The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have called on Myanmar’s neighbouring countries to offer refuge and protection to all those fleeing violence and persecution, as the crisis in Myanmar enters its third month.
The UNHCR Asia Pacific wrote: The people being forced to flee from #Myanmar should be given sanctuary in neighboring countries. They must not be returned to a place where their lives or freedom may be at risk. This principle of non-refoulement is a cornerstone of international law + is binding on all states.
OHCHR also said that it received reports that some individuals, who fled Myanmar in search of safety in the region have been forced to return to the country.
Cynthia Veliko, South-East Asia Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights underscored that “no one should face the risk of being returned to Myanmar when their lives, safety or fundamental human rights are threatened”.
“In light of binding obligations under international refugee and human rights law, we call on all countries to ensure that all those seeking asylum are able to access the protection to which they are entitled under international law”, she added.
“Now is the time for us to stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar.