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Burma: UN calls for inquiry over Rakhine violence Thousands of Rakhine people are living in temporary accommodation after fleeing violence Burma: Battle for Democracy Ethnic strife remains EU 'to ease sanctions' What now? Voices: Bright future UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called for an independent investigation following claims of abuses by security forces in Burma's Rakhine state. Ms Pillay said forces sent to quash violence in the northern state were reported to be targeting Muslims. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says about 80,000 people have been displaced following inter-communal violence. The agency says most of those displaced are living in camps and more tents are being airlifted in to help them. The latest violence in Rakhine state began in May when a Buddhist ethnic Rakhine woman was raped and murdered by three Muslims. On 3 June, an unidentified mob killed 10 Muslims. Ms Pillay's office says that since then at least 78 people have been killed in ensuing violence but unofficial estimates are higher. "We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes," Ms Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said. "Reports indicate that the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya community." She welcomed a government decision to allow a UN envoy access to Rakhine state next week, but said it was "no substitute for a fully-fledged independent investigation". 'Scared to return' The UNHCR says that about 80,000 people had been displaced in and around the towns of Sittwe and Maungdaw. Spokesman Andrej Mahecic said that many were too scared to return home while others were being prevented from earning a living. "Some displaced Muslims tell UNHCR staff they would also like to go home to resume work, but fear for their safety," he said. Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi recently called for laws to protect the rights of ethnic minority groups. In her first statement in parliament, she said such laws were important for Burma to become a truly democratic nation of mutual respect. Burma has undergone a series of political reforms initiated by the military-backed government. But some parts of the country are still hit by conflict and unrest, most recently Rakhine state. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-19025549
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Saracen21stC posted a topic in Political FrontIran ready to send aid workers to help Myanmar Rohingyas: IRCS spokesman Mohammad Rafique, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar ©, begs a Bangladeshi Coast Guard official at Shahporir Dwip in Taknaf not to send his family back to Myanmar. (File photo) Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:56PM GMT 1 The Relief and Rescue Organization of the IRCS is prepared to send relief teams to help Myanmarese Muslims.” Spokesman for Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran's Red Crescent Society An official at Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) says the agency has already sent aid shipments to the oppressed Muslims of Myanmar and is ready to dispatch aid workers to the East Asian state. “The Relief and Rescue Organization of the IRCS is prepared to send relief teams to help Myanmarese Muslims,” Hossein Derakhshan, the spokesman for the Relief and Rescue Organization, told Fars News Agency on Wednesday. He added, “The IRCS has expressed readiness in this regard, but coordination is necessary through Myanmarese officials before Iranian aid workers can be dispatched [to Myanmar].” On July 22, the IRCS called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in a letter to condemn the mass slaughter of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and take prompt measures to stop violence against the community. The letter also lamented the international community’s apathy towards the humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar, stressing the need for global condemnation of genocide in the country. The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, who it claims are not natives and classifies them as illegal migrants. This comes as the Rohingya are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin, who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century. Myanmar’s President Thein Sein said on July 19 that the "only solution" to the plight of Rohingya Muslims is to send the country’s nearly one million Muslims -- which is one of the world’s most persecuted minorities -- to refugee camps run by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). However, the UN refugee agency has snubbed the idea of setting up refugee camps to accommodate the Rohingyas. "We will send them away if any third country would accept them," Sein added. "This is what we are thinking is the solution to the issue." Even Myanmar’s Western-sponsored democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has kept silent on atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims. Over the past two years, scores of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee by boats in the face of systematic oppression by the Myanmar government. MP/SS/AZ Source: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/07/25/252719/iran-ready-to-send-aid-workers-to-myanmar/
Saracen21stC posted a topic in Political Front20 July 2012 Last updated at 13:27 GMT Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state 'abused' - Amnesty Many Rohingya have fled Rakhine in the wake of the violence in JuneContinue reading the main story Related Stories Q&A: Unrest in Burma's Rakhine state Old tensions bubble in Burma Stateless Burmese Rohingyas lament India 'hardships' Muslims in Burma's western Rakhine state have been subjected to attacks and arbitrary arrests in the weeks since communal violence erupted, Amnesty International says. A state of emergency was declared in Rakhine in June after deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. Since then, hundreds of people have been detained in the areas where Muslim Rohingya people live, a spokesman said. The government has dismissed the allegations as "groundless and biased". Win Myaing, a government spokesman for Rakhine state, told the Associated Press news agency that the claims are "totally opposite of what is happening on the ground", adding that the region was calm. But although communal violence has eased since the unrest in June, violations by the security forces appear to have increased, rights groups say. 'Rohingyas beaten' Amnesty accuses Burmese security forces as well as ethnic Rakhine Buddhist residents of assaults, unlawful killings of Muslims and the destruction of property. "Most cases have meant targeted attacks on the minority Rohingya population and they were bearing the brunt of most of that communal violence in June and they continue to bear the lion's share of the violations perpetrated by the state security forces," Amnesty researcher Benjamin Zawacki told the BBC's Viv Marsh. Continue reading the main story Q&A: Rakhine unrest Burma profile Chris Lewa, director of The Arakan Project, which focuses on Rohingyas in the region, also told our correspondent that hundreds of Rohingya Muslims had been arrested, with allegations that some had been beaten and even tortured. "Shortly after the main violence... then we start seeing a new phase of, I would say, state-sanctioned abuses, where especially in Maung Daw... we heard on a daily basis about mass arrests of Rohingya," Ms Lewa told the BBC. Reports from the group's network of sources in the area, mostly Rohingya, also said that authorities allowed Rakhine youth to assault Rohingyas in custody. The group also alleges that Burmese authorities took part in looting of shops and homes belonging to Rohingya. The Burmese authorities denied similar allegations made by Amnesty International. Some of the Rohingya Muslims arrested were held in connection with violence that erupted in Rakhine on 8 June, the day on which, observers say, violence was largely carried out by Rohingyas. The Arakan Project also says that some Rakhine, particularly those found with weapons, were arrested. It is difficult to verify any of the information provided by such sources, as journalists cannot access the area. Long-standing tension Violence between Buddhists and Muslims flared after the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman in May, followed by an attack on a bus carrying Muslims. Communal unrest continued in parts of Maung Daw as Muslims attacked Buddhist homes. Reprisal attacks then targeted Muslim homes and communities. The attacks left many dead and forced thousands of people on both sides to flee their homes. There have been long-standing tensions between Rakhine people, who are Buddhist and make up the majority of the state's population, and Muslims many of whom are Rohingya. Many Rakhine Buddhists have said that much of the violence in June was carried out against them by Rohingya groups. Rohingyas say they have been forced to flee because of the violence. Earlier this month, Burma's President Thein Sein said the "solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or refugee camps. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk...d-asia-18921960