Myanmar minorities suffer "systemic" discrimination, abuse: UN

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An assessment team talks to displaced people in Pauktaw camp in rural Rakhine, Myanmar, where more than 20,000 Rohingya live. Photo: OCHA/Kirsten Mildren

Authorities in Myanmar are being urged to take concrete steps to put an end to the systemic discrimination and human rights violations against minorities.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein issued a statement on Monday as he released a new report highlighting their plight.

The large Rohingya Muslim community has been particularly targeted.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The report on the situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar documents a wide range of human rights violations and abuses.

Some of these violations include arbitrary deprivation of nationality, severe restrictions on freedom of movement, threats to life and security.

The Rohingya are reportedly denied rights to health and education, forced labour, sexual violence and limitations to their political rights, the report says.

The report raises the possibility that the pattern of violations against the Rohingya may amount to crimes against humanity.

Four years after the 2012 violence in Rakhine State, some 120,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims are still living in camps for internally displaced people.

There has also been an alarming increase in incitement to hatred and religious intolerance by ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisations.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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