Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Call for observers in violence-hit Western Burma

An international rights group is calling for observers to be deployed in Western Burma, where it is suspected dozens of people have been killed in sectarian violence.

Human Rights Watch says Burma's government must allow safe access for aid workers, journalists and diplomats after a state of emergency was implemented at the weekend.

The United Nations is attempting to withdraw its staff from the worst areas of fighting in Rakhine state.

There has been a series of tit for tat killings in the area where there has been long-running tension between ethnic Rakhine people and Rohingya Muslims.

Official figures put the death toll around 17 but a Rohingya support group in Thailand suggests there may have been dozens killed.

Human rights watch has warned that violence is running out of control and may worsen without an international presence. Read More