Burma Task Force asks the UN Security Council to do more to stop genocide of Rohingyas

Press Release7 November 2017Burma Task Force Asks the UN Security Council to do more to stop genocide of Rohingyas Chicago, IL. - November 7, 2017 - Burma Task Force  welcomes UN Security...

Congress: Support New Bills That Put Sanctions on Burma’s Army

“Never Again” is “happening again,” was the chant of demonstrators across the world, who called for sanctions against Burma/Myanmar for its modern-day genocide against our Rohingya sisters and...

Popular Burmese Buddhist Monk Tells Burma's Military: "Genocidal killing is OK in Buddhism"

Dr. Maung Zarni, a Burmese scholar and democracy activist, has translated a portion of a speech on his blog by Sitagu Sayadaw, one of Burma's most popular monks, that was...

No Time To Let Up, Time For Action Is Now

 October 30, 2017 - The world’s inaction is deafening. The United Nations says that it expects most of the remaining 500,000 Rohingya outside of IDP camps in Burma to cross the border...

Burma Task Force: As Desperate Refugees Flee Destruction, Bangladesh Must Lift Boat Ban Preventing Rescue Of Stranded Rohingya

October 9, 2017 - Since October 1st, thousands of Rohingya have been stranded on Myanmar's beaches, waiting for rescue, but boats cannot arrive because Bangladesh’s government has banned fishing...

People's tribunal finds Myanmar guilty of Rohingya genocide

The historic Permanent Peoples' Tribunal with 7 international Judges using international law just declared Rohingya are facing genocide.This strengthens the consensus of charging Myanmar with the...

Racism and Organized Islamophobia: Tribunal Hears Testimony of Persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya and non-Rohingya Muslim Groups

September 20 - Press Release - September 20 Beginning on September 18, 2017 the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Burma has been meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to listen to testimonies...

Congress Urges Action On Myanmar: Halt Military Training

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), along with 22 bipartisan members of Congress, sent a letter today to Secretary of...

Worldwide Rallies Protest Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims

Burma Task Force has organized worldwide rallies and demonstrations in the past week demanding Myanmar stop its genocidal atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, demonstrators also called on their...

WATCH: Live Stream of the 2nd Peoples' Tribunal On Myanmar's 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Day 3:Day 2:Day 1 Session 3:Day 1 Session 1:For background on the judges, experts and testimonites to be presented at the PPT click here.

LaunchGood: Help End Rohingya Genocide in Burma

StoryUpdatesDonors  As of now,  according to the UN estimates, 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh. Human Right Watch reports that villages on a 100-kilometer stretch...

Sept. 16 at Federal Plaza: Chicago Rally To Save Rohingya

As the UN general assembly is reconvened in mid-September, Burma Task Force is calling for a day of worldwide silent demonstrations to protest the genocide of Rohingyas. The demonstrations will be...

Flyer Template for Worldwide protests

Sept. 16: Worldwide Silent Demonstration for RohingyasAs the UN general assembly is reconvened in mid-September, Burma Task Force is calling for a day of worldwide silent demonstrations to protest...

Khutba Points for Rohingya Muslims

Describe the situation • In the last couple of weeks 125,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh whereas 400,000 are uprooted within Burma and the UN is prevented from providing them water and...

Organizational Letter To The US Secretary of State, Congress and US Ambassador To The UN Regarding The Targeting Of Rohingya Civilians in Myanmar

AN ORGANIZATIONAL LETTER REGARDING MYANMAR’S MILITARY CAMPAIGN TARGETING ROHINGYA CIVILIANS IN MYANMAR September 5, 2017 On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar Military bombed 25 Rohingya villages...

URGENT: On Sept. 16, Rally for Rohingya Muslims

Al-salamu 'alaikum, The U.N. refugee agency says that 123,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh in the last 10 days after the latest Burmese military attacks against the Rohingya. ...

Don’t Be Fooled By Myanmar’s Military, Rohingya Struggle Is Peaceful

Persecuted ethnic minorities within Myanmar have sustained continuous armed resistance against the repressive hegemony of Myanmar’s predominantly Burman ethnic and Buddhist military since the...

We Need Your Help: Burma Military Resumes Offensive, Rohingya Targeted

Burma Task Force is urging the public to call the offices of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the US Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel among others. You can help us reach our goal of 10,000 calls...

Chairman Ed Royce Urges Burma's Military To De-escalate Operation

The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce has consistently spoken out against Burma's persecution of the Rohingya.  A Press Release from his office on August 21st, reiterated...

Be A Part of the Burma Peoples' Tribunal: Sept, 18-22

The 2nd Tribunal Session: September 18-22, 2017 - University of Malaya-KLThe concluding session of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) will be held at the University of Malaya ...

India's Right-wing Government Declares It Will Deport All Rohingya

In April, India announced plans that it would deport thousands of Rohingya back to Burma. At the time Burma Task Force called on the government to continue to respect the UNHCR mandate regarding...

The Headlines Haven't Changed From 1978 Until Today: Burma Still Persecuting Rohingya

A headline from May 14, 1978 on the frontpage of the DAWN newspaper reads, Burmese Muslims Machinegunned. (via. Dr. Maung Zarni) The newspaper reported on the massacre of 30...

Burma Security Faces Alleged To Have Raped Three Rohingya Villagers

Rohingya media reports have published a video in which three Rohingya women, whose faces are covered by shawls allege that their village was attacked by Burmese military (Tatmadaw) and Border Guard...

Adem Carroll Interview on WCRN's "The Perspective" with Asima Silva

Burma Task Force USA's UN Programs Director, Adem Carroll was interviewed by Asima Silva, host of WCRN's radio program "The Perspective" on World Refugee Day. Adem, spoke on the history of Burma and...

Rohingya: Hidden & Tortured in Rathedaung

The Arakan Times, reports that two Rohingya villagers from Northern Rathedaung have been kidnapped, tortured and handed over to police. The motivation according to the Arakan Times is that...

In Burma A Rumor Is Enough To Tear Down A Mosque

A home owned by a Buddhist, in a town that we are told prides itself on being completely Buddhist has demolished a house on the rumor that a mosque was being built. The origin of the rumor is unknown...

Burma Task Force's Adem Carroll Challenges Suu Kyi's Communications Director Aye Aye Soe

In a Letter-to-the-Editor (July 23) published in the Washington Post, the director-general of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor’s Communication Unit, Aye Aye Soe took issue with the...

Questions Over Whether the UN Has Failed the Rohingya

Journalists Peter Oborne, Emmanuel Stoakes and Alastair Sloan published a must read critical piece that questions whether or not the UN has failed the Rohingya in Burma. The reporters investigated...

Yanghee Lee: 'The Situation is Worsening' For Rohingya Says UN Special Rapperteur

The situation for the Rohingya is not improving but instead is worsening. This is despite the election of Suu Kyi in 2015 and her promises of reform and inclusion. Genocide is being accelerated as...

Tens of Thousands of Rohingya Children Starving

We already knew that the levels of malnutrition and risk of starvation for the Rohingya were high, and now we are getting a clearer picture of the full extent of the devastation wrought by the...

Journalists 'Heavily Supervised' in First Visit To Rohingya Camps, UN Still Barred From Investigation

David Sim, writing for the International Business Times has reported on the first access journalists have gotten to interview and document the stories of Rohingya villagers. The access was...

Canada's Chrystia Freeland Calls Out Burma For Persecution of Rohingya

The Foreign Minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland whose office Burma Task Force Canada has met with several times, spoke out against the persecution and continued suffering of Rohingya. On July 10,...

No Reason to Hide Our Faces: The Stories of Rohingya Survivors

Al-salamu 'Alaikum,Our world has become a painful place for Rohingya women. Rohingya rape victims often suffer in silence and isolation, as their pain is very personal. It is the worst ...

Girl, 4, becomes face of suffering Rohingya children starving to death amid ‘ethnic cleansing’

New York TimesFive years after a genocidal wave of anti-Muslim violence forced more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims into camps in the primarily Buddhist nation of Myanmar, the recently-elected...

UN Refugee Head Calls for Citizenship for Myanmar's Rohingya

BANGKOK — The U.N.'s top official for refugee affairs said Friday that granting citizenship to members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority is crucial for achieving peace in the country's...

May You Have A Blessed Eid

Ramadan has past. It was an especially hard one for many of our Rohingya brothers and sisters, who are suffering in camps with little food and water. They've been hit by cyclones and als continue to...

Mass Sexual Violence Leaves Rohingya Women Traumatized and Stateless

The United Nations has documented shocking accounts of sexual violence, including gang rape, against Rohingya women and girls at the hands of Myanmar’s military. News Deeply spoke with a U.N....

Protest Meet Suu Kyi Visit To Canada

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Canadian government only let it be known that she would visit Canada a week prior to her arrival on June 5th to meet with PM Justin Trudeau; Suu Kyi will be in Canada from...

Cyclone Mora Ravages Rohingya Camps In Bangladesh

On Tuesday Bangladesh was hit by Cyclone Mora, the huge storm devastated Rohingya refugee camps, displacing 200,000. The government claims they were evacuated to shelters but as Fortify Rights...

A Rohingya Ramadan

Burma Task Force USA is the only organized advocacy effort putting pressure on Burmese and international governments to end the genocide against the Rohingya and restore their rights as full citizens...

Red Cross demands access to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

An international humanitarian aid group has asked the government of Myanmar to give it access to help the Muslim Rohingya community in the county’s troubled Rakhine State.Peter Maurer, the president...

Canada: Andrew Day's Photo Exhibit "Testimony"

Freelance photojournalist Andrew Day's photo exhibit, "Testimony" sponsored by the Burma Task Force ran from May 8-14 in Toronto, Canada. The opening reception of the event was a success. Ahmed...

Extremist Monks Attack Muslims in Mandalay

Media GroupDozens of police officers were deployed and fired at least two warning shots in the suburb of commercial capital Yangon after Buddhist nationalists besieged the area on the pretext of...

Activists Protest Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s London ‘Freedom’ Award

By Sally Kantar Irrawady News Activists and refugees demonstrated as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the Freedom of the City of London award on Monday, calling the...

Burma, EU at odds over Rohingya rights mission

Burma's civilian government is holding water for the military. By Robin Emmott | BRUSSELS The European Union clashed on Tuesday with the visiting leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, by...

UN Report On Sexual Violence Highlights Entrenched Rape Culture In Burma Security Forces

The Myanmar (Burma) section of a recent report on sexual violence is quite explicit about how entrenched rape culture is within the Burmese military. The Rohingyas, along with other vulnerable ethnic...

Joint Letter to Governments on the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Burma

Dear Your Excellency,We, the undersigned, call on States, including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the...

U.N. criticizes Burma plan to resettle Rohingya in 'camp-like' villages

The United Nations' refugee agency has criticized a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions,...

April 2017: USCIRF Recommendations For Burma

 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has made a number of recommendations regarding Burma for the US government. The Burma Task Force (USA) is involved in presenting...

Telenor: Speak Up For Rohingya

b. Tweet and post to Facebook messages to Telenor. Ask them to take a public stand for the protection of the Rohingya and a return of their citizenship.Contact: Twitter accounts: @...

