By Harun Yahya
Adnan Oktar, best known by his pen-name Harun Yahya, is an influential Turkish spiritual leader, author, and opinion shaper who has written 300-books which has been translated into 73 languages and read by millions of people, exerting considerable influence on both Muslims and non-Muslims.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The violence and persecution that the Muslim Rohingya people living in Myanmar's Arakan province in South Asia has been subjected to for many years still rages on before the eyes of the whole world.
The main issue underlying the crisis is the fact that the Buddhist Myanmar government insistently refuses to recognize the very existence and rights of Muslim Rohingyas. The government considers the Rohingyas not as a distinct ethnic group, but as illegal immigrants.
In 1982, with the efforts of the military junta, the identities of the Rohingyas were officially disregarded. While all the ethnic groups in the country are considered citizens, Muslim Rohingya people are not treated as minority citizens and forced to become stateless people.
Without their citizenship rights, the Rohingya people cannot benefit from any government services. When they get sick, they are not admitted to state hospitals. They are employed in government or private institutions without pay. They do not have the right to become a civil servant. They have to pay taxes to the government even for traveling between villages. They cannot own phones, mobile phones or motor vehicles. They are even prohibited from building concrete houses, but they can live in wooden houses; on top of that, these houses are owned by the government. They are not granted the right to defend themselves when they are convicted of a crime; they are directly imprisoned. The police or the military can raid their houses without justification. Moreover, they can be arbitrarily arrested.
As a result of the massacres and exiles carried out since 1942 within the framework of a systematic ethnic cleansing policy, of the original 4 million Muslim population in the region, only 800,000 thousand people remained. So far, 3 million Muslims have been forced to relocate to neighboring countries, hundreds of thousands have been martyred, and tens of thousands of women have been raped. Residential areas were burned and destroyed, hundreds of mosques and madrasas were turned into ruin.....