Thursday, January 30, 2014

BurmaCampaign Digest, Vol 68, Issue 2

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Today's Topics:

1. URGENT ACTION: Rohingya Massacre, International Investigation
Needed (Info)


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Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:38:05 +0000
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Subject: [BurmaCampaign] URGENT ACTION: Rohingya Massacre,
International Investigation Needed
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Dear friend

Last week the United Nations reported that at least 48 Rohingya men, women
and children were killed in attacks which took place in Du Chee Yar Tan
village in Rakhine State, on the 9th and 13th January. A police sergeant was
also killed.

Burma Campaign UK has received unconfirmed reports that the Rohingya
victims, including children, were shot or hacked to death. The police were
involved in the killings. Many more people are missing and there are fears
the total death toll could be much higher.

The response of the Burmese government has been to deny anything happened.

The response of the United Nations, USA and UK has been to call on the
government of Burma to investigate what happened. This is despite the fact
the government has denied the incidents even took place. No investigation by
the Burmese government will be credible.

These horrific new reports follow violence and attacks against the Rohingya
in June and October 2012 which left hundreds dead and 140,000 people
homeless. Human Rights Watch has collected evidence of ethnic cleansing and
crimes against humanity against the Rohingya, and that there was state
involvement in this.

The United Nations, USA and UK are calling on the government of Burma to
impartially investigate this latest massacre knowing full well that any
investigation will not be impartial. As long as the people who carry out
these attacks and incite others to carry out these attacks know they won?t
face arrest or prosecution, the attacks will continue. A US request for
international experts to be included in an investigation was flatly rejected
by the Burmese government.

The only way that reports of this massacre, and the ethnic cleansing and
crimes against humanity against the Rohingya will be investigated and those
responsible eventually held to account, is if the international community
conducts an investigation.

Take Action Now:
> Email Foreign
Secretary William Hague demanding he support an international investigation
into violence in Rakhine State, Burma, and that he mobilises international
support to ensure an investigation is established.

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