Myanmar rejects Rohingya offer of temporary ceasefire
Sep 13 2017
The latest round of tensions between Rohingya Muslims and the local Buddhist majority escalated after Muslim insurgents attacked Myanmar military outposts on 25 August, killing almost 400 people.
Rathedaung, the site of the latest fires, is the furthest Rohingya-inhabited area from the border with Bangladesh.
Amnesty said that based on interviews with witnesses and analysis by its own weapons experts, it believed there had been targeted use of landmines along a narrow stretch of the north-western border of Rakhine state that is a crossing point for fleeing Rohingya.
Myanmar's military responded with a massive security crackdown that United Nation investigators said unleashed "devastating cruelty" on the Rohingya that may amount to ethnic cleansing. There are an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees in India; spread across Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
Satellite photos released by Human Rights Watch show entire villages torched to the ground in clashes between Myanmar's armed forces and local militants.
With the Kutupalang refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, filling up, these people have to camp in the woods while waiting for spaces.
The plight of the Rohingyas has triggered broad global condemnation of Myanmar and the country's Nobel peace prize laureate leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.
The MEA in its statement on Saturday said: "We had earlier strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state".
Previously, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had also confronted Ms Suu Kyi on Twitter over the violence against the Rohingya.
Hatred towards the Rohingya is profound, particularly among Myanmar's Bamar majority, making speaking up for them a potentially politically suicidal move.
"It is unfair for affected parties to inflict more cost to Malaysia to manage and to receive these people when they should be allowed fundamental and universal rights that have been denied to them", he said.
Bangladesh's government has called the fresh influx of Rohingya seeking shelter on its territory unprecedented, saying it is struggling to cope with the flood of new refugee arrivals from neighboring Rakhine.
They have also been unable to distribute food aid in northern Rakhine since the fighting began.
"Unfortunately" he added "the government of Myanmar has not issued the necessary permission for the dispatch of humanitarian aid despite diplomatic contacts".
It published its findings in August.
Bhushan had appraised the court that approximately 40,000 Rohingya Muslims residing in India were registered with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
The statement called on the Myanmar government to do the same to address the "humanitarian crisis" unfolding in the state. Note the crowds lining the bank (top).