and sentenced Bri-Gan Aung Ngwe, former a commander in charge of Arakan state Nasaka, to imprisonment for 67 years, on April 7, said a lawyer from a state court of Akyab..." The court also sentenced the Deputy Commander of Nasaka, Colonel Myint Oo, to 135 years imprisonment and another 3 Burmese Muslim businessmen to 49 years imprisonment.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Arakanese new year festival is knocking at the door
      Date of publication: 11 April 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, April 11: "The Arakanese new year festival, Thun Gram, will be held on April 17th, and the entire Arakanese population of the Arakan state and Burma proper, as well as Bangladesh, are preparing to celebrate..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: One Burmese sailor has sunk to his death in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 11 April 2005
      Description/subject: Taknef, April 11: "A Burmese sailor from a Burmese-owned cargo ship sunk to his death in Bangladesh on April 8th, said a local report from the border area..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Two Bangladeshi Arakanese women have been arrested for dealing in heroin
      Date of publication: 11 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, April 11: "Two Bangladeshi Arakanese women were arrested by police in Cox'sbazar, a southern district town of Bangladesh near Burma, for heroin-dealing. The arrest occurred on April 7th, reported a Cox'sbazar-based Bangali newspaper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: 4 Bangladeshi woodcutters have been abducted by the Burmese Army
      Date of publication: 08 April 2005
      Description/subject: Cox'sbazar, April 8: "4 Bangladeshi woodcutters were abducted by the Burmese Army from deep forest on the Burma-Bangladesh border on April 4th, said a local headman from the area..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Army collects tax from slash-and-burn cultivators
      Date of publication: 08 April 2005
      Description/subject: Platwa, April 8: "Local Burmese army personnel have ordered cultivators of slash and burn practices to pay tax at the Platwa army battalion headquarters if they want to cultivate in the surrounding hill areas, said a local tribal leader. Platwa Township lies in the southern part of Chin State, close to Arakan. It is an area of Burma containing diverse ethnic groups, including Arakanese, Chin, Khami, Mro, Mru and Lingray. Slash and burn is a traditional practice of these ethnic groups..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Arakanese Migrant Workers are facing an uncertain future after being sacked from their jobs in Thailand
      Date of publication: 06 April 2005
      Description/subject: BKK, April 6: "Many Arakanese Migrant workers employed by Thai fishing companies are now finding their survival under threat as they have been sacked from their jobs following the petrol crisis in Thailand. An Arakanese fisherman, employed at a company in Chumphon, said “Yes, it is true that the fishery workers are being dismissed from their jobs because many Thai fishing trawlers have been forced to stop their work at present. This is due to the increase in petrol prices which mean that they can’t afford the fuel.” The fishery companies have therefore sacked a number of fishery workers, especially those who were working on fishing trawlers as they have been hit particularly hard by the crisis in the fishery sector..."
      Author/creator: Aung Kyaw Tun
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: A Burmese guerrilla group is suspected in the kidnapping of 5 Bangladeshis
      Date of publication: 04 April 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, April 4: A guerrilla group from Burma is suspected in the kidnapping of 5 Bangladeshis from a work site in the Bandaban district town of Bangladesh during the early hours of April 2, reported local sources. "According to an official source, up to eight criminals abducted the five at gunpoint from a labour shed in Bangchhari, 15 km from the Roangchhari Township's headquarters in Bandaban Hill district..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Rangoon proposes a committee meeting regarding tri-nation gas pipeline to be held in Dhaka on April 20-21
      Date of publication: 04 April 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, April 4: "Burma has proposed that Bangladesh hold a tri-nation committee meeting concerning the Burma-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline in Dhaka on April 20-21, reported a Bangladesh news agency. The meeting is intended to lead to the signing of a deal enabling the construction of a gas pipeline that would cross from Burma's Arakan state through Bangladeshi territory to India’s west Bengal state of Calcutta..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (24K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Three Burmese nationals held in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 02 April 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, April 2, 2005: "Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on March 28 and 29 arrested three Burmese nationals for their illegal intrusion in Bangladesh territory in Bandarban district, a hill tract district town of Bangladesh, bordering with Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Burma-Bangladesh prisoner exchange postponed
      Date of publication: 31 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 31: "The upcoming exchange of prisoners between the two neighboring countries of Burma and Bangladesh was postponed from 12 March to an unknown date, said a local official in Cox's Bazaar. He did not, however, want to reveal the reason behind the postponement after the two neighboring countries agreed on the 12 March exchange. According to a press release of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry before 12 March, the Burmese authority is to soon release 75 Bangladeshi prisoners from several jails in Burma..."
      Language: Engllish
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Burmese Team hand over land acquisition report to Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 29 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 29, 2005: "Burmese task forced team handed over the report of land acquisition and final alignment design of Burma-Bangladesh Friendship Road Link to Communication Minister of Bangladesh in the Communication Ministry office of Dhaka yesterday, according to a report of BD news service..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (14K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: Prisoner’s food inadequate in Burma’s jails
      Date of publication: 29 March 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, March 29: "Prisoners in the police detention center of Akyab do not receive enough food every day from the police department because of a lack of financial support by the authorities, said a former prisoner who was recently released from Akyab police detention center. As the food and water in the police detention center is inadequate, the prisoners have to get food and water from outside the jail by offering bribes to the police officers. "In the police detention center of Akyab there is not enough food and water for prisoners. Therefore we had to get food and water from outside. My family has to give 500 Burmese kyat to police officers for food and 200 kyat for a bath whenever they bring food and water for me," he explained..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: 6 Burmese Muslims arrested for illegal entry into Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 25 March 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, March 25: "6 Burmese Muslims, known as Rohingya, were arrested by Bangladeshi police while attempting to enter Bangladesh through a border pass, said a recent police report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 April 2005