Canada: Sub-Committee On Human Rights Hearing On Rohingya Crisis

On Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017, Ahmed Ramadan, the Outreach Coordinator for The Burma Task Force Canada was invited to speak at The Centre Block, the main building of the Canadian parliamentary complex on...

Suu Kyi: Apologist For Genocide

British journalist Mehdi Hasan, wrote an excorciating article on Suu Kyi published on The Intercept that has gone viral.AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS ONE of the most celebrated human rights icons of our...

Aye Maung, Genocidal Anti-Rohingya Leader Elected

Aye Maung, a leader of the ANP or Arakan National Party is a virulently anti-Rohingya genocidalist who has been implicated in the 2012 pogroms and riots targeting the Rohingya Muslims. Maung won...

Coming Up: Burma Task Force Action & Events

Burma Task Force USA Chair Abdul Malik Mujahid will speak on the current reality and plight of the Rohingya in Burma-Myanmar. The event is being held by Amnesty International in conjunction with BTF...

Burma Military Chief Min Aung Hlaing Rules Out Rohingya Citizenship

Myanmar's military chief on Monday denounced the claim to citizenship by Rohingya Muslims and defended the government's crackdown on them."We have already let the world know that we don't...

Rohingya Panel Discussion At University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

Mark your calendars: on March 27, Burma Task Force Canada representatives, Ahmed Ramadan and Taha Ghayyur will be discussing the Rohingya crisis on a panel with RAC founder Anwar Arakani, Mississauga...

Kofi Annan Commission: Burma Must Close Camps

Myanmar should immediately start letting Rohingya Muslims return home and ultimately close rundown camps for the displaced in its western Rakhine state, a panel led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan...

UN High Rep. Calls For Inquiry But EU, UK, Australia Won't Back It

The United Nations' Special Rapporteur to Burma, Yanghee Lee, has told the UN Rights Council, that the evidence “indicates the government may be trying to expel the Rohingya population from the...

Wirathu Banned From Speaking For One Year By Top Buddhist Org.

A Myanmar monk infamous for his bilious anti-Muslim tirades has been banned from giving sermons for a year by the country's top Buddhist body, an unprecedented slapdown on a man whose hate speech has...

BTF Speaking Out Against the Persecution of Rohingya

BTF is consistently speaking out and advocating for an end to the genocide against the Rohingya. Recently, Malik Mujahid presented expert evidence of war crimes committed by the Burmese government...

Peoples’ Tribunal Indicts Myanmar Leaders for Genocide Against Rohingya, Atrocities Against Kachin

By Tauseef Akbar Viewers from 38 countries, across six continents watched the culmination of the first Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar: a swift indictment against the leaders of Myanmar’s...

Day 1: Tribunal Hearings Receive Expert Testimony On Genocide & Atrocities

The first day of hearings at the International Permanent Peoples' Tribunal in London saw testimony by expert witnesses from across the world who are intimately familiar with the plight of the #...

The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal Hearings On Myanmar Crimes Against Rohingya And Kachin

The Rome-based International Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT), will hold hearings in London on March 6-8 at Queen Mary University (LIVE Feed)  where evidence will be presented,...

Joint NGO Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

16 February 2017H.E. Mr. António GuterresSecretary-General of the United NationsExecutive Office of the Secretary-GeneralS-3800, United Nations Secretariat BldgNew York, NY 10017Re: Joint NGO Letter...

University of Chicago: BTF Raising Awareness & Educating Students on Rohingya Genocide

This past weekend, Tauseef Akbar, web content director for the Burma Task Force Campaign-Justice For All spoke to a crowd of 50 High School and College students at a conference held by STAND, a "...

#Unilever: Live Up To Your Commitment For Socially Responsible Investment. Pakistan Petition: Don’t Sell Jets To Burma Until It Ends Genocide vs. Rohingya

Action Item: #Unilever: Live Up To Your Commitment For Socially Responsible Investment. Pakistan Petition: Don’t Sell Jets To Burma Until It Ends Genocide vs. RohingyaIt only takes a few minutes,...

#Unilever CEO “Stands Firm” with Nobel Laureates Call For Investigation

Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman expressed his personal support for the rights of the Rohingya and after a week of tweets, contacts and the campaign by #WeAreAllRohingya Unilever has officially stated,...

UNSR, Yanghee Lee: "[W]hat I heard during my visit to Bangladesh was worse than I had anticipated."

The United Nation Special Rapporteur, Yanghee Lee, has just wrapped up her investigative tour to Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh where she and her team interviewed recently displaced Rohingya fleeing...

Why Is It Proving So Difficult To Supply Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims With Aid?

When a ship crammed with 2,200 tons of rice, emergency supplies and aid-workers tried to dock at Yangon port on 10 February, it arrived to protests by hard-line Buddhists. The aid was from...

Roundup: Burma Task Force In The News 1/30-2/10

Burma Task Force activities in the past week and a half.:Enterprise News: Thousands In Boston Protest Trump Muslim Ban"Abdallah Ddumba, who is the Muslim advisor at Bentley University in Waltham and...

UN report details 'devastating cruelty' against Rohingya population in Myanmar's Rakhine province

3 February 2017 – In a report issued today, the United Nations human rights arm said that the widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population by Myanmar's security forces in the...

Myanmar's Rohingya: Truth, lies and Aung San Suu Kyi

An important article by intrepid BBC reporter Jonah FisherDonald Trump and Aung San Suu Kyi have more in common than you might think.The leaders of the United States and Myanmar are both aged the...

Former Human Rights Watch Researcher Mathieson Discredits Rohingya Journalists and Activists

Former Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher David Scott Mathieson wrote an insidious Op-ed in The New York Times that discredits Rohingya journalists and activists. Mathieson seeks to...

The Rohingya Displacement Crisis That Myanmar Denies Exists

Sally Kantar reports on the Rohingya displacement crisis that Burma/Myanmar denies exists. Official figures are hard to confirm since the government has sealed off the area to reporters and aid...

Free Mamedullah

By Jamila HananRB CampaignJanuary 7, 2017 This is Mamedullah, age 27. His full name is Muhammed Ullah but his friends and family call him Mamedullah for short. He is one of the few Rohingya...

'The Rohingya Aylan Kurdi': Will the world take notice now?

(CNN)Face down in the mud, a baby boy lies still after washing up on a river bank.His name is Mohammed Shohayet, a 16-month-old Rohingya refugee whose family fled their home for Bangladesh to escape...

Rohingya Man Found Beheaded After Speaking To The Press

"The headless body of a Rohingya Muslim man has been discovered days after he spoke with reporters about unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine state, officials say.The body of the 41-year-old was found...

Suu Kyi Commission Concludes Rohingya Rape Testimonies "Fabricated" By "Terrorists"

We live in an age when reality and truth are blatantly subverted and most do not care, since truth in their eyes is subordinate to their interests. In Burma, when it comes to ethnic minorities, both...

Rohingya: Persecuted In Myanmar, Neglected In Bangladesh

In the past two months, the government has repeatedly insisted that their security operations are aimed at apprehending “violent attackers” and are being conducted “in accordance with the law”....

Burma Task Force: New York Rally For The Rohingya

As the Burmese military "clearance operation" continues to collectively punish the Rohingya through its: mass arrests, murders, rapes, illegal detention and the denial of food aid to thousands, many...

New Satellite Imagery Exposes Scale Of Destruction Of Rohingya Villages

According to Human Rights Watch, over 1,500 Rohingya (likely more) homes have been detroyed since the Burmese military undertook its so-called "clearance" operations against militants. The Burmese...

House Foreign Affairs Committee On Obama Administration's "Asia Pivot"

On 12/6 the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the Obama administration's vaunted "Asia pivot" strategy. The hearing discussed the effectiveness of the strategy and what the results...

Karen Women's Organisation Message On Rape Of #Rohingya Women

For years now reports by human rights organizations, neutral observers and institutions have highlighted the Burmese military's use of "rape" as a weapon of war. The Karen Women's Organisation (KWO)...

Malaysian PM urges intervention to stop 'genocide' of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

In a historic move, the Malaysian PM Najib Razak has particpated in a massive rally for the Rohingya in which he urged the government of Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi in particular to end the genocide...

Suu Kyi in Singapore: Promises To Make "Burma Great Again," Says Claims Of Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing "Fabrications"

According to Burmese dissident and human rights activist, Dr. Maung Zarni, Aung San Suu Kyi's recent trip to Singapore was marked by one calumny after another. Suu Kyi, viewed as an icon of democracy...

Myanmar State Media Calls #Rohingya "Detestable Human Fleas"

The process of dehumanization is integral to genocidal efforts at wiping out whole populations. Among the many negative descriptions and pejoratives flung at European Jews by German Nazis was the...

Protests Against Anti-Rohingya Violence Proliferate, Suu Kyi Cancels Indonesia Trip

Evidence of war crimes (mass murders, illegal detention, torture, looting of property and the burning down of whole villages) has mounted as Burma continues its nearly two-month long military...

Malaysia Mulling Boycott Of Regional Soccer Tournament Over Rohingya Persecution

Malaysian MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has called on Malaysia to boycott the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 which is being held in Myanmar/Burma this year due to that nation's continous and escalating persecution of...

ALJAZEERA: Myanmar accused of new destruction of Rohingya villages

High-definition satellite images show 820 newly identified structures destroyed in five Rohingya Muslim villages in the Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state this month where the military is carrying out...

BBC Slips Burmese Military Talking Point Into Its Coverage

The BBC, especially reporter Jonah Fisher have done great work covering the persecution of the stateless Rohingya. However, a recent BBC news report gives credence to a faulty and dangerous...

Action Alert: Myanmar Times Reinstate Fiona MacGregor!

As you know, the military of Burma has been committing atrocities in the name of cracking down on terrorism in Rakhine State. They've been raping civilians, killing suspects without trying them in...

Rohingya Activists and Supporters Put Spotlight On Atrocities

Everyday since the start of the Burmese military operation in Rakhine state three weeks ago (in response to purported attacks by a new militant group) Rohingya social media activists and news outlets...

Chicago #Rohingya Rally: Justice Now!

On Sunday, October 30, over one hundred demonstrators gathered in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's northside to rally for #Rohingya rights, and against the on-going military operation...

New Report: Rohingya in 'Final Stages of Genocide'

Last year, several distinguished institutions released reports/studies on the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims by the Burmese government. Two of the most prominent and well covered report were...

Burma Must Restore Desperately Needed Food Aid To Rohingyas

One of the outcomes of the wave of genocidal violence that the Rohingya have endured for decades, and ever more intensely since 2012 has been heightened levels of food insecurity and malnutrition for...

President Obama Must Speak Out For Rohingya

 In the past President Barack Obama has affirmed the Rohingya identity  and their basic right to "self-identify" in numerous world fora and in meetings with Burmese officials and...

At least 92 Innocent Rohingya Civilians Killed And More Than 700 Houses Torched

Maungdaw, Arakan – At least 92 innocent Rohingya civilians have been killed and more than 700 Rohingya houses have been burnt down by the Myanmar army. This all since the attacked took place at...

