Rights violations against Arakan Muslims persist in Myanmar

Despite the messages Myamnar President Thein Sein gave during his US visit, the suffering of Arakan (Rohingya) Muslims continues.

Rights violations against Arakan Muslims persist in Myanmar

World Bulletin/News Desk

Arakan Rohingya Union President Prof Dr. Vakar Uddin, who resides in the US, evaluated the latest developments in Arakan and the US visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein.

Thein Sein’s US visit was a sign of Myanmar’s desire to develop relationships with the US.

Thein Sein knew that this topic would be on the agenda and therefore came to the US prepared. “We will see how effective Obama’s messages will be,” Uddin said.

Vakar Uddin indicated that the aggression against the Arakan people did not cease even during Thein Sein's US trip, and said:

"All mosques in Arakan are still closed. Not even funeral prayer are allowed. Muslims must bribe officials during the night hours in order to bury their dead. A commission appointed by the Myanmar government prepared a biased report. The report therefore blamed all incidents of violence in the region on Muslim religious officials. There was no mentions of the violence committed by Buddhist monks against Muslims and of the radial Buddhist terrorist organization '969.'”

Emphasizing that the right to recognition of their identity topped the list of Arakan Muslims’ concerns, Uddin explained:

"Even when President Thein Sein is in the US, Myanmar security forces are coercing the Arakan people to sign a document stating they are 'Bengali.' Arakan people who refuse to have the document say that they are 'Bengali' are arrested and tortured, and their property is destroyed.”

Last Mod: 24 Mayıs 2013, 15:33
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