Brussels-based ICG said it has interviewed four members of the Harakah al-Yakin militant group in Arakan State and two outside Burma.
The 2014 census is a huge undertaking for Burma’s government, who insist they have the cooperation of all. The ICG say questions on religion and ethnicity are potentially ‘divisive’, they may have trouble just getting an answer.
Burma had the unenviable distinction of being listed among Syria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo as hosting 10 “conflicts to watch” in 2017, as compiled by Jean-Marie Guéhenno of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group in an article appearing in Foreign Policy on Thursday.
Burma faces a growing danger of attacks by foreign supporters of the Islamic State (IS) recruited from Southeast Asian networks in support of persecuted Rohingya Muslims, Malaysia’s top counter-terrorism official has said.
A man has been found dead with stab wounds in Burma’s Arakan State, in what the government said on Monday was the second murder in under a week of a Rohingya who cooperated with authorities as they crack down on suspected insurgents.
Experts have warned that decades of treating the Rohingya as a thorn in the nation’s side is tantamount to doing the legwork for forces that would seek to radicalise the next generation of Rohingya.