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Said the locals wore catapults, poles and macetes as they were approaching the forces that reacted with 40-50 snipes. Thursday the regime said six Buddhists were murdered and two other people in Kaigyi in Maungdawownship, also in Rakhine state, are still absent. For almost nine month the Rakhine north has been closed to freelance reporters, legal professionals and humanitarians, except for organised travel in the world.
Since October last year, the army has started surgeries in the north of Rakhine, when Rohingya fighters believed to have murdered nine policemen along the Bangladesh-Barrier. Right-wing groups said that more than 1,000 homes were burnt down, an unidentified number of civilians murdered and hundred of Rohingya men and young were imprisoned during the beating.
According to the federal administration, the surgery was finished in February. Yanghee Lee, UN Commissioner for Myanmar's United Nations High Commissioner for the Protection of Myanmar's Citizens, last months voiced his frustration at the government's failure to address the issues behind the Buddhist and Muslim outbreak. Said that the position for Rohingya had hardly improved and that the administration had stopped her from going to several areas there.
The" other" Karen in Myanmar: Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung: Ethnical minorities and the struggle without weapons
The" Other" Karen in Myanmar looks at the" other" or" silent" minority groups that belong to ethnical groups that are associated with known militarized opposition organisations, but pursue non-violent ways of promoting their own personal and group interests. It is the first in-depth analysis that reveals the origins and activity of the "other" Karen and analyses the way they relate to their "rebels" and the state agencies.
She will also discuss other interethnic organisations that have had similar experiences and assess their impact on interethnic relationships, negotiation with state agencies and policy-reforms. The majority of earlier research has concentrated on violence related issues in ethnical relationships and ethnically armoured organisations such as the Karen National Union (KNU) in Burma, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF) in the Philippines and the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
But even among these minority groups, trapped in the midst of military conflict, the vast majority of the population has avoided military opposition and tried to stay "silent" beyond the fight and pursue non-violent ways of promoting their own interests to dictatorial states. Focusing on the life and increasing importance of non-armed, non insurgents from Burma's minority communities, this survey is strongly based on public polls and open interviewing among Karen Diapora (among those who have been in Burma for at least 20 years), "silent Karens" in Burma, KNU officers, staff and troops, and Karen returnees and internally displaced persons currently in Thai-Burmese frontier areas.
The conference is aimed primarily at sociologists, history scholars, humanitarians, politicians and practicians as well as a non-specialized public interested in South East Asia/Burma policies and societies, as well as comparing policies, identities, ethnic conflicts, societal movement, dispute settlement and governance.