UN Chief Asks Myanmar to Stop Military Campaign Against Rohingya Muslims
Sep 15 2017
The number of Muslim Rohingya who have crossed into Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest in Myanmar since August 25 hit 389,000 on Thursday, a United Nations spokesman said.
In spite of such brute human rights violation, Suu Kyi who is the de facto leader of Myanmar, has refused to take into account plight of Rohingya whom her government doesn't recognize as an ethnic minority group.
In a statement, the first the UN's most powerful body has made in nine years on the situation in Rakhine State, the 15-member council acknowledged the initial militant attacks on Myanmar security forces but "condemned the subsequent violence", and called for "immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine".
In an effort to help the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, volunteers of Khalsa Aid Sikh group have started langar (free food) in the southernmost town of Bangladesh, Teknaf.
As a recipient of the Nobel Prize, Suu Kyi has an obligation to tell the committee how she will restore peace in her own country.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced Thursday that the number of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh has risen to 400,000 from violence.
They said it's a very delicate course to navigate at this point.
More than 310,000 people have fled across the border into Bangladesh in less than three weeks with many more trapped on the border amid accusations of landmines being planted to stop their escape.
The national seminar on Rohingya migrants in India will be organised on Friday, 3-00 pm at Ghalib Academy, Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin New Delhi by Muslim Political Council of India.
Amnesty said it had detected at least 80 large-scale fires in predominantly Rohingya-inhabited areas since August 25, when the military's operation against insurgents began. ARSA says it is fighting to protect Rohingya Muslims from persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
"The counterattacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted China's ambassador, Hong Liang, as telling government officials. Despite this, the Kofi Annan commission submitted a report in which it urged the government to end the highly militarized crackdown on neighbourhoods where Rohingya live.
Mr. Guterres repeated his call for "an effective action plan" to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.
'Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'.
The Security Council statement acknowledged the August 25 attacks on Myanmar's security forces but it "condemned the subsequent violence" that sent more than 370,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.