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Prioritise Rohingya crisis, HRW to Apec, Asean
Human Rights Watch on Thursday said the world leaders meeting for summits in Asia on November 10-14 should address Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis.
“The Rohingya crisis is among the worst human rights catastrophes in Asia in years and demands concerted global action,” said HRW Asia Director Brad Adams.
He said, “World leaders shouldn’t return home from these summits without agreeing to targeted sanctions to pressure Burma to end its abuses and allow in independent observers and aid groups.”
Heads of government from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec), including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Canada, Australia and Mexico, will be meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Friday.
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will be meeting in Manila, Philippines, on November 12, along with associated Asean side-summits with the US, the European Union, Japan, and South Korea, among others.
Most of these leaders will then attend the annual East Asia Summit in Angeles, north of Manila, on November 13-14.
Since August 25, the Myanmar military has carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State.
Security forces have committed massacres, rape, looting, and mass burnings of homes and property, causing the flight of more than 613,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh, said the global rights body.
The HRW, a New York-based human rights watchdog, has determined that the atrocities amount to crimes against humanity.