New York: Myanmar’s authorities came under intensifying pressure on Thursday over the Rohingya refugee crisis, with UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres calling it a “human rights nightmare” that has driven more than a half-million civilians into Bangladesh in the past month.
The remarks by the world body’s chief came at a United Nations Security Council meeting devoted to the crisis, which has escalated into what he described as “the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency.” Noting that the humanitarian crisis that has resulted in displacement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from Myanmar not only provides a “breeding ground’ for radicalization, but also puts vulnerable people including young children at grave risk, the secretary-general called for “swift action” to prevent further instability and find a durable solution.
“The situation has spiralled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” he said. At least 500,000 civilians have fled their homes in the country’s northern Rakhine state since late August and sought refuge in Bangladesh. According to estimates, some 94 per cent among them are members of the minority Muslim Rohingya community.