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Govt Involved in Central Burma Violence, UN Says

29 March 2013

The United Nations has accused Burma’s government of involvement in recent sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims, AFP reports. The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, told AFP that he had received evidence of security forces standing by rather than stopping the violence, which killed at least 40 people in central Burma over three days. “This may indicate direct involvement by some sections of the state or implicit collusion and support for such actions,” he told the news agency, adding that the evidence suggested military and police officials had detained people based on religious or racial profiling.