      Title: 100,000 metric tons of fertilizer smuggled into Burma from Bangladesh this year
      Date of publication: 23 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 23: "100,000 metric tons of Bangladeshi made fertilizers were smuggled to Burma from Bangladesh by local smuggling syndicates within last two and half months, said a report of the Bangali newspaper, The Jugantor on 16 March. Bangladeshi farmers are now suffering from shortages of fertilizers because of the mass amounts smuggled from their country this last year..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (5K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Veteran Arakanese nationalist leader passed away
      Date of publication: 21 March 2005
      Description/subject: Chittagong, March 21: "A veteran Arakanese nationalist leader, a Patron of the National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), U Maung Sein Nyunt passed away at 3.30 am on 21 March at Herabang Rakhaing Village, near Chittagong in Bangladesh. U Maung Sein Nyunt was native of Rambree, Arakan state, Burma and had been active in Arakanese nationalist politics since before the Burmese independence in 1948..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Burmese refugees in Bangladesh anxious after inquiries by Bangladeshi intelligence
      Date of publication: 17 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 17: "Burmese refugees in Bangladesh who are recognized by the UNHCR as urban refugees are left feeling anxious after inquiries by Bangladeshi intelligence, said a Burmese refugee who is staying at Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. “In the last two days, two intelligent (sic) officers came to my house and asked us several questions but the officers did not reveal why they came to my house”, said the refugee..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Poppy cultivations destroyed in border area
      Date of publication: 17 March 2005
      Description/subject: Bandarban, March 17: "Bangladesh’s army has been involved in operations to destroy poppy cultivations along the Bangladesh-Burma border since 9 March, said border sources. “As far as I know, the operations are still going on and a number of poppy cultivations were destroyed by the army in recent days,” said a villager from Borow Moduck, a village nearby operation..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Chin Refugees in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 14 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 14: "Over 160 Chin refugees from Western Burma currently taking shelter in Bangladesh, find many difficulties there as there are no humanitarian organizations or NGOs to protect their rights and assist in their welfare, said one refugee. “According to our current record we have collected from the villages in Bandarban District in Southern Bangladesh, there are 160 Chin people who have fled from Burma to avoid persecution and human rights violations by the military junta and there may be more Chin people in other places in Bangladesh,” said Ko Pa Khin..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Authorities census on immigration Burmese national in Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 11 March 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, March 11: "The Bangladeshi authority is now looking closely at the number of Burmese immigrants living in the southern districts that border Burma, said a local source. "The authorities ask us to collect the numbers of Burmese nationals who are living in our village, the list of the persons who have matrimonial ties with the locals and the period of their settlements here," said a member of the village governing body of Bwaidaw Para Village in Ramu Township, Cox’sbazar District, Bangladesh. Similarly, the local armies have already called on the head or chairman of the villages in the townships of Lama and Alae khongdong, asking for the immediate reports on any foreigners staying in the area and the lists of Burmese immigrants, detailing their matrimonial relations with the locals..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Bangladesh approves a proposal to form an inter-ministerial committee for tri-nation gas pipe line
      Date of publication: 10 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 10: "Bangladesh recently formed an inter-ministerial committee to finalize conditions for India on the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline, which will run from Burma to India through Bangladesh. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has approved the committee will be comprised of three departmental officials from the committee from Energy Division, the Power Division, as well as the Ministry of Commerce, a repot of Energy ministry. The committee was approved by the Bangladesh PM after sending the proposal on to PM Khaleda Zia last week..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara news
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Fate of Arakanese political prisoners uncertain in Burma
      Date of publication: 10 March 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, March 10: "There were not any Arakanese politicians among the recently released prisoners by the Burma military authority, according to a politician From Akyab. There are at lease 25 Arakanese political prisoners in several jails in Burma and among them, some have been held for more than 20 years..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Authority occupies local oil fields for Chinese company
      Date of publication: 08 March 2005
      Description/subject: Rambree, March 8: "In Arakan State's Rambree Island, a number of families who traditionally make a living by drilling oil by hand, find there livelihood threatened as the authorities have occupied their oil fields for use by a Chinese company, said a businessman from Akyab. They face big trouble because the Burmese authorities have prohibited the local oil drillers from drilling oil from their own fields since the Chinese oil company has been allowed to explore oil in the area, said one local oil driller. Now the Chinese company is preparing to drill oil in the fields but they are not offering any compensation for the landowners, said several people from Rambree Town, situated in middle of the island..."
      Language: English
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Burmese prisoners in Bangladesh soon to be sent back to Burma
      Date of publication: 05 March 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, March 5: "According to Cox's Bazar jail authorities, 115 Burmese prisoners in a Bangladeshi jail will be sent back to Burma on 12 March, after negotiation between two the neighboring countries. The Burmese prisoners have been gathered in the Cox's Bazar jail, a border town on the Bangladeshi side, for the last couple of months in preparation for returning them back to their homeland. There are currently about 172 Burmese prisoners in the Cox's Bazar jail, sent from several jails by the Bangladesh authority, waiting to be repatriated to Burma, however the Burmese government has agreed to accept only 115 Burmese prisoners in the first batch..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Labor camp prisoners used on shrimp farms
      Date of publication: 04 March 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, March 4: "Some Arakan State labor camp prisoners are being forced to work at a number of shrimp farms as unpaid day laborers, said one prisoner’s father, under anonymity. The labor camp in question is situated in a remote area near Sabyin Village of MyeBon Township, under Kyauk Pru District in the Arakan State of Burma. The authorities of the Akyab jail often send their prisoners to the labor camp near the end of their jail term..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 23 March 2005


      Title: Akyab seaport jetty still damaged after last year’s cyclone
      Date of publication: 03 March 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, March 3: "An Akyab seaport jetty, a main port jetty of Arakan State, is still in need of repair since it was damaged by last year's May 19 cyclone as the government has neglected to repair it, said a businessmen from Akyab. U Kyaw, a prominent businessman, said yesterday that there has been enough time to rebuild the jetty, since the incident took place 10 months ago, but so far the government does not have any plan to rebuild it..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: Chittagong arms cache shipped from Hong Kong via Singapore
      Date of publication: 03 March 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, March 3: According to a recent report of Jane's Intelligence Review (JIR), a leading world magazine, an arms cache seized last year in Chittagong seaport was shipped from Hong Kong, where more weapons were added to the collection , then shipped on to Singapore before being brought to Bangladesh. The JIR report said the shipment involved two key insurgent groups from northeast India; the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), the Isak Muivah Faction..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: Arakan group's posters speak out against the SPDC
      Date of publication: 01 March 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, March 1: "A group of Arakanese patriots spoke out against the Burmese military junta by posting anti-government posters on a street wall, the night of 17 Feb, said one shop owner from the Akyab central market. The posters demanded that the invading Burmese forces leave Arakan State, that they stop the National Convention, and that they cease the foreign sales of Arakan gas..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: 27 Muslims arrested with human trafficking gang in Akyab
      Date of publication: 28 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, Feb 28: "27 Muslims were arrested by Akyab police, along with a trafficking gang, while they were preparing to depart to Malaysia by motor boat, said a police report. The incident took place in the middle of the night, on 24 February, when police arrested them in the Than Ban Chaung Creek, near the Akyab main post office..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 04 March 2005


