Myanmar says govt not to blame for religious riots

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Buddhists in the country have been attacking the Muslim minority. State media reports that 43 people were killed and 86 injured since March 20.


Myanmar's government on Saturday rejected remarks by a U.N. human rights official suggesting that the authorities bear some blame for recent mob attacks by Buddhists on minority Muslims that killed dozens of people.

The U.N. official, Tomas Ojea Quintana, urged Myanmar's government on Friday to investigate allegations that security forces watched as Buddhist mobs attacked Muslims. He also said the government needed to do more to protect the country's Muslims.

Deputy Information Minister Ye Htut said on his Facebook page Saturday that he "strongly rejected" the comments by Quintana, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar.

Ye Htut, who is also the presidential spokesman, wrote that it was "saddening that Mr. Quintana made his comments based on hearsay without assessing the situation on the ground."

He added that such remarks amounted to ignoring efforts by the government, security personnel, religious leaders and civil society organizations trying to restore order.


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  1. So Buddhists are pushed to the point of violence because of the stealthy incursion of islam. Some would say that this is a natural human response. Now I don’t condone violence but I think one can understand the reasons for it in this case. Religious factions cannot coexist. Religions are mutually incompatible because their holy books say so. And islam being the most violent and intolerant of them is now being resisted and this resistance will spread and soon we will have open mayhem on the streets of towns and cities the world over even in sleepy little towns like Oswestry where the battle lines are being drawn with muslims trying to turn an old chapel into a mosque while the locals are bitterly divided and arguing amongst themselves and the interest of the GNP is also aroused. Religion is the root of if not all evil then most of it and innocent, hardworking, ordinary decent people who have no need of a god will be caught in the crossfire and have their hard won peace an tranquility wrecked because the the believers will not rest until their dogma is inflicted on everyone else. A meteor wiped out the dinosaurs. Religion will have wiped humans from the face of the earth when the agents of god have done their duty..

  2. Wow Os 43 muslims are MURDERED and you use this news as an excuse to attack muslims.
    Still I know where you are coming from it’s those women who wear miniskirts and complain when they are raped that do my head in.

    • Thats hardly fair. at which point did he attack Muslims?, apart from his refrence to the incursion of Islam, one phrase, hardly contestable. what he did attack was religion in general, and specifically the intolerance of different religions to each other, which seems relevant to the articlein question?

      Sorry if OS is female and ive referred to her as a he in this, just felt incensed enough to defend him/her.

      edit, i take it back having re-read the original post, theres a lot more about muslims, but i still think the over-arching theme is about religions not tolerating each other.

      In reply to #3 by jjbircham:

      Wow Os 43 muslims are MURDERED and you use this news as an excuse to attack muslims.
      Still I know where you are coming from it’s those women who wear miniskirts and complain when they are raped that do my head in.

    • In reply to #3 by jjbircham:

      Wow Os 43 muslims are MURDERED and you use this news as an excuse to attack muslims.
      Still I know where you are coming from it’s those women who wear miniskirts and complain when they are raped that do my head in.

      A bit confused- are you embracing the Islamist belief that women are responsible for their own rapes, or am I missing the point??

  3. Religious factions cannot coexist. Religions are mutually incompatible because their holy books say so.

    Yes they can. If you can keep them away from each other’s throat. Which is the job of a responsible secular government. Whatever their holy books say, the law of the land rules. And if they don’t like it, well, tough.

  4. What to expect next? Worldwide rioting and murder by fanatical Islamists in protest over these killings?
    I doubt it- that only happens when the ‘Prophet’ is insulted, or the koran defaced; I suspect deaths of muslims will be written off as ‘dying in defence of Allah’, since they have so little value for human life.

  5. I can confirm that Os is a 60 year old man and has been atheist since 1967. In his view all religions are dangerous divisive nonsense. He started out by rebelling against the rubbish he was confronted with at sunday school, at confirmation classes (he refused to be confirmed), school assembly, and various church services he was forced to attend with his elder siblings. He was especially disturbed by the communion service (cannibalism ritualised) and the cold hard handshake and glare from the canon as the congregation filed out of the church. This guy knew Os was resistant to his dogma and did his best to threaten Os into submission with hand crushing hand shakes, glaring eyes and thinly veiled threats of hell fire and damnation. The canon failed dismally and hated the overt defiance. Os soon made his parents understand the depth of his unbelief by locking himself in the garden shed on sundays. He refused to come out of the shed and his parents recognised the iron will of his convictions. Os’s dad was a closet non believer and he was quietly pleased with the rebellion. Over the years Os came to dislike all religions especially islam which he considers to be especially dangerous and catholicism for all its pomp, bigotry, homophobia, mysogeny, and stupidity. Os is a professional technologist, has been employed by a global company for nearly 30 years and has travelled the world with his work. Os is not a racist but has a deeply ingrained and open contempt for the dogmatic who commit violence or exercise undeserved political privilege to inflict their beliefs on those who have no need of a god in order to lead good wholesome charitable rewarding lives. Os is a humanist and has deep respect for those who strive to advance science, technology and engineering, is a keen supporter of profs Dawkins, Krauss, Hawking, Khalili and Atkins and deeply mourns the passing of the late great Christopher Hitchens. Os is deeply troubled by the destructive forces of religion but is confident that atheists, humanists and other like minded people will eventually defeat the blight that the devout and pious are bent on delivering upon the human race.

