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.