United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Government of Myanmar to investigate the massacre of at least 40 Rohingya Muslims in two separate incidents in Rakhine State between January 9 and January 13.
The UN received "credible information" about the attacks. On January 9, eight Rohingya Mulsim men were killed by local Rakhine. On January 13, Rohingya villagers killed a police sergeant. Later that evening, local Rakhine killed at least 40 Rohingya Muslim men, women, and children.
In response to the deaths, the High Commissioner called on the Myanmar government "to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation, and ensure that victims and their families receive justice. My Office stands ready to support this process." Pillay also noted “By responding to these incidents quickly and decisively, the Government has an opportunity to show transparency and accountability, which will strengthen democracy and the rule of law in Myanmar."
The U.S. Department of State echoed the UN's concern about the violence in northern Rakhine state.
"We note the recent statements of senior UN officials on the recent violence in northern Rakhine state and share their deep concern about the situation there. We are deeply disturbed by reports that at least 40 people have been killed, as well as the disappearance of a police officer, and we reiterate our call for the Government of Burma to launch an immediate, credible and independent investigation into the violence and hold accountable those responsible. We continue to encourage the Government of Burma to work toward a durable solution in Rakhine State that addresses the underlying causes of conflict in the state to create the conditions for sustainable peace and development. The United States stands ready to assist in these efforts."
Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic group in Myanmar -- the country previously known as Burma -- who practice Islam and speak the Indo-European language of Rohingya.
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