NGOs and human rights

Authored by: Marc S. Polizzi , Amanda Murdie

Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations

Print publication date:  April  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138285507
eBook ISBN: 9781315268927
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In early 2018, many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were focused on the particularly egregious situation in Burma/Myanmar. In the Rakhine state, Rohingya Muslims were tortured, killed, and raped by security forces. Anyone critical of the government risked arrest and prosecution. Hundreds of thousands of individuals were displaced as villages were burned and thousands killed. In no uncertain terms, the situation was a human rights emergency. Human rights NGOs from all areas of the world responded to the emergency; some organizations sent relief, while others spoke to the media, to intergovernmental organizations, and on legislative floors about the situation. Many organizations tried to document the abuses, even relying on satellite images of the destruction. Others called on outside governments and the United Nations to respond (Amnesty International 2016/2017; Human Rights Watch 2017; Ponniah 2017).

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