Rohingya man killed in Myanmar Buddhist mob attack

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Unrest in Myanmar has forced thousands of Rohingya into squalid displacement camps where they have languished for years, many facing severe restrictions on their movements. (Photo: AFP/ROMEO GACAD)

YANGON: A Rohingya Muslim was stoned to death and six others wounded by a mob of Buddhists in the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, authorities said Wednesday (Jul 5), the latest flare-up in a region seething with religious tension.

The western state is a hotbed of sectarian unrest, with frequent bouts of communal violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority.

The worst bloodshed in 2012 left hundreds dead and forced over 100,000 people — largely Rohingya — into squalid displacement camps where they have languished for years, many facing severe restrictions on their movements.

Little has been done to reconcile the two communities, with tensions skyrocketing since October in the wake of violence between Rohingya militants and the army.

On Tuesday a mob of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists hurled bricks at seven Rohingya men in the state capital Sittwe.

“One Muslim was killed and six others injured. Two are still hospitalised,” a local officer told AFP, requesting anonymity.

The Rohingya men were granted permission to leave their displacement camp on the outskirts of the city to give statements at a criminal case in a Sittwe court, state media reported.

After attending court they requested a police escort to a nearby dock where they discussed purchasing a boat from a local businessman.

“At the boat jetty, an argument developed,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported.

“They were attacked by several people with bricks,” it added, referring to the incident as a “fatal stone throwing”.

Myanmar has long faced international condemnation for its treatment of the Rohingya, who are considered one of the world’s most persecuted people.

The Rohingya trapped in displacement camps struggle to access food, education and healthcare, conditions many have likened to a form of apartheid.

The group is loathed by many in Myanmar’s Buddhist majority, who view them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh despite many tracing their lineage back generations. Hardline Buddhist nationalists aggressively protest any move to grant them citizenship.

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner, has faced global censure for not taking a stronger stance on the Rohingya’s plight.

She has rejected a UN probe of the alleged atrocities carried out by soldiers against the Rohingya, insisting it will inflame tensions.

But her government has set up a commission led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan to investigate how the state’s sectarian tensions can be solved.

Source: AFP

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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