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23 September, 2017

ဆယ္စုနွစ္ မ်ားစြာအတြင္း ကမာၻ့ အဆုိးရြားဆုံး ဒုကၡသည္ အျဖစ္ စံခ်ိန္ခ်ဳိးသြားတဲ့ ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံ က ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ား -

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ဆယ္စုနွစ္ မ်ားစြာအတြင္း ကမာၻ့ အဆုိးရြားဆုံး ဒုကၡသည္ အျဖစ္ စံခ်ိန္ခ်ဳိးသြားတဲ့ ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံ က
ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ား ၿဖစ္သည္။

၁၉၉၄ ခုနွစ္မွာ ရာ၀မ္ဒါ နုိင္ငံမွ Tutsi ဒုကၡသည္ ၂.၃ သန္း ေက်ာ္ နုိင္ငံ သုိ႔ စြန္ ့ခြာျပီး ထြက္ေျပးခဲ့ရတယ္။
(တစ္ပတ္ အတြင္း ပ်ဥ္းမွ် လူဦးေရ ၁၁၁,၀၀၀ ခန္ ့ထြက္ေျပး)
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၂၀၁၃ ခုနွစ္မွာ ဆီးရီးယား နုိင္ငံမွ ဒုကၡသည္ ၅.၅ သန္း ေက်ာ္ နုိင္ငံသုိ႔ စြန္ ့ခြာျပီး ထြက္ေျပးခဲ့ရတယ္။
(တစ္ပတ္အတြင္း ပ်ဥ္းမွ် လူဦးေရ ၃၃,၀၀၀ ခန္ ့ထြက္ေျပး)
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၂၀၁၇ ခုနွစ္ ျမန္မာနုိင္ငံမွ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာ ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ ၄ သိန္း နွစ္ေသာင္းေက်ာ္ ထြက္ေျပးရတယ္။
(တစ္ပတ္အတြင္း ပ်ဥ္းမွ် လူဦးေရ ၁၂၀,၀၀၀ ေက်ာ္ ထြက္ေျပး)


ကမာၻသမုိင္းမွာ အမည္းစက္ၾကီး ထင္က်န္ခဲ့ေလျပီ။



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16 September, 2017

“Myanmar has been completely deaf to our requests,” says UN secretary general Antonio Guterres



 
The number of Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh since Aug. 25 is nearing 400,000, and UN secretary general Antonio Guterres seems exasperated.
“We are very much active in relation to the Rohingya crisis but unfortunately it has not been easy because the government of Myanmar until now has been completely deaf to our requests,” Guterres said on Sept. 15. “We are troubled.”
Reportedly driven from their villages in Myanmar by arson and genocidal attacks, some 391,000 refugees, mostly children, have crossed the border, according to the UN’s most recent estimates. A week ago that figure stood at 270,000.
“In the last 24 hours alone, 10,000 people reportedly crossed into Bangladesh,” the secretary general’s spokesperson said yesterday (Sept. 15). “Combined with those who fled during the last round of violence in Rakhine State last October, it is estimated that some 40% of the total Rohingya population living in Rakhine state have now fled into Bangladesh.”
Myanmar’s state counsellor and de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, has been sharply criticized for turning a blind eye to ethnic violence. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.
Despite mounting numbers of Rohingya refugees—and Guterres’s own direct involvement—the UN has been unable to get its act together and pressure Myanmar’s government to end the violence. The UN security council met on Sept. 13 to discuss the Rohingya crisis in a closed-door session, but to little effect. Riven by internal divisions, with China and Russia understood to be backing Myanmar, the security council issued a rebuke to Myanmar that even its own members concurred wasn’t strong enough.
Guterres, a Portugese diplomat and politician who took the corner office at the UN in January, has taken the unusual step of writing what he described to be the first official letter to the UN security council to seek its attention on an issue in nearly three decades. He has also spoken to Suu Kyi “several times” in recent weeks, he said at a press briefing on Sept. 13.
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13 September, 2017

AN OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO INTERVENE TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR






