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UN envoy: Rohingya persecution ‘could amount to crimes against humanity’

By Tue, Apr 08, 2014 3:55PM UTC 0 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy says severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Burma are part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to "crimes against humanity."...

Burma rejects UN envoy’s claim he was attacked by Buddhist mob

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 4:17PM UTC 1 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma said a U.N. human rights envoy was well-protected during a visit to a city wracked by religious violence, brushing off his claims that police did nothing as a 200-strong Buddhist mob descended on his car, kicking the windows and doors and shouting abuses. President Thein Sein’s spokesman, Ye Htut, said...

Burma Buddhist mob swarms car of UN rights envoy

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 11:43AM UTC 1 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy visiting Burma said Wednesday that a confrontation he had with an angry mob made him empathize with victims of the country’s deadly sectarian violence. Tomas Ojea Quintana said 200 angry Buddhists mobbed his car after he landed this week in the central town of Meikhtila to...

UN human rights envoy visits tense area of Burma

By Tue, Aug 13, 2013 10:22AM UTC 1 Comment

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A United Nations human rights envoy got a firsthand look Monday at sectarian tensions plaguing Burma, arriving in the state of Rakhine days after police opened fire on protesters seeking access to the body of a Rohingya Muslim fisherman. One person was killed and 10 others were wounded in the incident,...

Burma: Human Rights Commission fails to act on religious riots

By Fri, Mar 29, 2013 7:03PM UTC 0 Comment

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) issued Statement No. 2/2013 on the conflict in Kachin State Thursday, The New Light of Myanmar said today. The Commission said in its statement that the Union Peace-Making Committee and KIO delegation were able to issue a joint statement at the peace talks held at Shweli (Ruili) of...

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