BANGLADESH government has invited three Nobel peace prize winners to assess first-hand the situation of the Rohingya refugees including violence against women.
According to Anadolu agency, invited winners who are in Bangladesh to conduct the job are Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, Shirin Ebadi from Iran and Mairead Maguire from Northern Ireland.
Speaking Karman called on Myanmar’s “Nobel Laureate” leader ( San Suu Kyi) to stop violence against the Rohingya and help them to return to their lands.
Karman said that they came to the country on Saturday and they would visit the Balukhali camp on Monday and leave on March 1.
Stating that the current refugee crisis was a result of a larger political context, Karman said:
“The highly militarized state of Myanmar has created a culture of total impunity and maintains a system of apartheid against ethnic minorities.”
Karman said the Myanmar government denied basic rights of the Rohingya, “including the right to full citizenship, land ownership, and education."
“There are nearly 700,000 Rohingya in camps in Bangladesh, and refugees have good reasons to fear going back to Myanmar,” she added.
Karman emphasized that thousands of Rohingya had been executed, their villages were burned by the country’s military, and “countless” women had been raped.
“Rohingya women physically disturbed by rape continue to cross the border into Bangladesh,” she added.
Karman noted that the Rohingya women were victimized twice “for being Rohingya and for being women."
“They have endured decades of brutal and organized state violence in Myanmar, including high levels of sexual violence, and now are displaced and facing new challenges as refugees.”
Stating that less than 20 percent of displaced Rohingya women had access to post-rape care, she added their “unique needs” were largely unmet in the refugee camps.
She also raised concern about the reports of women and girls being trafficked both during their journey to becoming refugees and in the camps and added that their safety and security needed to be a priority.
She also urged Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to “immediately” stop the crimes against the Rohingya, to assist them to return to their homeland, to give them full and equal rights as citizens and owners of lands.