Burma Massacre and the silence of the world


The Burmese president told the UN refugee representative on Thursday that non-citizen Rohingya Muslims in far western Burma should be placed in refugee camps or deported, following sectarian violence in the country in June who claimed up to 79 lives of both Muslims and Buddhists.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Thursday rejected the suggestion by Burmese President Thein Sein, saying it was not the UN’s job to resettle the Rohingya, who the UN calls one of the most persecuted people in the world.
“The resettlement programmes organised by UNHCR are for refugees who are fleeing a country to another, in very specific circumstances. Obviously, it’s not related to this situation,” Guterres told the media after a meeting with the president. Thein Sein said that Rohingya were not welcome in Burma. Three Muslim men who were accused of raping and killing a woman have been sentenced to death by a district court in Kyaukphyu, western Myanmar.
Htet Htet, Mahmud Rawphi, and Khochi also known as Myint Swe, raped and killed Thida Htwe, 27 on May 28 in Rakhine state, a court heard. Htet Htet, who was accused of masterminding the murder, committed suicide in jail last week but was sentenced posthumously.
The death of the woman, who was a Buddhist, heightened existing religious and ethnic tensions and led to a series of violent sectarian attacks in the region. The accused belonged to the Rohingya tribe and were Muslim. A mob of about 300 people attacked a bus on June 3 and killed 10 Muslim Rohingya pilgrims.
More ethnic clashes erupted, leading to the deaths of up to 50 people. More than 1,662 homes were destroyed and over 30,000 people displaced. Human Rights Watch and other groups have sounded warnings about long-standing divisions and sectarian tensions between the Rohingya people and the Burmese authorities.
“For decades, the Rohingya have routinely suffered abuses by the Burmese army, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor, land confiscation and restricted freedom of movement,” HRW said. Others activists have warned against continuing state-sponsored violence, after mass arrests of Rohingya men were reported in the north of the state. Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, a research-based advocacy group monitoring the Rohingya situation, told the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB): “There is no longer communal violence in Maungdaw – this is state-sponsored violence. “The situation has got really bad. The army has been conducting mass arrest of young Rohingya males. Some people have seen them transported in trucks in handcuffs and blindfolded and the worst is that no one knows why,” she said. Lew told DVB that hundreds of young men trying to flee across the border to Bangladesh had been blocked from entering the country by Bangladeshi authorities. Rawphi and Khochi have seven days to appeal against the ruling but the case still needs to be presented to the Supreme Court for a final decision, DVB reported. No executions are known to have been carried out in Myanmar since at least 1988.


  1. Those who rape and kill must be judged no matter what can be their origin. But why shoul a whole community pay for this for yaers. It smells "ethnic cleansing" , Budhists should be ashamed of their violence against their fellow citizens – in this case- they are Rohings with a muslim backround .The world, the UN can watch and let it go, because their are interests elswhere to preserve, and because it is nomatter thar the number of victims grows. Christians can speak about their peaceful mind …May victims rest in peace, may the livin find an issue to this crisis and live in some peace.

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