Rohingya Fleeing Burma Amid Violent Crackdown

As the Burmese armed forces continue their brutal crackdown on Rohingya communities in the name of "security" and fighting "terrorism," credible reports of extra-judicial killings against the...

UPDATES: Burmese Military Assault On Rohingya Civilians

Myanmar’s Military are demanding 100 Rohingya men from each Rohingya village in southern Maungdaw as Porters and may use them as shields in their offensive war on other civilians.10 AM 13/...

Rohingya Are Being Killed By Burmese Forces: 24 Dead So Far

The situation in Rakhine state is dire and urgent action is required to stem the worst state-led violence the Rohingya have faced since 2012.The facts:i. 24 people were killed on Mondayii. In...

Don't Repeat 2012: Burma Blames Rohingya For Attacks On Police Outposts

Since the advent of the War on Terror in 2001 the Burmese military has presented Muslims as a terrorist threat to the nation. In fact, the government has even stooped so low as to create an imaginary...

Tell The WFP It Should Reverse Its Decision To Halt Food Rations To Rohingya

The WFP has announced that it is slashing food rations in Rakhine state.  Rakhine state is one of Burma’s poorest and suffers from endemic malnutrition. The Rohingya Muslims there have suffered...

Rohingya Islamic Scholar Brutally Beaten According To Reports

The Rohingya website, The Stateless, a Rohingya Islamic scholar was attacked and brutally beaten by Rakhine extremists while on his way to teach children at a local school for Rohingya children. The...

Burma: Halt The Demolition Of Rohingya Mosques

A coalition of Rohingya Muslim groups in Burma/Myanmar have condemned the directive to demolish Muslim religious structures in Arakan State. The joint statement from the coalition states that the “...

NLD Must Not Only Condemn Racist Lawmakers But Also Repeal Racist Law

The "Race and Religion" laws drafted by the MaBaTha and passed in 2015 are some of the most discriminatory laws in the world, crafted to specifically target the Rohingya, i.e. furthering genocidal...

Whatever he says, Kofi Annan did witness human rights abuses

Fiona Macgregor, writing in the Myanmar Times notes that it is simply inaccurate for the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, head of Suu Kyi's newly created advisory commission, to claim that he...

In The News: Students, Supporters Of Rohingya Protest Harvard Suu Kyi Award

On September 17, Burma Task Force and student protesters at Harvard University, many of them from the Islamic Society on campus were joined by supporters of Rohingya rights to demand that Harvard not...

Harvard: Withdraw #SuuKYi As #HarvardHumanitarian of the Year

Harvar Universities wrongheaded decision to honor Aung San Suu KYi has surprised many and made many of us ask the question, "what has she done to deserve such an award?"It seems no one cares for the...

Burma’s Open For Business: On The Back Of Genocide And Racism

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate and icon of democracy encounters condemnation in the USA from human rights groups and activists everywhere she goes. The reason for this is simple...

How Can Harvard Foundation Give Suu Kyi "Humanitarian of the year" Honor?

Harvard must withdraw its nomination of Suu Kyi as its "Humanitarian of the year."Harvard University, through the auspices of the Harvard Foundation on Intercultural and Race Relations is honoring...

Suu Kyi Admits Failure To Address Rohingya Issue

In the first meeting of an Rakhine state advisory commission chaired by Kofi Annan, Suu Kyi addressed the Rohingya plight and endemic violence and rights abuses in the state:"This is an issue that we...

#Suu Kyi To Meet With President #Obama To Discuss Sanctions Relief

President Barack Obama has been quite open in his support for the Rohingya peoples who face erasure of their identity and an on-going, slow-burning genocide. He has continuously used the name "...

Ban Ki-Moon Visits Burma, Highlights Rohingya Rights

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, visited Burma and met with Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of the nation. Moon, appealed to the leadership of Burma and the Burmese people to give...

Will New Burma Commission on Rohingya Stop Genocide?

In an important move that is being cautiously welcomed by human rights organizations who work on Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi has announced the creation of an Advisory Commission to find “lasting...

Join BTF At ISNA Convention 2016: Booth #410

 BTF will be present at the largest Muslim American Convention in North America, ISNA 2016. We will be located near the West entrance at Booth #410 in the Bazaar. From September 2-5, BTF...

Islamophobic Conspiracies On Social Media Spur Rumor That OIC Behind Rakhine Advisory Commission

Rakhine and Buddhist nationalists have attempted to malign Aung San Suu Kyi's creation of an Advisory Commission tasked with finding "lasting solutions" to the issues affecting Rakhine State by...

No Rohingya On Commission To Address Their Fate

As manifested in the United States, race and religion are extremely delicate topics for politicians to explore. And eradicating widespread endemic prejudices against certain racial and religious...

Suu Kyi Handpicks Well-Known Genocidaire For Kofi Annan Panel

In a new announcement, Aung San Suu Kyi has established an advisory commission to find lasting solutions to the issues affecting Rakhine state. In a welcome move she has appointed former UN Security-...

"1,2,3,4. Genocide Has Got To Go!" - 1st World Rohingya Day Celebrated

On Friday, 19 August 2016, the first World Rohingya Day demonstrations took place around the world. Thanks to all who organized, participated, and publicized these rallies.Rallies and...

The Hill: No Democracy in Burma Without Rights For Rohingya

Friday, Aug. 19* was World Rohingya Day, marking an opportunity for the global community to truly commit to alleviating the suffering of the Rohingya people. In light of the ongoing crises occurring...

NLD Gov Recommends 31 Muslims in Arakan State for Citizenship

The current NLD government led by Suu Kyi is continuing the previous military regime's policies in Rakhine State. That means Rohingya who want to apply for the less-than-full-citizenship on offer...

For Immediate Release: August 18th, 2016

World Rohingya Day to Raise Awareness of Rohingya Plight in Burma Mississauga, Ontario – Burma Task Force, a leading voice against genocide in Burma, invites all Canadians to a peaceful...

US-Based Burmese Muslim Group Calls on NLD Govt to End Rohingya Persecution, Restore Rights

In a conference held in Los Angeles on Saturday by the Burmese American Muslims Association (BAMA), an international panel of speakers condemned the ongoing persecution of Burma’s Rohingya minority,...

Rakhine: Kaman Muslims Seek Liberation Through Identification Cards

Like their better-known fellow followers of Islam who self-identify as Rohingya, minority Kaman Muslims are hopeful that their lives will improve under the National League for Democracy government....

Muslims Charged in Rangoon for Alleged Citizenship Violations

RANGOON — Immigration authorities have charged six Muslim residents of Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township under the 1982 Citizenship Law for allegedly traveling from other regions without government...

House Foreign Affairs Committee Urges Emergency UN Council Meeting For Rohingya Muslims

In an important and positive development the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has sent a letter to Ambassador Samantha Powers, requesting an urgent UN Council meeting to address the...

Save The Date: August 19 is "World Rohingya Day!"

*Download PDF file below for instructions on how to participate on World Rohingya Day*Life is continuing to worsen for the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. At the same time, international news media...

Protestors in Malaysia call on Myanmar to end Rohingya persecution

More than 100 activists and ethnic Rohingya refugees joined a protest near the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, calling on Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for...

Mough Villagers Attack Rohingya Fisherman

KYAUKTAW: Mough villagers attacked a Rohingya fisherman while passing by Mough village on his way to fishing on 11th July,2016, according to an eyewitness.The victim is identified to be Najim Uddin S...

State Sangha disowns Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion

In documents that were initially leaked on social media yesterday, and then picked up by MRTV, the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na) has disowned the Committee for the Protection of...

Extremist Buddhist Nationalist Protest Against Rohingya

YANGON: Myanmar nationalists staged a protest on Sunday (Jul 10), with the objective of pressuring the government to use the term "Bengalis" to refer to the Muslim Rohingya community in the country....

EU Parliament Urges Myanmar To Protect Rohingya

The European Parliament has passed a resolution reiterating its deep concern about the plight of Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.The resolution urged Myanmar to end brutal repression and...

Another Mosque Burned To The Ground By Mob

An increase in violence this Ramadan perpetrated against the Muslims of Burma has left them reeling. Mosques have been burned to the ground and Eid is being celebrated under the shadow of rising...

Give Zakat to Help Burma Muslims

Burma Task Force USA implores you to help stop the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma by donating your Zakat today. Despite promises made by the Suu Kyi led government, little to no progress...

Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi bans use of Rohingya name for oppressed Muslims

Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi has banned officials from using oppressed Muslims' communal name, Rohingya, in an attempt to ease tensions between the country's majority Buddhists and minority Muslims...

BTF Forum At Glenview Church Raises Awareness of Rohingya Genocide

On Sunday, 26 June 2016 - United Nations Day in Support of Victims of Torture - Glenview United Methodist Church in Glenview, Illinois hosted a forum on the Rohingya and Burma.  Jennifer Sawicz...

UN: Rohingya may be victims of crimes against humanity

UN says Myanmar's Muslim minority group is being subjected to forced labour, sexual violence and denied of citizenship. Widespread and ongoing violations against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya...
Under Suu Kyi The Myanmar Censorship Board bans the film "Twilight Over Burma" from the fourth annual Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

New Wine in Old Bottles: an Interfaith Glimpse at the Myanmar Censorship Board

 by Jennifer Sawicz, Media Relations Director 17 June 2016.   Everyone loves a good story. The very existence of film festivals around the world is testament to that. But at...

Dalai Lama urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to ease Rohingya tension

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has a moral responsibility to try to ease tension between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims, her fellow Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, said on Monday....

Blog: Portrait of the Southeast Asian Muslim

 Same Islam, Different Colors: a Portrait of the Southeast Asian Muslim by Jennifer Sawicz, Media Relations Director, Burma Task Force USA 13 June 2016  This Ramadan, it is...

Rohingya Fast while Separated from Families

Sofih Alam can only resign himself to God as he cannot fast together with his family this Ramadhan. Sofih is staying with other Rohingya refugees at the Pelangi Hotel in Medan, North Sumatra, while...

Rohingya Reject New Citizenship Verification Cards

RANGOON — A citizenship verification exercise aimed at stateless Muslims in Arakan State, which resumed last month, has been temporarily suspended in Ponnagyun Township, where residents of a small...

Pilot Census Lays Groundwork for citizenship verification in Rakhine

The project, which began on June 7, is largely carrying on with the citizenship verification project the last government had launched to address the large stateless community.Immigration...

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Forced to Address Rohingya Muslims Issue

In a recent press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Aung San Suu Kyi, was forced to address the Rohingya issue. Up until then she had been conspicuously silent on the matter, her...

Ma Ba Tha Vows To Maintain Fight Against Rohingya Citizenship

Extremist monks gathered at a monastery in Insein township in Yangon on Saturday for their annual summit and to mark the three-year anniversary of their organization, the Ma Ba Tha."The monks vowed...

Ma Ba Tha in the Classroom: School Teaches Children to ‘Protect Race and Religion’

The ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha organization is expanding its operations into the educational sector. The hate group best known for its Islamophobic and anti-Rohingya campaigns of violence and...

