AA soldiers and Rohingya IDPs

Arakan at the Crossroads: Addressing newly-emerging military and political dynamics

Naing Lin analyses the latest state of conflict, how the political narrative has changed and need for peace for all peoples in the struggle for Arakan freedom.

Understanding the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

By Lionel Bopage October 19, 2017
— Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal The Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless community. Most of them live in the western coastal state of Rakhine, one the poorest states in Myanmar. The majority of the Rohingya are Muslims and have for centuries lived in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct from other dialects spoken in Rakhine State and Myanmar. They are not considered one of the country's 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless. Since August 2017, more than half a million Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh alone.