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Burma Must Investigate Rights Abuses: UN Council

22 March 2013

Burma’s government must launch an independent investigation into rampant human rights violations in the country, the UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday, according to AFP. A resolution tabled by the EU and supported by 47 member states said that last year’s inter-communal violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya’s in western Arakan State, which killed scores and displaced 110,000 people, should be a major focus of the investigation. The council praised Burma’s ongoing political and rights reforms, but it voiced concern about “remaining human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, forced displacement, land confiscations, rape and other forms of sexual violence, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”

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