As thousands of refugees continue to stream over the border to Bangladesh, Progressive Voice joins 87 other civil society organizations to call for UN member states to take swift and decisive action against those responsible for committing atrocities against innocent people.
500,000 Rohingyas have fled for their lives to Bangladesh from Burma (Myanmar) and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said “The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,”. Yet, Myanmar has insisted that there has been no ethnic cleansing of the region’s Rohingya Muslim population and dismissing media reports of army abuses as “malicious and unsubstantiated chatter.”
Burma: Before the recent violence and military campaign there were 23 Muslim villages, but only five remain as the rest were reportedly burnt down and destroyed. At the same time the remaining residents of these villages have stated they are under threat from mobs not allowing them to flee or seek food and safety.