Rohingya Muslims Need To Identify Themselves As ‘Bengalis’ To Be Counted During Myanmar Census

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No registration for ‘Rohingya’ in Myanmar census

  • Myanmar mentioned that Muslims will not be allowed to register as “Rohingya” in its first census in 3 decades, despite U.N. assurances.
  • Buddhists from violence-hit western state vowed to boycott the census fearing it could lead to Rohingya recognition.
  • The Rohingyas are the world’s most persecuted minorities according to United Nations.
  • They call themselves “Bengali” as the authorities view Rohingya as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.
  • Buddhists accuse the Humanitarian workers to favour the local Muslims.
  • Myanmar’s first census since 1983 which is backed by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will aim to overcome the information deficit.
  • The census questionnaire has a section for people to self-identify their ethnicity. Buddhists fear tht this might lead to political rights for Rohingyas.
  • It is alleged that authorities are threatening local people with penalties if they identify themselves as Rohingya.
  • Buddhists and Muslims animosity in Rakhine erupted into bloodshed  in 2012 leaving dozens dead and around 140,000 people displaced.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Rohingya Muslim
  2. Burmanisation
  3. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
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