Systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Myanmar and not just confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent at least 123,000 of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

Persecution of Rohingya Muslims

The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) said on Tuesday that the persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.




“The transition to democracy has allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a dangerous narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma “Myanmar”.

Myanmar’s government made no immediate response to the report.

Also Myanmar’s security forces and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been facing international condemnation over the recent plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority.