Think tanks: religious strife risks future Myanmar violence

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The latest violence, which began last October when a small Rohingya militant group ambushed border posts, is the worst Rakhine has witnessed in years, with Erdogan last week accusing Myanmar of "genocide" against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Rising Kashmir has learnt that the rallies were organised and taken out by Pulwama Bar Association and students of Government Boys Degree College Pulwama.

Rijiju had earlier told Parliament that the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants, including Rohingyas.

Myanmar's military has burnt and destroyed the villages where Rohingya Muslims lived, and killing thousands of innocent people.

Protesters marched through main town Pulwama and dispersed peacefully at Pulwama main chowk later on.

The villager said she didn't know where the boats end up, but that she and her family will try to get onto one if there is a chance for them to flee.

"Though the Myanmar government has given its assurance to implement measures to solve the problem, the recent incidents of violence as widely reported by the media show that little, if any, progress has been achieved", he said.

It is the second time in less than a year that a military crackdown has led to a mass exodus.

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"So how will we send aid that the Rohingya people who desperately needs it", Wiranto said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.

More than one million Rohingyas live in the western state of Rakhine, where they face growing discrimination due to the sectarian conflict, which left at least 160 people dead in 2012 and displaced almost 120,000.

"Rather than engendering a move towards religious equality and communal harmony, the transition to democracy has instead allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a unsafe narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma", said the report.

Global pressure is mounting on Myanmar over the escalating persecution of Muslim Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine, as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit and hold talks with the country's de factor leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Myanmar military's response to the attacks has been completely disproportionate, with reports of serious human rights violations emerging from the region.

The International Organization for Migration said refugees continued to arrive in Bangladesh despite the frontier closures. Many women were raped and killed.

The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India previous year.

People are also demanding to take back the six million Swedish krona prize money that she won along the Nobel Prize in 1991. "They're going up very quickly", said UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan. Her official post is State Counsellor and she is said to be the president's confidante.

"Prime Minister Modi should also reaffirm his own government's commitment to protect Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers in India who have been recently threatened with deportation".

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