Monday, July 30, 2012

UN envoy in Burma amid Muslim crackdown

The United Nations expert on human rights in Burma has arrived in Myanmar, days after the UN voiced fears that efforts to end unrest in Rakhine state had turned into a crackdown on Muslims.

UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana flew into the main city of Rangoon late on Sunday for a visit set to include a trip to the restive western state as well as meetings with Burma's president and civil society.

It comes after a warning by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay that Muslim communities in Rakhine, particularly the Rohingya minority, were being targeted by security forces.

"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," she said in a statement on Friday.

Read more: The Herald Sun


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