At least 21 villages around Burma have declared themselves “no-go zones” for Muslims, report says.
The move comes after months of tensions and violent incidents, including the murder last week of at least six ethnic Mro villagers in a highland village in Maungdaw Township.
One Kaman man said that more than 1,000 men holding swords surrounded his village in 2012. But he escaped the mob, hiding in a pigsty owned by Arakanese Buddhist friends.
Arakan State’s Border Affairs Ministry says it will demolish buildings constructed in border townships without permission from local authorities, including mosques and madrasas.
Two Muslim youths say they weren’t permitted to take part in an ethnic youth conference in Panlong, Shan State, because they didn’t represent any of Burma’s ethnic groups.
Shaarik Zafar, the US special representative to Muslim communities, made the remarks ahead of a visit to Burma by US Secretary of State John Kerry.