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Launching of Burma Human Rights Network Report 'Persecution of Muslims in Burma'

DATE: 26th September 2017 (Tuesday)
TIME: 9.00am-12.00pm
VENUE: IAIS Malaysia, Jalan Ilmu, Off Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.



26.09.2017 bhrn

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1. Kyaw Yin (Executive Director, BHRN)

2. Hj Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid (President of MAPIM)

3. Lilianne Fan (International Director, Guetanyoe Foundation)

Moderator: Mahi Ramakrishnan 

Download Reports (in PDF format)

BHRN Research Report

Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State


On 26 September 2017, IAIS Malaysia organised the launch of the Burma Human Rights Network report, ‘Persecution of Muslims in Burma,’ along with a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis. On the panel were Kyaw Win (Executive Director, Burma Human Rights Network), Lilianne Fan (International Director, Geutanyoe Foundation Aceh) and Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid (Secretary-General, Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (MAPIM)).

The findings of the report were presented by Kyaw Win. The report reveals the systematic and institutionalised nature of the persecution against the Rohingya and other Muslims in Myanmar, complete with backing by the military, Buddhist religious elites and the civilian government. Although global concern has fixated on the Rohingya community, the available evidence indicates that it is the Muslims in general who have been targeted. The report reveals—across the country—villages adopting ‘no-Muslim’ policies, instances of religious discrimination (economic boycotts against Muslim businesses) and intolerance towards Islamic belief and practices. Officially, Kyaw Win explained that there is no law explicitly discriminating against the Muslims; most such policies were implemented through military orders, which nevertheless had to be implemented as law, rendering them difficult to be challenged in court.

Mohd Azmi bin Abdul Hamid (“Cikgu Azmi”) presented on the geopolitical dimensions of the Rohingya problem. According to him, the crisis has proven so prolonged in part because multiple geopolitical interests are at stake. This can be seen in how China and Russia blocked a UN Security Council statement of concern on the Rohingya in March 2017, and how ASEAN’s non-interference policy has been perceived as a major hurdle towards a regional solution.

Lilianne Fan, International Director at the Geutanyoe Foundation, a nonprofit and non-governmental organisation based in Aceh, looked at the issue from the standpoint of humanitarianism. She noted how humanitarian assistance and international aid sometimes backfired, having the effect of polarising communities in Rakhine further when assistance is seen to tilt towards Muslims, thereby violating a cardinal principle or requirement in international aid that assistance be given without regard to background, whether race or religion. However, in reality it is the Muslims who have suffered most from the persecution. Nevertheless, aid has been blocked, leading to various other problems, such as poverty and malnutrition, which in turn lead to mass emigration to adjacent countries. To more effectively reach a solution, she proposed targeted sanctions, stronger regional level protection, and a focus on Myanmar citizens (in such a climate of hate, even when the government is prepared to help, doing so attracts a backlash from the people themselves). [written by Tengku Ahmad Hazri]


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Quotable Quotes

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions ( Dalai Lama).

Humour Without Malice

This is a real incident from Trinidad. Seeing the success of a halal meat grocery store owner, a neighboring meat store owner with a different faith decides to introduce halal meat in his own store. He puts up a huge sign on his shop saying "Halal Meat, Found Here". Curious, some Muslims decide to find out how the meat was halal. When the owner was asked where he gets the halal meat from, he says that he slaughters the animal by himself. Surprised, the Muslism ask, and what do you say when you slaughter. He says, "I say 'Halal' and cut the animal".


God is Gentle and loves gentleness; He rewards gentleness with that which He does not reward harshness. (hadith)

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