UN envoy raises alarm over 'persecution' of Rohingyas in west Myanmar
YANGON (AFP) - Acute shortages of water and medical treatment in western Myanmar following attacks on humanitarian groups are the latest hardships imposed on Rohingya Muslims that "could amount to crimes against humanity", a United Nations expert said on Monday.
The United Nations' human rights envoy to the country, Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana, said a wave of attacks against aid organisations had choked off health, water and food supplies, increasing the vulnerability of the Rohingyas.
"Recent developments in Rakhine State are the latest in a long history of discrimination and persecution against the Rohingya community which could amount to crimes against humanity," he said in a statement.
More than 170 aid workers were pulled out of the state as a result of last month's unrest - the first time they have been forced to leave en masse - and there are fears that the entire relief infrastructure has been severely damaged.