UN expert calls for continued pressure as Myanmar situation reaches ‘human rights crisis’

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 03 (APP):A UN human rights expert has urged the international community to maintain pressure on Myanmar amid a deterioration of human rights in the country, citing concerns about possible war crimes in Rakhine State, the treatment of minorities, the environment and freedom of expression.
“We are witness to an ongoing tragedy in Rakhine state, where less than two years ago horrific atrocities were inflicted on the Rohingya Muslims and the civilian population is once again being subjected to grievous human rights violations by security forces,” Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, told the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday.