A group of Muslims gathered in a remote mountainous village inÂ the southern Philippines this weekend to urge the country’s one-time largest rebel groupÂ to help recover land they say was stolen fromÂ themÂ on their grandfather’s deathÂ around 50Â years ago.
UN envoy: Myanmar must give status to Muslims
Corrupt UN apparatchiks keep pressuring Burmese Buddhists to help illegal Muslim invaders to settle behind enemy lines:
The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar says the country’s Rohingya Muslims must have a path to citizenship, otherwise their security will remain under threat.
Vijay Nambiar, in a speech to the International Peace Institute on Thursday, also said that if such a step were not taken “it would affect the international reputation of the country”.
Myanmar seesÂ Rohingya Muslims, who live in Rakhine state, as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh even though many were born to families who arrived in the country generations ago.
The million-plus population does not officially exist on government records and the government has said the community is barred from a national census unless its members identify themselves as Bengali.
A report from a human rights group published in FebruaryÂ claimedÂ that state policies restricted the Rohingya’sÂ “movement, marriage, childbirth, home repairs and construction of houses of worship”.
Earlier this month,Â another UN envoy saidÂ severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar were part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to “crimes against humanity”.
TomÃ¡s Ojea Quintana’s statement followed the evacuation of hundreds of international humanitarian workers from Rakhine.
Myanmar has also faced criticism fromÂ US President Barack Obama, who last month said the country could move in a “very bad direction” if people were politically organised around their religious or ethnic identity.