Myanmar: Buddhist Monks March in Protest Against Violence in Rakhine State (2012)

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Original Chinese Language Article By: http://www.zgfznews.com

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Mandalay – Myanmar (Burma): September 3rd, 2012, saw a march led by Buddhist monks (holding banners stating ‘Stop the Violence in Rakhine State’ amongst others) which had around a thousand participants protesting against the recent violence in the Rakhine State (of West Myanmar), which occurred between ethnic Burmese Buddhists and ethnic Muslims – with the protesters agreeing with the President’s call for peace and reconciliation throughout the region.

In early June (2012), the Rakhine State of Western Myanmar saw extensive violence and rioting between ethnic Burmese Buddhists and their ethnic Rohingya Muslim neighbours that was so destructive in its viciousness, that tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims were forced from their homes, and to flee for safety to neighbouring countries. On August 17th, the President of Myanmar – Thein Sein – announced the establishment of a special Commission of Enquiry. The members of the Organising Committee include religious leaders, artists and former dissidents, whose main responsibility is to ascertain the “truth underlying cause of the incident”, and to propose a solution to the problem, so that the ethnic Burmese Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims can live in “peaceful coexistence”. This Commission is empowered to ‘summon’ and ‘question’ witnesses, as well as send representatives into the area effected to gain first-hand experience of the living conditions, and to listen to grievances (from both sides). Commission Reports are to be submitted to the Myanmar Government no later that September 17th, 2012.

Chinese Language Source Article:

缅甸佛教僧侣游行 抗议若开邦暴力事件

发布时间: 2012-9-4 10:58:00     来源: 腾讯

当地时间2012年9月3日,缅甸曼德勒,多名佛教僧侣游行,举着“停止在若开邦的骚乱”的牌子。据报道,大约1000人参加了此次游行,支持缅甸总统登盛关于缅甸西部若开邦穆斯林和佛教徒之间冲突的建议。

6月上旬,位于缅甸西部的若开邦等地发生穆斯林与佛教徒之间的严重族群冲突,并导致暴力骚乱,。造成数万名罗兴亚穆斯林逃往邻国。8月17日,缅甸总统登盛宣布成立调查委员会。这个委员会的成员包括宗教领袖、艺术家和前异议人士,他们的责任是找出“事件起因的真相”并提出解决问题的方案,让若开邦的佛教徒与罗兴亚族回教徒“和平共处”。委员会预料将传召证人和进入冲突地区进行调查,他们定最迟在9月17日向政府提交报告

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