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U.N. envoy tours Rohingya camps in Myanmar

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 01:28

Aug. 13 - The U.N.'s special envoy on human rights is touring Myanmar's Rakhine state after police opened fire on Rohingya Muslims for the third time. Jessica Gray reports.

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The United Nations' human rights envoy tours camps for displaced Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar state of Rakhine on Tuesday. Tomas Ojea Quintana is here in the wake of yet another deadly clash between Rohingyas and police that resulted in at least two deaths. This is the third time police have opened fire on Myanmar's Muslims in just two months, prompting fears stability in the state could be unravelling. During his visit, Quintana, who is reviewing Myanmar's human rights situation, called on Muslims to unite. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR TOMAS OJEA QUINTANA SAYING: "You, Muslim community, you also have a responsibility. You have to organise yourself to pursue peace." Ethnic clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims killed nearly 200 people last year and left 140,000 homeless. But there is still hope among residents that the situation will one day change for the better. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 50-YEAR OLD RESIDENT SULAMA SAYING: "I want to live together with Rakhine Buddhists again. I want to go out and work together with them again." Quintana will present his findings to the U.N. in October.

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U.N. envoy tours Rohingya camps in Myanmar

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 01:28