      Title: ALD protests Burma’s Foreign Minister visit to Dhaka
      Date of publication: 26 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 26: "At least 5 people from the Arakan League for Democracy-Exile (ALD) held a demonstration against Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win’s visit to Bangladesh in front of the Bangladesh high court, close to Bangladesh foreign ministry office, on 24 Feb. The demonstrators held signboards and banners denouncing Nyan Win’s trip to Bangladesh and their displeasure in Burma’s upcoming national convention..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burma-Bangladesh agreements on business sectors are still far from being realized
      Date of publication: 26 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, Feb 26: "Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win is the first diplomat to visit Bangladesh since the ousting of former Prime Minister Gen Khin Nyunt, who is now under house arrest. Nyan Win began a three day official visit to Bangladesh yesterday, accompanied by a number of Burma’s military officials, including the Political Department and Assistant Director of the Southwest Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burma, said a Bangladesh official report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Purchasing Rice by Credit for Army Ration
      Date of publication: 19 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, February 22: "The Chairman of Ponna Kyunt Township Administration, Wai Myo Khaing ordered owners of rice mills and well known rice traders from Ponna Kyunt, a town 16 miles north of Akyab, to buy rice from farmers using a credit system, said one rice mill owner. The rice purchases in Ponna Kyunt are for army rations and total 60,000 Tinn (150,000 baskets), the target amount of Ponna Kyunt Townshipthat will be bought in this paddy season. The authority is buying the rice from the farmers with credit instead of paying for it up front..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burma FM to visit Bangladesh on 24 February
      Date of publication: 17 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, Feb 17: "Burma Military Government Foreign Minister (FM) Nyan Win will come to Dhaka on 24 February, said a report. During his days in Bangladesh he is giving final endorsement to the project of the proposed road line between Rangoon and Dhaka..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: 5 businessmen released on bail following joint arrest with Nasaka official
      Date of publication: 16 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, February 16: "5 businessmen were released on bail after they had been arrested with a Nasaka commander last month. "Yes, they are now free, but they are on bail," said a relative of one of the men. He didn't, however, divulge the amount of the bail. The businessmen were released from the Akyab Jail on 12 February..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: Burma’s military government preparing to drill in Arakan’s offshore Block-A
      Date of publication: 16 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, February 16: "The drilling of gas is expected to begin in the very near future, said a hotel owner. Two choppers and one small aircraft from a drilling company have recently been seen flying in the area of Akyab, the capital of Arakan State. According to sources, one driller ship is now anchored in the sea near Farongar Island, 30 miles southwest of Akyab, where there is a Block-A gas field..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 26 February 2005


      Title: 300 prisoners dispatched to Mawlamyine
      Date of publication: 15 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, February 15: "200 prisoners from the Akyab prison were sent to Mawlamyine, a capital of Mon State, by Burma’s authority on 30 January, according to a relative of a prisoner..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 February 2005


      Title: ALD-exile holds a press conference in Dhaka
      Date of publication: 13 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 13: "In a press conference at the Dhaka press club yesterday, the Vice president of the Arakan League for Democracy-Exile (ALD) urged the people of Burma to join together in the opposition of the SPDC sponsored National Convention (NC), which will resume on 17 February. U San Hla Pru, Vice president of the ALD, said a new constitution drawn by the military government would not develop any political affairs of Burma’s future. He said that people need to understand why the SPDC is holding the National Convention without any political parties and leaders, and that people should together react against such a sham of a convention..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 15 February 2005