Burma's First Catholic Cardinal Speaks Up For Rohingya, Freedom of Religion

It is remarkable that such a diverse nation as Burma did not have a Cardinal until February 15, when Pope Francis consecrated Charles Maung Bo as Cardinal, making him the first Catholic Cardinal of...

Burma’s ‘Rohingya Princess’ Has Met Obama, Why Not Aung San Suu Kyi?

YANGON, Myanmar — When she talks about imprisoned Rohingya Muslims, her people, her pretty face changes; her eyes darken, her straight-backed posture grows tense, and her voice grows louder: “...

Some Myanmar Citizens Reject Suu Kyi's Call To Avoid Using Terms 'Rohingya' And 'Bengali'

Suu Kyi, during her meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the name "Rohingya" and "Bengali" should not be used to refer to the persecuted ethnic Muslim minority because they are...

Under Siege in Aung Mingalar

Only 4,000 Rohingya remain in the Aung Mingalar quarter in Sittwe, a neighborhood in which 15,000 Rohingya used to live in relative peace and comfort until the pogroms against their community turned...

Maryam: A Rohingya Story

by Jennifer SawiczMedia Relations Director, Burma Task Force This story is adapted from the transcript of an interview taken in May 2016 at the ICNA relief center in Chicago. To protect her...

Rohingya Refugee: We Were Hunted Down By Mob

AlJazeera English has published a heartbreaking profile story of a Rohingya Muslim refugee who endured horrific violence and witnessed the brutal murders of family members including four of his own...

Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre

The conditions within which the Rohingya live in so-called "detention centers" in Thailand are beyond deplorable.:Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Rakchart said 21 Rohingya fled the Phangnga...

Kerry Meets Suu Kyi: Emphasizes Human Rights, Rohingya Identity

Secretary of State John Kerry met with Aung San Suu Kyi on May 22 and both held talks about US-Burma cooperation, including pressing issues relating to human rights, the persecution of the Rohingya...

Anti-Rohingya Protesters Hit Ayeyarwady Region

The three-hour demonstration in the heat of the afternoon brought hundreds to Shwe Maw Taw Pagoda in Pathein. Over 90 monks and nuns also participated, according to demonstration organisers and...

Series of anti-‘Rohingya’ protests planned in Myanmar

Extremists are never satisfied when you capitulate to one of their demands, they will always follow it up by asking for more. By caving to extremists, Suu Kyi has set herself up for more...

Rohingya Hopes Fade As Suu Kyi Continues Old Measures

The ruling NLD party and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi inspired a lot of excitement in a new future when it swept elections this past November. For many of Burma's long suffering ethnic minorities,...

Burma: Military Chief Says "there are no Rohingya"

Myanmar has no Rohingyas and will not accept the term, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing told a press conference held at his offices on May 13.The Union Daily asked about unrest in...

BTF Now Hiring Associate Operations Manager & Outreach Manager

Associate Operations Manager This is a full-time, salaried position located in Chicago. Justice for All is a non-profit organization that advocates for human rights causes that do not currently...

US set to renew, but tweak, sanctions against Myanmar

The sanctions that are in place against Burma are set to expire next week. Human rights groups, including Burma Task Force, have called on the US government to renew its sanctions, since the...

Yangon: Interfaith Demonstrators Protest anti-Islamic Crimes

Interfaith student youth activists took to the streets of Burma to protest against recent Islamophobic hate crimes that have been perpetrated by extremist Buddhist nationalists against the minority...

Azeem Ibrahim: A Preview To The Next Genocide Of Our Time

Writing in the Islamic Monthly, author Azeem Ibrahim discusses the reality of the genocide beign perpetrated against the Rohingya people."This magazine has published at length articles about the...

A Vision For The Future: Rakhine & Rohingya Cooperation

Despite decades of state sanctioned Islamophobic propaganda and attacks on the Rohingya community, there are still a few places in Burma’s western Rakhine state where intercommunal friendship and...

US Ambassador on Rohingya: "They get to choose what they want to be called"

Without using the word himself, Scot Marciel, the new US ambassador to Myanmar, said Muslims in Rakhine State have the right to use the word "Rohingya.""They get to choose what they want to be called...

Gayatri Spivak To Explain Why "Rohingya" Are Undergoing Genocide In Upcoming Oxford Conference Keynote

At the Oslo, Norway Conference on the Rohingya last year, sponsored by the Burma Task Force, seven Nobel Peace Prize laureates came together to declare the persecution of the Rohingya a "genocide."...

BTF In The Media

The past week has been an important one in efforts to pressure leaders to act against the persecution perpetrated by the Burmese government against the Rohingya Muslims. By now the world has read...

Suu Kyi Sides With Extremist Buddhists, Calls On Foreign Embassies To Not Use "Rohingya"

Last month a boat carrying Rohingya who were traveling from their camp for internally displaced people, to the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe capsized, resulting in the deaths of 22 people. In...

Cause Of Fire That Left 440 Rohingya Families Homeless "Being Investigated"

Already living in squalid concentration camps because they were driven out of their lands and had their homes confiscated, 440 Rohingya families are again facing the prospect of homelessness after a...

Myanmar Times Claim That It Wasn't Rohingya Who Died In Capsized Boat Incident Disputed

There are conflicting reports on who died in the capsized boat disaster last week that was transporting 60 camp residents in Rakhine state to the capital city of Sittwe. The Myanmar Times claimed it...

Buddhist Nationalists Protest US Embassy Use Of "Rohingya"

Yesterday, a Buddhist nationalist youth organization known as the Myanmar National Network (MNN), the MaBaTha and their followers organized a 500 strong protest in front of the US embassy. The...

Abandoned Rohingya migrants reveal new smuggling route

Even with the crackdown on human trafficking in the region and a blockbuster case in Thaliand against smugglers, there is still a dangerous human smuggling operation that is affecting the most...

New Travel Restrictions Placed on the Rohingya

Travel restrictions are nothing new to the Rohingya Muslims in Arakan/Rakhine state. Such restrictions have been in place for quite some time. According to Minority Rights, restrictions on Rohingya...

Why we should care about Rohingyas

Thomas Daniel, of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia writes on the topic of Rohingya refugees, the one year anniversary of the South Asian boat crisis and why the plight...

Why is the US Ambassador to Burma Paying "Respects" to an Islamophobic Monk

"It is unfathomable that the US embassy is unaware of Sitagu’s views and role within the hate-mongering MaBaTha. And yet the leader of an organization that is actively involved in persecuting an...

Racist Monks Widen Campaign Against Muslims & Christians

Buddhist nationalist monks are continuing their racist and violent campaign against minorities in Burma once again. A Facebook post by John Kanyaw Say from April 22, 2016, relayed that a 500-strong...

The Rohingya Crisis, Media Responsibility and the NLD

A well-worn adage of news media is that "if it bleeds, it leads" reflecting the sensational and attention grabbing nature of much of journalism. The slow-burning genocide against the Rohingya however...

Yangon: Muslim Cab Driver Attacked, Beaten and Robbed

On April 20, 2016 a Muslim cab driver was allegedly pulled from his taxi by a group of men who hailed racist epithets at him, attacked and beat him.:A Muslim taxi driver is in hospital after a group...

Witness To Capsized Boat Carrying Rohingya Recounts Floating Bodies

A witness to the deadly ferry sinking that killed at least 21 people including nine children in Rakhine state yesterday has recalled dragging bodies from the shore after the boat capsized in rough...

From Downtrodden to Soaring: Getting Children of Oppression to Dream

We at Burma Task Force are striving hard every day to end the genocide and persecution against the Rohingya. But what happens when, God willing, we are successful? Chances are that a population who...

US Commission on Religious Freedom Calls on Burma To End Rohingya Persecution

A U.S. government commission called on the Myanmar government on Thursday to end rights abuses against the country’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority group, hoping that State Counselor Aung San Suu...

Esther Htusan Wins Pulitzer For Groundbreaking Investigation Into Human Trafficking

Esther Htusan, a Kachin journalist originally from Burma has won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for the AP, along with journalists Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza. Htusan...

Muslim Vendor Harassed and Intimidated by Racist Monks

A 25 year-old Muslim vendor in Burma was beaten, harassed and intimidated by a group of racist Buddhist monks for setting up his small stall near a Buddhist pagoda. The vendor attempted to set up...

Lack Of Coverage of Minister's Comments More Than An Oversight

Only a few weeks after the military junta lifted the curfew in Western Rakhine state, allowing an estimated 25,000 Rohingya to leave the Internal Displacement Camps, the National League of Democracy...

Dying As They Search For Firewood To Make Food

The stories of the dispossessed Rohingya are well known to readers of our website. We have tried our best to relay the harrowing and tragic stories of many Rohinga refugees who have attempted to...

Interfaith Peace Activists Sentenced To Two Additional Years In Prison

The government of Burma, led by Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD party has released 200 political prisoners, and has promised to release all other political prisoners by the end of April. This is an...

Suu Kyi, U.S. Allies And The Denial Of Burmese Anti-Muslim Atrocities

The denial of atrocities is part and parcel of dehumanization campaigns against the marginalized and oppresssed. It is also evident in programs of state-sponsored or condoned violence. Sadly Suu Kyi...

A Long Nightmare: From Rampaging Mobs to Forced Marriage

The personal stories of Rohingya Muslims who have faced persecution and suffering for quite some time have started to be told by the world at large, though there are many stories that as of yet have...

Words of Burma’s Religious Affairs Minister Too Serious to Ignore

A public official giving an interview in which he calls members of an entire religion less than citizens of his country. And a celebrated and overwhelmingly elected champion of the people remains...

New NLD Religious Affairs Minister Calls Muslims "Associate Citizens," Visits Extremist Monk

The new Burmese minister of religion, Aung Ko (former member of the military regime), has in the span of two days created a storm of controversy. Yesterday, Burma Task Force confirmed with the...

Burmese government creates new post to give special powers to Suu Kyi

The International Business Times reports on the imminent creation of a new post by the ruling NLD, titled “advisor to the state” that it describes as a “special-yet-powerful” role, "Myanmar's...

Why Does Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Object to Being Interviewed by a Muslim?

Peter Popham, the author of a previous autobiography about Aung San Suu Kyi, titled “The Lady and the Peacock,” recently revealed in his new book that after a contentious interview with BBC presenter...

Ideas for Fear Mitigation in Rakhine State

If you are following the situation in Rakhine State, Burma, you can see that the rhetoric of fear runs rampant there. In fact, the Ma Ba Tha can often make Donald Trump look like the...

CNN Reports From Rakhine: Rohingya Hopes Pinned To New Government

Reporting from Western Rakhine state, CNN has filed a report from a Rohingya camp where they interviewed several Rohingya in light of the recent swearing-in of the NLD's Htin Kyaw as president of...

Htin Kyaw sworn in as first elected president of Burma in 50 years

Htin Kyaw, a longtime aide to Aung San Suu Kyi and stalwart of the democracy movement has been sworn in as the first civilian elected president of Burma in over 50 years. The swearing-in comes in...

Burma Lifts Curfew That Has Been In Place For Four Years In Rakhine State

A curfew that has been in place in Western Rakhine state since the 2012 pogroms stoked by extremist Buddhist nationalists against Rohingya Muslims has been lifted. The AP reports that, "State media...

