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Q&A Zawacki & Beattie / UN Burma / A rights activist in Burma says he doubts a dialogue is possible at this time to ease sectarian tensions in the Southeast Asian nation following the latest violence last week in western Burma in which at least one person was killed and at least 10 others injured. According to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the latest incident occurred Friday in Rakhine state when a body was found in a creek near the Ohn Taw Gyi camp for internally-displaced (IDP) people outside the state capital, Sittwe. The cause of death and the handling of the body appeared to spark clashes between police and members of the Rohingya Muslim community. Benjamin Zawacki, senior legal adviser for the Bangkok-based rights group International Commission of Jurists, spoke with VOA's Victor Beattie from the Burmese administrative capital, Naypidaw, and said most of the Rohingya Muslim leadership has been detained by the government.

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