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Updated On: Monday, 16 July 2018
Development Issues

Criticism of Myanmar Human Rights

Content by: South-South News

6 July 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urged the Security Council to “immediately refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, so that all allegations of crimes against humanity and genocide” in Myanmar can be investigated.

The High Commissioner updated the situation of human rights of the Rohingya people, cited that recent attacks that have led to new arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar.

According to the UN, thousands of Rohingya people continue to flee Rakhine State. As of mid-June, there have been 11,432 new arrivals in Bangladesh in 2018. In April, 140 Rohingya who departed from central Rakhine by boat reached Malaysia and Indonesia respectively; ten people on board one of the boats reportedly died en route.

He said, “Although it has been almost a year since the post-25 August violence began, not a single Rohingya refugee has returned under the formal framework agreed with Bangladesh. Many – if not all – of those who have returned of their own accord have been detained.”

He added, “No amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts. People are still fleeing persecution in Rakhine – and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape.”

Zeid also said, “Myanmar’s sincerity towards the repatriation process will not be measured by the number of agreements it signs and the committees it establishes, but by its recognition that the Rohingya are citizens, with the same rights that are enjoyed by other citizens, including the right to life and security of the person.”

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