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Grant Rohingya citizenship

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We urged Myanmar to grant citizenship to the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority in the Asian country where sectarian violence has displaced tens of thousands since 2012.

Rakhine State in west Myanmar has seen the most serious religious violence in the predominantly Buddhist nation since the military began to end its decades of strict rule, with hundreds of Rohingya Muslims killed and more than 140,000 people displaced there in communal unrest in 2012.

Myanmar's government regards the approximately one million Rohingya as illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and denies them citizenship, even though Rohingya families have lived there for generations.

Since 1982, after the denial of Rohingya citizenship in Myanmar (former Burma), the Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority that has seen their basic rights denied, living in poor conditions in relief camps and subjected to harsh military campaigns.

The United Nations said in a February report on the violence that police officers and soldiers had killed hundreds of citizens of all ages, gang-raped women and girls, and forced as many as 90,000 Rohingya from their homes. Those and other brutal actions were "very likely" crimes against humanity, the report said.

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