GENEVA – The U.N. human rights chief is urging Myanmar's new government to end discrimination and human rights violations such as restrictions of movement, forced labor and sexual abuse against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein's office on Monday released a report sought by the U.N. Human Rights Council on Myanmar's minorities
The 18-page report calls on the government to abolish "all discriminatory local orders" in the western Rakhine state where many Rohingya live, and immediately remove "arbitrary" requirements for travel. It urges authorities to guarantee freedom of worship.
Myanmar does not officially recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group. Conflict over land and resources in Rakhine caused deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims. More than 100,000 Rohingya were forced to flee their homes and now live in decrepit camps.