Aung San Suu Kyi: "No One Told Me I Was Going To Be Interviewed By A Muslim"

Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD didn't field a single Muslim candidate in the national elections of 2015. This raised many eyebrows. Why was an icon of freedom and democracy and her party caving into the...

Burma Task Force Roundtable at UN Women's Conference

On March 23rd, Burma Task Force USA held a roundtable discussion at the UN's sixtieth session of the Commision on the Status of Women. The main themes of the conference were "womens empowerment and...

UNHCR: Opportunity For Burmese Refugees To Go Home -- Except Rohingya

The UNHCR has stated that they believe there is "considerable opportunity" for Burmese refugees who are in camps or living in Malaysia to return to their homes in Burma. The UNHCR is basing its...

UN: 25,000 Rohingyas Return To Their Homes

Since the Burmese government placed Rohingya into sordid concentration camps after the 2012 pogroms against their community, international organizations have called on the government to return them...

As Democracy Takes Hold, Areas of Improvement Come into Focus

What do you think of when you hear the word "democracy"?  Voting, certainly - an activity which has been consuming Americans this primary election season. But voting is meaningless without basic...

Burma nationalists seek to depose new Christian VP

In Burma, a group of Buddhist nationalists are campaigning to depose the newly confirmed ethnic Chin Christian, Henry Van Thio. Buddha Gonyi, an organization founded by Monk Dhamma has demonstrated...

NLD Slashes Ministries, Creates New Ethnic Minorities Profile

The NLD has indicated that it is willing to actualize its desire for national reconciliation, at least symbolically. A few days ago it announced, Henry Van Thio, a Christian from the Chin ethnic...

Extremist Buddhist nationalist protest against Christian as VP

"The nomination of the hitherto unknown National League for Democracy MP came as a surprise to most last week, but the decision was widely welcomed by ethnic minority groups and political...

Myanmar’s new president isn't Aung San Suu Kyi, but represents progress

Dr. Maung Zarni, writing in the Guardian comments on the recent confirmation of Aung San Suu Kyi's close aide, Htin Kyaw, as Burma's new president. He notes that while Suu Kyi may not be the new...

Myanmar and the 'War on Terror'

The corrosive effects of the war are plain to see from Guantanamo to Yangon. It is destroying the fabric of nations and many lives along the way. In Myanmar, instead of exerting pressure on the...

Burmese Buddhist Monks Love Muslim-Hating Trump

Lucy Kafanov has an excellent article in the Daily Beast on the embrace of Donald Trump by extremist Buddhist nationalist monks and their allies. Kafanov, explores the nexus of hatred fueling the...

Public Outcry At Military's Choice For Vice President

There has been a huge public backlash against the military's nomination for the Vice Presidency.:"Myanmar's army sparked public criticism Saturday after it nominated a retired general still...

The NLD Nominates Close Suu Kyi Aid For Presidency

After months of speculation regarding who the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi would nominate for the presidency, it has been revealed that Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi's longtime advisor is the NLD choice to be the...

Burma Military Faces Allegations Of Raping Rohingya Girl

Rohingya Vision TV is reporting allegations that a member of the Burmese military has raped a Rohingya girl.:A Burmese Military enlistee raped an under-age Rohingya girl in Buthidaung Township...

A Look At Burma's Internment Camps

USA Today takes a look into the internment camps that the Rohingya have languished in since the carnage and pogroms they suffered in 2012. The situation is as bleak as ever and prospects for a change...

Bangladesh: Aid Worker Helping Rohingya Finally Released

Humanitarian aid worker, Moussa Ibn Yacoub, has been released on bail after more than two months in jail. Moussa, was in Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees on behalf of his organization, Barakacity...

Sittwe: A City Divided

      In a feature on the capital of Arakan State, Sittwe, The Irrawaddy highlights the hostility which is still present to this date, since the violent events of 2012.   ...

Who Will Suu Kyi Choose For President And What Will It Mean For Rohingya?

Peter Popham, writing in The Independent UK newspaper discusses the transfer of power in Burma/Myanmar and delves into the question of how Aung San Suu Kyi will govern the country. Popham, notes that...

Volunteer Vessel to Monitor for Migrants in Andaman Sea

       The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is now out to rescue Rohingya as well.      According to an article in the Myanmar Times, the MOAS, a ship designed...

UN: Rohingya Languish in "Dreadful Conditions"

John Ging, the director of UNOHCA, and other UN officials visited Rakhine state in Burma. During their visit they toured internally displaced camps (IDP), what they found was shocking. Myanmar's...

Interfaith Activists Sentenced to Two Year Jail Term with Hard Labor

Interfaith work is crucial in Burma/Myanmar, as it helps to bring communities together to learn about each other's faiths, lifestyles and helps to dispel misconceptions, fears and bigotry.For this...

Incoming Government Told Lift Restrictions on the Rohingya

       According to an article in the Jakarta Post, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK called for the international community to pressurize the new Burmese goverment under the...

Amnesty 2016 Report: "Rohingya Face Increased Discrimination"

Amnesty International's 2016 country report for Burma noted the failure of Burmese authorities to address or put an end to "rising religious intolerance," particularly against Muslims. The report...

Burma: Major Events in 2015

By Tamara Abu-Elreish Boat Crisis:  The country of Burma captured international attention in May 2015 when thousands of refugees were shown fleeing Burma by sea. An estimated 6,000-7,000...

Demonstrators Demand "End to Rohingya Genocide" in Burma

This past week, at the ASEAN Summit, Burma Task Force and its supporters demonstrated against the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Taking to the streets of Sunnylands, California the...

Behind the Reasons Why President Thein Sein Canceled His ASEAN Trip

Last year in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, President Barack Obama announced that he would convene a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Late in December the White House set the...

Reports of Rohingya Women Raped By Burma Border Guard Police (BGP)

The notorious Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) is once again accused of committing an atrocity against the Rohingya. According to Rohingya Vision TV, during a raid on a Rohingya village on February...

Study on Anti-Muslim, Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech in Burma

C4ADS, a non-profit, "dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of conflict and security issues worldwide" has published a must-read study on the increased anti-Muslim and anti-...

Burma Task Force Calls on President Obama to Raise Rohingya Plight at ASEAN Summit

On February 15-16, President Barack Obama will be hosting a summit in Sunnylands, California with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The summit is expected to result in...

Burma Task Force: UN Panel on Burma's Elections

On January 14, Burma Task Force co-sponsored an event at the United Nations about last year's November elections in Burma that brought victory to the National League for Democracy (NLD), which took...

The Grandson of Burma's First President Paints To Highlight The Oppression of the Rohingya

Shan-Canadanian artist Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, a grandson of the first Union of Burma President Sao Shwe Thaike, uses Hindi signage to draw visitors to his artwork at India's Art Fair. Yawnghwe's...

Sailing Season: The Rohingya Exodus From Burma On Hold

In Burma the Rohingya wait and prepare to flee. Last year around this time they were leaving in droves. (an estimated 25,000 fled) hoping to reach freedom and safe neighboring shores where they could...

European Rohingya Organizations Condemns Government Brutality

The European Rohingya Council has condemned the killings of two Rohingya fishermen by the Border Guard Police and the death, due to medical negligence in treating a Rohingya man beaten by Rakhine...

New York Times Editorial Calls on Aung San Suu Kyi To End Oppression of Muslims

The New York Times Editorial board made the topic of its Jan. 25 editorial the abuse of Muslims in Burma, specifically the Rohingya. It notes the deleterious actions of the Thein Sein regime, its...

Anti-Rohingya Arakan Party Wants To Head Rakhine State Government

The Arakan National Party (ANP), is an ethno-centric party in the Burmese state of Rakhine that receives its greatest support from the state's largest ethnic group, the Rakhine Buddhists. The ANP won...

From the Concentration Camps: The Story of Jano Begum and Robi Alom

Nicholas Kristof, has written another must read article about the Rohingya in the New York Times. His previous article delved into the issues of war crimes and the silence of the Nobel Peace Prize...

BREAKING: Innocent Rohingya Murdered by Burma Border Police

Burma's Border Guard Police in Rakhine state has a history of abusing Rohingya in Rakhine state. The past few months have seen cases of murder, intimidation and theft perpetrated by Border Guard...

Nicholas Kristof Writes on the War Crimes of Burma

New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kirstof, traveled to Burma where he visited the perscuted Rohingya Muslims living in 21st concentration camps. He interviewed many Rohingya and his...

RohingyaVision: Suspected Rakhine Militant Captured While Plotting in Rohingya Village

Rohingya Vision, citing local sources reports a story of a man suspected of being a member of the militant group, the Arakan Army, being arrested for "for plotting to create unrest in 'Aung Mingalar...

European Rohingya Group Concerned Over Rakhine, Burma "Economic-Zone" Plan

The European Rohingya Council has slammed an "economic zone" plan that was approved by the military-led regime in Burma. The plan is also opposed by other Rakhine groups and the NLD. The European...

Myanmar Authorities Cave To Extremist Monks Pressure, Ban Mosque's Jubilee Celebrations

The Andalou News Agency has reported that authorities in Burma's capital of Yangon have banned Sunni Jameh Mosque-goers from celebrating its 100th year anniversary jubilee due to pressure from the...

In Myanmar, A Young Rohingya Dreams of Leaving

      An article in LA Times highlights the story of Mohammed Ayuf, a young man who planned an escape from Myanmar in hopes of a better future.      Like other Rohingya...

A Look Into Malaysia's Migrant Death Camps

      A video on Reuters official website takes a brief look into the gruesome reality of the Myanmar camps in which Rohingya Muslims are forced to live in.      "Andrew...

Rohingya Starting To Flee Into Assam

Facing genocide and endless state-led persecution the Rohingya population has been on the move in tremendous numbers in the past year. They have fled and sought refuge in neighboring countries; even...

Borders, Bureaucracy And The Rohingya Crisis – Analysis

Tim Frewer, a phD candidate at the University of Sydney has written a must read comprehensive essay on Burma that tackles a number of issues related to state sovereignity, colonialism, post-...

US Envoy Says Washington Wants Solutions to Rohingya Issue

      According to an article on BD News, US Envoy Marcia Bernicat said in a visit to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh that the US is committed to, "find just and durable solutions for the...

Rakhine State Border Guard Police Rob Rohingya Widow

RohingyaVisionTV has reported that Rakhine State Border Guard Police (BGP) robbed a Rohingya widow in Northern Mangdaw. This comes on the heels of the murder, execution style, just a few days ago of...

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Derogation of Human Rights in Myanmar

      An article in Global News analyzes the true effects of Aung San Suu Kyi's campaign to take over the government and whether her being a "champion" of human rights is the least bit...

The Traffic in Humans To Fill Jobs Thais Don't Want to Do

      According to an opinion piece in Newsweek, Rohingya are increasingly among the trafficked humans Thai industries use to fill the demand for dangerous and cheap labor. ...

Accused in Rohingya Calendar Case Appear in Court for the Third Time

      The five men who were charged as criminals for publishing a calendar stating Rohingya are an ethnic minority in Myanmar appeared in court for the third time at Yangon’s...

