The HRW urged the Myanmar government to end any arbitrary and incommunicado detention, and redeploy and hold accountable security forces implicated in serious abuses. The Burmese (Myanmar) authorities should ensure safe access to the area by the United Nations (UN), independent humanitarian organizations and the media, the statement said. The Burmese government needs to put an immediate end to the abusive sweeps by the security forces against Rohingya communities, said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director of HRW.
All reports trickling from across the border say, Myanmar’s security forces had been implicated in killings and other abuses since the sectarian violence broke out in northern Arakan. The violence in the Arakan state has devastated both the Rohingya and Arakan communities, but government efforts to identify and arrest those responsible should not result in further abuses. The sectarian violence and state of emergency provides no excuse for the security forces to continue their past record of abuses and discrimination against the Rohingya community.
The Burmese government restricted international access to the northern Arakan state — an area comprising the predominantly Muslim townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung — and severely curtailed freedom of movement of Rohingya residents.
Bangladesh and Myanmar are immediate neighbours and they have to live side by side for ever as geography dictates. Myanmar should be aware of the intolerable burden its close neighbour endures every time Rohingyas are tortured at home. It is time that Yangon takes note of the Rohingyas’ plight and do the needful to ensure that they live in peace as rightful citizens of Myanmar.