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Burma is doing a survey and they don’t want to count Rohingya Muslims.
Buddhist mob attacked international NGO and UN offices in Sittwe, protesting against the term “Rohingya” being allowed as an ethnic category in the census. The United Nations Population Fund has condemned it.
Burma’s national government should postpone the planned nationwide census to prevent growing communal violence and attacks on the aid community, Human Rights Watch said. At greatest risk are the vulnerable Muslim communities and aid workers from international organizations.
Representative Ed Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, voiced alarm at violence against Rohingya, as well as Myanmar’s restrictions on medical aid group, Doctors Without Borders.
“Sadly, this is what happens when a government refuses to recognize its own people,” Royce said at a hearing. “The government of Burma cannot claim progress toward meeting its reform goals if it does not improve the treatment of Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups,” he said.
Three decades of such policies have produced appalling life conditions for the Rohingya. For example the doctor-patient ratio is 1:83,000 for Rohingya Muslims while for the Buddhist-majority Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, there is one physician for every 681 persons.
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