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UN Special Rapporteur Welcomes Abolition of Burma’s Nasaka Border Force

17 July 2013

The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma has welcomed the abolition of the country’s border guard force, known as the Nasaka. “I have received allegations of the most serious human rights violations involving Nasaka, particularly against the local Rohingya population, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrest and detention, and torture in detention,” Tomás Ojea Quintana said in a statement on Tuesday, calling on Burma to also address the culture of impunity for security forces. The UN independent expert had earlier urged Burma to suspend the Nasaka’s operations in west Burma’s Arakan State, where the Rohingya Muslim minority lives.