India’s nationalist government has started to identify Rohingya refugees in Jammu & Kashmir, seeking their repatriation to Myanmar, where they escaped genocide and would likely face further persecutions under the military junta. The UN and human rights advocacies are pushing to hold New Delhi accountable to international refugee protection obligations.
- The history of borders – ancient, modern, colonial and so on – along with the tragedies of those straddling them, is nothing new. Every time there is a change of flag, the integration processes are further complicated, often resulting in unresolved identity issues, discontent, legals claims and conflicts.
- Last month more than 40 people were killed and a state of emergency was proclaimed and during the past few weeks 13 more were killed, all young people. The dead belonged to the Muslim minority in Burma where for years an underground war has been taking place, never reported by the media, especially in Italy, one that is part of the jigsaw puzzle of instability that involves Burma’s Islamic community. It has become so serious that Burma’s President Thein Sein has called for a multi-religious society. It is a crucial time for the democratic evolution of the country and while everyone is looking forward to the 2015 presidential election, Sein reminded everyone that “together we have overcome many difficulties and challenges” and that “now we can emerge as a society where many races and religions live together in harmony, while preserving our customs and traditions.”