      Title: CRPP General Secretary threatened by SPDC authorities
      Date of publication: 11 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 11: "U Aye Tha Aung, General Secretary of Committee for Representatives of People Parliament, or CRPP, was recently threatened by members of Burma’s military government, said a leader of ALD, who lives in Rangoon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: SPDC picked USDA members represent Arakan State at National Convention
      Date of publication: 11 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, February 11: "Arakan State will be represented by a total of 34 Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members at the upcoming February 17 SPDC sponsored National Convention. Each of the 17 townships in Arakan State will send two USDA members to the convention as representatives of the Arakanese people, said an anonymous prominent political leader..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Bangladeshi deep seaport will increase trade with Asian neighbours
      Date of publication: 10 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 10: "Bangladesh is currently preparing to build a new deep seaport very close to Burma, on an island in Cox's Bazar District. The aim of the project is to create a link between Bangladesh and landlocked areas of China, India and Burma, said a report of the Shipping Ministry of Bangladesh on 9 Feb..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: India names pipeline meeting representatives
      Date of publication: 10 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 10: "India has nominated four officials to represent the country in the upcoming 'Technical Committee' meeting of the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline project, to be held in Burma's capital city of Rangoon. The meeting is to be attended by representatives of India, Bangladesh and Burma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Friendship Road construction starts in March
      Date of publication: 09 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 9: "The construction of a ‘Friendship Road’ between Burma and Bangladesh will start next month, said a report of the Communication Ministry of Bangladesh. The road will directly connect Rangoon and Dhaka, and will be built through Arakan State. According to the report, the road will be 130 kilometers and be built from Ramu, in the Cox'sbazar district of Bangladesh, to Kyauk Taw in Burma’s Arakan State..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Nasaka retains control of border after reshuffle
      Date of publication: 08 February 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 8: "Nasaka, or the Border Security Force of Burma, is reactive on the Burma-Bangladesh border after a major reshuffle, said local residents. "The Nasaka force now has a normal position in the Maung Daw area after the recent reformation," said U Maung Hla, a trader in Maung Daw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: List of tsunami victims released in Arakan
      Date of publication: 07 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 7: "The names of those killed in Arakan State in the recent tsunami disaster has been thusfar withheld from distribution by the SPDC..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: 2 constables critically wounded after clash with army
      Date of publication: 06 February 2005
      Description/subject: Gwa, February 6: "Two private police were critically wounded after a clash with army personnel, in Gwa Township, in southern Arakan State, said a police source. The victims were identified as Constable San Aye and Ko Ko Aung, both of which are now in a local hospital. A group of army personnel attacked a police compound with sticks and stones in Gwa on the night of January 30th..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Bangladeshi man arrested with two empty boats in Burmese water
      Date of publication: 06 February 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, February 6: "A Bangladeshi man was arrested in Burmese waters, along with two empty boats, by Burmese authorities, near the village of Kyauk Pandu, in Maungdaw Township, on 26 January, said a local police report. The man was arrested with boats named Hangsa, while a group of Nasaka force, led by Myint Thein, the head of the Indam Outpost, was patrolling the area’s Burmese waters..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: 70 people gunned down by Burmese Navy
      Date of publication: 04 February 2005
      Description/subject: Taknef, February 4: "At least 70 people were reportedly gunned down in Burmas waters by the Burmese Navy on January 22nd, while they were attempting to enter into Bangladesh, from Burma, across the Naff River, by boats containing smuggled rice. The incident took place near the village of Kyauk Pandu, which is located on the eastern bank of the Naff River, in Maung Daw Township, opposite Taknef, Bangladesh..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Burma authorities propose meeting on tri-nation gas pipeline
      Date of publication: 03 February 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, February 3: "The Burmese authorities sent a proposal to both India and Bangladesh, to hold the first meeting of the working committee of the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline, in Rangoon on Feb 14, said an official report of the Bangladeshi Energy Ministry. If Bangladesh and India agree to Burma's proposal, the meeting will be held in Rangoon..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: Reinforcement forces sent from Arakan to Karen State
      Date of publication: 02 February 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, February 2: "Burmese Military authorities recently sent 2 reinforcement army battalions from Arakan State to Karen State, said a report. Around 100 soldiers, including the battalion commander from Light Infantry Battalion 233 Base in Buthi Daung, 80 miles north of the Arakan State's capital Akyab, left for Akyab on January 26 by the vessel Danyawadi(2). The troops will travel to Burma proper from Akyab, across the Arakan Roma..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: 54 Burmese Muslims arrested while illegally entering Bangladesh
      Date of publication: 01 February 2005
      Description/subject: Cox's Bazar, January 1: "54 Burmese Muslims were arrested by the Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) in a border town of Bangladesh on Tuesday, said a report in Cox's Bazaar Base’s Bangle newspaper, The Daily Ajker Desh Bidesh, on 28 January. According to local sources, BDR arrested the 54 while they were trying to cross a border pass near the Marit Tha BDR outpost, under the Okia Township of the Cox's Bazaar District, to enter Bangladesh. The group came from Arakan State, Burma but their names and addresses were not disclosed in the paper..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 14 February 2005