Date: 13 September, 2017
Dear President and Members of the Security Council,
Thank you for holding the UNSC meeting on Rohingya crisis most likely on September 13.
The human tragedy and crimes against humanity unfolding in the Arakan region of Myanmar need your immediate intervention. This is one of the moments when bold and decisive actions are needed.
According to different organizations, recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Complete villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor.
According to UN sources, around 300,000 people have fled to Bangladesh during the last two weeks. Human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day.
Some of us denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to you to intervene. However, the situation has not improved. We urge you to take decisive actions to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine state.
We call on UNSC to intervene immediately by using all available means. We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people.
The arguments that the Myanmar government is using to deny Rohingyas their citizenship are ludicrous, to say the least. At independence of Burma from the British in 1948 and under successive governments, Burma recognized the people of all ethnicities within its border, including the Rohingyas, as full citizens, having representation in the parliament.
The military juntas in the 1980s decided that Rohingyas are not Burmese. Accordingly, they stripped the Rohingyas of their citizenship. They used military and political means to make sure that the Rohingyas leave the country. Systematic persecution aiming at ethnic and religious cleansing began.
We join the Secretary General of the United Nations in re-emphasizing that, "The grievances and unresolved plight of the Rohingya have festered for far too long and are becoming an undeniable factor in regional destabilization. The authorities in Myanmar must take determined action to put an end to this vicious cycle of violence and to provide security and assistance to all those in need.”
We urge you to persuade Myanmar government to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission which the Myanmar government established in 2016 under the pressure of international community. The Commission, mostly comprised of Myanmar citizens, chaired by Kofi Annan, recommended providing citizenship to the Rohingyas, to allow them freedom of movement, rights and equality before the law, to ensure communal representation, lack of which affects Muslims disproportionately, to facilitate UN assistance in ensuring safety and security of returning people. The fear became reality through the attack on Myanmar security forces by the militants. Unless, constructive effort to build lasting peace is taken, the situation will get worse which in turn may pose serious security threat to the neighbouring countries.
To implement the Commission recommendations we suggest the following preparatory steps:
1.Reappoint the Commission members immediately to constitute an Implementation Committee to oversee the implementation of the recommendations,
2.Take immediate steps to stop the outflow of refugees,
3.Invite international observers to visit vulnerable areas on a regular basis,
4.Invite back the refugees who already left the country,
5.Build camps within Myanmar for the returning refugees to facilitate their rehabilitation with UN financing and supervision,
6.Give them the citizenship as prescribed in the Commission Report under the exclusive authority of the Implementation Committee and
7.Ensure political freedom and freedom of movement.
A bold change in approach is needed by United Nations and the international community if there is to be an end to the cycle of violence against the Rohingyas. The government of Myanmar needs to be told that international support and finance is conditional on a major change in policy towards the Rohingya. Propaganda and incitement of hatred and all violence, particularly state violence against Rohingyas must stop, discriminatory laws and policies must go, the recommendations of Kofi Annan's commission must be implemented immediately.
The world is anxiously waiting to see that UNSC is playing its role to bring end to a humanitarian catastrophe and build peace in the region.
Sincerely yours,
1.Professor Muhammad Yunus
2006 Nobel Peace Laureate
2.Máiread Maguire
1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
3.Betty Williams
1976 Nobel Peace Laureate
4.Archbishop Desmond Tutu
1984 Nobel Peace Laureate
5.Oscar Arias
1987 Nobel Peace Laureate
6.Jody Williams
1997 Nobel Peace Laureate
7.Shirin Ebadi
2003 Nobel Peace Laureate
8.Leymah Gbowee
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
9.Tawakkol Karman
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
10.Malala Yousafzai
2014 Nobel Peace Laureate
11.Sir Richard J. Roberts
1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
12.Elizabeth Blackburn
2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
13.Javed Akhtar
Poet and Lyricist
14.Syed Hamid Albar
Former Malaysian Minister for Foreign Affairs
15.Shabana Azmi
Actor and Activist
16.Emma Bonino
Former Italian Foreign Minister
17.Sir Richard Branson
Business Leader and Philanthropist
18.Gro Harlem Brundtland
Former Prime Minister of Norway
19.Mo Ibrahim
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
20.Asma Jahangir
Former Chair Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
21.Kerry Kennedy
Human Rights Activist
22.Alaa Murabit
Voice of Libyan Women, SDG Advocate
23.Narayana Murthy
Business Leader
24.Kasit Piromya
Former Thai Foreign Minister
25.Surin Pitsuwan
Former Secretary-General of ASEAN
26.Paul Polman
Business Leader, SDG Advocate
27.Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland
28.Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
29.Forest Whitaker
Actor and SDG Advocate
30.Jochen Zeitz
Business Leader and Philanthropist
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06 September, 2017

Yunus sends open letter to UN urging its intervention to end Rohingya crisis

Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus today sent an open letter to United Nations Security Council urging it to immediately intervene to end the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
In his letter, the Bangladeshi economist said: “You are aware, the human tragedy and crimes against humanity has taken a dangerous turn in the Arakan region of Myanmar. It needs your immediate intervention.”
He also cited the recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State that led to the killing, rape and displacement of hundreds of Rohingyas.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor.”
According to local administration sources, around 120,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in the last twelve days, said Prof Yunus.
The founder of Grameen Bank, along with several Nobel laureates and eminent global citizens, denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to the Security Council to intervene.
“Despite initiatives taken by you, the situation has not improved. This time, I urge you to take decisive actions to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine,” he said.
“The world is waiting to see that the UNSC has played its role to bring end to a humanitarian crisis and build peace in the region,” he said.

Here’s his letter in full:  

Dear President and Members of the Security Council,
As you are aware, the human tragedy and crimes against humanity has taken a dangerous turn in the Arakan region of Myanmar. It needs your immediate intervention.
According to different organizations, recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Complete villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor. According to local administration sources, around 120,000 people have fled to my country during the last twelve days. Human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day.
I, along with several Nobel Laureates and eminent global citizens denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to you to intervene. Despite initiatives taken by you, the situation has not improved. This time, I urge you to take decisive actions to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine.
I call on UNSC to intervene immediately by using all available means. I request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people.
I urge you to persuade Myanmar government to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission which the Myanmar government established in 2016 under the pressure of international community. The Commission, mostly comprised of Myanmar citizens, chaired by Kofi Annan, recommended providing citizenship to the Rohingyas, to allow them freedom of movement, rights and equality before the law, to ensure communal representation, lack of which affects Muslims disproportionately, to facilitate UN assistance in ensuring safety and security of returning people. Decades of persecution appear to be breeding radicalisation which the Rakhine Advisory Commission, rightly apprehended. The fear became reality through the attack on Myanmar security forces by the militants. Unless, constructive effort to build lasting peace is taken, the situation will get worse which in turn may pose serious security threat to the neighbouring countries.
A bold change in approach is needed by United Nations and the international community if there is to be an end to the cycle of violence against the Rohingyas. The government of Myanmar needs to be told that international support and finance is conditional on a major change in policy towards the Rohingya. Propaganda and incitement of hatred and all violence, particularly state violence against Rohingyas must stop, discriminatory laws and policies must go, the recommendations of Kofi Annan's commission must be implemented immediately.
The world is waiting to see that UNSC has played its role to bring end to a humanitarian crisis and build peace in the region.

Sincerely yours
Muhammad Yunus
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29 August, 2017

HRW: Satellite data show fires burning in Rakhine state

More than 3,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Human Rights Watch says satellite data show fires have razed 100km of land in Rakhine state in the wake of crackdown.

Satellite data accessed by a rights body shows widespread fires burning in at least 10 areas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, following a military crackdown on the country's Muslim Rohingya population.
Residents and activists have have accused soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks.
However, authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the restive region.
Myanmar authorities say Rohingya "extremist terrorists" have been setting the fires during fighting with government troops, while Rohingya have blamed soldiers, who have been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings.
A government spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.
"The Burmese government should grant access to independent monitors to determine the sources of fires and assess allegations of human rights violations," the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday.
HRW said fires have razed 100km of land - an area larger than that burned during a crackdown by the Myanmar military following attacks by Rohingya fighters in October 2016, when data from the group suggested some 1,500 buildings were destroyed.

