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Rohingya groups condemn sectarian clashes

Nine Rohingya organizations have called for a UN peacekeeping force to quell the communal violence in Rakhine State and for the international community to ensure an end to the ongoing violence in the region, in a statement released on Thursday.

The statement was released as renewed clashes between Muslim Rohingya and Rakhine natives claimed at least two people killed and more than one thousand homes burned since Sunday.

It said, “The blocking of [the] OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] to open its offices in Burma – despite a MoU signed between Burmese government and OIC – is a clear indication of the Thein Sein government’s intention to carry on its ‘ethnic cleansing’ against the Muslim Rohingyas without outside knowledge." 

An OIC plan to open an office to coordinate delivery of humanitarian aid to the strife-town region was cancelled by the Burmese government after widespread protests. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by clashes, which started in June.

The statement urge the international community and Burma’s neighbours to put effective pressure on the Burmese government “to stop violence and crimes against Rohingyas.”

It asked the UN “to intervene in the matter on grounds of humanitarianism for the purpose of preventing further death, killing, rape and destruction of the Muslims; and to urgently send [a] UN Peace Keeping Force to Arakan.”

The statement called on the Burmese government to allow unhindered humanitarian aid, to stop its “segregation scheme” and to replace it with a proactive policy of peaceful co-existence; and to repeal or amend the Burma Citizenship Law of 1982 in order to make it conform to international law.

The statement was signed by
1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation,
2. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK,
3. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan,
4. Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia
5. Burmese Rohingya Community in Norway
6. Rohingya Community in Demark
7. Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand
8. Rohingya League for Democracy Burma
9. Rohingya Society Malaysia
Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 October 2012 13:00 )  

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