Authority orders to surrender the weapons in Arakan state

Maungdaw, Arakan State:  The Burmese authorities have ordered people from Arakan – conflict areas- of western Burma to surrender guns, swords and other weapons to the police within three days or face legal action, according to the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper today.
“In order to resolve the conflict peacefully, the authorities ordered people to hand over guns, bayonets, swords, daggers, spikes and all kinds of weapons to the nearest police station as quickly as possible between October 31 and November 3. Otherwise, the Arakan State Police Force will take legal action against transgressors under section 4 (d) of the Arms Act (1878), which prohibits holding -guns, bayonets, swords, daggers, spears, bows and arrows, arms and things related to arms.”

“Some groups of people in Arakan state had used swords and firearms during recent deadly confrontations between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities.”

The President Thein Sein office said today that 180 homemade firearms had been seized, and the makers of the weapons and their parts detained. The office also stated that

The government said it had evidence that certain individuals and organizations – political parties, ceasefire groups- had instigated the violence as gather people with pre plan to attack villages, threaten with sending letters to leave the village, to set on fire and killing with detail planning.

But, the government only mention the people who had the firearms are used a group of people now and when it arrested some people with knifes, swords, daggers and spikes are used as terrorists. Why government used a group of people with firearms and terrorists with knifes? Is the firearms group is Rakhines community and knife groups id Rohingyas?, said a politician who didn’t want to mention his name.

“Naypyidaw has formed several investigation committees regarding the ongoing conflict in Arakan State since violence first flared in June, but no official report has been published so far. The government announcement also accused political parties, ceasefire groups and local and foreign organizations of encouraging local people – to commit mob threats, terrorist attacks and violence and arson attacks.”

According to VOA website, an interview with Kaman community- U Maung Maung Tin and Kyaw Zan Tha where U Maung Maung Tin stated that the political leaders are behind the riot and they are mastermind who fueling the riot.

The U.N. refugee agency has called on authorities to restore law and order so as to prevent further bloodshed and displacement. An estimated 6,000 people are stranded on boats or on islets along Burma’s western coast, it said on October 30.

U.N. human rights special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana, independent expert on minority issues Rita Izsak and special rapporteur on human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani voiced “their deep concern over continuing inter-communal violence in Arakan state” and have called on the government to end violence and protect vulnerable communities there.

Rita Izsak, U.N. independent expert on minority issues, said the Rohingya constituted a minority which must be protected according to international minority rights standards.

“The government must take steps to review relevant laws and procedures to provide equal access by the Rohingya community to citizenship and promote dialogue and reconciliation between communities.”

Three U.N. human rights experts on October 30, called on the government “to urgently address the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhists and Muslim communities in the region,” according to a U.N. statement.

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