Concern over ethnic clashes in Burma's Rakhine state

By staff writers
28 Oct 2012

The deaths of people in ethnic clashes in Burma’s Rakhine state represent a tragic loss of life which must be investigated and those responsible brought to justice, human rights groups say.

"These latest incidents between Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhists demonstrate how urgent it is that the authorities intervene to protect everyone, and break the cycle of discrimination and violence," said Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Director.

She was speaking late last week after reports of a variety of violent clashes in the country, officially known as Myanmar, were confirmed.

In June 2012 a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine after 90 people were killed in acts of violence.

Amnesty is also calling on Myanmar’s authorities to review the 1982 Citizenship Law to ensure that Rohingyas are no longer stateless.

The international NGO says that the action is needed to tackle the roots of longstanding discrimination against the Rohingya population.

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