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Myanmar Buddhists protest citizenship for Rohingya
-, SITTWE (Myanmar)
Mar 20, 2017-
Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in a Myanmar state wracked by religious violence protested on Sunday against the government’s plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community.
Rakhine state’s dominant Arakan National Party led the protest in Sittwe, the state capital, where many Rohingya lived before an outbreak of inter-communal violence in 2012 forced them to flee their homes.
The Rohingya face severe discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. The 2012 violence killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people—predominantly Rohingya—from their homes to camps for the internally displaced, where most remain.
Sunday’s protest took place three days after the Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former UN chief Kofi Annan, urged Myanmar’s government to reconsider a failed program to verify Rohingya for Myanmar citizenship and to remove restrictions on freedom of movement.
The government withdrew the Rohingya’s so-called white cards two years ago as part of a plan to expel them from the country and cancel their citizenship under the 1982 law.
Published: 20-03-2017 08:48