The meeting between Prime Minster Narendra Modi and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is underway at the Presidential Palace at Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar. This meeting will be followed by delegation level talks.
Several agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries in various fields including maritime security, capacity building and health after the talks.
Apart from this, both leaders will review the existing mechanism for cooperation on security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, skill development, infrastructure and energy, and culture.
Before leaving for Yangon in the evening, Mr. Modi will visit Bagan, the heritage city of Myanmar. He will also visit Ananda temple in Bagan, which is being renovated by Archaeological Survey of India.
other face of the coin
The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Myanmar and not just confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent at least 123,000 of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, a UK-based rights group said.
The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) said on Tuesday that the persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
“The transition to democracy has allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a dangerous narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma [Myanmar],” the group said in a report.Aljazeera
views of Times Of Pedia (top)
“Is there any dialogue on Rohingya’s Muslims massacre between two leaders ?, if no then Modi ji must answer why inhuman genocide of Rohingya’s Muslims did not catch his attention . Our readers would recall the Balochistan issue where ” Modi dahaar rahe the ki balochis ke manvadhikaar ka hanan horaha hai” to kya Rohingya musalmaanon ka yahan hanan nahi horaha “. As Modi ji is considered as south asian nations brand ambassador of peace ,then he should strongly raise his voice against brutal genocide of Rohingya Muslims in his neighbouring country , irrespective of cast and religion .otherwise history will not forgive world leaders . ” Top Bureau views
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Mediacide in Myanmar: Militant Buddhism’s toll on Rohingya Muslims
Tim King Salem-News.com
It’s Time We Ask, why is this being allowed in Burma?
People are dying silently in Myanmar and the west is refuses to pay attention. The situation tears at the hearts of Human Rights activists who are sick of the killing.
(SALEM) – The Genocidal patterns of militant Buddhists are increasingly claiming large swaths of humanity, sweeping remains into unmarked mass graves. We’re familiar with the term ‘Democide‘ in reference to today’s brand of western diplomacy; which involves smashing people like Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Libyans and Syrians to smithereens. Now we’re confronted with Mediacide which war criminals love and embrace. They kill innocent people and the American ‘news media’ keeps its mouth shut, thus allowing the acts to take place; hence ‘mediacide’.
Three years ago, it was Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus and Christians; 160,000 people were murdered and disappeared while the U.S. government, which knew what was taking place, tragically remained silent and only tried to resolve the crisis through diplomatic back channels with the Sri Lanka Sinhalese Buddhist government which miserably failed. We wouldn’t even know that if it weren’t for Wikileaks.
Now it is the Rohingya Muslim’s turn to die at the hand of Buddhist religious extremists in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a place of long simmering ethnic tension.
In this case it is the Rakhine Buddhists doing the killing. Local sources say there are not two groups fighting in the Rakhine State; armed and well trained Rakhines are killing unarmed Rohingya and that is it.
Critics of American silence are registering their complaints loudly in press all over the eastern world, though Americans are hearing next to nothing and most don’t even know what it is they are ignoring. That is the power of western media- or a lack of it as the case may be, and I hope that it leads to media groups themselves being at the center of the protests. They are failing in America. Genocide is the worst human crime possible.
Advocates of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma see the power of the west as complicit in the slaughter. After all, it is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama who are normalizing relations with this country without insisting that years of Human Rights violations are addressed. We lamented this at the time of Clinton’s recent visit and now we are watching the Rohingya Muslims die as a result of the American desire to do business but not fix humanity. The western journalists’ lack of criticism is unnerving to say the least.
Those watching this political silence should note that the Sri Lankan Genocide of Tamils went from being ignored, to becoming the subject of a set of extremely powerful documentaries produced by Channel 4 in the UK titled, ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields‘ which blew the lid off of the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) attempt to keep their dirty deeds; war crimes and crimes against humanity, hidden from view.
Salem-News.com is one of, if not the only western news organizations to heavily publicize the photos and videos of the slaughter of Tamils before the Channel 4documentaries were released. The stories receive considerable traffic every day; even those from 2010 and before. Since the terrible acts of the GoSL were exposed, the country has been taken to war crime court in Geneva. The pressure is not going away, only building, and it has only grown with intensity and this will happen with the Rohingya Muslims too, even if it takes time and more people have to suffer and die first.
When it does happen, Americans will issue statements about how tragic it all is and yet their silence will be the reason it was allowed to go so far out of control.
What the World is Saying
In Sarajevo, Bosnia – Nasmiya Bokova, journalist and deputy chief editor of Muslimanka magazine, criticized the United States and its Western allies for not responding to the massacre of Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar. As a country who claims to human rights defenders, Bokova says the attitude of the U.S. and Western countries is astounding.
“It was shocking that Western countries, particularly the United States, which claims to fight for human rights does not react to these events,” Bokova said in an interview with IRNA in Moscow.
We published the words of Aung Aung Oo early this morning, who is a Rohingya Muslim in Burma with big questions for U.S. policy makers:
- “Why are you keeping silent? You entered Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places without a UN resolution, why don’t you want to interfere in the Arakan State? Shall I accuse you of a double standard?”
More poignant and biting, was the comment:
- Three of my friends had been trying to take photos and they got some which were sent to international media, after then all of my friends lost their lives, even I don’t know how they were killed.
On 27 July 2012, MuslimMatters.org wrote:
- Considering how little the American media, and to only a slightly lesser extent their international counterparts, have covered this latest outbreak of violence between Buddhist nationalists and minority Rohingya Muslims, you are squarely in the majority if you have no idea that dozens have been butchered and hundreds have attempted (unsuccessfully) to flee their homeland.
- All while the world remains silent.
The only problem with that may be that the numbers of dead have reached well into the thousands according to many local sources we are in contact with, but media access is zero.
Without addressing Burma specifically, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wrote an Op-Ed in The New York Times this week that calls attention to the lackadaisical position the United States has taken with respect to Human Rights:
- While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.
- The declaration has been invoked by human rights activists and the international community to replace most of the world’s dictatorships with democracies and to promote the rule of law in domestic and global affairs. It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, our government’s counterterrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”