Negative Attitudes Towards Refugees Are Strengthened by a Trump Presidency

By Juliana Iturralde March 22, 2017 As Americans living within a Trump presidency, decreased tolerance towards foreigners could not be more clear. Hardening attitudes towards refugees in particular have become manifested into government policies, thus normalizing adverse attitudes of asylum seekers to the common American people. Globally, refugee camps are under-funded & crumbling. Like the [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|Rohingya|0 Comments


Jennifer Sawicz On Monday evening (3 April), I spoke at Northwestern University's Together We Remember event which commemorates and honors genocide victims as well as discussing ways to make "Never Again!" a reality.  My extern, Juliana Iturralde, invited me to speak, and requested that I spend ten minutes reading the names of genocide victims & [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|Human Rights, Rohingya|0 Comments

ACTION: Tell Congress, “No Ban On Refugees!”

Tell Congress, “No Ban On Refugees!” Salam, Donald Trump’s executive order suspends the refugee program for 120 days, it also cuts in half the number of all refugees allowed into the country for 2017! Burmese refugees to the US were the third largest entree in 2016 (12,347). A majority of refugees from Burma are from [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Former Human Rights Watch Researcher Mathieson Discredits Rohingya Journalists and Activists

By Tauseef Akbar (Chicago Monitor) 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 [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Rohingya|0 Comments

The Risk of Academic Oversimplification

By Jennifer Sawicz Oxford University’s Human Rights Hub recently published a short piece arguing, essentially, that successful human rights discourses tend to originate in the global South and migrate to the global north. The global North, the author claims, tends to use a discourse of human rights as tactics and sovereignty, which works through governmental, [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Human Rights|0 Comments

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

Chicago Monitor 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 [...]

By | December 3rd, 2016|Rohingya|0 Comments

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Life-Threatening Attacks on Peaceful Water Protectors

Al-salamu 'Alaikum Thanksgiving is only a few days away. It is a day that many Native Americans mark as the starting point of the genocide against them; persecution that continues today. Imagine: the graveyards of generations of your forefathers was desecrated to satisfy the greed of a rich few who wish to destroy it and [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Action Alert, Standing Rock|0 Comments

Violence Against Rohingya Erupts Again in Burma

Chicago Monitor 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 [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Rohingya|0 Comments

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

Chicago Monitor 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 [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Rohingya|0 Comments

Will New Burma Commission on Rohingya Stop Genocide?

Chicago Monitor 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 [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|Rohingya|0 Comments