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Burma’s Human Rights Commission issues statement on Arakan State

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The National Human Rights Commission of Burma on Wednesday released a statement urging the authorities to take effective action to punish those responsible for the sectarian violence and to provide further aid to people seeking safety in government-run camps.
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The statement said commission Secretary Sit Myaing and two members visited Sittwe, Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships in Arakan (Rakhine) State from June 27 to July 1 to hold discussions with officials, religious leaders and victims of the sectarian unrest that swept over the state in June.
The statement, printed in the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, urged authorities to adopt steps to establish the rule of law and to take “just and effective actions” against the people responsible for the acts of violence that occurred.
The statement recommended that “a special program should be undertaken to enhance the basic education of the children in the affected areas for the building of mutual trust.”

The report said some schools were open in Sittwe, but few students attended in the aftermath of the violence. Some schools still remain closed, but are scheduled to open on Monday, it said.
The statement also recommended that steps should be taken to build mutual trust among the victims of the violence that pitted Buddhists against Muslims.

The group also urged more assistance and support be provided to refugees. The government has set up a total of 72 relief stations, it said, and Arakanese nationals from the relief camps in Buthidaung and Ponnagyun have been safely returned to their respective areas.
According to figures released by the government, from May 28 to June 24 there were 97 clashes and at least 78 people died in the violence.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 July 2012 17:31 )  

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