Myanmar Authorities Let Rohingyas Pray in Mosques with Self-Interest
By Rohingya Eye | January 21, 2016
Maungdaw — The Myanmar authorities have recently allowed the local Rohingya Muslims to pray selectively in a few Masjids (Mosques) in the downtown of Maungdaw, it has been reported.
This is the first time that the authorities have officially allowed or rather asked the local Muslims to pray in the mosques (that have) remained shut down since the beginning of the state-sponsored violence in June 2012.
The Maungdaw Township Administration has also ordered the respective village administrators to take photos and shoot videos of the people praying in the mosques (especially during afternoon and evening prayers).
U Aye Myint, a human rights observer based in Maungdaw, said “people here do not view the move by the authorities to allow them to pray in a few mosques for the first time since 2012 as a sincere effort to give them freedom of worship. The government may be using it as a means to reduce pressures from the OIC nations and the international community.”
Some mosques in the downtown of Maungdaw where the local Muslims have been asked to pray are ‘Fayzi Jameh Masjid’ and ‘Myoma Thinchaing Masjid.”
However, 99 percent of the mosques in Maungdaw District have still remained officially closed since June 2012.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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