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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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November 19, 2012

Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma

by Alexander Haines

Map of Burma showing location of RohingyaThe Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in Buddhist Burma, have faced systematic discrimination by the government and by the communities in which they live. Many have been denied citizenship, and government officials typically refer to them using pejorative terms. The Rohingya are not respected as native Burmese, and instead are thought of by many as Bengali. Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar have all reported endemic discrimination against Rohingya.

In the past six months ethnic tensions in Arakan (where most Burmese Rohingya ...

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February 25, 2012

CSW encounters

Picture of Naw Lee Myar and othersBuilding community across nations - meeting sisters, and brothers, - happens regularly at the Commission on the Status of Women.
Peng Leong, volunteer with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, reflects on an encounter - the beginning of a relationship with Naw Lee Myar - that took place today during the Ecumenical Women Orientation:

I met a delegate from Myanmar . . . she was sponsored by the Asian Rural Institute and the United Methodist church.  She could not believe that God provided this opportunity since she had no means at all. She is so appreciative. . . . I am grateful to have met this wonderful sister who ...

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