Mon 20 Apr 2015
Filed under: Announcement,Ethnic Issues,Human Rights,News,Religion
APRIL 22, 2015: ASEAN members of parliament to present report on the Rohingya crisis and the risk of atrocities in Myanmar to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has heightened the risk of atrocities and produced a regional human trafficking epidemic that threatens Myanmar’s political transition, puts strains on regional economies, and supports the rise of extremist ideologies that pose security threats throughout Southeast Asia. On the eve of the ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), an organization of members of parliament from several ASEAN countries, is releasing a report, based on a recent fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which documents the high risk of atrocities there and the failure of ASEAN nations to adequately respond. The report represents a call to action and urges the inclusion of the Rohingya crisis on the ASEAN Summit agenda, the deployment of monitors, and the initiation of an independent investigation into the crisis.