YEMEN Press Agency

Amnesty International launches petition to protect rights of Rohingya

LONDON, June 27 (YPA) – Amnesty International has stressed that “the rights of Rohingya minority need immediate protection now, in light of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.”

Amnesty launched on Friday a petition to draw the attention of the international community to the dire conditions faced by the Rohingya refugees, in the midst of “COVID-19″ pandemic.

In a statement, the organization called for the signing of the petition to urge the international community to secure the protection of the human rights of the Rohingya refugees and to ensure that they obtain the international assistance and cooperation they urgently need at the present time.”

The petition, which highlights the suffering of the Rohingya, is addressed to the governments of the United States, Australia, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

“Without continued support through cooperation, assistance, and international sharing of the responsibility to provide protection (for the Rohingya), it is almost certain that violations of the rights of Rohingya refugees will continue,” the organization said.

According to the organization, about 40 confirmed cases of “Corona” were recorded in refugee camps, out of 400 tests that were conducted to detect the virus.

More than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a brutal crackdown against the Muslim minority in August 2017, bringing the number of persecuted in Bangladesh to more than 1.2 million.