On Thursday STAND Canada joined a global appeal co-signed by 87 other organizations calling for immediate action to stop the human rights abuses and the human rights catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s Rohingya population.

The appeal, led by Human Rights Watch, calls for the immediate end to human rights abuses, the ability of investigators to access to Rankine State, where the purported atrocities have happened, and for targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for crimes.

It closes with a warning to governments and United Nations officials:

If governments, UN officials and diplomats simply hold meetings and make speeches as atrocities continue in Myanmar, they bear the risk of failing to use every diplomatic tool at their disposal to stop the ethnic cleansing campaign and further crimes against humanity. In the face of mass destruction, killings and hundreds of thousands displaced, inaction should not be an option.

Read the full statement on the Human Rights Watch website.

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