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article imageBurma mobs kill at least 40 Rohingya Muslims

By Layne Weiss     Jan 23, 2014 in World
More than 40 Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks by Buddhists last week in Burma's Rakhine state. Two international aid officials who visited the area said they found evidence of a massacre, BBC News reports.
The human rights groups Fortify Rights says a series of attacks took place over a five-day period last week.
The government and local officials have vehemently denied claims of a mass killing, BBC News reports.
"The government of Burma (Myanmar) should act immediately to bring an end to attacks and abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Fortify Rights said today" in a press release shared by Phuket Wan.
"Fortify Rights confirmed that at least 40 Rohingya from the village were killed and several hundred were forcibly displaced in the last week. The actual number of deaths may be higher, but information is circumscribed by government-imposed restrictions on access to the area."
According to BBC News, some reports say that as many as 70 people have been killed.
According to reports, clashes erupted following the disappearance of a policeman.
Together, local Rakhine Buddhists and security forces began a series of bloody attacks in and around Du Char Ya Tan.
Both Myanmar's central government and Rakhine state's government have denied that any violence has taken place other than the death of the police officer, Phuket Wan reports.
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has called on Myanmar's government to permit aid workers to enter the area and to launch an "impartial" investigation into the events "immediately, BBC News reports.
The Rohingyas are considered "stateless" and are not accepted by Burma or Bangladesh.
They are segregated and forbidden to attend schools or be treated in hospitals. They are not allowed to travel, and families cannot have more than two children without getting special permission according to this Digital Journal report from November.
Rohingyas are described by the UN as a "persecuted and linguistic minority." They are from western Burma, but are not recognized as Burmese citizens.
In 2012, at least 200 people were killed in clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. More than 46,000 houses were burned down and over 22,000 people were displaced by the violence.
To this day, tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims remained displaced by that violence, BBC News reports.
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