Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

MYANMAR SAYS ROHINGYA ‘BRAINWASHED’ TO ‘MARCH’

Myanmar’s Minister for Religion on Tuesday said Rohingya Muslim refugees living in neighboring Bangladesh are being “brainwashed” into “marching” on the Buddhist-majority nation, amid a diplomatic feud over the fate of the persecuted minority, Reuters reports. The minister also said that his recent remarks branding an unspecified faith an “extreme religion” did not refer to all Muslims but only to “Bengalis.” Myanmar government officials use “Bengali” to refer to Rohingya, whom they do not consider an ethnic group but illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Myanmar’s violence against the Rohingya constituted a genocide, according to two new reports released Monday — a determination that the US government under the Trump administration still has not made.

05/12/2018 in Daily Briefs, Myanmar, Regions

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