Network Myanmar

Blogs and Op-Eds  by Derek Tonkin on the situation in Myanmar


A Note on the International Utilisation of the "Rohingya" Designation - April 2020

An analysis of the use of the term "Rohingya" internationally; 1991-92 as the likely start



Mission Creep Untrammelled: The UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar - April 2020

The Fact-Finding Mission exceeded its mandate, notably in recommendations made



The UN Fact-Finding Mission's Mischievous Use of Historical Resources - 1 March 2020

A  further examination of misrepresentation and factual inaccuracy in the Report



Historical Bias in the Report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission - 7 December 2019

A critique of the partisan and biased historical approach by the Mission

 


Migration from Bengal to Arakan during British Rule 1826-1948 - 6 December 2019

Reflections on the British role in settlement from the Chittagong Region of Bengal


 

Inaccuracies in Gert Rosenthal's Inquiry Report on the UN in Myanmar - 20 June 2019

The report makes commendable recommendations, but the historical background 

presented lacks authority


 

Comments on a speech by Dr Radhika Coomoaraswamy in Colombo on 3 May 2018

The speech makes numerous bizarre and inaccurate statements which undermine her independent status


 

Problems with the Kofi Annan recommendations on citizenship - 16 December 2018

Why the Myanmar Government may have difficulty while accepting 81 of the 88 recommendations


 

A specious argument concerning the right to citizenship of many Rohingyas

The designation "Rohingya" conspicuous by its absence from Burmese law


 

Comments on "Myanmar's 'Rohingya' Problem by Anthony Ware and Costas Laoutides

A critical analysis of some aspects of this important publication


 

Letter to "Myanmar Times" on "The Border between Bengal and Arakan" - 24 May 2018

An analysis of some historical aspects of an article in "The Myanmar Times" by Harn Yawnghwe



The Muslim Presence in Arakan: Four Important Historical Documents - 2 January 2018

A submission by Mr Derek Tonkin to the UN HRC Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar


 

Written Evidence submitted in October 2017 to the Foreign Affairs Committee

Conflicting narratives concerning the origins of "Rohingya", with recommendations


 

The Rohingya Conundrum - October 2017

The nature of the threat posed by ARSA, examined in an historical context


 

Exploring the Issue of Citizenship in Rakhine State - September 2017

A fresh look at the claims of Rakhine Muslims to citizenship under the 1982 Law



An Innocent in La La Land? Misinformation in Dr Ibrahim's Book - 1 March 2017

A critique of "The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Genocide" by Azeem Ibrahim


 

Myanmar, Human Rights and Academic Integrity - 4 November 2015

An analysis of the recent report by Yale International Human Rights Clinic on possible genocide


 

Rohingya: Breaking the deadlock - The Diplomat 16 October 2015

Might a UN 'Committee of Wise Men' point the way towards an eventual resolution?

 


Shenanigans in Oslo - 9 May 2015

A critical appreciation of the forthcoming Conference in Oslo on the Rohingya.


 

The Rohingya Situation - 23 April 2015

Background Paper used for a short presentation at the London School of Economics


 

"Je suis Rohinga": The West's Dilemma - The Myanmar Times 23 February 2015

The grounds on which citizenship should be restored to Rakhine Muslims


 

The Power of the R-word: Daw Suu's dilemma - 3 January 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi has a difficult choice about how to designate Arakan Muslims


 

The Mujahid Revolt in Arakan - 17 September 2014
Commentary on a 1952 analysis by the British Foreign Office of the Mujahid rebellion


The R-word and its ramifications: DVB - 17 August 2014
 
How the insistence on 'Rohingya' ethnicity has led Muslims to deny their Bengali roots


The 'Rohingya' Identity - Arithmetic of the Absurd: 9 May 2914
A response to U Kyaw Min who challenged my understanding of the 'Rohingya' issue


The 'Rohingya' Identity - Further Thoughts: 19 April 2014
Further history on the identity of Muslim groups in Arakan and its relevance today


The British Experience in Arakan 1826 - 1948 - 9 April 2014

A brief review of how the British coped with the Muslim issue in Arakan in their censuses


 

A Fresh Perspective on the Muslims of Myanmar - 7 July 2013
An examination of the problems facing Muslims in Arakan from an independent 

perspective  


 

Presentation to ISEAS Singapore by Derek Tonkin on the UNSC Vote on 12 January 2007

An analysis of the inevitability of a double China/Russia veto on a UK/US sponsored draft

 


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