      Title: 2000 bags of urea seized by Bangladeshi navy
      Date of publication: 27 January 2005
      Description/subject: Cox’s Bazar, January 27: "On January 20, the Bangladeshi navy ship, SR Amin, seized 2000 bags of urea fertilizer worth about 3 million Taka (45 million Burmese Kyat) from a smuggling boat near Burma’s water, said an official report..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Riots spread near Kyauk Pru; Army besieges 3 Buddhist Monasteries in Arakan
      Date of publication: 27 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, January 27: "Religious rioting is now spreading a town near Kyauk Pru and 3 monasteries have been besieged by army personnel, said a Buddhist monk. "The monks are not allowed to offer food from outside by authority and army has now besieged 3 monasteries in Kyauk Pru", said U Shet Kinda from a monastery of Akyah via a telephone interview..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Burma's Western Command under high alert
      Date of publication: 26 January 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, January 26: "All army battalions under Western Command, including border outposts, are now in ready position after the army authority ordered them under high alert, said a report from Akyab. "Yes, the Burmese army is in a high alert position and I didn't see any army personnel yesterday visiting outside with any civilians", said a local resident who is lives near Light Infantry Battalion 233, in Buthidaung. The reason for the Burmese army's high alert status is currently unknown..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: India-Bangladesh talks on gas pipeline unlikely during SAARC Summit
      Date of publication: 26 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, January 26: "The issue surrounding the tri-partisan gas pipeline project is not on the agenda of a talk involving Indian and Bangladeshi Prime Ministers during the upcoming SAARC summit. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, or SAARC, a summit including the region's leaders, will be held in Dhaka on February 6-7..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara news
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Army sergeant arrested for attempted rape
      Date of publication: 25 January 2005
      Description/subject: Buthidaung, January 25: "A new arrival army sergeant from Burma proper was arrested for attempting a rape a captain's wife in Buthidaung, 80 miles north of the Arakan capital of Akyab, according to army sources. The sergeant was identified as Aung Myo Oo from the newly formed organization of Burma's Military Government Army Security..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Religious riot in Arakan State
      Date of publication: 25 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, January 25: "A religious riot broke out in a town of Arakan on January 20, leaving at least 3 people dead, said the All Arakan Students and Youths Congress (AASYC). The three found dead were all Muslims, one of which was a Muslim religious teacher. The riot broke out near Naga Pariyeti Sathin Thik, a Buddhist monastery of the district town of Kyauk Pru, located in central Arakan State. According to another source, the riot started after a young Muslim sweeper from a local mosque insulted several Buddhist monks near the monastery..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: WFP's food aid looted by robbers in Arakan
      Date of publication: 25 January 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 25: "On January 19 the World Food Program, WFP, was robbed of a large amount of food aid in Maung Daw Township, a western Arakan border town, according to police sources. The goods were looted from a boat in the middle of the night while in route to Krean Chaung village from Maung Daw. The boat was loaded with 1000 sacks of rice and 149 sacks of peas that were intended for extremely poor people, under a rehabilitation program..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: SPDC authority purchases paddy from Arakanese peasants
      Date of publication: 20 January 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, January 20: "The local SPDC authority has been buying paddy from Arakanese farmers since the beginning of this month, said a local report. According to a local farmer, the government has been purchasing Pawsan Mwe, a high quality brand of paddy, to be used for army rations. The authority pays 12,5000 kyat for 100 tins (equivalent to 3000 kilograms), a price that is a little higher than the recent market price..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Arakanese community sends appeal for detainees' release
      Date of publication: 19 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, January 19: "Appeals written by the Diasporas Arakanese Community for the detainees held by India’s government, on India’s Andaman Island, has been sent to several government heads as well as the international community in hopes of helping to avoid a handover of the Arakanese detainees to Burma’s military government. The detainees in question are likely to be freed from jail this month but India’s government may hand them over to the SPDC, Burma’s ruling military junta..." For this reason the Diasporas Arakanese Community is anxious for their fate, as they predict that they may face the death sentence in Burma.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Myanmar's cows used for Eid-Ul-Azha festival
      Date of publication: 19 January 2005
      Description/subject: Taknef, January 19: "Cows from Burma are brisk in Bangladeshi markets, as the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Azha nears, said a border report. The total demand of cows for this year's festival is high, and a large number of cows form Burma are still coming to Bangladeshi local markets..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Arakan gas campaigners hold press conference in Dhaka
      Date of publication: 14 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, January 14: "A group of Arakanese gas campaigners held a joint press conference, titled “To Resist Plundering of Oil-Gas,” with Bangladeshi student’s leaders of the Student-Youth Movement to Resist Plundering of Oil-Gas and local social activists in Dhaka on January 13th. The conference began around 3 PM yesterday in a press club of Dhaka with 50 participants including journalist, reporters, and radio producers in attendance..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Head of Nasaka department indicted by local authority
      Date of publication: 13 January 2005
      Description/subject: Maung Daw, January 13: "The head of the Nasaka force in Arakan state, Let -Col Aung Nwge, is currently facing a lawsuit prosecuted by the local SPDC authorities for his involvement in a murder case. “The police department of Maungdaw received an order from high ranking officials of Western Command to collect evidence to prosecute him” said a teacher close to a Maungdaw police officer..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Rice Production Decline in Arakan
      Date of publication: 13 January 2005
      Description/subject: Akyab, January 13: "In the western Burmese state of Arakan, rice production has declined in comparison to last year. A farmer from Ingra Chaing Kyan from Puak Taw Township said during his visit to Bangladesh, “Rice is not very good in our region. In fact it is in the whole of Arakan. The main cause is the decline of the rice price last year and we are unable to buy enough fertilizer.” Insufficient fertiliser has therefore led to a poor rice crop throughout Arakan..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: 4 ferrymen arrested in Maungdaw
      Date of publication: 11 January 2005
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, January 11: "Four ferrymen were arrested by town authorities when it was discovered that 7 Arakanese people were sent back to Bangladesh on their boats. The arrestees are identified as Than Maung Chay, Nyi Pu, U Sein Mg and Bo Thein Tan, all are from the Aung Bala quarter of Maungdaw..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Another Huge cache of arms recovered from Burma-Bangladesh border
      Date of publication: 10 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka, January 10: "Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered a number of sophisticated arms and ammunitions from the Burma-Bangladesh border on January 6, according to a local news agency. Among the confiscated weapons were 11 AK-47 rifles, 53 magazines, and 1506 bullets, all of which were discovered in an old insurgent camp..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (9K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Quake jolts Bangladesh again
      Date of publication: 08 January 2005
      Description/subject: A moderate earthquake jolted Chittagong, a main port city, and its adjoining areas yesterday morning, an official said. The tremor, measuring 5.13 on the Richter scale, hit at 9:45 am and lasted for 36 seconds. The epicenter was 349-km from the city.
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 30 January 2005