Witness statements

The locations of the fires correlate with some witness statements and media reports describing blazes deliberately set, the group said.
"This new satellite data should cause concern and prompt action by donors and UN agencies to urge the Burmese government to reveal the extent of ongoing destruction in Rakhine State," Phil Robertson, HRW's deputy Asia director, said in a statement.
"Shuffling all the blame on insurgents doesn’t spare the Burmese [Myanmar] government from its international obligations to stop abuses and investigate alleged violations."
Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, "is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed …," according to a statement from spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Guterres called on Bangladesh to step up assistance to civilians escaping the violence, noting "many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded".
More than 3,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, where the ethnic Muslim minority faces persecution, in the past three days, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday.
Bangladesh has said there are thousands more Rohingya massed on its border with Myanmar, where it has stepped up patrols and pushed back hundreds of civilians who have tried to enter.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Turning her back on Rohingya? 
On Monday, Bangladesh detained and forcibly returned at least 90 Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar.
About 87,000 refugees entered Bangladesh in 2016 following the military crackdown.

Ethnic cleansing

The UN believes the army's response may amount to ethnic cleansing, allegations denied by the government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the army.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya fighters in Rakhine state.
At the weekend, as violence in Rakhine worsened, Bangladesh's foreign minister summoned Myanmar's charge'd affaires in Dhaka to express "serious concern" at the possibility of a fresh refugee influx.

There are already almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in squalid camps near its border with Myanmar.
In a goodwill gesture, Thai Prime Minister on Tuesday said his country was preparing to receive people fleeing fighting in Myanmar.
"Thailand's defence ministry and security are preparing to receive various displaced people," Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters. "We will provide them with shelter like in the past ... and send them back when they are ready."
Rohingya enter Bangladesh from a makeshift shelter near Cox's Bazar [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]
 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hrw-satellite-data-show-fires-burning-rakhine-state-170829065457014.html
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28 August, 2017

Pope Francis: appeal for end to violence against Rohingya

Pope Francis at the Angelus, August 27, 2017 - ANSA
Pope Francis at the Angelus, August 27, 2017 - ANSA
27/08/2017 13:18
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for an end to the violent persecution of the minority Rohingya population in Burma.
Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square following the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father said, “Sad news has reached us of the persecution of our Rohingya brothers and sisters, a religious minority. I would like to express my full closeness to them – and let all of us ask the Lord to save them, and to raise up men and women of good will to help them, who shall give them their full rights.”
Click below to hear our report

Pope Francis went on to say, “Let us pray for our Rohingya brethren.”
Who are the Rohingya?
The Rohingya are an ethnic minority who live mostly in Rakhine State – sometimes styled Arakan – on the western coast of Burma, and practice Islam. The government of Burma – also known as Myanmar – does not recognize the citizenship or the ethnic minority status of the Rohingya.
After several years of fighting with the majority Buddhist population in the state, Rohingya began fleeing their native land en masse, precipitating a refugee crisis.
Organized violence against the Rohingya, with the participation of government forces, has been underway since at least 2015, with spikes of intensity in 2016 and 2017.
Rohingya flee to Bangladesh 
Nearly 100 thousand Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in the past year, though the Bangladeshi government has yet to recognize the refugee status of the displaced minority.
Most recent violence
Pope Francis’ appeal Sunday follows fighting between the Rohingya and the regular Burmese army on Friday in the city of Maungdaw, which is reported to be the worst since October of last year, and has prompted evacuations from the area of government personnel and of non-Muslims. Nearly 100 people are officially reported dead in the ongoing clashes, including 80 Rohingy
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04 June, 2017

UNESCO declares Islam as the most peaceful religion of the world

July 4, 2016
 
Islam means PeacePARIS: In a major development that should silence critics of Islam who have been blaming it for terrorism, UNESCO has declared that Islam is the most peaceful religion of the world.
The United Nations body released a statement earlier today that revealed that UNESCO had partnered with International Peace Foundation six months back to study all religions of the world and find out which was most peaceful amongst all.
“After six months of rigorous study and analysis, we have concluded that Islam is the most peaceful religion,” Robert McGee, head of comparative studies wing of International Peace Foundation declared in a press conference that was attended by UNESCO officials too.
When asked about the terror attacks being carried out in the name of Islam, including the recent ones in Dhaka and Baghdad, the UNESCO official denied that it had anything to do with Islam.
“Terror has no religion,” he said, “Islam means peace.”
To document this official recognition, UNESCO will issue certificates to interested Muslim bodies, which can choose to display them at various places like madarsas, Islamic study centers, mosques, halal stores, slaughterhouses, etc.
Junta Ka Reporter was also given a copy of certificate so that we can display the same to our readers. A copy has also been put in the office of our founder Mr. Mofat Javed.
A copy of the certificate issued by UNESCO.
“Right Wing organizations should stop maligning Islam and Muslims at least after this certificate from UNESCO,” our founder editor Mofat Javed hoped.
The certificate and announcement from UNESCO has been welcomed by world leaders and religious leaders across the world. Dalai Lama is reported to have asked other religions to learn from Islam and try to be as nonviolent and compassionate as the religion of peace.
However, some Muslim scholars have said that the act of UNESCO was not needed as Islam was already the best and final religion, and a certificate to the same amounts to trivializing the issue as it states the obvious.
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16 May, 2017

