Pakistanis hold rally to condemn violence against Muslims in Myanmar
Fri Aug 3, 2012 6:1PM
The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services.Reports say some 650 Rohingyas have been killed and thousands more displaced in recent months. The Pakistani demonstrators further called on Islamabad to sever diplomatic ties with Myanmar and expel its ambassador from the country over the Myanmarese government’s discrimination against Rohingya Muslim minority.
The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, claiming they are not native to the country. This is while the Rohingyas migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the Myanmar government for the killing of Rohingya Muslims. “Burmese (Myanmarese) security forces committed killings, rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims after failing to protect both them and Arakan Buddhists during deadly sectarian violence in western Burma in June 2012,” the rights organization said in a report. NK/MR/JR/AZ