NGOs call for end to ‘crimes against humanity’ in Myanmar


Buddhist monk (R) and Hindu woman with her daughter walk on the road in Maungdaw township, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 07 September 2017. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Nearly 90 non-governmental organizations have denounced "crimes against humanity" committed by authorities in Myanmar against the Muslim Rohingya minority and called on the international community to take action.

“The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council should take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population,” Human Rights Watch and 87 other nongovernmental organizations said in a statement received on September 29.

"As more evidence emerges, it is clear that the atrocities committed by Myanmar state security forces amount to crimes against humanity," a joint statement from the groups said.

The 88 NGOs, which included Amnesty International and the AFL-CIO called on UN member states to take "urgent action" to address the crisis.

"In particular, we call on all states to immediately suspend military assistance and cooperation with Myanmar," said the statement, text of which was released by Human Rights Watch.

Attacks on police posts in Rakhine state by Rohingya militants on August 25 set the crisis in motion.

Myanmar's military said it is targeting militants who carried out the attacks, but its operations have been so sweeping and brutal that the UN says it likely amounts to "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, a group reviled by many in the mainly Buddhist country. 

Rohingya who fled say they survived slaughter by soldiers and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who were once their neighbors.

Ethnic Rakhine and Hindus have also been displaced inside Rakhine, accusing Rohingya militants of atrocities.

Signatories:

AFL-CIO

American Jewish World Service

Amnesty International

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR)

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN

Asociación Pro Derechos Humano - Peru (APRODEH)

Asylum Access

Avaaz

Burma Campaign UK

Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN)

Burma Task Force

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Center for Civilians in Conflict

Center for Development of International Law

Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA)  

Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons (CRSP)

Council for Humanitarian Networking of Sheikul Islam Office

CREDO Action

Cross Cultural Foundation (CRCF)

Development and Justice Initiative, India

Equal Rights Trust

Fortify Rights

Foundation for Rural Development (FRD)

Front Mahasiswa

Genocide Watch

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P)

Global Progressive Hub

Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF)

Human Rights Now

Human Rights Watch

Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI)

Institute for Asian Democracy

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

International Campaign for the Rohingya

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

International Detention Coalition

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

International Justice Project

International Organization for Victim Assistance

International State Crime Initiative

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Jewish Alliance of Concern Over Burma

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

Justice Centre Hong Kong

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Migrant 88

Migrant Working Group (MWG) 

Minority Rights Group International

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

National Council of Churches

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Odhikar

Pan African Lawyers Union's (PALU)

Partners Relief & Development

Pemuda Anti Kekerasan Acheh

Persatuan Darul Fitrah Terengganu

Persatuan Ulama Kedah

Physicians for Human Rights

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Progressive Voice Myanmar

PROHAM (Society for the Promotion of Human Rights Malaysia)

Refugees International

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Restless Beings

SANRIM

SHARP-Pakistan

Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak

Society for Threatened Peoples-Germany

STAND Canada

STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities

Suaka Indonesia

Swedish Burma Committee 

The Arakan Project

The Episcopal Church

The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights 

The Stanley Foundation

Ummatee 

Union for Reform Judaism

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

United Nations Association – UK

US Campaign for Burma

Win Without War

World Federalist Movement - Canada

World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy

Yateem TV

(Reporting NGOs, AFP)

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