JNN 25 Aug 2012 Karachi : Myanmar’s president says people in the western state of Rakhine cannot accept Rohingya Muslims as their fellow citizens amid a hate campaign led by Buddhist extremists.As a result of it Over 200,000 displaced Rohingya Muslims are living in slums in the suburbs of the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi,Press reports.
“Political parties, some monks and some individuals are increasing the ethnic hatred. They even approach and lobby both the domestic and overseas Rakhine community,” President Thein Sein told Myanmar’s lawmakers in an assessment report AFP revealed on Friday.
In the August 17 report, Sein told the union parliament — which combines the upper and lower houses — that “Rakhine people are continuously thinking to terrorize” the Muslim minority group across the country.
Rohingya Muslims are denied citizenship rights and Myanmar’s government considers them as foreigners.
Sein repeated comments he made in July when he called for sending them to camps or deportation of the 800,000-strong Muslim community.
Rights groups have been alarmed by a meaningful increase in the number of targeted attacks against the stateless Muslims since June, and accuse government forces of killing and raping Rohingya villagers.
The displaced Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar amid growing concerns over a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the country.
The Buddhist-majority government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas and classifies them as illegal migrants, although the Rohingyas are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.
The UN human rights authorities point the finger of blame at Myanmarese security forces that are believed to have been targeting the Muslims rather than bringing the violence to an end.
According to reports, thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims are living in dire conditions in refugee camps after government forces and Buddhist extremists started burning down their villages on August 10.
The United Nations says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education, and public services from them. The UN has also described the Muslim community as the Palestine of Asia and one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
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