      Title: Bangladesh's government decides on gas pipeline
      Date of publication: 07 January 2005
      Description/subject: January 7, 2005: "Bangladesh's Minister for Energy and Minerals, AKM Mosharrof Hossain, will attend an international gas pipeline conference in Rangoon, Burma. Mr Hossain's duty will be to decide on whether a gas pipeline will be built through Bangladesh. The conference will run from the 12th to the 13th of January 2005. According to a report, the meeting will be attended by the Indian Petroleum Minister, Burmese officials and Mr Hossain after Bangladesh accepted a formal invitation from Burma's military government..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (10K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Western Command tenders 12 shrimp farms to local businessmen
      Date of publication: 04 January 2005
      Description/subject: 4th January 2005: "On the 30th of December the military's western command tendered 12 shrimp farms for the 2005 fiscial year to local businessmen in Maungdaw, Arakan. A tender ceremony was held in the headquarters of Nasaka under the supervision of the Deputy Commander of Western Command base in Ann Town in central Arakan state..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Arakan National Council holds ceremony commemorating the fall of Arakan
      Date of publication: 02 January 2005
      Description/subject: Dhaka: January 2: "The 220th Anniversary of the fall of Arakan was commemorated by the Arakan National Council (ANC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 31st of December. Eighty, exiled Arakanese from Bangladesh attended the ceremony. Theses attendees included monks, students and youths, representatives of women and labour organisations..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: THE STATEMENT ON 220TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF ARAKAN KINGDOM
      Date of publication: 31 December 2004
      Description/subject: Date: 31st December 2004: "Today, 31st December 2004, is one of the unforgettable historic days in Arakan History. On that day we, Rakhaing Nation lost our national sovereignty and independence. Ancient Rakhaing Kingdom, internationally called Arakan, was founded by King Marayu of First Dinyawadi in 3325 BC. Thereafter Rakhaing Kingdom had firmly existed as an Independent Nation. Throughout its existence over 5000 years Arakan was a prosperous nation in South and Southeast Asia. This highly civilized rich nation in the Bay of Bengal was annexed by the Burmese invaders on 31 December 1784 AD..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: ARAKAN NATIONAL COUNCIL Bangladesh Branch via Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (19K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: 36 people dead in Burma by tidal waves: Military Junta
      Date of publication: 29 December 2004
      Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 29: "The Burmese military junta confessed in a government newspaper report that there were 36 people dead in Burma after massive tidal waves, caused by a severe intensity earthquake in the Andaman Sea, hit the coast..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Tsunami kills 6 in Arakan
      Date of publication: 28 December 2004
      Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 28: "6 Arakanese people were killed in Akyab, the capital of Arakan state, by the tsunami that drove through the Andaman Sea on Sunday. The bodies were found yesterday, on the seashore..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 10 January 2005


