speaking out against Aung San Suu Kyi covering up Rohingya genocide, The Guildhall protest against "Freedom of the City Award", London, 8 May 2017

At the London School of Economic "Rule of Law Roundtable", 16 June 2012

Speaking on the Slow Burning Genocide of Rohingyas in Burma, with Professor Amartya Sen, Harvard University, Nov 2014

N. Ireland peace activist Mairead Maguire presenting Zarni with the Cultivation of Harmony Award on behalf of the Parliament of the World's Religions, Salt Lake City, USA 18 Oct 2015

Drafting the Oslo Communique calling for the end to Myanmar's Rohingya Genocide, Voksanaasen, Oslo, 27 May 2015

Giving the Annual Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture at the Holocaust and Human Rights Project, Boston College Law School, 13 Apr 2015

A half-day conference on the worsening situation of Burma’s Rohingya minority community at Harvard Global Equity Initiative


The Harvard Global Equity Initiative is convening a half-day conference on the worsening situation of Burma’s Rohingya minority community on November 4, 2014. 

The Harvard Global Equity Initiative is convening a half-day conference on the worsening situation of Burma’s Rohingya minority community on November 4, 2014. Professor Amartya Sen, Chair of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative’s Steering Committee, will be leading the proceedings in collaboration with Felicia Knaul, Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative. The conference serves as a follow-up to the seminar “The Future of Burma: A Panel Discussion” which was held last November and also organized by HGEI. The video of last year’s event is available here: http://vimeo.com/80141688

Two myths or false narratives dictate the discussion about the Rohingya plight: 1) the conflict is horizontal, sectarian and is due to lack of development in Rakhine state and 2) that communal conflicts are an unfortunate but ‘natural’ part of any multiethnic society in transitional period. The conference is timely and can be used strategically to rectify the grossly inaccurate media and policy framing of Burma’s state-sponsored persecution of Rohingya. Four panels exploring the following areas will be held: 1) historical, human rights and political perspectives, 2) Rohingya voices, 3) the right to health and essential services, and 4) developing a policy-oriented research agenda.

No Country for Refugees


No Country for Refugees

A poem by Zarni

Sit back, relax and drown

The White Man (and increasingly Woman)
He(she) came. He(she) killed. He(she) looted. He (she) colonized.
Sir/M'am, did you have entry visa to our shores?
What entry visa! Entry visa my arse!!!
Like Jehovah's Witness, the man in red coat, blue coat, 3 piece suits, 2 piece suits, said (with laughters):
"Let me in or I'd blow your head off.
For me and my lot were to save you from yourself!"
Fast forward to modernity.

Enter INGOs:
"human rights! human rights!
but bite not your 'donors' hands', all you destitute lot."
"Civil Society, Civil Society!
Let us show you the way to Civil Society."
Let Telenor and Statoil bring Development to your land.
GE and GMOs are good for your spirituality.
Drink CokaCola.
It's cleaner and safer than your water!
Thank you, Madam Albright!
C is for Coke and D is for Democracy, ex-Madam Secretary happily screams.
Why didn't we realize the essence of your American Dream!?

Now back to the Basics, that History of the World.
Europe came to others' shores.
No visa.
No food.
But, plenty of gun powder to sell, alcohol to distribute and exploitative greed to loot.
The White Man left, having discharged His burden.
Having plundered other peoples' homes.
Having left communities of 'natives' the world over messier & deadlier,
and more pathological than they were ever before.
Heard of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Palestine, - you got the drift.
Ah, 'Civilization' has been served up.
Carnage, corpses, debris - in sight.

Do't be distressed.
That's just a small price for 'Progress'.
It's the native's gain, damn it!
So, don't you dare complain about your stupid country's pain!

Heard of Africa and Caribbean, with their finely built "potential servants/slaves"?
Heard of the Silk-roaded China with her glittering riches?
The Spice Islands and Nippon's shoguns?
Siam and Pegu?
And the Crown Jewel of Indian sub-continent where the Raj grew opium for export to Hong Kong as "the emerging market"?

Now, refugees, what refugees?
Let these greedy petty, half-clad creatures drown.
Lest they pollute our cultures, rot our social fabric and take our jobs!
No!
Oh No! These pests will NOT make our "(genocidal) Australia" their home, thunders Tony Oxford-educated Abbot, All Mighty Fascist Lord of Down-Under.

Send them to post-genocidal Cambodia.
Hell, yes, we'll let them drown, Yippies!
That's our NAVY!

Not here.
Not in a million years!
Not there.
Go anywhere but here.

Only on our dead bodies!
S-O-R-R-Y.
No humane country for refugees!

No British rescue missions for drowning Afro-refugees.
Really, it's in their Karma, in their DNAs to suffer.
Give them Burmese "Buddhism" or cheap opium from Afghanistan.
Have they no wit to know Foreign Policies ain't about human welfare?
Governments ain't no churches. We ain't your Mesiah.
Churches ain't exactly life-saving institutions either.
Ask the Holy See and Father Popes who wouldn't make you happier.
Human Rights are western luxuries
preserved like pickles for the beheaded western journos and aid workers!

Gentlemen, let 's just be frank.
This is the core of our Western Values.
Europe and We the White Men (and Women) are, all about resources, cheap labor, seaports, and land routes.
We are after your trees, your estates, your market, your "walking dictionaries", ah, native ladies, etc.

So, don't you dare scream foul.
We Europe - and the West - want it all.
We are destroyers of life one moment - heard of Drones?? Precision Bombing? Air Strikes?? - while playing Keeper of Life, Livelihoods, and Liberalism.
Ah, us and our "colonialist nostalgia"!
The West and Its Terminal Schizophrenia.

Here is good news for you:
Sit back, relax and drown!

UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation

Refugees and human rights organisations react with anger as minister says saving people encourages others to risk voyage

Alan Travis, home affairs editor
The Guardian, Monday 27 October 2014 20.52 GMT
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http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/27/uk-mediterranean-migrant-rescue-plan

Rakhine Action Plan

Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe. (Photo: Soe Than Win/AFP)