Govt calls for end to Myanmar violence

2012-08-08 17:53
Rohingya protesters gather in front of a United Nations regional office in Bangkok to call for an end to the ongoing unrest and violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. (Sakchai Lalit, AP)

Rohingya protesters gather in front of a United Nations regional office in Bangkok to call for an end to the ongoing unrest and violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. (Sakchai Lalit, AP)

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Johannesburg - The government of Myanmar must continue its efforts at national reconciliation to end sectarian violence in the Rakhine state, the South African government said on Wednesday.

"The South African government urges all parties to halt the violence in order to avoid further human suffering," international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

While the government appreciated the problems facing Myanmar, its leaders needed to address these within the ambit of the law.

Monyela said Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN human rights envoy to Myanmar, noted allegations of "serious human rights violations committed as part of measures to restore law and order".

Since June, 78 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless in the Rakhine state as a result of conflict between Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Muslim Rohingyas.

Monyela said the government had "full faith" that the country's leaders would continue the process of political reform to achieve sustainable development and stability.
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