Burmese Muslims Loosing HopesBy Syed Hassam Ahmed • Jul 29th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 4 Comments
It’s nearly about two months since the Muslim’s massacre ignited in Arakan, the western province of Burma (Myanmar). It all began on 3rd June 2012 when 11 Muslims were killed by the extremist Buddhists with an alleged assistance of Burmese Army after bringing them down from a bus.
- Burmese Muslims are not allowed to marry without a permit.
- A couple wishing to get married has to pay a tax. At times they are denied a permit even if they pay the tax.
- They are deprived of all public services. For instance, when they get sick they cannot go to state hospitals for treatment.
- Muslims are not allowed into higher education institutions.
- Muslims are prohibited to work in public sector jobs. There is not a single Muslim civil servant in Arakan till date.
- Muslims cannot own fixed line telephones or cellular phones.
- They are not allowed to own motor vehicles.
- When Muslims are accused of a crime, they are not given the right to defense and are imprisoned right away
- The police or the army have the authority to raid a Muslim house without a warrant and charge its inhabitants of any crime.
- They are subjected to curfew after nine o’clock at night and cannot visit their relatives or neighbors without permission from the police.
- Muslims are forced to work for the state and Buddhists without wages.
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The writer is the student of Journalism, doing BS in Mass Communication from University of Karachi.His writings have been published in many National and International newspapers and websites.
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