Charles Santiago says Asean can not continue "pussyfooting" about the targeted violence against the Rohingya community.
"The time to act is now", said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a meeting with the foreign ministers of the association members on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY over the weekend. However, the, whole community can not be targeted on the basis of the activities of individuals or groups.
He urged Myanmar authorities "to end the violence, stop the destruction to lives and properties, allow immediate (and) unimpeded access for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Rohingya and all affected communities, and to resolve the Rohingya refugee problem".
Ever since the latest flare-up of violence against the community in Myanmar this year, almost 4 lakh Rohingyas have fled the state, pouring into nearby countries like Bangladesh seeking refuge.
The army says some 400 people have been killed during military operations, the vast majority of them Arsa militants.
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been facing worldwide criticism for her handling of the violence against Rohingyas.
A satellite image of Rohingya villages in Rakhine State, Burma from 22 September 2017, which appears to illustrate ongoing burning.
He labelled the incident a "hate campaign" against Muslims, adding that it has also become a major humanitarian issue affecting the whole world.
"In my opinion, ASEAN is no longer able to address this issue".
Malaysia has opposed the statement issued by Foreign Secretary and current Association of South East Asian Nations Chair Alan Peter Cayetano on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, calling it a "misrepresentation of reality".
Thus, Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Dato' Sri Anifah Aman said Malaysia was "dissociating itself" with Cayetano's statement issued in NY on behalf of ASEAN.
"As a regional community of nations, Asean must take a stronger position and actively search for a solution to this Rohingya crisis".
It stated that the the foreign ministers "acknowledged that the situation in Rakhine State is a complex inter-communal issue with deep historical roots" and urged all parties to '"actions that will further worsen the situation on the ground".
In the news release, the experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, recalled the briefing last week by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, in which she urged the global community to learn along with the country's Government, the possible reasons behind the current exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
In a statement by APRRN Programme Coordinator Evan Jones, the Thailand-based rights body demanded implementation of all recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission led by Kofi Annan.
Myanmar authorities on Tuesday said 17 more bodies of Hindus, allegedly slaughtered by Rohingya militants, have been uncovered in a mass grave in conflict-ridden Northern Rakhine state.
There is ample evidence to show that Myanmar has consistently conducted a pogrom against Rohingyas, especially in the Rakhine state to which the group has been confined, resulting in the denial of basic human rights to the Rohingya.
Human Rights Watch has slammed India for "mistreating" the Rohingya refugees.
Santiago added that Malaysia's decision to not turn away Rohingya Muslims fleeing the crisis by boat was "heart-warming".
Indian government says it is anxious about the entry of refugees with links to Rohingya militants.