On December 13th, Human Rights Now joined 81 other NGOs in signing a joint statement urging the UN Security Council to act on Myanmar’s Rohingya’s Crisis.
Myanmar authorities are still heavily restricting access to northern Rakhine State for most international humanitarian organizations, human rights monitors, and independent media.
Over 646,000 Rohingya have been made refugees since August 25, when Myanmar security forces launched “clearance operations” in response to armed attacks on security posts by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
The Myanmar government has the primary responsibility to protect its diverse population without discrimination and regardless of ethnicity, religion or citizenship status. But, the civilian and military leadership of Myanmar, including the military’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, refuse to even acknowledge the serious human rights violations against the Rohingya and continue to deny any wrongdoing by state security forces in Rakhine State while ignoring decades of
institutionalized discrimination against the Rohingya community.
The full appeal can be found here: http://hrn.or.jp/eng/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/joint_appeal_un_security_council_0.pdf