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500 Sentenced Since 2012 for Arakan Violence

10 July 2013

Radio Free Asia reports that about 1,200 people have been arrested and 500 have been given jail terms for their roles in the inter-communal violence that broke out in western Burma’s Arakan State last year. Burma’s Vice-President Sai Mauk Kham said 662 people are still on trial in 45 different cases. Some 140,000 people remain displaced following two outbreaks of violence between Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in 2012, which left 192 people dead, according to government and UN figures. Arakan State attorney-general Hla Thein told RFA that more than 6,000 armed security personnel have since been deployed in the region to maintain security.