On Friday, Amnesty International launched a petition to draw the attention of the international community to the bitter conditions faced by the Rohingya refugees, in light of the pandemic.
In a statement, the organization called for the signing of the petition, “to urge the international community to ensure the protection of the human rights of Rohingya refugees and to ensure that they obtain the international assistance and cooperation they urgently need at the present time.”
The organization pointed out that the petition, which highlights the suffering of the Rohingya, is addressed to the governments of the United States, Australia, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
“Without continued support through cooperation, assistance and international sharing of the responsibility to provide protection (for the Rohingya), it is almost certain that violations of the rights of Rohingya refugees will continue,” the organization continued.
“Some Rohingya refugees, including women, were victims of harassment and forced quarantine measures, which stigmatized people with their health conditions, which made them afraid to report any injury or symptoms,” Amnesty said.
The organization noted that refugees are unable to receive the necessary information about the virus, due to restrictions on Internet access and communications.
“With no opportunities to earn a living to secure a future for them, hundreds of Rohingya, many of them women and children, went on dangerous boat trips to neighboring countries, but were denied entry and stayed at sea for several months,” she added.
According to the organization, about 40 confirmed cases of corona were recorded in refugee camps, out of 400 tests that were conducted to detect the virus.
According to Amnesty, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority in August 2017, and the number of persecuted in Bangladesh has reached more than 1.2 million.
Ongoing crimes have killed thousands of Rohingya, according to identical local and international sources, as well as nearly a million asylum seekers in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.
The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya “irregular migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies it as the “most persecuted minority in the world.”