UN Envoy Visits Burma’s Stricken Rakhine State

Note: According to Rohingya people’ reliable source,This is not fighting each other but well planned genocide by Rakhines corporately with armed forces. If it is fighting each other then why the authority imposed Curfew, restored Order only for Rohingya? They allowed Rakhines coming into Rohingya villages, torching firing houses, brutally beatings and slaughterings plus sexual abuses, looting goods and cash. In advance, waters, electric, foods are cut-off and restriction impose in Rohingya villages since 3 June.
The government showing its sympathy by contributing of aid to those terror Rakhines’ members or its Buddhism Rakhines. While three is no consideration at all about Rohingya victims of women, children and those injuries in their own villages.

Rohingyans are ending-up between gun-fires of security forces and lethal knives of Rakhine people. That brought the death number of Rohingyans at 6,000 persons covering Maungdaw, Sittwe, Rathedaung townships. Mostly they were shot dead and brutally beaten to death and other several thousands of Rohingyans taken away are missing. The informations from Arakan confirmed those several thousands of Rohingyans from Sittwe and Maungdaw taken away by trucks were taken into hidden areas and slaughtered and burnt into aches. At least, Rohingya houses in 40 villages from Maungdaw township and except from four villages of all Rohingya villages from Sittwe/Akyab city, several villages in Rathedaung twonship and Rohingya villges in Pauktaw township, were burn down. Beside, the fates of thousands of Rohingya women and children who are displaced and escaped by boats are unknown.
"Rohingya from Myamnar rally near Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur"

UN Envoy Visits Burma’s Stricken Rakhine State
Source from VOA, 14 June 2012

BANKGOK – The U.N.’s special envoy to Burma, Vijay Nambiar, returned Thursday from a visit to Burma’s western Rakhine state, where sectarian violence has killed 21 people and destroyed scores of homes.

Vijay Nambiar, the U.N. envoy to Burma, leaves Sittwe Airport in Burma’s Rakhine state, June 14, 2012.

Nambiar said he spoke with people caught up in the violence who are still "in a state of shock," and unwilling to return to their homes. There has been widespread violence in the area recently between Buddhists and Muslims, who are members of the ethnic minority known as the Rohingya.

Speaking to VOA by phone from the Burmese capital, Rangoon, he said the city of Maungdaw, where the conflict erupted, is now largely calm, but that the situation in the state’s capital Sittwe is still tenuous and he was unable to visit some areas. Nambiar confirmed that 21 people died in the fighting.

Nambiar praised both the Border Affairs minister who traveled with him, and President Thein Sein, who responded by sending in the military to bring the situation under control, and declaring a state of emergency he described as "prompt, firm, and sensitive."

"This is an issue which has the potential of impacting on the entire reform process and requires to be handled very sensitively and in line with the international norms of international conduct," he said.

Burmese President Thein Sein said he is committed to equal justice and the rule of law in dealing with the aftermath of the conflict, he added.

Rohingya have long been viewed by the government and most Burmese as immigrants who are not entitled to citizenship or other benefits of the state. The recent fighting has led to a rash of inflamed rhetoric on websites and in domestic media coverage against Rohingya.

Violence broke out on June 3 when a mob of Buddhists in Rakhine allegedly attacked a bus and killed 10 Rohingya passengers in apparent retaliation for an earlier rape and murder of a Buddhist woman, allegedly by three Rohingya.

It will take time to address the longstanding ethnic and sectarian tensions, said Nambiar.

"I think increasingly everybody is conscious of the need to move away from such kind of ethnic stereotypes and characterizations of this nature because they realize that that is harmful to the entire project of reform," he said. "And I think while it is true that the messages that are being purveyed by being stressed by the top leadership need to filter down to the lower levels and there is still a lot of work to be done."

U.N. refugee agency official Preeta Law, a deputy representative in Burma, warned the fighting could have an impact on the effort to resettle Rohingya refugees now living in camps across the border in Bangladesh. "Of course in a situation of this kind of violence that’s happened right now, in the immediate term, this would not be something that we would be looking at at this time," Law said.

Boats carrying women and children fleeing the violence have been turned back by the Bangladeshi government, despite the agency’s plea to keep their border open.

Also read Burma’s Rohingya Dilemmahttp://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/6837

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