OIC appoints new envoy to Myanmar


Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim Mohammed Ahmed, member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Permanent Standing Committee for Human Rights, has revealed as the new envoy of the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Myanmar, who will soon be named successor to Mr. Hamid Albar.
“The issue of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar is one of the most complex problems faced by the Muslim minorities in Myanmar, and the fact that the OIC plays a major role in solving the problem through its envoy,” said Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim.
“I think the situation is going from a difficult situation to a more difficult one, given the failure of the Myanmar government to agree to allow the Commission to visit the area where the Rohingya lives, to meet Myanmar officials, and to cooperate with full understandings, strategies or solutions offered by the OIC. , Including those relating to the humanitarian aspect. “
And concluded that the issue should not only be on the humanitarian side, but also a complex one in which the solution should be political and humanitarian, and by respecting the human rights of the Rohingya minority, and everyone is aware of the violation of their rights in that State. Only to assist the international community and to play its role, to put more pressure on the Government of Myanmar, to recognize the problem of the Rohingya minority.
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12 May, 2017

Diplomat: Anti-Muslim Violence in Myanmar is ‘Rule of Law’ Problem

Calling Myanmar “a new democracy,” the U.S. ambassador to Myanmar told VOA the latest manifestation of increasing anti-Muslim sentiment in the Southeast Asian nation is a problem rooted in “the rule of law.”
The early morning confrontation Wednesday began late Tuesday night when a group of nationalists complained to police that several Rohingya were illegally hiding in a house in a Yangon neighborhood, according to local press accounts.
Police who investigated refused to arrest the men, saying they were local, non-Rohingya Muslims allowed to be there.
Hard-line Buddhists ride on motorbikes during a protest march, led by Rakhine State's dominant Arakan National Party, against the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community in Sittwe, Rakhine State.
Hard-line Buddhists ride on motorbikes during a protest march, led by Rakhine State's dominant Arakan National Party, against the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community in Sittwe, Rakhine State.
Authorities in Myanmar, a Buddhist majority country, consider most Rohingya to be “resident foreigners,” not citizens, according to Human Rights Watch. The majority of them live in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and cannot travel without special permission.
An Associated Press reporter saw approximately 30 Buddhists, including monks, in the neighborhood. Some were armed with stones, as were many of the area’s Muslim residents. Police fired two warning shots to disperse the crowds, and at least one Muslim man was hospitalized with injuries.
Rule of law
“To me, this is really a matter of the rule of law,” the U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar, Scot Marciel, told VOA’s Burmese Service.
Emphasizing that the only information he had about the incident came from press accounts, Marciel said, “What’s important in this case, or any other case like this, is that the law be applied fairly.” He added that it is “problematic to have citizens accompanying law enforcement to look into a possible crime. … It raises a lot of concerns, a lot of problems.”
Calling Myanmar “a new democracy,” Marciel said that the hope would be that “as Myanmar builds the rule of law,” citizens would raise any concerns they have about illegal activities with law enforcement, and that law enforcement “would take over from there so you avoid situations of crowds getting involved to enforce what they see as the law.”
But, he added “it takes time for societies to learn how they want their democracy to operate and what rule of law means.”
The Wednesday night incident was the second one in less than a month in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. On April 28, ultranationalist monks and their supporters forced two Muslim schools to close. Police stood by as the protesters chained the doors of the schools, according to Human Rights Watch. As of May 8, the schools remained closed.
FILE - Wirathu, a high-profile leader of the Myanmar Buddhist organization known as Ma Ba Tha, is interviewed at his monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar, Nov. 12, 2016.
FILE - Wirathu, a high-profile leader of the Myanmar Buddhist organization known as Ma Ba Tha, is interviewed at his monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar, Nov. 12, 2016.
Militant monks
A militant organization of Buddhist monks known as Ma Ba Tha has spearheaded protests against Muslims. Its leaders have been accused of stirring up mob violence leading to the deaths of Muslims and destruction of their property around the country. Most of the anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar since 2012 has occurred in Rakhine State, where the Rohingya are accused of entering the country illegally from Bangladesh.
“It’s a tremendous concern that this is happening in Yangon,” Derek Mitchell, the former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar told VOA’s Burmese Service.
Although Myanmar prohibits religious discrimination “it’s very sensitive when you’re dealing with monks in this very highly Buddhist country, a very proudly Buddhist country,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell, who served in Myanmar from July 2012, and departed March 2016, said that it is difficult to say why the tension is erupting in Yangon.
Broader problem
Mitchell said that while the situation in Rakhine State has attracted the most attention, the incidents in Yangon reflect “a broader issue of anti-Muslim sentiment” in Myanmar, something that cannot be blamed on State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who is the de facto government leader.
“I think she and the NLD government are sincere and are doing everything they possibly can to try to root it out and prevent it,” Mitchell said. “But it’s very difficult to block out and change minds and mindsets.”

This report originated in the VOA Burmese Service.
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03 May, 2017

From Hollywood Playboy Model – Why I Became Muslim

From Hollywood Playboy Model – Why I Became Muslim
Converting to Islam gave me that peace and security and the balance that I needed in my life that made everything make sense

