All United Nations relief agencies have been barred from providing vital supplies of food, water and medicine to thousands of desperate Rohingya Muslim civilians amid the bloody military campaign launched by the country’s ruling military regime, the United Nations resident coordinator’s office said Monday.
“The delivery of aid has been halted because the security situation and the restrictions imposed by the government on field visits have made us unable to distribute,” said Pierre Peron, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Myanmar. Aid “, pointing out that the government did not grant permission to work.
The International Bureau suspended the distribution of aid in the northern state of Rakhine where the UNHCR, UNFPA and UNICEF teams were unable to carry out any field work in Rakhine for more than a week; Civilians in the area.
“Humanitarian organizations are deeply concerned about the fate of thousands of people affected by the ongoing violence in Rakhine,” said Pierre Peron, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Myanmar.
“The United Nations is in close contact with the authorities to ensure the resumption of humanitarian operations as soon as possible,” he added. “Assistance is being delivered to other parts of Rakhine State.”
In the bloodiest violence in the region in decades, the army has committed atrocities against the oppressed Rohingya Muslim community, tens of thousands of whom have fled burning villages to neighboring Bangladesh and many have been wounded.
Thousands of refugees who have traveled to Bangladesh over the past weeks have uncovered horrific stories of massacres in villages they say were raided and burned by soldiers.
Myanmar’s UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Yang Li on Monday criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to protect the country’s minority Muslim Rohingya minority, saying it was time to intervene.
“The actual leader of the country must intervene, and this is what we expect from any government, to protect all those under its authority,” Li told the BBC.
The UN rapporteur said the situation in Rakhine State, which is home to the Rohingya minority, is very serious and that the scale of the destruction during the ongoing violence is very large compared to the similar security campaign that targeted the Rohingya last October.