      Title: Diplomatic Envoy Visits Northern Arakan
      Date of publication: 23 December 2004
      Description/subject: Maung daw 23: "A diplomatic envoy led by the Indonesian Ambassador to Burma visited the Northern Arakan town of Maungdaw on December 10, said an NGO report. The envoy team, also comprised of 11 other delegates from various embassies in Rangoon, went to repatriation camps and rehabilitation centers for refugees under the Maungdaw Township..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


      Title: Nasaka headquarters raided by Army personnel in Arakan
      Date of publication: 23 December 2004
      Description/subject: Maungdaw, Dec23: "The border security force of the Nasaka headquarters, located in the west border town Maungdaw, was raided by a column of the Burmese army and a number of Nasaka officers were arrested on December 21, said a witness living near the headquarters. The raid was led by two commanders from Buthidaung Station, including over 100 soldiers from Light Infantry Battalion No. 345, and was acting under the Military Planning Bureau No. 15's order..."
      Language: Englishj
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (6K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


      Title: Arakanese dies while fleeing from Malaysian Police
      Date of publication: 21 December 2004
      Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 21: "An Arakanese working in Malaysia without a valid working permit had a fatal car accident while fleeing from the Malaysian police last week..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (7K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


      Title: SPDC Culture Minister's visit to ancient pagodas of Arakan leaves local astrologers worried
      Date of publication: 21 December 2004
      Description/subject: Akyab, Dec 21: "Maj-Gen Kyi Aung, the Culture Minister of the military government recently made an astonishing visit to Arakan State, where he inspected a number of renovated ancient pagodas built by Arakanese kings in several of Arakan's past dynasties. It was a rare occurance for a Burmese minister to visit so many sites of the Arakanese ancient pagodas. "The recent visit of the Culture Minister was really astonishing for the Arakan people because he went to a number of ancient pagodas. Previously, no Burmese ministers have ever been there," said a local monk..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (11K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


      Title: Ban on swidden agriculture threatening Arakanese livelihoods
      Date of publication: 20 December 2004
      Description/subject: Lamar, Dec 20: "The Burmese military junta has placed a ban on swidden agricultural practices in the northern districts of Arakan state, Maung Daw and Buthedaung, according to a tribal leader. Most Arakanese people in northern Arakan traditionally rely on swidden or slash-and-burn cultivation for their livelihoods, and they are worried about food and product shortages resulting from the ban. Before the ban, the junta tried to “educate” the people about mountain terrain cultivation..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


      Title: Bangladesh’s Finance Minister's tour in India finished with a signal of gas pipeline
      Date of publication: 16 December 2004
      Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 16: "Even though Bangladesh’s Finance Minister, M Saifur Rahman, did not discuss the issue of the transnational gas pipeline connecting Burma, India, and Bangladesh during his meeting with the premier of India, he discussed the issue with some ministers of India, according to local sources. But he did not say whether the discussion of gas pipeline issue is progressive or not. He returned to Dhaka last week after completing his five-day visit to India. During his trip, he met a number of Indian ministers..."
      Author/creator: Nyo Tun Kyaw
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (12K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004


      Title: 36 Burmese insurgents detained at Port Blair face the danger of being deported to Burma
      Date of publication: 15 December 2004
      Description/subject: Dhaka, Dec 15: "36 Burmese nationals who have been under detention for more than six years without any sentences face the grim danger of being deported to Burma. A detainee says, “The police has taken our names and address in Burma. We had given these details before, and it is a bit strange collecting such information again. Usually, such information is collected before deportation to Burma, we are very concerned about this.”..."
      Language: English
      Source/publisher: Narinjara News
      Format/size: html (8K)
      Date of entry/update: 27 December 2004