YANGON, Myanmar – An independent human rights group says it has obtained documents directly implicating the Myanmar government in abusive and discriminatory policies targeting the country’s minority Rohingya Muslim community.
Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, said Tuesday that his 79-page report detailing restrictions on family life, the right to travel freely and practice religion was based largely on leaked official documents and an analysis of public records.
He said while most of the policies have long been known, seeing them spelled out in writing was chilling: “It represents a level of planning and knowledge among Myanmar authorities that raises the abuses to the threshold of crimes against humanity.”
Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, emerged from decades of military rule in 2011.
The government had no immediate comment.