Govt calls for end to Myanmar violence

2012-08-08 17:53

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.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-08-08 18:17

    look I googled it, and I found out, but seriously, where is ths country? and why do we care all the way across the other side of the earth, when ZIMBABWE is right here? How come they don't say ANYTHING about zim??? hypocrites.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-08 18:30

    Leave other countries alone and care about the violence here against humans,black or white.Don't stuck youur anc noses in where it its not neccesary.

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-08 18:34

      shame, clinton is in the country, and they just want to show that they care for other countries' hardships, so they said - iny, miny, mainy mo - picked a country on the map, and they said - let's issue a statement! then they ate some kfc.

  • john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-09 02:45 avoid further human suffering? I think our government needs to adress the local "safaring" first.

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