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Myanmar's government organized a visit for international media to the north state of Rakhine in western Myanmar. Since militias assaulted several policemen, killed nine policemen and stole tens of guns in October, the area has become taboo. This triggered repression by the conservative force against Rohingya Muslims, who were described by the United Nations as "possible racial cleansing".
Maundaw is said to have been the site of some of the most serious acts of violent military and policing activity in the past year. Wherever possible, correspondents are insisting that our highly armoured escorts remain behind while we conduct interview. Earlier government visits for the benefit of regional media visited North Rakhine State. Burma is a predominantly Buddha state with more than 130 recognized ethnical groups.
However, the 1 million Muslim Rohingyas are not among them. In Myanmar, most people regard Rohingyas as irregular migrants from neighboring Bangladesh and call them "Bengalis" or even more so " Kalas". A lot of people have been living in Myanmar for generation after generation, but they live under a kind of aparthood - banned from leaving their villages without a permit, getting an official position or going to school.
Most accusations of violations of human right are denied by the Armed Forces and the Border Police. Brigadier General Thura San Lwin said Rohingyas killed each other and burnt down their own houses. Rakhine State Premier U Nyi Bu has rejected the Malaysian Prime Minister's claim that Myanmar is committing indecent acts of genocide.
" There has been a long history of Buddhist and Rohingyas conflicts, with isolated outbreaks of community outbreaks. Crashes in 2012 led to the escape of Rohingyas from the provincial capitol Sittwe, who sought refuge in provisional shelters. Criticized for not advocating the Rohinghya's right, she runs the risk of estranging her core electoral district, the myriads of ethnical groups unified in little other than her aversion to the "Bengalese".
Attempting to create room for dialog, Aung San Suu Kyi calls for emotional concepts such as Bangali and Rohingyas to be shunned and used as "Muslim" instead. Under the chairmanship of the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, a task force has issued temporary advice, among them a call for unhindered entry for helpers and the press.
The Myanmar government has blockaded a UN decision to initiate a fact-finding missions to Rakhine State.