Widespread evidence of sexual violence against Rohingya refugees - United Nations medics

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 19

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 19

"These vicious attacks have caused loss of life and property and displacement of people", he said "Those who have had to abandon their hearth and home are many, not just in the state of Rakhine".

Since Sunday, the army has unearthed the bodies of 45 members of Myanmar's small Hindu community who authorities say were killed by the insurgents soon after the violence erupted.

"The government of Bangladesh welcomed and expressed gratitude to Turkey and its leadership in helping the Rohingya Muslims", said Siddiki. ARSA is a Rohingya insurgent group whose attacks on police posts on August 25 led to massive retaliation by Myanmar's army.

He said when United Nation's Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Asean Foreign Ministers in NY on Sept 23 for the annual UN-Asean Ministerial Meeting, he called for three immediate actions, which were suspension of military and security operations, unfettered access for humanitarian agencies to affected communities and for those who fled should be able to exercise their right of safe return.

Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) executive director U Kyaw Win said disenfranchised Muslims in Myanmar signing up for terrorist groups could undo all the work that the global community has put in to advocate for their plight.

"The statement also omits the Rohingyas as one of the affected communities", Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said.

The Rohingya have faced persecution and discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar for decades and are denied citizenship, even though they have lived there for generations.

In the present crisis, the Myanmar government has reached its peak of inhumanity by blocking access to journalists and to all United Nations aid agencies from delivering food, water and medicines to anguished Rohingyas in the Rakhine state which also symbolizes Myanmar's ruthless efforts for their ethnic cleansing.

In all, according to United Nations data, over 700,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.

According to the Philippine foreign affairs chief, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers likewise "acknowledged that the situation in Rakhine State is a complex inter-communal issue with deep historical roots".

Criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi's government's handling of the Rohingya crisis has been widespread, including French President Emmanuel Macron who last week accused Burma of genocide.

Malaysia is anxious that the recent conflict could result in another influx of Rohingya refugees into the predominantly Muslim country, which already hosts nearly 60,000 of them from earlier rounds of violence in Rakhine.

The police have blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army insurgent group (ARSA) for the killings.

At the end of the six-day gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly, the official denounced the "unsubstantiated allegations" made by the world leaders against Myanmar in their speeches to the 193-member world body.

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