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Arakan Report Fails to Address Key Issues: UN Rapporteur

2 May 2013

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana has expressed concern over the government’s report on sectarian violence in Arakan State, which was released on Monday. He said it contained “many worthwhile recommendations,” but failed to recommend amending the controversial 1982 Citizenship Law, which renders the Muslim Rohingyas stateless. It neither advised easing the restrictions on movement of the roughly 100,000 displaced Rohingyas, who are being confined to poorly-run camps. The report also failed to call for an investigation into rights violations committed during last year’s violence. “The government has an obligation under international law to investigate these allegations effectively, promptly, thoroughly and impartially,” Quitana said.