A Europe-based rights group has slammed the global community, particularly the UN and the EU, for hindering an independent probe into Myanmar’s crimes against Rohingya Muslims, warning that the persecuted minority group is suffering a “slow-burning genocide.”
The United Nations has on several occasions warned about large-scale violence being committed against minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, saying such acts of violence could amount to crimes against humanity. But Myanmar's government remains defiant, with the country’s military rejecting reports of gross human rights violations against the minority groups in the troubled state.
A close aide to Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has dismissed mounting international pressure over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state despite evidence provided by the UN of murder, rape and torture at the hands of government forces.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Myanmarese government forces have committed “rape and other sexual violence” against women and girls of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority while carrying out their so-called counter-militancy operations in the western province of Rakhine.
Myanmar's security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages since October in a campaign that probably amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly "ethnic cleansing", the UN human rights office said on Friday.
An aid flotilla organized to deliver food and emergency supplies from Muslim majority Malaysia to Rohingya Muslims is yet to receive permission to enter Myanmar, raising fears of confrontation and deterioration of already-tense ties between the countries.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged countries from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) to make strong efforts at an emergency meeting of the group to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.