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Rohingya Muslims

Rohingyan Muslims are an ethnic group who practice Islam and speak a language related Bengali. The origin of this group of people is disputed with some saying they are indigenous to the state of Rakhine in Myanmar while others contend they are migrants who came from Bengal, latterly Bangladesh, to Burma (Myanmar) during the period of British colonial rule. According to the United Nations, Rohingyans are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Many Rohingyans have fled Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh and to areas along the Thai-Myanmar border.

Armed military troops and police force travelling in trucks through Maungdaw, located in Rakhine State. File photo: AFP

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said.

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