Tauseef Akbar

Tauseef Akbar
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Tauseef Akbar is a Chicago-based writer and activist and has worked with a number of national civil rights organizations. He holds a BA in English with a concentration on Creative Writing and is pursuing his graduate degree in Islamic studies.

Peoples’ Tribunal Indicts Myanmar Leaders for Genocide Against Rohingya, Atrocities Against Kachin

Viewers from 38 countries, across six continents watched the culmination of the first Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar: a swift indictment against the leaders of Myanmar’s government for the crime of “genocide” against the Rohingya, and atrocity crimes against the Kachin minorities. On the indictment, Dr. Helen Jarvis, formerly of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal related that the panel of judges...

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Hearings On Myanmar Crimes Against Rohingya & Kachin

The Rome-based International Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT),will hold hearings in London on March 6-8 at Queen Mary University (LIVE Feed)  where evidence will be presented, and expert testimony heard on crimes committed by the Myanmar (Burma) state against persecuted Rohingya and Kachin minorities. The Tribunal was formed in 1979 as a continuation of the earlier Russell Tribunal II, which held hearings on...

Former Human Rights Watch Researcher Mathieson Discredits Rohingya Journalists and Activists

Former Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher David Scott Mathieson wrote an insidious Op-ed in The New York Times that discredits Rohingya journalists and activists. Mathieson seeks to provide nuance, parse Burma’s complexities and highlight Suu Kyi’s challenges in governing but instead obfuscates a number of basic and critical issues. Killings in 2012 Dismissed as "Communal Violence" The article wrongly describes the...

Suu Kyi Promises To Make “Burma Great Again,” Says Claims Of Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing “Fabrications”

According to Burmese dissident and human rights activist, Dr. Maung Zarni, Aung San Suu Kyi's recent trip to Singapore was marked by one calumny after another. In front of adoring crowds in Singapore Suu Kyi promised followers that she would "make Burma great" again in Asia. She also described ethnic armed groups who refuse to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire...

Violence Against Rohingya Erupts Again in Burma

Just before dawn on Monday, October, 10 three Burmese police outposts in the Maungdaw region of Rakhine state, near the Bangladesh-Burma border, were reportedly attacked by armed men wielding knives, sticks and hammers and purportedly yelling “Rohingya! Rohingya!” Nine police officers were killed in the attacks and a number of weapons and ammunition were looted. Since then videos have circulated...

Burma is Open for Business: On the Back of Genocide and Racism

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and icon of democracy in Burma encounters condemnation in the US from human rights groups and activists everywhere she goes. The reason for this is simple: the image of her as a pure ‘champion of the people’ only lingers in the minds of those who know little about Suu Kyi, “the...

Will New Burma Commission on Rohingya Stop Genocide?

In an move that is cautiously welcomed by Burma human rights organizations, Aung San Suu Kyi announced the creation of an Advisory Commission to find “lasting solutions” to the manifold issues affecting Rakhine State--the most serious being the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. Much of the coverage of the creation of the commission has focused on the appointment of former UN Secretary-General...

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Forced to Address Rohingya Muslims Issue

In a recent press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Aung San Suu Kyi, was forced to address the Rohingya issue. Up until then she had been conspicuously silent on the matter, her views were ambiguous and punctuated by an advisory sent from the Burmese Foreign Ministry she leads to foreign ambassadors “not to use the term...

Burma Needs to Promote Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim Solidarity

Despite decades of state sanctioned Islamophobic propaganda and attacks on the Rohingya community, there are still a few places in Burma’s western Rakhine state where inter-communal friendship and peaceful coexistence exists. Sin Tet Maw and the surrounding Buddhist fishing villages in Pauktaw Township are very remote. With mountains on one side and sea on the other, interaction with the outside...

Burma Foreign Ministry Calls for “Rohingya” Not To Be Used By Embassies to Describe Boat Capsizing

Last month a boat carrying Rohingya who were traveling from their camp for internally displaced people, to the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe capsized, resulting in the deaths of 22 people. In response to the tragedy, the US embassy released a statement extending "condolences" to the Rohingya victims of the disaster. The embassy statement also noted that “Restrictions on access to markets, livelihoods, and...

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