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UN warns of further 'atrocities' in Myanmar

UN warns of further 'atrocities' in Myanmar

The United Nations human rights agency said it was "deeply alarmed" by the return of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine region [the state also known as Burma], and warned of further "atrocities".

Fighting has spread in Rakhine since the Arakan army attacked security forces in November, ending a ceasefire that had been in place since a military coup in 2021.

"I am deeply disturbed by reports of renewed violence and destruction of property in the Rakhine region, in northern Myanmar, which has led to the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians, mainly Rohingya," the head of the UN agency said. Volker Turk , through a statement.

Turk said the United Nations aims to collect information on "serious violations".

"With high tensions between the communities, ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya, constantly incited by the military, this is a critical period as the risk of further atrocities is acute."

The Arakan Army is one of many armed ethnic groups in Myanmar's border regions that have fought the military over autonomy and control of natural resources since independence from Britain in 1948.

The Arakan army claims it is fighting for more autonomy for the Rakhine region's ethnic population.

Fighting has spread to 15 of the 17 settlements since November last year, and since then hundreds of people have been killed and around 300,000 injured.

Turk called on neighboring Bangladesh to increase protection for "vulnerable people who need security".

Clashes between the Arakan Army and the state army in 2019 led to the displacement of around 200,000 people,

In that region, the state army began the repression of the Rohingya minority, and now a case under suspicion of genocide for that period is being handled in the United Nations court./ REL

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