Myanmar must protect Muslims and halt discrimination: U.N.

by Machiavelli

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  • Rohingya children, who fled the recent violence of Myanmar, sit in a house as they hide with other relatives in Teknaf October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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    Reuters/Reuters – Rohingya children, who fled the recent violence of Myanmar, sit in a house as they hide with other relatives in Teknaf October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators called onMyanmar on Wednesday to halt deadly sectarian violence and warned it not to use the conflict as a pretext to remove Rohingyaminority Muslims.

Some 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas in western Myanmar in the past 10 days, according to the latest official toll.

“This situation must not become an opportunity to permanently remove an unwelcome community,” said a joint statement issued by Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on Myanmar, and independent experts on minority issues and the internally displaced.

They voiced their “deep concern about the assertion of the government and others that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants and stateless persons”.

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