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The Unwanted People: Rohingya Historical background

Ethnic tensions in Burma stretch back centuries. History is rife with examples of minority ethnic groups getting the short end of the stick. Such a metaphor glosses over some highly egregious human rights violations, but to go into detail in every such instance would take a long time.

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Ethnic tensions in Burma stretch back centuries. History is rife with examples of minority ethnic groups getting the short end of the stick. Such a metaphor glosses over some highly egregious human rights violations, but to go into detail in every such instance would take a long time. However, it is a fact to state that non-titular groups are, at this moment, being persecuted all across the globe from Latin America and Europe to the Mideast and all throughout Africa.

One story that has started to gain some traction in international news outlets is the narrative of the Rohingya people living in western Myanmar in the state of Rakhine. The Rohingya are a Muslim group living far from the capital city of Naypyidaw, a hub of activity since the country’s recent attempt at a transition to a more open and democratic society. A Brief Historical Background of the Rohingya People.

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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Will Myanmar’s coup help China influence ASEAN?

The Myanmar crisis is becoming increasingly tragic, with the military’s use of lethal force now killing over 60 protestors.

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On 16 January 2021, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a visit to four ASEAN countries. One destination was Myanmar, the upcoming country coordinator of the ASEAN–China dialogue and now centre of international attention after the country’s military seized power.

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