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ICC Note: Even though Rohingya Muslims are known to be the largest persecuted group in Myanmar, Buddhist nationalist movement also affects other ethnic minorities around the country. Myanmar’s military regime has for decades discriminated against Christian ethnic minority groups, such as Kachin, Chin, and Naga. In Myanmar, Christian communities are subject to restrictions on land acquisition for religious purposes. Furthermore, Myanmar’s military army forces have devastated, damaged, and destroyed many places where Christians worship.

10/03/2017 Myanmar (Asia News) – The humanitarian crisis that touches Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State is not the only of its kind in Myanmar. Religious freedom and human rights violations by the military, Buddhist nationalist movements and ethnic Burmese affect also other ethnic minorities in other parts of the country.

All these groups share the same suffering, but have not received the same media coverage or attention by the international community as the Rohingya struggling along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

This is the case of the Kachin (north), Chin (west) and Naga (north-west), ethnic groups with large Christian communities that have been persecuted for decades.

By exploiting the Buddhist roots of the country’s culture, Myanmar’s military regime has for years discriminated against Christians, seen as the expression of a foreign religion contrary to its “one nation, one race, and one religion” policy.

Many of these measures are still in force and anti-Church bias is strong even though the latter has been present in the country for more than 500 years.

In Myanmar all Christian communities are subject to restrictions on land acquisition for religious purposes. Military bureaucratic procedures prevent the release of permits to communities. Just to have a place to worship, some Christians are forced to use private properties or homes.

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