ASIA/MYANMAR - Rohingya Muslims denied human rights

Saturday, 5 August 2017


Naypyidaw (Agenzia Fides) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged the government of Myanmar to respect the human rights of the repressed minorities of Rohingya Muslims. OIC chairman during a recent visit to Dacca, capital of Bangladesh, denounced the catastrophic situation of these local Rohingya Muslim due to serious discrimination on the part of the government and also Buddhist extremists. “Burma cannot ignore the rights of the Rohingya”, says an OIC report sent to Fides. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation comprises 57 Muslim nations which have urged the Burmese government to work together with Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia to address the crisis of Rohingya refugees, the world’s most persecuted minority. In recent days the local government closed down a school and a mosque run by local Rohingya Muslims in the east of the country, under the pretext that they lacked the permission necessary for their activity. In 1992 the country’s Buddhist government refused to recognise Rohingya Muslims as citizens, regarding them as Bengalese immigrants, forcing them to go to one of the many refugee camps in the west of the country or even to other bordering countries. Although the Rohingya are about one million they are considered an ethnic, linguistic and religious minority. If they want to marry they must obtain government permission and sign a statement that they will have no more than two children.
(AP) (5/8/2017 Agenzia Fides)