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    Lanka Urged To Press Burma

     Burmese Rohingyas
    face long-term misery in IDP camps in Sittwe. photo IHH
    Sunday Leader:
    April 27, 2013
    The Sri Lankan
    government has been urged to press the Burmese government to put an immediate
    stop to the abuses against the Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State.
    Human Rights Watch
    said that the Sri Lankan authorities have witnessed the results of the crimes
    against humanity and ethnic cleansing that are being perpetrated in Arakan
    state, since the navy had in February rescued Rohingya Muslims on boats that
    were pushed back out to sea by Thailand.
    Human Rights Watch
    said in a new report released last week that the Burmese authorities and
    members of Arakanese groups have committed crimes against humanity in a
    campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State since
    June 2012.
    The 153-page
    report, ‘All You Can Do is Pray: Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing
    of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State,’ describes the role of the Burmese
    government and local authorities in the forcible displacement of more than
    125,000 Rohingya and other Muslims and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
    In February this
    year 32 Myanmar nationals were rescued by the Sri Lanka navy while stranded at
    sea. They had later revealed that nearly 100 others were also with them and had
    gone missing. The navy rescued the 32 people when their damaged wooden vessel
    had begun to sink in the high seas.
    “The Sri Lankan
    authorities have witnessed the results of the crimes against humanity and
    ethnic cleansing that are being perpetrated in Arakan state, since they have
    rescued Rohingya on boats that were pushed back out to sea by Thailand. Sri
    Lanka should press the Burmese government to put an immediate stop to the
    abuses against the Rohingya and hold the perpetrators accountable.” said Phil
    Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. (ER)