Muslim minorities in Myanmar being tortured, claims UN official

Muslim minorities in Myanmar subjected to torture, claims UN official

A UN official has claimed Muslims in Myanmar have suffered 'crimes against humanity' committed by the police and military

Friday, March 10, 2017

A leading UN official has claimed the police and military in Myanmar have committed "crimes against humanity" against the county's Muslim minority.

Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur for human rights, told the BBC Muslims in the country have been subjected to torture. 

She claimed the problem of abuse was "systemic" within the Myanmese forces after she spoke to refugees from Bangladesh.

Lee insisted it was the government who had to bear the responsibility for these actions against Muslims in the country. 

Representatives for Aung San Suu Kyi - the leader of Myanmar for almost a year as the head of the National League for Democracy - declined interview requests with BBC reporters.

A spokesperson for Myanmar's head of government claimed the allegations were "exaggerated."