Tuesday, April 8, 2014
(AFP) Yangon- UN Human Rights Rapporteur to Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, said that drastic shortage of water and medical treatment following the attacks on International Aid Groups are the latest crises imposed on internally displaced Rohingyas that “could amount to crimes against humanity.”
“Recent developments in Rakhine State are the latest in a long history of discrimination and persecution against the Rohingya community which could amount to crimes against humanity,” said, Tomas Ojea Quintana, in a statement.
Several International NGO offices were attacked and subsequently, more than 170 Aid Workers were forced out of the Arakan state (today called Rakhine state) by the marauding Rakhine mobs.
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed and more than 140,000 have been internally displaced since the state-sponsored genocide began in June 2012. All of them as well as other Rohingyas in many affected areas in Arakan were reliant on these NGOs.
Quintana said water supplies could reach critical levels within a week in some camps for displaced people, the vast majority of whom are Muslim, and urged the authorities to do more to ensure the safety of humanitarian personnel.
Regarding Government’s ban that prevent Rohingyas to freely claim their ethnicity in the ongoing population census, Quitana remarked “the population tally is not according to international standards.”
He urged the government to address “systematic discrimination and marginalisation” of the Rohingya in his final report on the country last year.
Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine are subject to a web of restrictions on everything from movement and employment to marriage and in some areas family size.
Source Referred: Times of Oman