Monday, August 20, 2012

Burmese Islamic group puts statement in gov’t-run media

Monday, 20 August 2012 16:38 Mizzima News

The All Myanmar Islam Association – representing five Islamic associations – has called for a peaceful settlement of disputes in Rakhine State, according to an article in the state-run New Light of Myanmar on Sunday.

An Indian police officer stops Kashmir separatists during a protest in Srinagar on August 17, 2012. The demonstrators protested against sectarian violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Photo: AFP

The group is comprised of the Olama Muslim Theologians, the Islam Religions Affairs Council Headquarters, the Myanmar Maulawi Organization Headquarters, the Myanmar Muslim Youth's Religious Organization (MaMala Headquarters) and the Myanmar Muslin National League (MaAhPha Headquarters).

Community mistrust should be settled “through coordination based on loving-kindness putting aside different views, ideologies and concepts according to the nature of the human beings among the people of Myanmar,” said the group, which went on to condemned propaganda, personal attacks, acts of terrorism, threats, and the destruction of property.

It maintained that “Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam have flourished in Myanmar and those who professed the religions have been living through thick and thin in the country.”

In past weeks, the Burmese government has rejected attempts to politicize and internationalize the community unrest as a religious issue, saying the Rakhine State clashes was not connected to religious oppression nor discrimination.

International groups have called for a solution to the unrest and efforts to bring the communities closer together. Currently, Rohingyas are denied citizenship in Burma, and the government said it does not consider them to be a recognized Burmese ethnic group.

The government has taken legal action against people involved in the violence, accoring to a recent government statement. No details were provided.

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