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Obama: Burma Won't Succeed if Muslims Are Oppressed

28 April 2014

US President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the rights of Burma’s minority Muslim population were not being fully protected and warned that the country would not succeed if Muslims there were oppressed. On a visit to Malaysia, Obama praised ongoing political reforms in Burma but said the danger of democratization was that it could unleash religious and ethnic conflicts. “You have a Muslim minority [in Burma] that the broader population has historically looked down upon and whose rights are not being fully protected,” Obama told a townhall-style meeting of young leaders from across Southeast Asia. “Myanmar won’t succeed if the Muslim population is oppressed.”—Reuters