(Vatican Radio) Soldiers have pulled more bodies from the wreckage of a riot-hit city
in central Myanmar, bringing the death toll from recent violence to 40.
upsurge in sectarian unrest has cast a shadow over President Thein Sein's administration
as it struggles to make democratic changes after a half-century of military rule.
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
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.”
Listen to the
full interview of Burma UK Director Mark Farmaner with Christopher Wells: