Rise in sectarian violence in Burma

March 31st, 2013
“What we’ve seen in the past week in Burma is anti-Muslim violence  spreading from Rakhine state, where it was particularly being targeted against the Rohingya,” says Mark Farmaner, the Director of advocacy group Burma Campaign UK. “We’re very concerned about this because it’s spreading. And there seems to be no steps taken by either the government of Burma or the democracy movement leaders or other religious leaders to try to tackle this.” Farmaner said security must be improved to prevent attacks, and incitements to violence must be stopped. He added “the humanitarian access is a desperate situation there.” He called for full and free humanitarian access. “There’s a whole range of different things the international community could be doing, but at the moment there’s a lot of hand-wringing and not enough action.”