UN calls on Myanmar to respect human rights in Arakan

The United Nations ( UN) has called on the authorities in Myanmar to respect human rights throughout the western Rakhine (Arakan) state.

This came in a press conference held by the Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General “Eri Kaneko”, on Monday, at the permanent headquarters of the international organization in New York.

“The UN is alarmed by reports of an artillery shell explosion, which injured up to 17 children, at a school in Rakhine State last Thursday. Sixty children were reportedly in the building when the incident took place,” said the associate spokesperson.

“This incident is part of an escalation of hostilities between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar Military across much of Rakhine State,” she added.

Hostilities Continue:

The associate spokesperson warned of severe impact of the continuing hostilities against civilians in the state.

“ The UN calls on all parties to the conflict to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution, and to ensure that human rights are respected across Rakhine.” she added.

UN calls on Myanmar to respect human rights in Arakan

The Rohingya Arakan Salvation Army, is a group founded in 2012, following brutal acts by Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims with the support of the Myanmar armed forces, killed thousands and displaced tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Arakan.

Rights of Rohingya Muslims:

The group says it defends the rights of Rohingya Muslims in the province, while the authorities classify it as a terrorist group.

Since 25 August 2017, the Myanmar armed forces and Buddhist militias have launched a military crackdown and brutal massacres against the Rohingya in Arakan.

The ongoing crimes since then have killed thousands of Rohingya, according to local and international sources, as well as the asylum of nearly one million to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

Myanmar’s government regards Rohingya as “illegal migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies them as “the world’s most persecuted minority.”

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