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Sunday, 13 July 2014 10:54

Bitter story of displaced Myanmar Muslims

Bitter story of displaced Myanmar Muslims

Voices of protests are still continuing against crack down and displacement of Muslims in Myanmar. On Friday 11 July, Mohammad Ibrahim the Secretary of Media and Information of the European Rohingya Council (ERC) blasted the government of Myanmar and some in the region for suppression of Muslims in Myanmar.

He talked about homelessness of Myanmar Muslims and said that the government in Myanmar and the governments in regional countries, where the displaced Muslims have taken refuge, do not allow in reporters and human rights groups to get due information about the Rohingyan Muslims.
The Secretary of Media and Information of the European Rohingya Council also accused the government in Myanmar with unleash of support for extremist Buddhists who spared no efforts in assaulting the minority Muslim, who  have been living in Myanmar for over thousand years. 
The remarks came after Thailand's Army Commander set a deadline for the displaced Muslims of Myanmar to leave for their home country.
Thailand's Army Commander said earlier that the presence of 130 thousand displaced persons in temporary shelters in Thailand for a long time is a difficult task and that due facilities are provided for the safe return of these people to the sanctioned country.
It is said that groups of Muslims in Myanmar that had escaped from their houses as a result of brutalities of extremists, are sold to gangs of human traffickers in Thailand and in case of delay in paying the price for these enslaved people, these homeless slaves are doomed to experience
the extermination camps.  
Of course, this is not just the end of the bitter story of the displaced Muslims in Thailand; they are struggling for survival. In Bangladesh, which is now host to about 300 thousand Rohigya refugees, Muslims are living in the worst terrible conditions.
Earlier, in continuation of efforts to push for the return of the displaced persons the government of Bangladesh announced on Thursday, July 10th, that any official marriages between the country’s citizens with Muslim refugees are forbidden. Officials in this country said the reason for the ban is that the immigrants are trying to marry citizens of Bangladesh for the purpose of acquiring citizenship of the country.
Organized attacks of Buddhists against Muslims during the past two years have made a large group of Muslims in Myanmar to flee towards Bangladesh from the Rukhin Provicne. This is while only about 28,000 of these immigrants have been recognized in Bangladesh and are enjoying the right to food, shelter and the aid packages from the United Nations. The rest are displaced in the forests and beaches in this country.
Efforts to make the displaced Muslims return to Myanmar are underway, while more attacks by extremist Buddhists were reported in Mandalay, Myanmar's second largest city, last week. Large groups of Buddhists attacked a Muslims restaurant with metal sticks, and then to a Muslim school and a hostel used by Muslims, setting ablaze all of them.
There is now widespread fear among Muslims in Myanmar to go to mosques in the holy month of Ramadan. The UN, in a statement, considered Rohingya Muslims as the most oppressed minority in the world. Those who claimed to be defenders of human rights and democracy have done little vis-à-vis the ethnic cleansing underway now in Myanmar, even at level of lip services of condemnation.
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