Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, February 26, 2021
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 02262021 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, February 26, 2021
6:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· Pro-government attacks on anti-government protesters in Myanmar
· All accounts related to the Myanmar army are banned on Facebook
· UK unveils aid ban and fresh sanctions over Myanmar coup
· Myanmar Coup Protesters Regret Silence Over Rohingya Genocide
· U.S. president, Saudi king have phone call ahead of expected Khashoggi report release
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Kyaw Soe Aung @ Dilder Goffar
A student’s leader of the 8-8-88 Uprisings, and former political prisoner
A Rohingya Activist and Human Rights Defender in Myanmar
Based in Yangon, Myanmar
Topic: Will the people of Burma change their anti-Rohingya sentiment even after the military coup?
Translation Summary: Kyaw Soe Aung, a Rohingya former political prisoner told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that Indeed, it is not the public intention to deny the Rohingya recognition as citizens of Myanmar, but some key players in Myanmar have encouraged anti-Rohingya sentiment among the Burmese people to end the democratic process. The sectarian violence was created in the Rakhine state, which was used by extremist Rakhine people to stop democratic transactions in Myanmar, and they accused the Rohingya of being illegal Bengalis who came from Bangladesh. The international community has accused Myanmar of committing genocide, a tactic ranging from hate speech to genocide. I hope the problem can be solved easily if the international community takes serious action against the military.
He said, now times have changed, people are using the internet and cameras during the protests and although the police are trying to crackdown on protests but this time it is not easy, however, the police are using soft tactics and trying to convince the people. Police are arresting people, but some have been released after talks. The ongoing demonstration depends on the youth how long they can survive on the streets. I am not 100% sure but there is a lot of potential in talks with NLD leaders, ethnic minority leaders, and the military to bring peace and stability which is a good outcome for our country, but it depends on the situation.
The 1988 uprising was aimed at democratizing the country from a one-party state, but the new generation has a better understanding of the value of democracy, so the 1988 uprising and the protests of 2021 are completely different. They have enjoyed the freedom and human rights in democratic transactions from 2015 to 2020, so they have an incredibly good understanding of the meaning of democracy and the value of democracy. The so-called "generation Z" of young people are so advanced and they are learning everything on the internet, including what is human rights, what is democracy, what is freedom. The experiences of the previous generation and the twenty-first generation are quite different, their mentality is so wide, and they understand how to develop a country.
If the world does not take serious action against the military rule or fails to do so, in fact, the repatriation of Rohingya under military rule is not possible unless the Rohingya citizenship card will be restored under the Myanmar Immigration Citizenship Act 1982. More than 90% of Rohingya were used to hold National Registration Card (three-fold cards) before 1990, likes other ethnic, Chin, Kachin, Kaya but I am very sure that many of them lost their documents while crossing the border, some police have confiscated and some were burnt when their