How Can The UK Respond To A 'Textbook Case Of Ethnic Cleansing'?

Dr Kate Ferguson | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK
Dr Kate Ferguson

The current crisis comes at a time when the international community is distracted by nuclear war games, an appalling hurricane season and a US leadership bent on withdrawing from multilateral diplomacy. Here in the UK we are just emerging from a tense party conference season... The UK's incoherent and tardy position on Myanmar is a reminder that the UK has no clear policy on atrocity prevention nor any institutional process that can guide its response.

How Do You Support Half A Million People In A 'City' That's Arrived Overnight?

Alexander Matheou | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK
Alexander Matheou

Imagine the population of a city, about the size of Liverpool or Bristol, being relocated into a damp, rainy countryside without drinking water, shelter, food or latrines. Imagine the logistical challenge of building all the necessities of a safe life before hunger takes a deadly toll, before diseases break out and before the strong prey on the weak. That is what has happened over the last six weeks in Bangladesh. Over half a million people have walked for days from their homes in Myanmar, crossed rivers and marshes, over the border into Cox's Bazar, and then settled on barren hills, in forests and on rice fields.

Too Fearful To Smile In Myanmar

Madara Hettiarachchi | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK
Madara Hettiarachchi

In Myanmar just six months ago I met a young Rohingya woman called Fatima. She lived in Ye Thei, a Muslim village in central Rakhine State. She and her family had been displaced from their home due to conflict and been moved by the authorities into Ye Thei - what is known as a 'relocation village'.

Aung San Suu Kyi Is Betraying the Values She Once Championed

Omar Salem | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Politics
Omar Salem

I still have a faint hope that Aung Suu Kyi might change her position on the Rohingya, as she acknowledged there was a problem by setting up the Advisory Commission on the Rakhine State and seemed sincere in her wish to solve it.

Incredible Stories Of Refugees Fleeing Intense Violence In Myanmar

Imran Madden | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

You can see that the refugees are self-sufficient and stoic, and that they are determined to help themselves. While this independent spirit is essential in the chaos of the first few days, it will be down to NGOs like Islamic Relief, for the most part, to provide them with improved shelter units, water, sanitation and food.

The Burmese Massacre Of The Rohingya People Should Make Humanity Ashamed

Kimia Etemadi | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Kimia Etemadi

How is it that the year is 2017, and people are still being murdered for their ethnicity and religion? When I was a child, in the 90s, I always tried ...

The Voices Of The Rohingya People Must Be Heard

Will Quince | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Politics
Will Quince

We don't want to believe that people can be so cruel and inhumane towards one another. Yet visiting the camps, it is hard to not be moved by the horrific treatment of the Rohingya people. This persecution is a stain on humanity and having met them - having seen their suffering - it is our duty to make sure the voices of the Rohingya people are heard.

The Violence In Myanmar Yet Again Highlights The Inability Of The International Community To Address Conflict

Steve Valdez-Symonds | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Steve Valdez-Symonds

The shocking escalation of violence of the Myanmar army directed at the Rohingya population in that country yet again highlights an inability of the international community to prevent and address repression and conflict. More than 400,000 people have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in barely three weeks. The Rohingya have suffered systematic discrimination in Myanmar for decades. Now the army is targeting their homes and villages, burning them to the ground.

Lessons From The Myanmar Response: Why We Need To Support Local And National Aid Agencies

Imran Madden | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

Images of thousands of refugees fleeing Myanmar have quite rightly focused global attention on the human tragedy of displacement and the search for safety. However, there is another story here, namely the scramble to deliver aid to over 400,000 refugees - the population of a small city.

The Nobel Prize - And The Flaws Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Robin Lustig | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Robin Lustig

Are Nobel Peace Prize winners living saints? Probably not, or at least not all of them, given that among their number they count Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state who won the prize in 1973, jointly with Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam.

