BROUK has noted that for the third time in a decade since the UPR mechanism began, Myanmar’s official report to the UN human rights body under the UPR omits the name ‘Rohingya’. Successive Myanmar governments have failed to support any recommendation put forward by other States that mentions the Rohingya and their rights over the past three cycles of the UPR, effectively denying their existence.
Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK indicated that “Myanmar officials repeatedly refuse to use our name ‘Rohingya’, instead calling us ‘illegal Bengali’. This has the effect of dehumanising us and normalising the racism and violence we face. It is therefore critically important that other States recognise us and demand our protection as Rohingya.”
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