Myanmar must stop discrimination against Muslims

United Nations human rights experts called on the government of Myanmar to stop discriminating against members of the Muslim minority in the North Rakhine state.

Myanmar must stop discrimination against Muslims

United Nations humanrights experts called on the government of Myanmarto stop discriminating against members of the Muslim minority in the North Rakhine state.

Under the 1982 Citizenship Law, Muslims in North Rakhine state, generally knownas the Rohingyas, are denied Myanmarcitizenship, according to a joint statement issued by six independent humanrights experts.

This "has seriously curtailed the full exercise of their civil, political, economic,social and cultural rights and led to various discriminatory practices," thestatement said.

The experts also cited several examples of severe restrictions on freedom ofmovement, various forms of extortion and arbitrary taxation, land confiscationand forced evictions, restricted access to medical care, food and adequatehousing, forced labor and restrictions on marriages.

"As a consequence, thousands have fled to neighboring countries, in turncreating complex humanitarian situations in the region," they said.

A Rohingya woman in Bangladeshtold IndianMuslims.Info: "We have nothing. We have no future. Our childrenare sick. We have no home and no one will help us. We are all so tired. It isall too much to take."

The UN experts demanded the government of Myanmarto take immediate measures to eliminate discrimination against the Muslimminority in North Rakhine state and make surethat such discriminatory practices aren't carried out against Muslims in thefuture.

"We remind the Government of its obligation to protect all individuals withinits territory and subject to its jurisdiction from any form of discrimination,"the experts said.

Myanmarauthorities were also urged to amend the 1982 Citizenship Law to ensurecompliance of its legislation with the country's international human rightsobligations.

The statement was issued jointly by the Special Rapporteur on the situation ofhuman rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro; the Independent Expert onminority issues, Gay McDougall; the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms ofracism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, DoudouDiène; the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari; the SpecialRapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler; and the Special Rapporteur onthe right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard ofphysical and mental health, Paul Hunt.

The Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the largest country in mainlandSoutheast Asia, and the 40th-largest in the world (after Zambia), according towikipedia.

Although the predominantly-Buddhist country claims to safeguard religiousfreedom, Christian and Muslim communities have long complained of persecution,with the Muslim minority bearing the brunt of religious discrimination.

According to government statistics, 4% of the population practices Islam,mainly of the Sunni sect. But the U.S. State Department's 2006 internationalreligious freedom report stated that the Myanmar government underestimatesthe number of non-Buddhists populations.

Muslim leaders in Myanmarestimate that as much as 20% of the population may be Muslim.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16