The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that the humanitarian situation of the Arakan “Rohingya” Muslims in Myanmar is still poor and there is no development in their case.
This came during the presentation by Machel Bachelet, on Tuesday, of the report on the human rights situation for Arakan Muslims, before the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the Swiss capital, Geneva.
“The conflicts continue in Arakan province, negatively affecting the communities in the region, and the villages of Rohingya Muslims are still being burned,” Bachelet said.
“There are no conditions for a safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya who have taken refuge in Bangladesh,” she added.
“There is no significant improvement in the human rights situation, my office continues to document humanitarian crimes against Rohingya Muslims and violations of international humanitarian law, such as air strikes, bombing civilian areas, and destroying and burning villages,” she added.
Bachelet called on the Myanmar army for an immediate ceasefire, to stop the “ethnic cleansing” process and to end the violent clashes.
Since August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military and Buddhist militias have launched a military campaign and brutal massacres against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan province.
According to Amnesty International, 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, bringing the number of persecuted in Bangladesh to more than 1.2 million.
Ongoing crimes have killed thousands of Rohingya, as well as nearly a million refugees 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.”