Killing of Muslims in Myanmar: turning blind eye
Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat
8/6/2012

 

Recent reports from Myanmar have evidently shown that there is no respite for the Muslim minority of the country. The recent violence targeted the Rohingya Muslims, who are permanently settled in western parts of the country. In early June, Buddhist extremists, on a flimsy pretext, killed 11 Rohingya Muslims after taking them out from a bus. There was understandably some reaction to the killings, which was strongly quelled by the Buddhist-dominated army and extremist monks. While no exact figures are available, it has been reported that following the 11 killings, hundreds of more Muslims may have been killed and their properties destroyed in the Rakhine or Arakan state.

Recent reports from Myanmar have evidently shown that there is no respite for the Muslim minority of the country. The recent violence targeted the Rohingya Muslims, who are permanently settled in western parts of the country. In early June, Buddhist extremists, on a flimsy pretext, killed 11 Rohingya Muslims after taking them out from a bus. There was understandably some reaction to the killings, which was strongly quelled by the Buddhist-dominated army and extremist monks. While no exact figures are available, it has been reported that following the 11 killings, hundreds of more Muslims may have been killed and their properties destroyed in the Rakhine or Arakan state.