UK Government Statement on Human Rights and the Burmese Rohingya Community

UK Minister of State Hugo Swire of the Foreign and Commonwealth office has responded to concerns raised by members of the public who have taken part in Burma Campaign UK’s email campaign about...

Burma's Hard-Line Buddhists Are Waging a Campaign of Hate That Nobody Can Stop

      Time recently published a feature highlighting the ongoing hostility of Myanmar's Buddhist extremists against the minority Muslim population.      According to the...

Rohingya Refugees Vanish From Indonesia

IRINnews has published a disturbing article reporting that "hundreds of Rohingya refugees have vanished from camps" on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. This has raised concerns that Rohingya are "...

Human Rights Group Slams Myanmar Over Rohingya Calendar Case

      The human rights group Fortify Rights recently condemned the charges made against the men who published the calendar highlighting the persecution of the Rohingya.   ...

Rohingya Group Protest Shooting Death in Rakhine State

      According to an article in Mizzima News, Maung Maung, a Rohingya man, was killed from a gunshot to the head after being stopped by Border Guard Police.      "...

Maung Zarni: An Open Letter To Burma's Leaders

To:Retired Snr-Gen. Than ShweDaw Aung San Suu KyiPresident Thein SeinCommander-in-Chief Snr-Gen. Min Aung HlaingMingalabar,As a Burmese I am heartened to hear the news of the four leaders...

Rohingya Vision Reports on the "Brutal Murder of A Rohingya Man" By Rakhine Extremists

In the dawn of the Aung San Suu Kyi era the Rohingya are still being hunted down and killed. The following harrowing report was published by Rohingya Vision, a website that reports directly from...

Rohingya On The Move Again But In Small Numbers

      According to an article in UCA News, a new wave of boatpeople is on the rise as some Rohingya are recently reported to have been smuggled into Thailand.     "News...

Rohingya Muslims Find Shelter in Kashmir

      Molvi Yunus, a 39-year-old, is one of the 6000 Rohinyga Muslims living in Jammu and Kashmir since 2008.      "I crossed into Bangladesh from Burma (Myanmar) when...

Men Detained for 'Rohingya Calendar' Make Brief Court Appearance

      The five people that were sent to jail for publishing a "Rohingya Calendar" were briefly brought to court a couple days ago.      According to an article in...

The Everyday Way Rohingya Are Dehumanized In Burma

A story yesterday on Irrawaddy.com reported an incident in which two Rohingya men were arrested over a dispute between local Rohingya and ethnic Daingnet men, accused of stealing their...

Rohingya - The Palestinians of Asia

       Many might be surprised to hear that Myanmar actually mimicked its policies after Israel's own oppressive regime in which Palestinians are persecuted daily.   ...

UN Rights Panel Criticizes Burma's Treatment of Rohingya, Calls For Them to be Given Citizenship

A United Nations human rights panel has criticized Burma's treatment of minorities, particularly singling out the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims. While the criticism is only a "non-binding draft...

Rohingya Refugees Left Stranded in Nepal

      Yasin Hamdani fled Myanmar because of religious persecution in 2012, but life in Nepal hasn't been any easier.      "He said the Nepalese government treats him...

Rohingya Re-arrested in Myanmar Over Facebook Calendar

      According to an article in the Khmer Times, the five Rohingya men that were recently arrested for publishing a calendar that depicted the persecution of Rohingya Muslims have now...

The Rise of Buddhist Extremism in South Asia

The nations of Burma, Sri Lanka and Thailand are home to practitioners of Therevada Buddhism, who make up the majority. Unfortunately, some leading monks in these nations have decided that they will...

Myanmar Govt Spokesman Rejects Call for Rohingya Citizenship

      According to an article in The Irrawaddy, a spokesman for President Thein Sein recently posted on Facebook a statement that the government will reject Rohingya Muslims'...

Myanmar court fines 5 men for printing ‘Rohingya calendar’

A Yangon court has used a printing and publishing law to fine five men $800 each for their involvement in printing a calendar that stated that Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic-religious minority living...

Aung San Suu Kyi Aide: Rohingya Are Not Our Priority

      According to The Telegraph, the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi's party, does not consider Rohingya top on their agenda.      U Win Htein,...

Despite “Democratic” Election Hype, Life For Burmese Muslims Likely To Only Get Worse

By Staff Writer On November 8th, many Burmese suffered long lines at polling booths across the nation to vote in elections that are being heralded by world media as “historic,” “fair” and “...

Reigning in Religious Nationalism a Crucial Test for the NLD

      Many are optimistic about NLD's democratic reforms, but party members are fully aware of the challenges ahead for them regarding religious nationalism.     ...

Myanmar's Persecuted Rohingya See Glimmer of Hope in Suu Kyi Victory

      Though they were unable to vote in the elections, some Rohingya still have a hint of optimism with NLD's victory.      According to a Reuters article, once Aung...

Myanmar's Rohingya Could be the World's Next Major Refugee Crisis

      Deeply disappointed and injured by the continuous hostility within their own country, Rohingya Muslims are still risking the tumultuous waters to find a home.   ...

Myanmar: The Atrocious Delusion of Burmese "Democracy"

      A recent article on the Global Research website details the multiple contradictions found when claiming Myanmar is undergoing "democratic elections".      "Since...

Burma Task Force Press Release: Burma Elections Are Not Democratic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 9, 2015Chicago, Illinois.  Yesterday Burma (Myanmar) finally held a national election. Even before the results are confirmed, news stories are already...

Rohingya Muslims Speak Up About Elections

      Haj Yan Aung, a shop owner in Burma, was one of the hundreds of thousands denied the documents necessary to vote.      “They denied that I was Burmese,” he...

What Will An Election Victory For Suu Kyi's Party Mean for Myanmar?

      According to an article in the New Statesman, early results predict a win for Aung San Suu Kyi's party, National League for Democracy.      The question about the...

Rohingya Express Sentiments on Election Day

      "This is the day that hope ends. We are angry and sad for losing the right to vote."      In a recent article by Associated Press on ABC News gave an...

We Need to Prevent Genocide of Rohingya Muslims, Before It's Too Late

      An article recently published in the Huffington Post calls for immediate action against the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims.      "Earlier this year, attention...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi Says Don't "Exaggerate" Rohingya Plight

      According to an article in Straits Times, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar opposition leader, told reporters at a press conference after being asked if the Rohingya were victims of...

URGENT: Your calls are critical NOW to Save Lives [Live Updates]

DOWNLOAD and DISTRIBUTE [PDF]Assalamu AlaikumI am personally appealing to you to please pick up your phone and start calling NOW.You can save lives.Three Rohingya villages are surrounded right now by...

How the Rohingya Have Been Excluded from Myanmar's Landmark Elections

     Clear evidence of the fact that the anti-Muslim movement is coordinated by the Myanmar government itself is now out in the open, with research conducted by multiple organizations...

Is Genocide Underway in Myanmar?

      New legal analysis conducted by Yale Law School and human rights group Fortify Rights presented evidence strongly suggesting genocide against the Rohingya.     ...

Myanmar's Disenfranchised Rohingya

      U Shwe Maung, a member of Myanmar parliament who was claimed ineligible to run for re-election due to supposed issues of citizenship, recently wrote an opinion piece for the New...

British Research Institute Report Says Rohingya Face Genocide Comparable to Nazi Era

      A recent report from a British research institute states the Rohingya are nearing a full blown genocide similar to Nazi Germany in the 1930s and Rwanda in the 1990s, part of...

Help Raise Awareness in Upcoming Election Twitterstorm

      Greetings and peace be with you!!      Election day in Burma is fast approaching! Burma Task Force has decided to schedule another Twitterstorm NOVEMBER 2,...

US-Based Observation Mission Finds Flaws Ahead of Poll

      An assessment of the campaign period leading up to Myanmar's "free and fair" elections revealed quite a few discrepancies.      According to an article in The...

Myanmar Voter List Still Missing Thousands of Names

      Less than two weeks before elections, inaccuracies still plague the system, with a huge number of voters complaining that they have been left off of the official voter list....

Al Jazeera Investigation Finds Strong Evidence of Genocide in Myanmar

      An investigation conducted by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has revealed evidence of corruption in the Myanmar government which has led to coordinating genocide against the...

Thailand Must End its Own Rohingya Atrocity

      An article in The Diplomat calls out to Thai leaders and policymakers to crack down on corruption within their country to allieve the suffering of the Rohingya, especially after...

Inside the Rohingya Refugee Camps: Why People Will Keep Getting on Boats

      "They don't want us because we are Muslim."      Despite the gruesome horror stories of life on the smugglers' boats, huge numbers of Rohingya are still choosing...

'There's No Future for Rohingya in Burma': New Wave of Boat People Prepares to Risk All To Flee

       A new wave of boat people is determined to risk everything for a chance at a better life.       An article in The Telegraph gave a detailed feature...

'One Nightmare for Another': Rohingya Tell of Horrors at Sea After Escaping Myanmar

      A feature in Newsweek recently highlighted the dire conditions of life at sea for Rohingyas escaping persecution in Myanmar.      "The International Organization...

Obama Aide Wraps Myanmar Visit Airing Election Hopes

      One of Obama's top aides, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, was deployed to Myanmar in a pre-election visit to relay views of the White House.     ...

More than 180 Ethnic Rohingya Flee Shelter in Indonesia

      According to an article on ABC News, government officials say human traffickers may have caused 182 Rohingya to flee their refugee camp in Indonesia.       "...

Aung San Suu Kyi Appeals to Voters of Arakan State

      Addressing the voters of Arakan State, Aung San Suu Kyi promised a more accountable government if her party is victorious in the Nov 8th election.      According...

Refugees and Neighbors: Rohingya in Bangladesh

      According to an article in The Diplomat, Bangladesh has been increasingly hestitant in taking action in the Rohingya refugee situation.      "Refugees...

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Endure Stress of Limbo, Stranded in Thailand

      According to a Reuters article on Channel News Asia, nearly 600 Rohingya Muslims are stranded in Thai shelters and immigration shelters, in less than ideal conditions. ...

Suu Kyi Sees Worrying Anti-Muslim Sentiment in Election Campaign

      Breaking her silence about the increasing issue of discrimination, National League of Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her concerns over religious intolerance in...
#LetRohingyaVote and end their disenfrachisement

#LetRohingyaVote and Fighting the Disenfranchisement of the Rohingya Muslims

On November 8th the South East Asian nation of Burma will hold primary elections in what is being touted as evidence of its path towards democratization after long decades of harsh military rule. The...

US Embassy: Thein Sein Summons on Rohingya 'Unrelated" to Burma Policy

      According to an article in The Irrawaddy, the US Embassy in Rangoon has stated that a recent federal court summons for President Thein Sein does not reflect US policy toward...

Myanmar Radical Monk Endorses Ruling Party in Election

      Myanmar's radical Buddhist group has another plan to further discriminate against Muslims - ban the headscarf and other Islamic customs.      Wirathu, leader of...

Reward: $5,000 for Service of Process on Burmese Official

 BTF is also offering a $5,000 USD reward to any person who is able to deliver the US Federal Court of Southern New York’s summons to Burma’s foreign minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin. The reward...

