August 22, 2018
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Rakhine organization releases report on communal conflict

A file picture taken on June 12, 2012, where a resident is seen riding her bicycle past burned houses during communal violence in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar. AFP PHOTO

The Rakhine Human Rights and Development Organization released a report on the ethnic conflict that took place in Rakhine State.

The report was released to Rakhine Social organizations, Islamic organizations, artistes and the media, both national and international, at press briefing held at Central Hotel, Yangon on August 1, 2013.

Aung Min Oo , the executive Director said the report will be sent to government offices, the Parliaments and legislative assemblies, UN and UN agencies.

“The report is not intended to incite fresh conflict. It is a comprehensive report to understand the conflict and to explain misunderstandings,” he told Mizzima.

The report highlights customs and traditions of Rakhine and Bengal, historical facts and research documents on the conflict.

Some people who attended the briefing, criticized the report as they felt the facts and incidents in the report could create fresh tension when things are returning to normal.

Chairman Tin Htoo Aung  of the Rakhine National Network told Mizzima that, “The report does not intend to create unnecessary conflict but some UN member countries have misunderstandings about the communal conflict that took place in Rakhine State. So it will be best if the report is sent to these countries and the UN. ”

The communal conflict that took place in Rakhine State in May 2012 resulted in loss of many lives and left many more homeless. An Inquiry Commission was formed in August 2012. They issued a report in April 2013.

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