Burma, Monks 'Encouraging' Ethnic Cleansing: Report
125K Muslims displaced after last year's violence: Human Rights Watch
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 22, 2013 8:29 AM CDT
In this Thursday, March 21, 2013 file photo, armed Myanmar police officers provide security around a smoldering building following ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims.   (AP File Photo)

(Newser) – Burma and its Buddhist monks have "organized and encouraged" ethnic cleansing in the country, asserts Human Rights Watch in a new report. Some 125,000 of the country's minority Rohingya Muslims have been displaced, in what amounts to "crimes against humanity," per the report. It's the culmination of more than 100 interviews with those on either side of the upheaval that saw 180 people killed in Arakan state last year, CNN reports. "The absence of accountability against those to blame lends credence to allegations that this was a government-appointed campaign of ethnic cleansing," the group says.

"First the soldiers told us, 'Do not do anything, we will protect you, we will save you,' so we trusted them," said a survivor of last year's violence, in which Arakanese men attacked villages throughout the state. But security forces allowed attacks to occur and, in some cases, joined in or disarmed Rohingya. The report notes that the attacks were bolstered by local organizing, with area monks and ultra-nationalist political groups issuing pamphlets that actually included the phrase "ethnic cleansing." The Rohingya aren't eligible for citizenship in Burma, CNN notes. Buddhists have also been killed and displaced in the fighting, HRW adds.

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Apr 23, 2013 6:19 AM CDT
Crimes against humanity........standard practice of islam....but they are the abused. give me a break. When islam rules, Satan rules.....
Apr 23, 2013 6:17 AM CDT
maybe we should use them as an example for the U S. Muslims need to be treated like any other hate group that tries to infringe on religions rights. they are not a religion of peace. they are a hate group just like KKK, Crypts, Bloods and other gangs.
Apr 22, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
Religion Kills. EVEN BUDDHISM.