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Topic: Rohingya

May 15th, 2015

Burma’s Persecution of the Rohingya Creates a Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority group, most of whom live in Rakhine State in Western Burma, on the border with Bangladesh. Despite the fact that many Rohingya have been settled in Burma since the 8th Century, the Burmese Government and many Burmese in Rakhine State consider the Rohingya to be foreigners, illegitimate and the Government have consequently put in place many discriminatory measures in an apparent attempt to drive them out of the country....

November 3rd, 2014

Why Islamophobia is More Dangerous Than al-Qaeda in Burma

On September 3rd 2014, al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, featured in an online video declaring the group’s opening of a ‘new branch’ in the Indian subcontinent. Zawahiri highlighted the organisation’s “serious effort to bring an end to oppressions on Muslims in Bangladesh, India, Burma and Sri Lanka with everything within [their] capacity” and to eventually “raise the flag of jihad” in these countries....

October 20th, 2014

HART Burma Briefing: September/October 2014

Over the past few years Burma has been moving from a half-a-century long military regime to a full multiparty democracy. However, despite economic successes and increased investment in the country, it still faces big challenges in terms of political and religious freedom...

October 10th, 2014

Weekly News Round Up (10/10/14)

News from HART • HART has signed a joint letter written by the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, in coordination with 15 other South Sudanese organisations and with the support of 5 international non-governmental organisations, to the African Union’s Commission of Enquiry regarding arms flows into South Sudan....

July 24th, 2014

Rohingya women: the invisible gender of a stateless people

Described by the UN as one of “the most persecuted minorities in the world”, the Rohingya people in Burma are victims of state sponsored persecution and extreme racial discrimination. Through denial of citizenship, the Burmese government dehumanises the Rohingya people, and this rejection of their humanity leads to immense breaches of their human rights....

March 27th, 2014

HART visit to Thai-Burma borderlands, Feb 2014

The HART team have recently returned from a visit to Thailand and Burma, where we met with some of the people whose lives are still severely affected by the long-standing persecution of ethnic national peoples, and the failure to reach an inclusive political solution. This r...

September 12th, 2013

This Immoral Trade: A Book Review By Freya Dodd

As the lights glistened in the Olympic stadium, independent athlete Guor Marial was transported back to memories of his ‘life on the run’. Captured at the age of seven by Misseriya Arab tribesmen from Western Sudan in 1993, Guor was taken to Muglad to work as a slave and was kept in dire conditions....

August 28th, 2013


After 10 weeks with the amazing team at HART UK and all their wonderful partners, I can honestly say I have had one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. It has also been a real wake-up call to the suffering happening all around the world today....

July 19th, 2013

Burma: Thein Sein visits UK and promises to release all political prisoners

This week marked a historic visit by Thein Sein, President of Burma, to the UK, the first visit by a Burmese leader in more than 25 years. In November 2010, Burma (also known as Myanmar) held elections, replacing the military regime with a military-backed civil government....

July 17th, 2013


Will the international community take a real stand on Burma’s unacceptable violations of human rights? 800,000 Muslim Rohingya live in Burma. However, since the Burmese government passed the 1982 Citizenship Law they have not been considered a legally recognised ethnic group....
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