23 Sep 2013
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar A/68/397

From 11 to 21 August 2013, the Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana, conducted his eighth mission to Burma/Myanmar. In his 23 September report he expresses his concern about the spread of anti-Muslim sentiment and says that in Arakan/Rakhine state there is "little evidence that the Government has taken steps to tackle the underlying causes of the communal violence or has put in place the policies that are necessary to forge a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous future for the state." He calls upon the government to ensure that the credible allegations of widespread and systematic human rights violations committed by members of the security forces are investigated and the perpetrators held to account, to address the spread of anti-Muslim sentiment and violence across the country, and to ensure equal access to citizenship by all persons while upholding the human rights of all persons, regardless of citizenship status.