The United Nations Population Fund has accused the Myanmar government of breaching international standards in the national census underway throughout the country by refusing to allow some respondents to self-identify their ethnicity.
About 1,000 demonstrators staged a noisy protest outside the Bangladesh embassy in Yangon on March 26 to condemn a commentary in a Dhaka newspaper that called for a referendum in Rohingya-majority areas in Rakhine State on whether to secede from Myanmar.
Protests against the term ‘Rohingya’ being allowed as an ethnic category in the forthcoming census were held throughout Rakhine State on March 16.
Security forces should remain in parts of northern Rakhine State to deter the possibility of more violence, the Venerable U Wirathu told Mizzima on March 12.
A panel appointed by the government to investigate violence in Rakhine State has found there was no evidence to support claims by the United Nations that dozens of Muslims were killed in Du Chee Yar Tan village in January.