The United Nations (UN) committees for women’s and children’s rights have said that atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar may constitute crimes against humanity.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the committees on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and on the Rights of the Child said that the crimes “at the behest of the military” in Myanmar “may amount to crimes against humanity”.
“We are particularly worried about the fate of Rohingya women and children subject to serious violations of their human rights, including killings, rape and forced displacement,” said the statement.
“Such violations may amount to crimes against humanity and we are deeply concerned at the state’s failure to put an end to these shocking human rights violations being committed at the behest of the military and other security forces,” it added.
Since October 2016, the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have faced widespread violence by government forces and Buddhist mobs. The violence ramped up since August.
More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled their home to take refuge in Bangladesh and some 10,000 others are trying to join them in makeshift camps over the border.
According to the fleeing Muslims, Myanmar’s army has increased pressure on the remaining Rohingya to drive them out of their villages.