Rakhine conflict

Myanmar government's political imperative to resolve conflict

Problems of other Rakhine minorities are being overlooked in the focus on the Rohingya. A recent report on atrocities by a Rohingya militant group against Hindus is changing global views on the troubled region


International opinion on the conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine state appears to have evolved in recent months. Where a primarily black-and-white portrayal existed at the onset of the Rohingya refugee exodus into Bangladesh, both mainstream media and concerned external actors seem to be catching on to the complexity and nuances of the conflict.

Pressure on Myanmar will undoubtedly continue over the status of the Rohingya minority - more than 700,000 of whom have reportedly fled violence in their homes in north-western Rakhine state and moved to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline Myanmar government's political imperative to resolve conflict. Subscribe