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Discrimination against Muslims
See also the Arakan (Rakhine) State sub-section under States and Regions of Burma/Myanmar, and Discrimination Against the Rohingya, under Human Rights

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: See also these sections of the Library
Description/subject: Follow the URL and Alternate URL to the sections on religious violence and the situation in Arakan/Rakhine State
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/show.php?cat=3324&lo=d&sl=0
Date of entry/update: 02 May 2013

Individual Documents

Title: Fascist assemblages in Cambodia and Myanmar
Date of publication: 26 March 2015
Description/subject: "...In Myanmar, countless Burmese nationalists regularly pollute facebook and twitter with anti-Muslim vitriol. So too, ultra nationalist Buddhist organisations like ‘969’ and Ma Ba Tha have been active in pushing Buddho-fascism to the centre of Myanmar politics. Last week, for instance Ma Ba Tha protested outside the Yangon court on two occasions – one to push for a harsher sentence for New Zealand owner of Gastro Bar and his two Burmese managers for posting a facebook image of the Buddha wearing headphones (they all got 2.5 years of hard labour), and on the second occasion to support the passing of the ‘Race and Religion Protection Bills’, which Ma Ba Tha played a large role in conceiving, and which would limit the right of women in certain areas to have children (i.e Rohingya women in Rakhine state) and limit the right of Buddhist women to marry non-Buddhists. With the recent violence in Rakhine state, not to mention the history of mob violence against Muslims and Indians in Myanmar, the events of last week are extremely concerning..."
Author/creator: Tim Frewer
Language: English and Karen
Source/publisher: "New Mandala"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 May 2015

Title: An international task force is needed to help tackle growing religious violence in Burma
Date of publication: 26 March 2013
Description/subject: Comment, briefing & analysis from Burma Campaign UK... "The consequences of failing to address the growing religious tensions in Burma are so serious that they justify the urgent creation of a task force which helps Burma’s political and religious leaders, both in government and in opposition, learn from the past experience of the international community in addressing these problems... On 20th March violence erupted in Meiktilar, central Burma, between Buddhists and Muslims. While atrocities were committed on both sides in the ensuing violence, the majority of victims were Muslim, and Muslim shops, Mosques and people were systematically attacked. Many lives have been lost and thousands of people have fled their homes..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Campaign UK (Burma Briefing No. 19)
Format/size: pdf (140K)
Date of entry/update: 26 March 2013

Title: Myanmar: Authorities must protect communities at risk of violence
Date of publication: 21 March 2013
Description/subject: "Violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar that reportedly left several people dead demonstrates an urgent need for Myanmar authorities to protect people at risk, Amnesty International said. On Wednesday 20 March, violent clashes broke out between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Meiktila, a town in Myanmar’s Mandalay Division, following a dispute at a Muslim-owned gold shop. According to local sources, several people have been killed. There was also widespread damage to property in the town, including the destruction of mosques and a government building. Tensions between Muslim and Buddhists have been heightened in certain parts of Myanmar, such as in Rakhine state where violence erupted in June 2012..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International (Press Release)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2013

Title: Incident Report: Religious discrimination and restrictions in Papun District, September 2012
Date of publication: 07 March 2013
Description/subject: "The following incident report was written by a community member trained by KHRG to monitor human rights abuses in Dwe Lo Township, Papun District, and is based on an interview with a Muslim villager named Saw W---. Saw W--- is a resident of M--- village, situated 20-minutes on foot from K'Ter Tee village, where the incident happened. In the interview, the villager detailed events taking place around the time of September 10th 2012, regarding deterioration in the relationship between Muslim and Buddhist villagers, including a reported attack on a mosque. Further, the community member details the Border Guard Battalion #1013 Company Commander Saw Bah Yoh's issuing of an order prohibiting villagers from buying products from or selling to Muslims and how, after the KHRG community member documented the incident, a Tatmadaw Operations Commander based near K'Ter Tee called a meeting to encourage Buddhist and Muslim villagers to live beside each other peacefully. The community member describes the dissemination of these pamphlets by a monastery to Border Guard soldiers and local monks in K'Ter Tee in a separate situation update, "Papun Situation Update: Bu Tho and Dwe Lo Townships, September to December 2012," KHRG, March 2013.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, pdf (276K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.khrg.org/sites/default/files/khrg13b6.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2013