Rohingya Muslims killed, raped by Myanmar forces: HRW

Naypyidaw: Human Rights Watch has accused the Burmese military of killing, rape and mass arrests targeting Rohingya Muslims during recent sectarian violence in Western Burma.

The bloodshed in Rakhin state between Muslim Rohingya and largely Buddhist communities erupted in May after a Arakan Buddhist woman was sexually assaulted and murdered.

The report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch says hundreds of Muslim Rohingya men and boys have been detained in mass arrests since June. It says their whereabouts are, as yet, unknown.

It also says that the Burmese government initially failed to take measures to stop the flare up of violence between ethnic Rakhine Burmese and Rohingya Muslims which began in June.

The violence, which has left many dead and led to the displacement of more than 100,000 people, has also focused new attention on the plight of about one million members of the Rohingya minority, who live in Burma but are not accepted as citizens there, or in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Human Rights Watch says government security forces stood by and failed to intervene in the June 3 attack. Later, as violence escalated and thousands of Rohingya rioted, it says police and paramilitary trooped fired on Rohingya communities.

Rights workers interviewed both Arakan and Ronhingya communities.

A Rohingya man recounts how his house was raided by the military. He explains how the military searched all the homes. He says when no adults were found, soldiers tied up and beat the children until they fainted.

Both ethnic communities attacked villages and neighborhoods, destroying and burning homes, shops and houses of worship.

In the capital of Sittwe most Muslims have fled or have been forcibly relocated. Shops held by Muslims have been commandeered by the state.

Burma largely denies citizenship to the estimated 800,000 to one million Rohingya, adding to communal tensions.

The report’s release coincides with U.N. human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana’s official visit to Burma. Quintana traveled to Rakhin state to evaluate the damage to the region. He is expected to report his findings in the coming days.

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  • Moro_corner

    jihad for burma NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • Moro_corner

    give rohingya muslim a separate independent state other wise we will start the killing of budhist world wide…

  • Aliraza

    When muslim start jihad in Burma so all world  crying for human rights. Go ahead Burma Muslim Holy Quran say to help poor who are praying Allah to send someone for help them and get revenge to cruel people.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LPLXBSTTGD4SEHY5GUGCN6AGQA Denn

      THIS IS HOW IT GOES WHEN NONE MUSLIM STARTS VIOLENCE THE UN AND THE WORLD ARE IN DEAF MANNERS BUT IF THE MUSLIM RETALIATE IT GOES LIKE THIS. WHERE EVER MUSLIM IS THERE IS HOSTILITY AND NOW WHAT DO THINK THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH COULD BE EN D… TERRORISM,RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, AND ANY BARBARIC ACTS WOULD BE THE TITLE OF MUSLIM…. WE PRAY TO ALLAH THAT THIS WILL BE END SOON STOP BLOODSHED,,,, STOP MILITARY POWER, WE WANT PEACE AROUND THE WORLD WE WANT THAT…WE MUSLIM PILIPINO CONDEMED THAT VIOLENCE STOP IT

  • Umairahmad05

    shame on u bermans

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LPLXBSTTGD4SEHY5GUGCN6AGQA Denn

      YOUR NO MATCH BURMESE MILITARY TO OUR MILITARY IF YOU WERE ONLY NEAR TO OUR AREA YOU WILL FEEL THE ASK OF HELL ASAP. THANK YOUR LORD STONE YOUR FAR FROM MINDANAO…

  • Swatians Ghb1987

    who are terrorist it is clear. where is america ?????? son of bich they  can,t see what happens in Burma

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