Press Release: Addressing Genocide, Summons Issued by US Court in Suit against Myanmar President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 1, 2015New York City:      The US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York issued summonses against Burma/Myanmar President Thein Sein and...

Oct 2015 Protest Rally at International Criminal Court

6th Oct 2015 Protest Rally at the ICC (International Criminal Court), The Hague, NetherlandsCall for International SolidarityWhere: International Criminal courtMaanweg 174, 2516 AB Den Haag,...

The Newest Portlanders

      "Before I come here, I was kind of afraid," says Shahidah Abdul Shukur. "When I get here, everything was fine. The way I dress, nobody cares. I can dress as I want." ...

Joint Statement on Condemning the Decision of Myanmar's Union Election Commission

JOINT STATEMENTRef: BR.000101 DATE. 29.09.2015We, the undersigned Rohingya organizations demand to the United Nations, ASEAN, Organization of Islamic Conference, European Union, United States of...

Few Muslim Candidates Win Appeal to Run in Myanmar Elections

      According to an article in World Bulletin, 11 out of of over 100 candidates rejected have won appeals to run in the upcoming Myanmar elections.       "One of...

Myanmar Muslims Mark Eid as Hardline Monks Urge Curbs To Ritual Slaughter

      Similar to Muslims around the world who celebrated their holiday of Eid ul-Adha, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar also were able to partake in the festivities.     ...

The Welcome Migrants from Bangladesh

      Allowing migrants inside a nation's borders seems like a humanitarian cause - until the motive is actually to further religious discrimination.      According to...

Myanmar Leader Seeks to Capitalize on Anti-Muslim Sentiment

      According to an article by Associated Press on ABC News, president of Myanmar Thein Sein posted a video on his Facebook page declaring that there are no Rohingya Muslims in the...

Trafficking Crackdown on Officials

      According to an article in The Nation, 32 more police officers have been transferred after discovery of their involvement in the human trafficking network in southern Thailand...

With Official Help, Radical Buddhists Target Muslim Businesses

      Muslim-owned businesses have become the target of radical Buddhist groups over the past several years, especially slaughterhouses, according to an article in The Irrawaddy....

Strict Rules, Muslims Excluded

      An article in Frontier Myanmar gives a brief overview of the details regarding preparations for the November elections.      The lack of inclusiveness in the...
Burma Task Force USA

Does the Voice of America Want To Be Associated with the Extremist Ma Ba Tha?

 What would the reaction be if the "official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government," Voice of America (VOA), shared programming space on a satellite provider...

Looking Back: Seeds of Turmoil in Rakhine State

      Often times, we get too caught up in current affairs and forget to look into the historical context of a region.      An article in the Phuket Gazette gives a...

U.S: Religious Intolerance Threat to Myanmar Unity

       According to an article in Stamford Advocate, the U.S. has now begun to foresee the consequences of religious intolerance in Myanmar.      "Top diplomat for...

No Rohingya Agenda in Myanmar Polls

      In an article written on New Straits Times Online by Ferooze Ali, the author discusses the reasons why Myanmar has close to zero motivation for allowing Rohingya representation...

Aung San Suu Kyi's Party Excludes Muslim Candidates

      According to BBC, sources within Aung San Suu Kyi's party, National League for Democracy (NLD), have informed that there are no Muslim candidates among their total of 1,151....

Hardline Monks Claim Victory As Muslim Rohingya Face Poll Exclusion

      Perhaps the U.S. should rethink it's self-acclaimed "diplomatic victory" in Myanmar.      According to Mizzima, the instigators of the anti-Muslim campaign,...

Refugees Starting New Life in the US Heartland

      Saeedah Abubakar, a Rohingya Muslim, left her homeland with her husband, a Buddhist, in order to escape religious persecution, and ended up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the heartland...

Myanmar Election Body Rejects Muslim Parliamentary Candidates

       According to an article in Radio Free Asia, 17 out of 18 members of the Democracy and Human Rights Party, an Islamic party, were rejected by Myanmar's Union Election...

Myanmar Backsliding Opens US Diplomatic Strategy to Doubts

      Even after negotiations with US diplomats, Myanmar's President Thein Sein still signed into law a bill that calls for controlling the population of ethnic minorities. ...

Myanmar's President Signs Controversial Bills Into Law

      Myanmar's President Thein Sein recently signed into law four bills, proposed by radical Buddhists, that are considered by many human rights groups to be anti-Muslim. ...

Joint Statement on Disenfranchisement and 'Policy of Exclusion' of the Rohingya

       The undersigned Rohingya Organizations in Europe have strongly denounced the undemocratic actions of the Election Commission against Rohingya parliamentary candidates under...

Current Rohingya MP Ruled Ineligible for Reelection

      “I was approved and considered a full citizen in 2010...Now, after five years, how could I not be eligible?”      According to an article in the New York Times, U...

Myanmar Approves Controversial Religion Bills

      Continuous anti-Muslim tensions spurred Myanmar's approval of two bills proposed by Buddhist nationalists regulating religious conversion and polygamy, according to an article on...

Criminal Atrocities Increased Against Rohingya for Rejecting Green Card

      European Rohingya organizations call on international community to pressure Myanmar government to stop excruciating and forcing the Rohingya community into accepting a new ID...

"Democracy Is Not Going to Be Achieved Fully in the November Elections" - Larry Diamond

      Stanford University Professor Larry Diamond gave an interview to The Irrawaddy in which he discussed his skepticism regarding democracy as a result of the elections. ...

How American Anti-Trafficking Policy is Failing Asian Immigrants

      The U.S State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report in July, keeping Thailand at the bottom level, which indicates that there are still severe issues...

Rohingya Woman Fleeing Burma Sold Into Marriage

      She fled Burma in hopes of a better life in Malaysia, and she literally had to sell herself into marriage in order to get off of the boat.      An article in the...

Beatings, Jail Time Mark Rohingya Boy's Journey to India

      17-year-old Mohammed Tahir, a Rohingya Muslim, escaped Myanmar three years ago, suffered beatings from his employer in Bangladesh, and went to India only to be sent to jail for...

Damage Multiplied in Monsoon-Soaked, Cyclone-Smashed Myanmar

       Burma's horrific monsoon floods have now caused a death toll of 99, with more than 1 million people displaced, according to the World Mag.       The...

Free Voices Are Vital 'Partners Not Threats' UN Expert Tells Myanmar Government

      According to the UN News Centre, Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, urged the Myanmar government to not fear independent and critical...

Rohingya Children's Visual Stories of Why They Left Their Homes

      They say that if you want to take a glimpse at honesty embodied, talk to a child. They see, hear, feel, and express what adults have long forgotten.      Dr. Nora...

UN Human Rights Envoy Barred From Meeting Rohingya

Yanghee Lee, the UN Human Rights Special Envoy to Burma, said she was denied a meeting with Rohingya Muslims during her short visit to Burma, according to the Asian Correspondent.With general...

Rohingya: Does the Name Kill?

      Those of us around the world, when we hear of atrocities against the Rohingya, we wonder how the common people in Myanmar could ever support such a genocide.     ...

Pope Francis speaks out for the Rohingya

      The Rohingya now have a supporter in the Vatican.      According to an article in the National Catholic Reporter, Pope Francis spoke of the injustices against the...

Election? Who cares?

      Skepticism is widespread about elections in Burma. Rohingya, other ethnic minorities, and also other Burmese as well are far less than excited about voting.     ...

The Roots of Religious Conflict in Myanmar

      Hatred does not spawn overnight. It takes years, sometimes decades, to instill ideas inside of society and label groups as victims or oppressors.      The diaspora...

Myanmar floods cause death toll of at least 46

      Days of torrential rain in Myanmar caused massive flooding, which have caused a death toll of 46 and affected more than 200,000 people, according to an anonymous official quoted...

Few Rohingya Want New ID Cards

      The courageous refuse to give up their identity.      According to an article in Voice of America, so far only around 1,600 Rohingya have applied for the new...

One Woman's Journey to Marriage on a Smuggling Boat

      An article in The Guardian features the story of Azima, a young girl who risked her life traveling on a smuggling boat for one month to live a sane life with her then fiancee in...

UN Food Programme Cutting Food Rations

      An article in The Diplomat states that the World Food Programme is planning to cut rations for internally displaced persons (IDP) throughout Myanmar.      "The...

Flooding in Rohingya Camps

      Heavy rains from a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal have triggered massive flooding in Rakhine State, causing a rising death toll of at least 20, with thousands of people...

Who Is Instigating the Violence Against the Rohingya?

      If what is currently happening to the Rohingya isn't terrible enough, an even more gruesome future is predicted in an article in the Huffington Post by Azeem Ibrahim. The author...

Thailand Charges 72 With Human Trafficking Crimes

      The New York Times recently posted a article about Thailand indicting 72 people in a human trafficking network, three days before the US planned to release its annual...

The 'Boat People' Crisis

      A recent article in The Guardian provides a pressing argument: unless the government of Myanmar stops persecuting the Rohingya, endless trafficking and ransoming of the...

How the Rohingya and Other Resident Minorities Became Disenfranchised

      An article by the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship gives a brief background into how the situation for Rohingya worsened into the state they are in today...

Thai Fishing Industry Trafficking, Enslaving Rohingya

      A new chapter to this story of genocide and persecution has unfolded - using Rohingya to increase profits in the seafood industry.      An article in the Guardian...

Issues Regarding News Articles about Rohingya

       Since May of this year, the Rohingyas- or “boat people” as the media has dubbed them- have been plunged into the international spotlight. Almost every news website, ranging...

Give Zakat to End Rohingya Genocide

      Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chairman of Burma Task Force, explains why Burmese Muslims are deserving of zakat donations this year. The Rohingya are victims of ongoing systematic...

Rohingya are the Bosnians of Today

      In 1995, the horrific genocide of 8,000 Muslims occurred on European soil, in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Twenty years later, we are all witness to the systematic genocide of...

Britain Urged to Take Stand for The Rohingya

      In an article in the Huffington Post, British Labour MP Kerry McCarthy urges Britain's leadership to ensure that the Rohingya's rights be respected. The UK continues to send aid...

A Migrant Mother's Anguished Choice

      Though she still cries about it at night, she had no other choice.      She had to leave her oldest son behind.      In an exceptional feature on...

Rohingya's Roti Seller Leads to Big Break in Investigation

      According to an article in Asia One, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar who made his living in Thailand selling roti (fried bread), helped investigators track down a huge...

The Rohingya and Islamic Extremism: A Convenient Myth

      An article in The Diplomat debunks the argument that Rohingyas pose an extremist Islamic threat in Myanmar, stressing that more attention should be given to improving the...

Extremist Buddhists Seeking to Ban Hijab in Schools

      According to an article in the Ecumenical News, Myanmar's ruling Buddhist majority is seeking to ban Muslim schoolgirls from wearing hijabs, though they claim that they “are not...

Where is Sister Ayesha?

      Ayesha is a Rohingya woman who lived with her husband in the Arakan area of Burma, until her husband was killed by extremist Buddhists. Not much more is known about the death of...