  6. Post script. Some of my best friends over the years have been muslims, catholics, jews and hindus. These people have been respectful of my principles and I of theirs as long as they quietly and privately did their own thing as did I. The trouble starts when the pious who know know what god wants do their damnedest to force their dogma on those who are not interested. Organised politicised religions and their fanatic fundamentalists diehards are the problem. I hope that’s clear.

    • as a bell, Os. I find nothing disagreeable in anything youve said so far. :-)
      In reply to #10 by Os:

      Post script. Some of my best friends over the years have been muslims, catholics, jews and hindus. These people have been respectful of my principles and I of theirs as long as they quietly and privately did their own thing as did I. The trouble starts when the pious who know know what god wants do their damnedest to force their dogma on those who are not interested. Organised politicised religions and their fanatic fundamentalists diehards are the problem. I hope that’s clear.

  7. Without wishing to downplay the seriousness of all of this but Buddhist mobs are killing Muslims?

    Buddhists?

    The same Buddhists that are forbidden to kill anything! Anything at all – even ants and fleas? I was under the impression that even killing disease spreading insects was a reason for guilt and reflection as the whole world is a unified whole wherein each living thing has its place? So they limit themselves to wandering round in saffron robes with tambourines?

    They must have become very worked up indeed by the Islamic incursions?

    • In reply to #13 by atheistengineer:

      Without wishing to downplay the seriousness of all of this but Buddhist mobs are killing Muslims?

      Buddhists?

      The same Buddhists that are forbidden to kill anything! Anything at all – even ants and fleas? I was under the impression that even killing disease spreading insects was a reason for guilt and reflection as the whole world is a unified whole wherein each living thing has its place? So they limit themselves to wandering round in saffron robes with tambourines?

      As Net intimated, this is what happens wherever Muslims go. I know that ethnic cleansing gets a pretty bad press these days, and no one is suggesting there be a ‘final solution’ to the Islam problem; but when even peaceful “Buddhists are pushed to the point of violence because of the stealthy incursion of islam”, surely the only thing to be inferred is that the Muslims must have somehow brought it on themselves.

      They must have become very worked up indeed by the Islamic incursions?

      Yes, but the Muslims are playing the long game. They’ve been in Burma since around the 9th century yet still only account for about four percent of the population. Give him credit where it’s due, he’s patient is your Burmese Muslim. But he’s only biding his time.

      As Os says, though, the Buddhists are finally fighting back. I guess you can only push eighty nine percent of the population so far before they say enough’s enough. @

      • Yes, but the Muslims are playing the long game. They’ve been in Burma since around the 9th century yet still only account for about four percent of the population. Give him credit where it’s due, he’s patient is your Burmese Muslim. But he’s only biding his time.

        Katy,
        I’m afraid that you’re wrong about the ‘stealthy incursion’ starting in the 9th century. Burma didn’t invade Arakan until the 18th century. This may seem like splitting hairs but I feel that it’s important to have our facts straight. After all, this isn’t the Daily Mail, is it?

        Any Muslim toleraters who might be tempted to dismiss this ‘stealthy incursion’ as utter bollocks should know that the U.N has been active in repatriating Muslims from refugee camps in neighboring countries on such a scale that there have been months when there were more Muslims returning home than running away. And not just months: in some years there has been a net muslim migration to Burma, I should think. I don’t actually know of any years but I’m sure that someone, maybe Os, could enlighten us.

        It’s refreshing to see U.S.A. Today report the Burmese Govt position on their role in the violence without putting their own spin on it. Usually I have to go the State media to find out what’s really happening. And it’s nice to see the Govt refered to as Civilian and elected without the usual qualifiers. The intellectual’s media never does that.

        Chris

  8. Os:

    Religion is the root of if not all evil then most of it and innocent, hardworking, ordinary decent people who have no need of a god will be caught in the crossfire and have their hard won peace an tranquility wrecked because the the believers will not rest until their dogma is inflicted on everyone else. A meteor wiped out the dinosaurs. Religion will have wiped humans from the face of the earth when the agents of god have done their duty..

    Well religion is a human construct accepted by some people, so I guess it is some people are the root of most evil.

    Lets face it it isn’t just religious peoples that are evil, nasty or bad. It is just religion is the term some people use to justify their evil, others use race, politics even atheism. I do know incredibly nice, wonderful religious people and incredibly unpleasant non religious people. The labels they use are often irrelevant to their personalities. At the end of the day it boils down to the person, their culture and the fact some fairly unpleasant people manage to wrest power and influence using whatever means they can.

  9. I am certainly no apologist for Islam, quite the opposite, but I am sensing an increasing tinge of actual Islamaphobic comments on this website, far more akin to a tabloid paper than to what we are used to seeing here. just speaking as I find.
    Katy, get your facts straight assuming the above is true, the muslims have only been in burma since the poor burmans had the misfortune to invade them. I mean you have the decency to invade a country and the bastards repay you by not adopting your own bat shit crazy religion. What’s a military aggressor to do these
    days. I am so gld Britain is out of that game for good now Tony has gone and we can’t afford bootlaces for our squaddies.

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