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UN envoy urges Myanmar to protect Rohingyas

  • Published at 07:44 pm February 28th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:18 pm February 28th, 2017
UN envoy urges Myanmar to protect Rohingyas
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar called for urgent action from the Myanmar government to end the sufferings of Rohingya population in the country. “The magnitude of violence that these families have witnessed and experienced is far more extensive than I had originally speculated,” said UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee while talking to reporters on the last day of a four-day visit to Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar recently. During her visit, she met Rohingyas who had fled to Bangladesh after October 9, 2016 when the Myanmar Border Guard Police facilities were attacked and reprisals followed, according to a statement published on the UN website. The expert reported several allegations of horrific attacks including the slitting of some people’s throats, indiscriminate shootings, houses being set alight with people tied up inside and very young children being thrown into the fire, as well as gang rapes and other sexual violence. In addition to the alleged human rights violations taking place within the context of security operations that followed the October 9 attacks, Lee also highlighted how the Government of Myanmar appears to have taken, and continues to take, actions which discriminate Rohingyas and make their lives even more difficult. “I urge the Government of Myanmar to immediately cease the discrimination that the community continues to face. “I also urge them to act now to prevent any further serious rights violations and to conduct prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations into those already alleged to have occurred.” Lee said: “We all owe it to those I have met and their fellow community members to do everything in our power to ensure this is done and to give the Rohingya people reason to hope again.” The human rights envoy will present her full report to the UN Human Rights Council on March 13.