Conflict in Myanmar is longstanding in a country with rich religious traditions and an influential religious establishment. Identities have always been closely tied to the Buddhist faith, which is seen in the most visual conflict in Rakhine State, where the Rohingya Muslim population has seen a humanitarian situation develop. There is growing pressure on Myanmar, which has seen a period of hope replaced with a spell of caution, for the country to acknowledge and address the situation.
1Myanmar is a country with rich religious traditions and a large and influential religious establishment. Core national and other identities are quite tightly bound to religious beliefs and histories.
2The Rohingya conflict is distinctive and of long standing and can be seen both as a test or trial for Myanmar in terms of human rights and civic standards and identity.
3There are a number of tracks when looking towards solutions to the interreligious conflicts in Myanmar, including urgent efforts needed by all leaders and respected political figures.