Myanmar Refugees: There Is No Greater Toll Than The Loss Of Life

Imran Madden | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

At the point where so many seek a new life, for too many it marks the end of theirs - surely a toll too high to pay.

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Fallen Hero With Blood On Her Hands

Elisabeth Mahase | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Elisabeth Mahase

Once known for being one of the world's most prominent political prisoners, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has remained deadly silent as the Rohingya, "the world's most persecuted minority" have been slaughtered on her streets.

Rohingya Muslims In Burma Need Urgent Humanitarian Intervention And Justice

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

There has been a call for the mainstream media to highlight the plight of the Rohingya Muslims plight in Burma and a call for government officials to step in and help in the plight. Human rights organisations need to help provide the much needed support and intervention that the Rohingya community so desperately need.

Sayeeda Warsi Condemns Aung Sang Suu Kyi Amid 'Campaign Of Genocide' In Myanmar

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics

A “campaign of genocide” is happening “on the watch” of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Sayeed Warsi has warned. Former Tory Party...

They Kill Children, Massacre Civilians, Use Slave Labour And Human Shields, And Are Trained By Britain

Mark Farmaner | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Mark Farmaner

A shocking new report by Amnesty International into ongoing human rights violations in Kachin State and northern Shan State in Burma has prompted Burm...

From Burma, Indonesia And Malaysia To The Streets Of Britain, We Must Drive Out Religious Hatred For Good

Benedict Rogers | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Throughout the world, writing as a Muslim and a Christian from two different countries and two different political traditions, we cry out for three simple principles: recognition of human dignity for all, defence of freedom of religion or belief for all, and action to promote dialogue and understanding and drive intolerance from our places of worship, our streets, our chatrooms and our legislatures for good.

It's Time To Talk About Min Aung Hlaing

Mark Farmaner | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the Burmese military, is the most powerful person in Burma. It is his soldiers and security forces who have be...

21st Century Skills For All: UNICEF And Pearson Launch Educational Partnership For Children

Mike Penrose | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Mike Penrose

Tuấn Nguyễn lost his vision when he was 19. At the time, he was a sophomore in a Vietnamese university and had to quit school because he couldn't...

Myanmar's Garment Industry Holds Unique Opportunity

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

Just as I return from visiting garment factories in Myanmar, a stream of press attention focuses on challenges facing this area. Although there are challenges, my trip has only made me believe in the unique opportunity this country represents to change the future of how our clothing is made

Fast Fashion, Mass Manufacture, And Meaningful Work

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

In the context of life in Myanmar, of course there is a different lens on this. Tedious work that pays is aspirational if the alternative is an inability to feed one's children. Yet, what this experience brought home to me was the depth of our double standards across the fashion industry as a whole.

November - The Month Of Trump And Modi

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Sufiya Ahmed

It was at my aunt's home in Paris that I woke up to the news that Hillary Clinton had failed to smash the hardest of all ceilings, allowing Donald Tru...

Lifeline Programming: Bringing Together Humanitarians, Media And Governments

Katy Williams | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Katy Williams

In a humanitarian crisis, people need timely and accurate information about how to meet their fundamental needs. They want to know where they can find food, shelter, water and medical help and how they can keep themselves and their families safe.

Meanwhile In Myanmar: A Wider Insurgency Is Born

Alistair Burnett | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

While much of the media - especially in the Anglophone world - has been focusing on the American election and the implications of Donald Trump's victory, there's been a new outbreak of violence in western Myanmar that needs urgent attention before it escalates and undermines the country's ongoing reform process.

Tourist Jailed For Switching Off A Loudspeaker That Was Keeping Him Awake

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK

A tourist has been jailed for switching off a loudspeaker which was disturbing his sleep. Klaas Haytema, from the Netherlands, was sentenced to three ...

Ethnic Rohingya Muslims Are Entitled to Enjoy Their Fundamental Rights

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all individuals have rights based upon their race, colour, gender, language, religi...