Three women shot dead in Myanmar refugee camp

Featured South East Asia - June 6th, 2013

Three Rohingya women have been shot dead in a clash with security forces at a camp for displaced people in western Myanmar.

Tensions erupted in a camp for victims of communal violence in Parein in Rakhine state after security forces fired warning shots when refugees refused to move to new shelters provided by authorities.

“The three died as warning shots were fired,” local police officer Maung Maung Mya told AFP, adding that four others were injured.

“They think they will lose their own land if they are moved to the new shelters. So they don’t move.”

The latest bloodshed follows a spate of deadly unrest that rocked Myanmar.

Up to 140,000 people – mostly Muslim-minority Rohingya – were displaced and dozens killed in two waves of religious violence in Rakhine state in eastern Myanmar last year.

Just weeks ago, a fresh outbreak of clashes between Buddhists and Muslims left houses and mosques razed to the ground in the eastern Myanmar town of Lashio.