Persecution of Muslims in Burma

Persecution Of Muslims In Burma

Myanmar has a Buddhist majority. The Muslim minority in Myanmar mostly consists of the Rohingya people and the descendants of Muslim immigrants from India (including what is now Bangladesh) and China (the ancestors of Chinese Muslims in Myanmar came from the Yunnan province), as well as descendants of earlier Arab settlers. Indian Muslims migrated to Burma during British rule to fill jobs in the expanding economy, especially in clerical work and business. After independence, many Muslims retained their previous positions and achieved prominence in business and politics. According to Human Rights Watch the Burmese government has denied citizenship to any Rohingya persons who cannot prove their ancestors settled in the country before 1823, the beginning of British occupation of what is now Arakan State.

Read more about Persecution Of Muslims In Burma:  Muslims in Burmese History, Anti-Muslim and Anti-Indian Riots Under British Rule, Muslims Under U Nu, Muslims Under General Ne Win, 1997 Anti-Muslim Riots in Mandalay, 2001 Anti-Muslim Riots in Taungoo, 2012 Rakhine State Violence/riots, 2013 Anti-Muslim Riots in Central Burma, Human Rights Violations Against Rohingya, See Also

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