On the Rohingya in Myanmar

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On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Queequeg » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:16 pm

Many of us in the Dharmawheel community have been following the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar with horror. Our collective hearts go out to the victims and we condemn the perpetrators of the unspeakable violence. We call for an immediate end to the persecution of the Rohingya people.

In speaking to this human rights violation in particular, we, as an online Buddhist community, are sensitive to reports that elements in the Buddhist Sangha (Community of Monks and Nuns) have been vocal advocates in stoking religious, racial, and ethnic nationalism among the Burmese people and encouraging malevolent attitudes toward the Rohingya minority. We are disappointed that individuals wearing the robes of Buddhist renunciates would give voice to messages that are completely at odds with the Buddha's message of peace and liberation and bring disrepute to the Three Jewels of the Buddha, the Dharma (the Teaching), and the Sangha.

We join the mainstream of the Burmese Buddhist community, as well as the overwhelming majority of Buddhists around the world, in condemning those members of the Sangha who have agitated against the Rohingya and would use the color of the Buddha's authority to spread views that are utterly incompatible with the Buddha's teachings.

We encourage all members of the DW community to take whatever action they can to bring an end to the ethnic persecution in Myanmar.
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Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Virgo » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:26 pm

I am glad Dharmawheel has taken this stance.

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Post by Queequeg » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:30 pm

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Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Queequeg » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:59 pm

Prominent members of the Buddhist community around the world speak out against the Persecution of Rohingya

Statement by Western Teachers

HH Dalai Lama: Buddha would have helped the Rohingya

HH Karmapa: "Any Buddhist practitioner involved in this kind of conflict and violent activity is not acceptable."
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Post by Ayu » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:23 pm

:thumbsup: Good thread.
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Post by Grigoris » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:55 pm

Well said!
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Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:45 am

Why this pro-Rohingya Buddhist is speaking out against his country’s government
By: Nathan Paul Southern - POSTED ON: November 9, 2017

Thet Swe Win runs the Centre for Youth and Social Harmony in his native Myanmar. He recently made a name for himself as one of the few Buddhist voices willing to speak out against his country’s treatment of the Rohingya.

...What do you think of Aung San Suu Kyi’s response?

She has chosen to stand with her own voters. She is contradicting herself. Before she got in power she was seen as a human rights champion. She gave very powerful and colourful speeches. They all contradict with what she is doing right now… It breaks my heart a lot. Her struggle and sacrifices are what inspired me to work for human rights and democracy in Myanmar. We, her followers, feel so lost now. We don’t know what to believe or who to believe – this is what the human rights defenders of Myanmar are feeling like.

How do the international and local media responses differ?

The government doesn’t let in any international or local media to travel freely and go in to get the report. The Burmese media only gets its information from the army; the army is going to be biased. They should let media come in at their own risk like they do in other countries, because… quite a lot of people now are becoming nationalist, so people are biased. It’s very difficult to get the true information on the ground as the government army is controlling everything.

Is the Rohingya situation getting worse?

Yes, it is getting much worse than before.
More: http://sea-globe.com/human-rights-rohingya/

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Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:35 pm

Accounts of rape, burning children and murder

How a Rohingya massacre unfolded at Tula Toli

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/12/asia/ ... index.html
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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:51 pm

Buddhist Monk Leads Donation Drive to Promote Religious Harmony in Southern Thailand

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:55 pm

'It would be good if I too died': Rape as weapon of war against Rohingya

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:41 pm

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal to repatriate Rohingya but details scarce

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Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:01 am

Rohingya crisis: 'It's not genocide,' say Myanmar's hardline monks

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Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Bum » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:15 am

I am feeling very thankful to be part of the Buddhist community who condemns this horrific crime.

I am living in country where majority of people are Muslims, therefore, the genocide of Rohingya got some pretty serious media exposure. Most people were actually completely surprised by the fact that there are nationalistic Buddhists (Buddhist nationalists?) who would approve of these kinds of atrocities.

Me myself, I don't consider myself to be part of the Buddhist doctrinal schools nor Buddhist at all, since I didn't take a refuge, but I am really interested in learning about all things Buddhism. Some people even directly asked me in a provoking way about this (could be just an inappropriate joke, but it was out there) and why doesn't 'so called zen community and its leaders condemn these crimes'.

I am glad this is wrong and that more and more teachers, practitioners and learners are willing to discuss this and enter the field of socio-political discussions, although it's something we should, in a way, stay out of it.

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:42 pm

Bangladesh-Myanmar agreement on Rohingya refugees revealed

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Re: On the Rohingya in Myanmar

Post by Kras » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:39 pm

Thank you, Dharma Wheel!
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