Muslims attacked in China, Sri Lanka and Myanmar

Muslim minorities face continued persecution for their faith by religious fanatics backed by authorities in China, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, according to the chief of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), on 16 July.

Saleh Al-Wohaibi, who leads the Riyadh-based organisation, said extremist Buddhists and other faith hardliners were systematically targeting Islamic believers in those countries. Attempts by WAMY to transfer financial aid have also been blocked by regulatory agencies, he added.

Mr Al-Wohaibi said: “The Muslim communities in China, Sri Lanka and Myanmar are being subjected to attacks as people around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan,”

The youth leader highlighted the recent deaths of hundreds of Muslims in southern Sri Lankan towns with many also seriously injured after attacks by mobs of Buddhists. He also said 150,000 Muslims have been displaced in Myanmar due to religious unrest since June 2012 and some 300 believers killed.

Uighur Muslims in China have faced restrictions with a ban on fasting for government employees and school children during Ramadan.

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