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Burmese authorities accused again of violence against Rohingya
Human rights groups say that the Muslim minority is the victim of attacks, killings and property seizures by security forces and Buddhists. Rakhine state spokesperson denies the claims.
Bangkok (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Burmese security forces
and Buddhist civilians have continued their violent attacks against ethnic Rohingya,
a Muslim minority, in the western Burmese state of Rakhine, this according to Amnesty
International. The violence includes assaults, killings and property seizures, Bangkok-based
Benjamin Amnesty researcher Zawacki said.
A state of emergency is still in force in the area.
According to reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Burmese security forces
have carried out "mass inspections" and other abuses against the Muslim
communities in the area.
For activists, local authorities are also responsible
for acts of "discrimination" against minorities, because they leave
the Buddhist Arakan unpunished and go after the Rohingya.
A couple of weeks ago, the United Nations reported the
arrest of some humanitarian workers, including UN employees.
Sectarian violence broke out in June, when the
District Court in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, sentenced three Muslims to death for
the rape and killing in late May of Thida Htwe, a young Arakanese Buddhist. Since
then, violence has continued almost without interruption.
Win Myaing, a government spokesman for Rakhine state, has
however rejected Amnesty's claims as groundless.
By contrast, Chris Lewa, director of The Arakan
Project which focuses on Rohingya in the region, backs Amnesty.
Speaking to the BBC, he said that hundreds of Rohingya
Muslims have been arrested, some allegedly beaten and even tortured.
Mosque shuttered, prayer ban on Rohingya during Ramadan in Myanmar
During the Muslim month of fasting, mosques were sealed off. Not even for the festivity of Eid ul-Fitr were they reopened. Burmese Muslims and activists complain that pressure is being put on Muslims to leave the country. Human Rights watch calls it "state-sponsored persecution".
Rakhine: More than 100 dead in clashes between ethnic Burmese and Rohingya
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Aung San Suu Kyi calls for more troops to quell violence between Burmese and Rohingya
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Rakhine: hundreds of civilians flee fighting between Burmese and Arakan forces
The state has been the scene of violence between Burmese Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya. At least 300 people hastily fled the village Pyingso, in western Myanmar. Activists denounce the lack of food and resources for displaced people. The government’s peace plan now appears in jeopardy.
Burmese Buddhists attack a Rohingya village, leaving dozens dead, including women and children
Advocacy group Arakan Project reported the attack citing sources in Du Char Yar Tan village. Hundreds of security forces are patrolling the area to avoid further violence. A rally by a Buddhist extremist leader last month led to the rise in tensions. The Burmese government denies media reports about casualties.
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