ISLAMABAD – In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that silence and complete inaction by the UN on the continuing plight and persecution of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar is a shameful testatment to the failure of the UN to fulfill its basic principles of upholding human rights and protecting people from genocide.
Khan said that more that 120,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled abroad under desperate circumstances and conditions in the past three years.
“Even today the Rohingyas have been abandoned on the high seas with no humanitarian assistance forthcoming,” he added.
Khan said it has been heartbreaking to witness the silence of the UN and international community on the persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar since 1970s. The hypocrisy prevalent within the international community on human rights and humanitarian interventions has been acutely evident as the Rohingya crisis has unfolded.
He called on Ban Ki-moon to move the UNSC to end the persecution and genocide of Rohingya Muslims within Myanmar to bring to an end their inhumane plight on the high seas, under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.