The US State Department reports that government practices show that there exists apparent state-sanctioned religious discrimination and violence throughout the country.
The closure of the Islamic schools and subsequent imprisonment of Muslims involved in their operation has been described as “clear religious discrimination, and blatant violation of freedom of religion” by one human rights advocate.
DVB speaks to prominent lawyer Ko Ni about the prospects for the introduction of new legislation to address the problem of religious discrimination and hate speech in Burma.
“Our fundamental objective is to help the new government succeed,” said US presidential advisor Ben Rhodes, adding that “we want to see as much trade and investment as possible.”
The group’s secretary said their aim is to assist and represent anyone – regardless of their religion – in connection with incidents or alleged crimes which may have religious pretexts.
Burma’s minority voters may find relief in the NLD’s election success.