80,000 displaced in Myanmar unrest

July 28th, 2012 - 12:25 am ICT by IANS  

Geneva, July 27 (IANS) Some 80,000 people have been displaced in the recent inter-communal clashes in Myanmar, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday.

UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters that over 30,000 people have received aid from the agency, Xinhua reported.

He also expressed concerns over three UNHCR staff members detained in Myanmar.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay called for prompt and independent investigation on the human rights abuses committed in the unrest.

Violence erupted May 28 in Rakhine state between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims after a Buddhist woman was raped and killed. Nearly 80 people have died in the clashes.

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