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Saracen21stC posted a topic in Political Front1 August 2012 Last updated at 08:02 GMT 'Campaign of violence' in Burma state - rights group The violence led to houses being razed and tens of thousands losing their homesContinue reading the main story Related Stories UN calls for Burma abuses inquiry Muslims 'abused' in Burmese state Q&A: Unrest in Burma's Rakhine state Government forces are continuing to persecute Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state after failing to protect them during deadly clashes in June, Human Rights Watch has said in a report. Security forces had killed and raped members of the Rohingya group and arrested hundreds of others, it said. The 56-page report is the second in a fortnight to draw attention to abuses in Rakhine state. The UN has sent an envoy to investigate the violence that killed at least 78. ''To demonstrate its seriousness in addressing abuses, the government should grant the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomas Quintana, full access to investigate abuses on all sides and take action to hold perpetrators accountable,'' Human Rights Watch said. In the weeks since the worst of the violence the Burmese authorities have stopped journalists and aid workers from getting to most sensitive parts of the state, says the BBC's Jonah Fisher in Bangkok, so getting accurate information is extremely difficult. The report was based on 57 interviews in both Burma and neighbouring Bangladesh. Continue reading the main story Q&A: Rakhine unrest Burma profile It said that security forces had failed to stop the unrest, which led to houses being razed and tens of thousands of people losing their homes. "Burmese security forces failed to protect the Arakan (Rakhine) and Rohingya from each other and then unleashed a campaign of violence and mass round-ups against the Rohingya,'' said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. The findings in the HRW report are similar to an earlier report by Amnesty International - dismissed by a government spokesman in the state as "groundless and biased".Long-standing tension A state of emergency was declared in Rakhine in June after deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. Violence 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. Burma's President Thein Sein has said that the "solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or refugee camps. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19074383
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