PROTECT the ROHINGYA REFUGEES Seeking Shelter in Sri Lanka.
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WE PETITION TO ACCEPT AND ASSIST THE ROHINGYA REFUGEES WHO ARE FLEEING FROM THE STATE SPONSORED VIOLENCE IN MYANMAR TO SRI LANKA AND CALL A NATIONAL INTERVENTION BY THE SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT ENSURING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ROHINGYAS
"Violence broke out in northern Rakhine state on 25 August, when militants attacked government forces. In response, security forces supported by Buddhist militia launched a “clearance operation”that has killed at least 1,000 people and forced more than 300,000 to flee their homes. The UN’s top human rights official said on 11 September that the military’s response was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks and warned that Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing."
While Sri Lanka has received people escaping persecution in the past, Sri Lanka does not have a proper domestic structure to deal with the issue of asylum seekers. Sri Lanka has neither ratified the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951 nor its 1967 Protocol. As such, there is no regulation of how asylum seekers ought to be treated when they arrive in the country.
According to a recent report by UNHCR Sri Lanka, On 27 September 2017, a group protested outside the shelter housing 31 refugees – most of them women and children – who had been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy from a boat in Sri Lankan waters in April this year. The refugees were eventually evacuated to safety by the authorities. UNHCR emphasizes that refugees are victims of violence and persecution who need international protection and assistance. UNHCR urges the public and all those concerned with refugees to continue extending protection and to show empathy for civilians fleeing persecution and violence.
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