Feb 09, 2019 10:57 Asia/Tehran
  • UN Rapporteur concerns over fresh attacks on Rohingya Muslims

UN Special rapporteur expressed her concern over engulfing fresh violence against Rohingya Muslims after new military's bases constructions in Rakhine state.

Iran Press/Asia: UN Special rapporteur in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee at a meeting hosted by the 'Free Rohingya Coalition' (FRC) in New York on Friday announced via a video conference that Myanmar troops moving through villages in Rakhine, Anadolu Agency reported.

Yanghee Leewhere noted that the Myanmar military is constructing new bases throughout the entire Rakhine state and the human rights situation for the Rohingya Muslims continues to deteriorate.

"The persecution of the Rohingya must stop now," Lee said as she raised concerns fighting may soon break out in the area, which currently holds 162,000 internally displaced people.

"Democratic space, including the freedoms of speech and association is ever fragile and communities across the country remain divided along religious and ethnic lines," she said. 

UN Special rapporteur in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee

The two-day conference hosted by the FRC brings scholars and activists from around the world to explore ways to hold the Myanmar government accountable for crimes against humanity.

The FRC is working to build a grass roots movement to hold Myanmar government accountable for a campaign of genocide against the Rohingya.

Lee said that the government of Myanmar must be held accountable for the ethnic cleansing campaign against the Muslim minority, and the problem of repatriating Rohingya refugees who have fled to other countries has turned the crisis into a global issue.

The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since thousands were killed in communal violence in 2012.

According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).

The UN has also documented mass gang rapes, and killings -- including of infants and young children -- brutal beatings and disappearances committed by Myanmar state forces.

In a report, UN investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity. 101/205/213

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