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United States, through U.N. agency, helping Rohingyas achieve legal status

Washington -- Although largely unaffected by Burmas 2007 pro-democracy protests and the subsequent crackdown by the military government, the countrys Rohingya Muslim population, an isolated group in Northern Rakhine State (NRS), remains oppressed by Burmas rulers and depends on international donors for survival. The estimated 728,000 community members live as virtual prisoners as a result of the military juntas oppression of religious and ethnic minorities. The governments long-standing campaign to Burmanize the population even has included the coerced conversion of Rohingya Muslims to Buddhism.

Despite having a presence in the area extending back to the seventh century, the Rohingyas are not considered by the junta to be Burmese citizens and they suffer legal, economic and social discrimination. They face severe restrictions when attempting to travel, engage in economic activity, register the births, deaths and marriages in the community, and obtain an education. Marc Rapoport, the chief representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Burma, told America.gov January 30 that the Rohingyas continue to suffer from restrictive and discriminatory practices at the hands of the military regime. The Rohingyas did not participate in the September 2007 protests. However, NRS, which is routinely a restricted area, has seen increased vigilance and control, since those protests. Rapoport added that nongovernmental agencies are organizations that (NGOs) and humanitarian finding their operational

environment in the area is becoming more restrictive. He pointed to recent requests by the junta to postpone U.N.-organized diplomatic visits and Burmese government delays or denials of visa requests. For the time being, NGOs and U.N. agencies operate normally in NRS. Should this not be the case in future, the Rohingyas could very well become the collateral victims of the September [2007] events and crackdown, Rapoport said. Since the 1970s, the government has made it very difficult for the Muslims to practice their faith, restricting and sometimes banning the publication and distribution of the Quran, and effectively limiting participation in the hajj through restrictive passport and visa issuance procedures. The government also has targeted Muslim places of worship, ordering mosques to be closed down or even destroyed. IDENTIFICATION CARD PROGRAM In an attempt to integrate the Rohingya population into Burma, the United States is funding a UNHCR program to issue identification cards that will ease registration of births and marriages, school

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