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Govt Should Release UN Workers Detained in Arakan: UN Official

20 August 2013

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burma Ashok Nigam called for the release of four UN employees who have been detained in Arakan State for more than a year. The Burmese workers were being subjected to “arbitrary arrest and detention” Nigam said in a statement released on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day on Monday. “The freedom of these four humanitarian workers is long overdue,” he said. Burmese authorities arrested about a dozen Muslim aid workers employed by international aid groups last year after they interacted with villagers affected by inter-communal violence in the state. Most were released after several months.