Before I became a Muslim, I was not a very conservative person, I was not a very good person.
I modeled for about five years, and during that time I did a lot of drugs. And I thought oh, I can do math, and I won’t get addicted because I’m just using it as a weight loss helper. I will just use it every once and a while to just keep myself from eating too much.
Ah right! I thought I was strong enough to not get addicted to a drug that absolutely addicts basically everyone who uses it.
So I started doing matt, and I would probably give it a couple of weeks and then I got really addicted to it, and I did it all day and all night for five years. And it really brought me to a place of complete rock bottom.
My husband at that time had been doing it with me, and he started getting violent with me, and I was afraid for my life.
So I decided to quit. I decided that was not what I wanted for my life, and I told him “I said I’m going to quit.” And he laughed at me and said “Yes, right. You are not going to quit!” and I said “You know what, I’m going to quit”.
I quit that day completely, never again looked back. I didn’t have any time for rehab, no outside help nor support system. I had my husband laughing at me and trying to get me to do it again.
After that I had my little boy. My whole focus on life kind of changed. I had this wonderful little boy who needed a good mother and I loved him so much, I wanted to change everything that I focused on for him.
Back in the day, I could do anything I wanted. I was very involved in basically the Hollywood scene that anybody would want to be involved in. A lot of people are surprised that I gave that up in order to become a Muslim, but the funny thing is when I said my shahadah the desire to do all those things was completely taken away from me. I used to drink, did drugs, and all that stuff. I don’t want to do them anymore. It is amazing to me, I really enjoy and feel peaceful in my heart about being a Muslim.
I was born and raised non-denominational charismatic born-again Christian, and I didn’t find answers for what I was looking for, for 31 years as a Christian, I never really felt God. I tried this as hard as I could. I really did and I never felt Him.
The whole thing that started leading me to Islam was that I got married to an Iranian man who was a very devout born-again charismatic non-denominational Christian, and he was mentally and emotionally abusive to me, not to mention that fact that he was poisoning me, just so that he could control me, to keep me at home not being able to leave the house just to know where I would be all the times.
So I left him, and that kind started me on a whole new journey to see what was really going on in the world.
Researching Islam and Finding Peace
I researched Islam for a while before I chose to convert. Basically, I wanted to know why people hated Muslims so much because I saw what I saw in the news. I saw oppression and violence and I wanted to know what really existed, and if that was the way that Islam was.
So I started researching it, and the more and more I researched it, the deeper I got into it, I saw the truth in it. I think the main thing that I liked about Islam was the respect for women. There is a large amount of respect for women and the things we do as women.
Our lives aren’t easy. We have a lot of things that we have to think and worry about; our families, our husbands, our children and we have to bear children. That’s really a very hard thing to go through.
And you know, a lot of us have to cook, clean, raise children and take care of the house and the husband. It’s a difficult job. And the fact that Islam respects women for that, and they separate us at mosques so that the men are not distracted by us because Islam understands the power that we have behind, I guess you could say, our sexuality.
The way we look is really powerful to men, and they are affected by it. Islam respects that. Once I realized that, it grabbed the hold of me, and that’s when I knew I wanted to become a Muslim.
Converting to Islam made me feel different. It made me feel absolutely peaceful. I felt unstable before. I felt like a lot of things in my life were just up and down because they hadn’t been decided on. There was no goal in my mind. There was no reasoning for me being here.
I didn’t know why I should be here, and converting to Islam gave me that peace and security and the balance that I needed in my life that made everything make sense to me; that made everything real. And it made everything worth being here for, because I finally have a purpose and I understand what it is.
We don’t always have the opportunity to meet people that we essentially need to meet in order to understand them. So I started going to a mosque in order to really get close to the people and understand them. And the more I got involved in the mosque, the more the women just surrounded me and took me in, and they really showed me the kindness that is Islam.
I never ever in my life would have ever thought that I would become a Muslim. Never ever! My perception of Muslims was so misconceived that I didn’t like them because I believed media and I thought they were bad, and never in a million years would I have thought one day I would be one of them.
But now that I’m, I’m so proud and happy. I want to wear Hijab because I want people to know that I’m Muslim, even if they hate me, I don’t care. I want to show them that Allah exists in any kind of person, not just Middle Easterners.
I played drums before I was Muslim, and just because I became a Muslim doesn’t mean I have to stop doing the things that I enjoy. I do a lot of sports; snowboarding, water skiing and I still can be a good Muslim and still wear Hijab.
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15 April, 2017

Five reasons why the US cannot attack North Korea like it did Syria

Treaties, uncertainties over Pyongyang’s nuclear readiness, and the sheer scale of armaments on both sides maintain a delicate truce on the Korean peninsula
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 April, 2017, 2:31pm

3. Why must China stand by North Korea if it is attacked by the US?
China is North Korea’s ally. In 1961, the two countries signed the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty, in which both parties are obliged to offer immediate military and other assistance to the other in the case of an outside attack. This treaty has been prolonged twice, and is valid until 2021.
4. Why does China insist on a peaceful resolution and oppose military option floated by the US?
China is concerned that its border provinces would be inundated with North Korean refugees if the Kim regime collapsed. From a geopolitical point of view, Beijing views North Korea as a buffer zone from the potential encroachment by powers are aligned with the US, including Japan and South Korea.
5. Besides China, which other countries oppose a military strike against Pyongyang?
Both South Korea and Japan prefer non-military option. The South Korean capital, Seoul, is only about 40km from the border and is particularly vulnerable to North Korean attack. Sam Gardiner, a retired Air Force colonel, was quoted by an interview by The Atlantic magazine as saying the US “cannot protect Seoul, at least for the first 24 hours of a war, and maybe for the first 48”. Even though former US president Bill Clinton seriously debated bombing the Yongbyon reactor in 1994, he was convinced by his defence officials that the intensity of combat with North Korea “would be greater than any the world has witnessed since the last Korean War”.
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11 April, 2017

Russia Declares U.S. Relations In ‘Worst Period’ Since the Cold War


MOSCOW — Relations between the U.S. and Russia are "in their worst period since the end of the Cold War," the Kremlin said Tuesday only hours before America's top diplomat was due to visit.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Russia from the G-7 summit in Italy later Tuesday for a meeting with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov — an encounter that takes place against a backdrop of escalating tensions.
Even before President Donald Trump's top envoy left Italy, Russia's foreign ministry issued a statement calling for the "normalization of bilateral relations" with the U.S. and citing a "long list of irritants created by Washington."
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"It's clear that Russian-American relations are in their worst period since the end of the Cold War," the foreign ministry said. "The previous U.S. administration has done all it could to exacerbate them."
It was unclear on Tuesday morning whether Tillerson would meet Putin during the visit.
The Russian statement echoed recent comments by a top U.S. military official who said that American warships that launched cruise missiles at Syria last week were sailing in waters experiencing levels of Russian naval activity not seen since the Cold War.
Navy Admiral Michelle Howard said those waters, as well as other seas around Europe, have experienced a worrying spike in Russian naval activity in recent years.
"We're seeing activity that we didn't even see when it was the Soviet Union," Howard told Reuters in an interview late Saturday.
This build-up coincided with a rapid deterioration in Washington-Moscow relations following Russia's annexation of Crimea and alleged backing of pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The recent suspected chemical weapons attack by Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and the swift U.S. military response of 59 Tomahawk missiles only exacerbated the tensions between Moscow and Washington. Moscow is one of Assad's main backers in the conflict.
The statement said Russia wanted to know if the U.S. was serious about "stabilization and normalization of bilateral relations" and hoped to hear of Trump's strategy on a number of foreign policy problems.
"We expect to hear about what the U.S. plans on doing in Libya, which has ended up de-facto split, same as Iraq, due to a NATO military intervention," it said.
"What is the strategy for Yemen, where American weapons are used for massive city bombardments, which cause civilian deaths and exacerbates a humanitarian catastrophe?" the statement added, referring to the conflict in Yemen where U.S. allies in the Gulf are bombing a desperately poor population.
It said Russia was "very concerned" about Trump's recent suggestion that America would act alone on North Korea if necessary.
"As for the bilateral agenda, the long list of irritants created by Washington is not decreasing," it said.
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North Korea vows response to 'reckless' US Navy deployment to Korean Peninsula


SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Tuesday (April 11) denounced Washington's deployment of a naval strike group to the Korean Peninsula, warning it was ready for "war" in a further escalation of tensions in the region.
The Carl Vinson strike group cancelled a planned trip to Australia this weekend to head to the region, in a show of force as Washington signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities.
“This goes to prove that the US reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase,” a spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said, according to state news agency KCNA.

“The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US,” he said, using the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
President Donald Trump, fresh from ordering a missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as a warning to North Korea, has asked his advisors for a range of options to rein in Pyongyang, a top US official said on Sunday.
Trump has previously threatened unilateral action against Pyongyang if China – the North’s sole major ally – fails to help curb its neighbour’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
But Pyongyang’s response suggested the reclusive state is determined to continue on its current path, despite repeated rounds of United Nations sanctions.
“We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms,” the foreign ministry spokesman said. “We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.” .

Speculation over an imminent nuclear test is brewing as the North marks anniversaries including the 105th birthday of its founding leader on Saturday – sometimes celebrated with a demonstration of military might.
Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them last year.
Satellite imagery analysis suggests it could be preparing for a sixth, with intelligence officials warning it could be less than two years away from achieving the ability to strike the continental United States.
Seoul and Washington are also currently conducting joint military drills, an annual exercise which is seen by the North as a preparation for invasion.
South Korea’s top nuclear envoy said on Monday after talks with his Chinese counterpart that the two nations had agreed to “strong” new measures to punish Pyongyang if it carried out another nuclear test.
The talks came shortly after Trump hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for a summit at which he pressed Beijing to do more to curb the North’s nuclear ambitions.
“(We) are prepared to chart our own course if this is something China is just unable to coordinate with us,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the summit.
US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday criticised North Korea as a rogue nation engaged in provocative behaviour and said denuclearisation of the peninsula “must happen”.
“The president has asked them to be prepared to give us a full range of options to remove that threat,” he said on Fox News, apparently referring to Trump’s advisers.
South Korea’s Unification Minister Hong Yong Pyo said on Monday that the repercussions of a potential military response were worrying.
“Pre-emptive strikes may be aimed at resolving North Korea’s nuclear problems, but for us, it is also related to defending the safety of the public,” he told reporters.
While a US unilateral strike on North Korea from a shorter range might be more effective, it would likely endanger many civilians in the South and risk triggering a broader military conflict, experts warn.
ေက်ာက္တံုးအျဖစ္ တျဖည္းျဖည္းေျပာင္းလဲေနတဲ့ အသက္ ၁၁ ႏွစ္အရြယ္ ေကာင္ေလး Apann Pyay 11:57 PM ႏိုင္​ငံတကာသတင္း လမ္းလည္းမေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ စကားလည္း မေျပာႏုိင္ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ နာကုမၼာရီဟာ သူမရဲ႕သားေလးကို စခ်ီစမွာ အျခားကေလးေတြလိုပဲ ခ်စ္ဖို႔ေကာင္းေနၿပီး ပံုမွန္ပါပဲ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အိမ္ျပန္ေရာက္ၿပီး ၁၅ ရက္ၾကာမွာေတာ့ သူမရဲ႕သားရဲ႕ အေရျပားေတြဟာ ကြာက်ၿပီး ထူထဲတဲ့ အနက္ေရာင္အကြက္ေတြက ေနရာယူလာၿပီး ကေလးငယ္မွာ အဲဒီကတည္းက နာက်င္မႈကို ခံစားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ရွားပါးလွတဲ့ အေရျပားမူမမွန္တဲ့ ေရာဂါေၾကာင့္ အခုဆုိရင္ ကေလးငယ္ဟာ စကားလည္းမေျပာႏုိင္ လမ္းလည္း မေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ သူ႔ရဲ႕ ေၾကာက္စရာေကာင္းတဲ့ အေရျပားေၾကာင့္ တျခားကေလးေတြက အနားမကပ္တဲ့အတြက္ သူ႔မွာ သူငယ္ခ်င္းလည္း မရွိရွာဘဲ အထီးက်န္ေနရပါတယ္။ ကုသလို႔လည္း မေပ်ာက္ကင္းႏုိင္တဲ့ ေရာဂါျဖစ္တဲ့အတြက္ နာကုမၼာရီတုိ႔ ဇနီးေမာင္ႏွံဟာ သားငယ္ေလး တျဖည္းျဖည္း ေက်ာက္တံုးအျဖစ္ ေျပာင္းလဲေနတာကို ရင္ကြဲပက္လက္နဲ႔ ၾကည့္႐ွဴေနရပါေတာ့တယ္။ "ငါးႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ေမြးေန႔မွာ သူနာက်င္တယ္၊ လမ္းလည္း မေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ဘူးလို႔ ေျပာတယ္။ သူ ဗိုက္ဆာတဲ့အခ်ိန္နဲ႔ သန္႔စင္ခန္း သြားခ်င္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မ်ဳိးသာ သူေျပာႏုိင္ေတာ့တယ္။ အျမဲတမ္း ထုိင္ၿပီး ငိုေနတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ သူ ဘာလုိ႔နာမွန္းလည္းမသိဘူး၊ ဘယ္လိုကူညီရမွန္းလည္းမသိဘူး" လို႔ မိခင္ျဖစ္သူက ေျပာပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ကံေကာင္းစြာပဲ ၿဗိတိသွ်အဆုိေတာ္ ဂ်ဳိ႕စတုန္းရဲ႕ ေငြေၾကးေထာက္ပံ့မႈနဲ႔ ရမ္မက္ရွ္လို႔ အမည္ရတဲ့ သနားစရာ ကေလးငယ္ကို ကက္သ္မန္ဒူေဆးေကာလိပ္မွာ ကုသေပးလ်က္ရွိၿပီး ဆရာဝန္မ်ားက သူ႔ကို ေဝဒနာသက္သာေအာင္ ကူညီေပးႏုိင္မယ္လုိ႔ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ထားၾကပါတယ္။

