Monk Arrested for Smuggling Rohingya in Buddhist Robes

Irrawaddy, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rangoon, Burma -- A Burmese monk has been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle a group of Rohingya Muslims disguised in Buddhist robes from western Arakan State to Rangoon, Radio Free Asia reported on Monday.

The monk from Mon State and the driver were charged with smuggling eight Muslim men and helping them impersonate the Buddhist clergy, the news agency reported.

The Rohingya men were arrested for traveling without proper documentation. The United Nations calls Rohingya Muslims one of the world’s most persecuted groups.

They are not recognized as citizens by Burma’s government, which forbids them from traveling between townships without special permission.