19 Aug 2012

Commission to investigate provincial unrest

6:05 am on 19 August 2012

Myanmar has set up a commission to investigate sectarian clashes that killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands.

There has been heavy criticism of the government from rights groups since the unrest broke out in June between Muslim Rohingya and Rakhine Buddhists in the western Rakhine state.

The state newspaper says the commission will establish the causes of the trouble and the number of casualties on both sides.

The commission, which has 27 members, including religious leaders, artists and former dissidents, will also recommend measures to ease tensions.