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ေက်ာက္တံုးအျဖစ္ တျဖည္းျဖည္းေျပာင္းလဲေနတဲ့ အသက္ ၁၁ ႏွစ္အရြယ္ ေကာင္ေလး Apann Pyay 11:57 PM ႏိုင္​ငံတကာသတင္း လမ္းလည္းမေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ စကားလည္း မေျပာႏုိင္ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ နာကုမၼာရီဟာ သူမရဲ႕သားေလးကို စခ်ီစမွာ အျခားကေလးေတြလိုပဲ ခ်စ္ဖို႔ေကာင္းေနၿပီး ပံုမွန္ပါပဲ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အိမ္ျပန္ေရာက္ၿပီး ၁၅ ရက္ၾကာမွာေတာ့ သူမရဲ႕သားရဲ႕ အေရျပားေတြဟာ ကြာက်ၿပီး ထူထဲတဲ့ အနက္ေရာင္အကြက္ေတြက ေနရာယူလာၿပီး ကေလးငယ္မွာ အဲဒီကတည္းက နာက်င္မႈကို ခံစားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ရွားပါးလွတဲ့ အေရျပားမူမမွန္တဲ့ ေရာဂါေၾကာင့္ အခုဆုိရင္ ကေလးငယ္ဟာ စကားလည္းမေျပာႏုိင္ လမ္းလည္း မေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ သူ႔ရဲ႕ ေၾကာက္စရာေကာင္းတဲ့ အေရျပားေၾကာင့္ တျခားကေလးေတြက အနားမကပ္တဲ့အတြက္ သူ႔မွာ သူငယ္ခ်င္းလည္း မရွိရွာဘဲ အထီးက်န္ေနရပါတယ္။ ကုသလို႔လည္း မေပ်ာက္ကင္းႏုိင္တဲ့ ေရာဂါျဖစ္တဲ့အတြက္ နာကုမၼာရီတုိ႔ ဇနီးေမာင္ႏွံဟာ သားငယ္ေလး တျဖည္းျဖည္း ေက်ာက္တံုးအျဖစ္ ေျပာင္းလဲေနတာကို ရင္ကြဲပက္လက္နဲ႔ ၾကည့္႐ွဴေနရပါေတာ့တယ္။ "ငါးႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ေမြးေန႔မွာ သူနာက်င္တယ္၊ လမ္းလည္း မေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ဘူးလို႔ ေျပာတယ္။ သူ ဗိုက္ဆာတဲ့အခ်ိန္နဲ႔ သန္႔စင္ခန္း သြားခ်င္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မ်ဳိးသာ သူေျပာႏုိင္ေတာ့တယ္။ အျမဲတမ္း ထုိင္ၿပီး ငိုေနတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ သူ ဘာလုိ႔နာမွန္းလည္းမသိဘူး၊ ဘယ္လိုကူညီရမွန္းလည္းမသိဘူး" လို႔ မိခင္ျဖစ္သူက ေျပာပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ကံေကာင္းစြာပဲ ၿဗိတိသွ်အဆုိေတာ္ ဂ်ဳိ႕စတုန္းရဲ႕ ေငြေၾကးေထာက္ပံ့မႈနဲ႔ ရမ္မက္ရွ္လို႔ အမည္ရတဲ့ သနားစရာ ကေလးငယ္ကို ကက္သ္မန္ဒူေဆးေကာလိပ္မွာ ကုသေပးလ်က္ရွိၿပီး ဆရာဝန္မ်ားက သူ႔ကို ေဝဒနာသက္သာေအာင္ ကူညီေပးႏုိင္မယ္လုိ႔ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ထားၾကပါတယ္။

