Human Rights Watch is urging the World Bank to address human rights abuses prevalent in Burma, including discrimination against ethnic minorities, land and labor rights, access to justice, and corruption, while it is developing its country engagement with Burma. In the last two years, approximately 140,000 people, mostly Rohingya, have been forcibly displaced into refugee camps after decades of repression by the government, which has prevented them from obtaining citizenship. To combat this discrimination, Human Rights Watch has encouraged the World Bank to work with Burma “to identify potential human rights abuses, mitigate them,” and establish appropriate remedies.
To learn more about this topic:
- Human Rights Watch Submission: World Bank Group Systematic Country Diagnostic and Country Partnership Framework for Myanmar
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 2014 Myanmar Country Operations Profile
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Al Jazeera, “Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan”