White House condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Rohingya Muslim kids fled from ongoing military operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state pose for

White House condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali organized the briefing to inform the foreign diplomats about the humanitarian crisis created following persecution of Rohinga Muslims in Rakhine State of Myanmar that has led to influx of huge number of Rohingays to Bangladesh.

On Sunday, Myanmar's government bluntly rejected a ceasefire proposed by militants in Rakhine after more than two weeks of bloodshed.

"And we are particularly expecting this from Nobel Peace Prize laureate and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi", he added.

Amnesty said that based on interviews with eyewitnesses and analysis by its own weapons experts, it believes there is "targeted use of land mines" along a narrow stretch of the northwestern border of Rakhine state that is a crossing point for fleeing Rohingya.

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner on Monday pulled up India for planning to deport Rohingya refugees when the community is facing violence in Myanmar.

His wife, Ermine Erdogan, traveled to Bangladesh with a consignment of humanitarian aid last week, urging the government in Dhaka to keep its borders open for Rohingya refugees.

The military says it is responding to attacks by Rohingya militants and denies targeting civilians, BBC reported on Monday.

Yeni Şafak visits Rohingya refugee camp
White House condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma

"Given that successive Myanmar governments have since 1962 progressively stripped the Rohingya population of their political and civil rights, including citizenship rights.this measure resembles a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return", he said.

On Sunday the United Nations said some 294,000 Rohingya had arrived, a jump of only 4,000 from the previous day.

"The Myanmar government should stop pretending that the Rohingya are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages", he added, calling it a "complete denial of reality" that hurts the standing of a country that recently enjoyed "immense good will".

"Questions that are put to me suggest that many people have difficulty reconciling what appears to be happening to Muslims there with Myanmar's reputation as a Buddhist country", the Tibetan spiritual leader wrote in a letter to Suu Kyi shortly after the latest fighting broke out.

"It is vital that aid agencies working in Cox's Bazar have the resources they need to provide emergency assistance to incredibly vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes and have arrived in Bangladesh with nothing", he said. In response, the military started what it called "clearance operations" to wipe out the insurgents.

From 1947 to 1961, local mujahideen fought government forces in an attempt to have the mostly Rohingya populated Mayu peninsula in northern Rakhine State secede from Myanmar, so it could be annexed by East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh).[24] During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the mujahideen lost most of its momentum and support, resulting in majority surrendering to government forces. We've held bilateral discussions with Myanmar on [the] Rohingya issue.

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