Burmese government accused of ‘ethnic cleansing’

22 April 2013 – According to the latest report of Human Rights Watch the government of Burma has encouraged and aided in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minority Rohingya Muslims in the country’s western state of Rakhine.

Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director, openly accused Burmese government of crime against humanity and ethnic cleansing on Monday.

Muslims of various villages were victims of brutal actions during 2012 organized by Burmese officials, local community leaders and Buddhist monks. The mob attacks caused numerous graves and forced displacements.

HRW’s report states that: “in Rakhine, more than 125,000 Rohingya and other Muslims have been forcibly displaced, denied access to humanitarian aid and are unable to return home”.

Phil Robertson also expressed his disappointment towards the international community that had not taken the atrocious issue seriously enough. “The fact that the EU is going to be lifting sanctions later today against Burma — everything except the arms embargo — is an indication there are still in fact serious problems with the international community’s response to this violence,” he said.

This measure would enable European countries to further trade and invest in Burma, which is rich of natural resources and lies on an hot spot close to the Indian and Chinese giants.

Laura Zuffi.

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