Although the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has been addressing human rights violations towards ethnic minorities in Myanmar since March 2017 with the introduction of the Fact-Finding Mission as a result of the continuous violent outbreaks that began in October 2016, violence towards ethnic minorities has thus far escalated. The Secretary General of the UN has consistently condemned reports of violence in Myanmar and has tried to address the root causes of identity crisis which has been evident since the dispersal of the Second World War, whilst offering assistance to Bangladesh, who have been welcoming Muslims looking for a safe haven.
Religious Groups and minorities including Muslims are subjected to violent acts of physical and psychological violence has been ongoing while the state is unable to stop the attacks, and in some cases, state intervention has exacerbated the dire humanitarian situation of the Muslim minority in Burma. Most notably, Wirathu, leader of the anti-Muslim Buddhist movement has encouraged the incitement of violence against Muslims whilst discredited the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, for not enforcing the military to diffuse migration in Rakhine. Nobel peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi has also been highly criticised by the UN and the international community for her lack of involvement regarding the military’s involvement in raping children and women, as well as, the mass killings of men.
The Muslim minority, which has been subjected to violence, torture and various violations of human rights have suffered a minimum of 103 deaths and an estimated 1 million Rohingyan lives are still awaiting further prosecution from the Buddhist movements, who refuse to recognize Rohingyan residents as legitimate citizens. This has encouraged 120,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh within two weeks and an estimated 15,000 refugees per week will continue seeking refuge. This has not only created displacement but also physical and psychological hardship, especially when taking into consideration that roughly 400,000 stateless Muslims are still trapped in danger zones where the UN has not been able to provide vital supplies like food, water, and medication.
Freemuslim Association Inc., asks Dalai Lama, and other religious and faith leaders of Myanmar to mediate and intervene urgently to stop the massive violations against the ethnic minorities of Burma and to stop acts of incitement and racial hatred against them. The organization notes that ethnic minorities in Burma are subjected to genocide, which flagrantly violates the laws of the UN and all divine laws and social norms, which has created an existential threat and the need to end the heated strife in Myanmar through dialogue and healthy coexistence for all Burmese. Myanmar is a blessed with diversity and should utilize this diversity to the advantage of people as oppose to an increase of inter-racial and inter-faith dispute. United Nations: Rule of Law and Human Rights www.un.org/ruleoflaw/rule-of-
Human Rights Watch: Burma https://www.hrw.org/asia/burma