STATEMENT ON LATEST COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN BURMA
Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) ı Ottawa ı March 27, 2013
The Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) has become increasingly concerned with a further spread of the latest communal violence – broke out between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Meikhtila City of Mandalay Division of Burma on March 20, 2013 – to other parts of the country. We urge all parties to work together in preventing the violence from further escalation.
Despite some steps taken to contain the violence including the imposition of a state of emergency and deployments of more armed forces in the region, we are still worried with the situation on the ground. We are particularly troubled by reliable reports that a suspicious group is behind exacerbating more violence by differentiating different faiths and religions in the community.
We regard this as the apparent attempt to derail the ongoing political reform process, and calls upon religious leaders, community leaders, government officials and political leaders in Burma to work together and bring the perpetrators to justice. We also ask the Canadian government to help with necessary resource in mediation process that can help defuse the tension in Burma.
The Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) is incorporated, national non-governmental organization working for democracy and human rights, and peace and equality in Burma since 1991. Our objective is to support the Burmese Democratic Movement, in particular democratic rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens of Burma.
Office address: Suite 206, 145 Spruce St., Ottawa, K1R 6P1; Tel: 613.297-6835; Website: http://www.cfob.org