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US lawmakers urge Myanmar to protect Rohingya

A family of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar in their rented accommodation in Kathmandu on March 13, 2014A US congressional panel on Tuesday urged Myanmar to end discrimination against its Rohingya minority, saying human rights were vital as the once pariah nation embraces democratic reforms. The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a resolution that calls on the country formerly known as Burma to “end all forms of persecution and discrimination” against the Rohingya, a mostly Muslim people who are not even recognized as citizens. Representative Ed Royce, the chairman of the committee, voiced alarm at violence against Rohingya as well as Myanmar’s restrictions on medical aid group Doctors Without Borders. “The government of Burma cannot claim progress toward meeting its reform goals if it does not improve the treatment of Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups,” he said.

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