From Diplomat Artist Buzz: It is worth reminding that underlying the plight of refugees is in too many cases a disregard or worse of the human rights of those who flee. –MORE–
Does Any Celebrity Amplify Cry of Rohingya?
Matt Dillon’s stepping into the vacuum is more than ever welcome as means to bring more attention to the desperate plight of the Rohingya, but also to emphasize that human rights are for all & a concern for all of us as global citizens when others are abused, especially with apparent impunity.
“There have been frequent reports of mistreatment, abuse, rape and torture and the increasingly cruel measures being adopted by smuggling rings seem to account for the increase in deaths at sea,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told journalists at a Geneva briefing today.
Some Rohingya Muslims who have reached Thailand speak of being taken to smugglers’ camps in the jungles or hills near Thailand-Malaysia border kept for months in overcrowded camps & sometimes even cages until families could pay for their release, according to UNHCR.