The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday, according to DD News.
The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that "hate-filled rhetoric" by leaders was normalizing discrimination against minorities.
"Peddling hatred and fear against whole groups of people based on who they are ultimate leads only in one direction. When leaders foster it or turn a blind eye the end game is horrific and literally fatal," said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty.
Last week, the United States urged the UN Security Council to hold Mynamar's military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
More than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to "crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen".
"2018 needs leaders prepared to tackle the big challenges - from refugees to protecting human rights defenders to the precarious nature of many peoples' access to basic services instead of simply deflecting responsibility through blame," Shetty said.
It said that leaders in countries such as the United States, Russia and China were not standing up for civil liberties and instead were "callously undermining the rights of millions".