The Narrative of Statelessness in Myanmar

An article in Asia Times describes the detrimental effects on the Rohingya of being stateless and being deprived of an identity in their own country."Owing to their stateless status, they are...

EU calls for fair upcoming elections in Burma

The European Union recently released its conclusions regarding the upcoming elections in Burma. The document states that the EU is optimistic about the elections helping transition Burma into a...

Four Corners: Journey into Hell

A documentary by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "investigates the network that has trafficked tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Thailand, through eye-witness...

ASEAN Move on Rohingya, Slow But Forward

This article from The Diplomat gives a detailed portrayal of the persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar, criticizing ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) for allowing the government to...

What She Did Not Tell Me Was The Story

Al-Salamu 'AlaikumWhy did this young ‎Rohingya girl leave ‎Burma on her own? Why would parents sell everything they own and put their beloved daughter onto a wooden boat to travel at the...

The Ummah is Alive

Assalamu Alaikum, The Ummah is alive and well. Yes. We don’t hear that often. Do we? There are struggles and challenges. But, then, there are those stepping up to surmount these obstacles....

International Conference Declares Myanmar is Committing Genocide

The International Conference on Plight of the Rohingya Part II in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has completed its Resolution, in which all attendees of the conference convened on certain points related to...

How Can You Help Burmese Muslims this Ramadan?

 While the Rohingya crisis is off the media radar, the genocide of Rohingyas continues. Every day, Burmese government is pushing 500 or so Rohingyas off the shores of Burma. This is an ongoing...

The Rohingya - Adrift on a Sea of Sorrows

In an article on his website ericmargolis.com, Margolis gives a chilling introduction to the plight of the Rohingyas: "When is genocide not really genocide? When the victims are small, impoverished...

Burmese Monks Recognized for Interfaith Peace Efforts

An article recently posted in The Irrawaddy highlighted the three Buddhist monks from Burma who were the recipients of the interfaith peace award, the World Harmony Award, presented by Parliament of...

Backlash Against Aung San Suu Kyi for Silence on Rohingyas

Two recent articles show that Aung San Suu Kyi is receiving increasing international criticism for her silence on the suffering of the Rohingyas.  The New York Times quotes the Dalai Lama saying...

Press Release - 7 Nobel Peace Laureates Call Rohingya Persecution a Genocide

Oslo, Norway, May 28, 2015 - A two-day conference focusing on ending the persecution of Burma's Rohingyas concluded today, with a call from seven Nobel Peace Laureates to describe the Rohingya plight...

Oslo Conference - Transcripts of Messages Sent by International Leaders

Downloand below transcripts from important messages of support for the Oslo Conference and for Rohingya rights! Nobel Peace laureates, former heads of state, and international leaders in peace...

Press Release - The Oslo Conference to End Myanmar's Persecution of Rohingyas

Burma Task Force / Justice for All is co-organizing a conference in Oslo, Norway on May 26-28, 2015, to address the continuing persecution of Rohingyas by the Burma/Myanmar government. ...

Interfaith Leaders Urge US President Take Action on Rohingya Refugee Boat Crisis

Leaders of Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths urged President Obama to take "immediate action ... to save the lives of thousands stranded at sea in Southeast Asia."  The interfaith...

Congressional Members Urge Secretary of State Kerry to Action

Members of the United States Congress have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to take action to ensure that those Rohingya stranded at sea "are brought to safety, including...

ACT TODAY: Urgent Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia & Indonesia to Save 8,000 Lives

Thousands of Rohingyas are stranded on boats at the shores of Thailand. Burmese officials continue their genocide by taking Rohingya papers and money from their relatives abroad and letting Rohingya...

The Oslo Conference to End Myanmar's Persecution of Rohingyas

Burma Task Force / Justice for All is co-organizing a conference in Oslo, Norway on May 26-28, 2015, to address the continuing persecution of Rohingyas by the Burma/Myanmar government. ...

Document outlines Myanmar government's plan to ethnically cleans the Rohingya people:

The document describes how the government will deal with what it describes as "Bengalis who reject the ethnicity defined by Myanmar laws."http://live-burmamuslimsorg.pantheon.io/sites/default/files/...

Rohingya and national identities in Burma

"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...
A map from The Times History of the World, 8th Edition

Map Establishes Historical Claim of Rohingya Muslims

"The borderland region of pre-nation state Western Burma has been recognised as "Islamic" since 1500 AD, according to the TIMES (2011). Similarly, Myanmar Encyclopaedia (1964) recorded Northern...

The Genocide That Wasn’t

"August 7 was supposed to be judgment day for the last two leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Thirty-five years after the end of Pol Pot’s calamitous agrarian revolution, a United Nations-backed...

The Rohingya, Burma's Forgotten Muslims by James Nachtwey

 "Sittwe, a drowsy town in western Burma, is a shattered place. I was first here five years ago, back when ethnic Rakhine Buddhists sold vegetables next to Muslim Rohingya fishermen. At the time...

Myanmar population control law threatens minorities: rights group

 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar's religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted, abused and suppressed by a proposed population control law which could be a serious setback for...

Citizenship, ethnicity and electioneering in Myanmar

 "Myanmar has had a shaky few years of reform. As many commentators have indicated, the process has, at times, seemed to go backwards. That assessment sells short the significant changes the...
The U.N. Human Rights Council

Statement by Ms Yanghee, Lee Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Statement by Ms Yanghee, Lee Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar - 28th session of the Human Rights Council Item 4 (16 March 2015, Geneva)Read the full statement here:http...

In Rohingya Camp, Tensions Mount over Myanmar Plan to Revoke ID Cards

By Andrew R.C. Marshall"THAE CHAUNG, Myanmar , Feb 17 (Reuters) - Myanmar's decision to revoke temporary identification cards for minorities is raising tensions among its 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims...

A Historical Document: Inter-Ethnic Solidarity with the Persecuted Muslims of Arakan or Rakhine, May 1978

Inter-ethnic solidarity for the Rohingya/Muslims of Arakan - dated 17 May 1978  "We, the Representatives of the peoples of Kachin, Karen, Palaung, Lahu, Shan and Wa, in deep sorrow, hereby...
The House of Lords

UK Parliament to Reinstate Sanctions...

 "we recommend that the Government reiterate to the Government of Burma that the current situation is still highly unsatisfactory, and that the UK will strongly advocate the re-imposition of...

The Threat to Burma’s Minorities

Burma’s Rohingya people are being slowly squeezed from their homeland by decades-long government policies that critics say deny them citizenship, health care, work, and schooling, with such tactics...

Why Obama's Courtship of Myanmar Backfired

Josh Kurlantzick writes of the situation in Burma on businessweek.com, November 6th, 2014.  "The argument that Myanmar’s location makes it of critical strategic importance has not been borne out...

Myanmar Policy’s Message to Muslims: Get Out

SITTWE, Myanmar — The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more than...
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Warning

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Early Warning project has identified Burma as the #1 country at risk of state-led mass killing.Hundreds have been killed, tens of thousands have fled under the...
Justification for Injustice

Wild Claims used to Justify Continuing Genocide of Rohingya

A Buddhist monk has made some outragious claims in order to justify the ongoing ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Rohingya. "... claiming themselves as Rohingars, they are trying to demand a...

Burmese Monk Saves 800 Muslim Lives

Here is a Buddhist monk who acts like one: Out of compassion and courage U Wi Thode Da from Ra Da Na Oo Monastery in Meikhtila saved 800 Burmese Muslims who took refuge in his monastery...
Image of an official Burmese I.D. Card with "Rohingya" as stated ethnicity

Union of Burma Government-issued civil servant ID: Rohingya identity, 1970

The ID depicts Myanmar President Thein Sein, and was apparently issued in 1970.  His ethnicity is described in this official government document as "Rohingya," and his religion as "Islam."...

Oxford Paper Questions Whether Citizenship will Benefit Rohingya

"The pre-colonial concepts of identity and the subsequent Burmanisation of the  national identity paved the way for discriminatory legislation as well as state-sponsored and  civilian human...

Humanitarian Crisis Ongoing in Burma

"The continuing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Rakhine State was the most troubling exception – and threat – to the country’s progress during the year. Although the government provided some...

Burma Undergoes Long Overdue Census

"The first census in over thirty years began in Burma on 29 March. The UK is contributing £10 million to the census as a critical step in Burma’s development process. It will provide the authorities...
Jack Kornfield is a Buddhist teacher in California

Buddhist Teacher Speaks Out Against Ethnic Violence in Myanmar

Jack Kornfield is a famous Buddhist teacher who founded Spirit Rock in Northern California, a meditation center and has a sizable following within N. American Buddhist community.A religion known for...

Wirathu's Views

The Saffron-robed man Wirathu, whom Time magazine dubbed “The Face of Buddhist Terror” (in Burma), explained his view about the world’s Muslims in general and Muslims of Burma in particular at the...
A textbook confirms the existence of Rohingya people

We Must Stop Lying to Ourselves - and to the World

We must stop lying, as a people of Burma or Myanmar.  For nearly 40 years - since 1979, the country's successive military leaderships from Ne Win (1962-88), Khin Nyunt-Than Shwe (1988-2004) and...

The Oslo Conference to End Myanmar's Persecution of Rohingyas

 Click Here ForThe Live Streaming begins 26th May 2015 9 AM to Noon Oslo, Norway time.For your local time please use the Time Converter  The Oslo Conference toEnd Myanmar's...
Muslim Rohingya protesters

A Reluctant Hero of the Rohingya in Burma

Amnesty International's Kristian Hulaas Sunde conducted an interview with U Kyaw Hla Aung, a 75-year old attorney, who has been repeatedly jailed by Burma for his peaceful political work. Mr. Aung...

British reporter provides firsthand account of destruction in Meiktila

A British Muslim reporter who traveled to Meiktila talked to people involved in the violence against Muslims in the central Burmese town. One sister said she was forced to prostrate to monks after...

Times traces Burmese history of Islam & Rohingya dated back from 1500 AD

"The borderland region of pre-nation state Western Burma has been recognised as "Islamic" since 1500 AD, according to the TIMES (2011). Similarly, Myanmar Encyclopaedia (1964) recorded Northern...

Rohingya unable to receive aid; take action

Thousands of Rohingya who were uprooted from their homes are forced to beg for food and live in deplorable conditions because they are not receiving international aid. A disturbing report out of...

Rohingya prisoners face abuse, torture

A recent report shows that almost 1,000 Muslim Rohingya -- many of them children as young as 10 -- remain jailed in Arakan State for supposedly inciting the violence that killed so many Rohingya last...

BBC interviews Rohingya refugee on radio program

The government also has a responsibility, they have to take the lead," Valerie Amos said. "They have to work to bring the communities together and that work has got to start now.

Rohingya refugees rescued in Indonesian waters

More Rohinyga who are desperately fleeing Burma by boat were found in the Aceh province of Indonesia.  Like others who were previously rescued by the Sri Lankan navy, this group said Thai...

Rohingya given two bleak choices: reclassification or jail

Most of Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingyas already live in apartheid-like conditions in western Rakhine, where deadly clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in 2012 displaced 140,000 people, mostly...