Recently, the Kofi Annan commission has recommended that the Rohingya people be integrated into Myanmar through citizenship, which has been denied to them for decades. The Buddhists of the Rakhine state where Rohingyas mostly live as their ancestral land have been the worst persecutors of the Rohingya people. The latter face an uphill battle towards restoration of their legitimate human rights from the majority Buddhist Rakhines there who are protesting restoration of rights of the persecuted Rohingya.
Already the last half a decade of genocidal activities against the Rohingya and other Muslim minorities had allowed the Buddhist racists and bigots not only to ethnically cleanse the latter from their neighborhoods but also enabled their middle class to monopolize trade and commerce, even in the agricultural sector. The properties that once belonged to Rohingya and Muslim minorities have already been transferred to Buddhist usurpers and implants in much of the affected territories throughout Myanmar, esp. the Arakan state. Any gain for Rohingya that may come from restoring citizenship rights is seen as a loss for these greedy, savage hoodlums.
See the report below from the Washington Post.
SITTWE, Myanmar — Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in a Myanmar state wracked by religious violence protested Sunday against the government’s plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community.
Rakhine state’s dominant Arakan National Party led the protest in Sittwe, the state capital, where many Rohingya lived before an outbreak of inter-communal violence in 2012 forced them to flee their homes.
“We are protesting to tell the government to rightfully follow the 1982 citizenship law and we cannot allow the government giving citizenship cards to these illegal migrants,” said Aung Htay, a protest organizer.
The Rohingya face severe discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, with many in Rakhine and elsewhere considering them to be illegal migrants from neighboring Bangladesh, even though Rohingya have been in Myanmar for generations. The 2012 violence killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people — predominantly Rohingya — from their homes to camps for the internally displaced, where most remain.
Rakhine, one of the poorest states in Myanmar, is home to more than 1 million stateless Rohingya.
Myanmar’s new civilian government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, welcomed the commission’s proposal. Suu Kyi’s office said that most of the commission’s recommendations would be “implemented promptly.”
The government withdrew the Rohingya’s so-called white cards two years ago as part of a plan to expel them from the country and cancel their citizenship under the 1982 law.