Myanmar

  • Meet the Rohingya woman who fights for ethnic equality in Burma

    This article was written by Virginia Vigliar and Magdalena Mach   When she was 18 years old, Wai Wai Nu, her mother, her sister and one of her brothers heard a loud bang on the door in the middle of the night. 15 security forces arrested them and took...
  • Silence

    In a surprising turn of events, the Myanmar military has come forward in a bizarre news conference defending its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority as part of a concerted counterinsurgency effort. For the first time, top generals openly addressed the mounting denunciations of human right abuses, in which...
  • Jaded

    The failure to effectively regulate the extraction of a country’s natural resources is a policy problem which has ignited and fueled numerous conflicts throughout history. To this day, failure of effective governance remains a major source of human rights abuses and environmental degradation. From Sierra Leone’s blood diamonds to...
  • Aung San Suu Kyi: a democratic dictator?

    In a previous article for Words in the Bucket, contributor Laura Naude convincingly pleaded for the recognition of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Naude concluded her piece on a hopeful note, stating that “the recent open elections and the possibility of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi...
  • Citizens of Nowhere: the Rohingya of Myanmar

    Ethnic cleansing. Genocide. Terrorism. These are some of the terms that have been used to describe the actions being perpetrated against the Rohingya people, not only in Myanmar but in the surrounding countries where they have been subjected to continuous victimisation. The plight of the Rohingya was once again...