This Saturday marks one year of fighting between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern Burma.
Ten Burmese Muslims were lynched yesterday in Taunggote, Arakan State, in western Burma. [ALSO SEE update, 6/6/12]
Burmese prison authorities rejected requests by the family of one gravely ill prisoner to have him transported to a hospital for proper medical care. Two others, suffering from rapidly-deteriorating health conditions, are held in prisons under-served by medical personnel.
Zaw Min Htut has been working for Rohingyas’ rights through the Burmese Rohingya Association of Japan since he fled Burma in 1998. Prior to that he was a student activist in Burma, and was detained for his participation in protests in 1996.
Some refugees fled Burma after the military’s violent crackdown on student protests in 1988; a few had fled fighting in Kachin State last year. Others said they had come to India to live freely and without harassment from the Burmese military government. All of them talked about returning, though.