01 Aug '12, 10am

Myanmar troops 'opened fire' on Rohingya Muslims and committed rape, human rights watchdog says

BANGKOK (AFP) - Myanmar security forces opened fire on Rohingya Muslims, committed rape and stood by as rival mobs attacked each other during a recent wave of sectarian violence, a rights watchdog said on Wednesday. The authorities failed to protect both Muslims and Buddhists and then "unleashed a campaign of violence and mass roundups against the Rohingya", New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report. The violence which erupted in June in Rakhine state between Buddhists and Rohingya has left about 80 people dead from both sides, based on official figures - an estimate that HRW said appeared "grossly underestimated". Hundreds of Rohingya men and boys have been rounded up and remain incommunicado in the western region of the country formerly known as Burma, it said.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/m...

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