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ေက်ာက္တံုးအျဖစ္ တျဖည္းျဖည္းေျပာင္းလဲေနတဲ့ အသက္ ၁၁ ႏွစ္အရြယ္ ေကာင္ေလး Apann Pyay 11:57 PM ႏိုင္​ငံတကာသတင္း လမ္းလည္းမေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ စကားလည္း မေျပာႏုိင္ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ နာကုမၼာရီဟာ သူမရဲ႕သားေလးကို စခ်ီစမွာ အျခားကေလးေတြလိုပဲ ခ်စ္ဖို႔ေကာင္းေနၿပီး ပံုမွန္ပါပဲ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အိမ္ျပန္ေရာက္ၿပီး ၁၅ ရက္ၾကာမွာေတာ့ သူမရဲ႕သားရဲ႕ အေရျပားေတြဟာ ကြာက်ၿပီး ထူထဲတဲ့ အနက္ေရာင္အကြက္ေတြက ေနရာယူလာၿပီး ကေလးငယ္မွာ အဲဒီကတည္းက နာက်င္မႈကို ခံစားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ရွားပါးလွတဲ့ အေရျပားမူမမွန္တဲ့ ေရာဂါေၾကာင့္ အခုဆုိရင္ ကေလးငယ္ဟာ စကားလည္းမေျပာႏုိင္ လမ္းလည္း မေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ေတာ့ပါဘူး။ သူ႔ရဲ႕ ေၾကာက္စရာေကာင္းတဲ့ အေရျပားေၾကာင့္ တျခားကေလးေတြက အနားမကပ္တဲ့အတြက္ သူ႔မွာ သူငယ္ခ်င္းလည္း မရွိရွာဘဲ အထီးက်န္ေနရပါတယ္။ ကုသလို႔လည္း မေပ်ာက္ကင္းႏုိင္တဲ့ ေရာဂါျဖစ္တဲ့အတြက္ နာကုမၼာရီတုိ႔ ဇနီးေမာင္ႏွံဟာ သားငယ္ေလး တျဖည္းျဖည္း ေက်ာက္တံုးအျဖစ္ ေျပာင္းလဲေနတာကို ရင္ကြဲပက္လက္နဲ႔ ၾကည့္႐ွဴေနရပါေတာ့တယ္။ "ငါးႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ေမြးေန႔မွာ သူနာက်င္တယ္၊ လမ္းလည္း မေလွ်ာက္ႏုိင္ဘူးလို႔ ေျပာတယ္။ သူ ဗိုက္ဆာတဲ့အခ်ိန္နဲ႔ သန္႔စင္ခန္း သြားခ်င္တဲ့အခ်ိန္မ်ဳိးသာ သူေျပာႏုိင္ေတာ့တယ္။ အျမဲတမ္း ထုိင္ၿပီး ငိုေနတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ သူ ဘာလုိ႔နာမွန္းလည္းမသိဘူး၊ ဘယ္လိုကူညီရမွန္းလည္းမသိဘူး" လို႔ မိခင္ျဖစ္သူက ေျပာပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ကံေကာင္းစြာပဲ ၿဗိတိသွ်အဆုိေတာ္ ဂ်ဳိ႕စတုန္းရဲ႕ ေငြေၾကးေထာက္ပံ့မႈနဲ႔ ရမ္မက္ရွ္လို႔ အမည္ရတဲ့ သနားစရာ ကေလးငယ္ကို ကက္သ္မန္ဒူေဆးေကာလိပ္မွာ ကုသေပးလ်က္ရွိၿပီး ဆရာဝန္မ်ားက သူ႔ကို ေဝဒနာသက္သာေအာင္ ကူညီေပးႏုိင္မယ္လုိ႔ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ထားၾကပါတယ္။

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10 April, 2017

UN Secretary-General to designate Malala Yousafzai as Messenger of Peace


On 10 April 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will designate Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education.
The Messenger of Peace designation ceremony will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York at an event to be held in the Trusteeship Council Chamber on Monday, 10 April 2017, at 3:15 p.m. EST. The designation will be followed by a conversation between the Secretary-General, Ms. Yousafzai and youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls’ education.
“Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people,” the Secretary-General said on his selection of Ms. Yousafzai for the designation. “Her courageous activism for girls’ education has already energized so many people around the world.  Now as our youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.”
Born on 12 July 1997 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Ms. Yousafzai became an international symbol for the fight for girls’ education after being shot on 9 October 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education. She survived the attack and became an advocate for the millions of girls denied a formal education worldwide.
In 2013, Ms. Yousafzai and her father, Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founded Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to demand change. Ms. Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate on 10 December 2014.
Ms. Yousafzai is the first Messenger of Peace designated by Secretary-General Guterres. United Nations Messengers of Peace are widely recognized public figures, who help to raise worldwide awareness of the Organization’s ideals and activities. Through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they expand public understanding of how the UN helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
Malala Fund
Founded by Malala Yousafzai, Malala Fund is working for a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear. Learn more at malala.org.
Please note that the event will be webcast on https://webtv.un.org and streamed live on facebook.com/UNWebTV and youtube.com/unitednations.
Further information about UN Messengers of Peace is available at: https://outreach.un.org/mop.
For media inquiries about UN Messengers of Peace, please contact: Jeffrey Brez, tel. + 1 212 963 8070, e-mail: brez@un.org, or Jon Herbertsson, tel. + 1 212 963 7346, e-mail: herbertsson@un.org.
For media inquiries about Malala Fund, please contact: Taylor Royle e-mail: taylor@malalafund.org.
For UN media accreditation, please visit http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/or contact Marija Rokuiziene, tel. + 1 212 963 9273, e-mail: malu@un.org.
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North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified



North Korea has vowed to bolster its defenses to protect itself against airstrikes like the ones President Donald Trump ordered against an air base in Syria.
The North called the airstrikes "absolutely unpardonable" and said they prove its nuclear weapons are justified to protect the country against Washington's "evermore reckless moves for a war."
The comments were made by a Foreign Ministry official and carried Sunday by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency. The report did not name the official, which is common in KCNA reports.
The airstrikes, announced shortly after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up dinner at a two-day summit in Florida last week, were retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war.
"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent U.S. military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it," the report said, adding that the North's "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot" will foil any aggression by the U.S.
"We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the U.S. evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force," it said.
North Korea has long claimed that the United States is preparing to conduct similar precision strikes against its territory or even launch an all-out invasion. It claims its nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent to the U.S. military threat.
Washington denies it has any intention of invading the North.
Tensions have been even higher than usual over the past few weeks because annual war games between the U.S. and South Korean militaries are underway. The exercises this year are the biggest ever and have included stealth fighter training and other maneuvers that are particularly sensitive to North Korea.
For its part, the North test-launched a ballistic missile just ahead of the Trump-Xi meeting and has been rumored to be preparing for a possible nuclear test.
The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with an armistice, not a formal peace treaty.
North Korea considers Syria an ally. But unlike Syria, experts warn that North Korea has a means of striking back if provoked.
Along with its rapidly advancing nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, the North has its artillery and short-range missiles trained on Seoul, the capital of U.S. ally South Korea and a city of more than 10 million people.
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