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Burmese human rights commission rejects calls for Rakhine investigation


Burma’s government-appointed human rights commission has rejected appeals by domestic and international groups, saying there is no need for an investigation into the communal violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that erupted in June in Rakhine State.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation said this week it will take up the Burmese government’s handling of the unrest with the U.N. Security Council, and called for a credible investigation into the unrest.

The UN human rights reporter for Burma said last week that the country’s Parliament would be the best body to conduct an investigation into the unrest.
 
He also called on Burma’s National Human Rights Commission to form a truth commission for a comprehensive and transparent investigation.
 
The human rights commission chairman, Win Mra, said on Thursday that a separate government-appointed group of investigators are charged with looking into the events that set off the community violence.
 
Win Mra told the Voice of America  on Thursday that statements by Human Rights Special Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana were biased.

Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission sent a three-person delegation in July to investigate what Win Mra described as the humanitarian needs of the people affected by the conflict, but it did not addressed accusations that the military gave preferential treatment to a particular ethnic group, an accusation he called "extreme."
 
The United Nations released a report on Thursday saying the number of people displaced by the conflict in Rakhine State is at least 68,500. Community clashes occurred last week in Kyauktaw and Maungdaw.
Last Updated ( Friday, 17 August 2012 13:20 )  

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