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Myanmar bans 'Rohingya' 
term from census

Myanmar said yesterday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as "Rohingya" in its first census in three decades, despite UN assurances. The census begins today and will last 12 days.

The move came as Buddhists in an unrest-hit western state vowed to boycott the census over fears it could lead to official recognition for the Rohingya, viewed by the UN as among the world's most persecuted minorities.

"If a household wants to identify themselves as 'Rohingya', we will not register it," government spokesman Ye Htut told reporters in Yangon.

He said people could call themselves "Bengali", a term used by the authorities, who view most Rohingya as illegals from Bangladesh. - AFP.