Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya is 'textbook ethnic cleansing'

Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya is 'textbook ethnic cleansing'”

Tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have simmered in Myanmar since 2012 when sectarian violence erupted in Rakhine, leaving hundreds dead and pushing more than 100,000 Rohingya into decrepit camps. The U.N. has evacuated non-critical staff from the area over the past two weeks.

Monday's estimate of new arrivals in the Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh since August 25 was 313,000, an increase of 19,000 in just 24 hours. Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid. An Associated Press reporter witnessed hundreds streaming through the border at Shah Puri Dwip on Monday.

Later, the foreign secretary in a media briefing said the foreign diplomats expressed concerns over the present humanitarian crisis created following the exodus of thousands of Rohingyas and assured Bangladesh to stay beside it in this regard.

"This complete denial of reality is doing great damage to the worldwide standing of a government which, until recently, benefited from enormous good will", he said. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel SM Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh border guard in Teknaf, said on Friday he was aware of at least three Rohingya injured in explosions. They self-identify as a distinct ethnic group with their own language and culture, and many have lived in Myanmar for generations.

A mob of about 70 people armed with sticks and swords threatened to attack a mosque in the central town of Taung Dwin Gyi on Sunday evening, shouting, "This is our country, this is our land", according to the mosque's imam, Mufti Sunlaiman. Senator Nisar Muhammad Khan suggested that the senate body should visit the Rohingyas in Myanmar. The House also urged the International Community to take notice of crimes being committed against humanity.

However, Azril said the creation of such a safe zone still required the approval from Myanmar.

Myanmar presidential spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer phone calls seeking comment Sunday.

He went on to pinpoint Israel's role in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State, stressing that the regime has conspired with Myanmar's government against Rohingya Muslims.

People attend a protest rally against what they say are killings of Rohingya people in Myanmar, in Kolkata, India September 11, 2017.


They also stressed on the protection of civilians in the Rakhine State, he added.

Speaking at the start of the latest Human Rights Council session, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein first recognized the September 11 attacks anniversary then chronicled human rights concerns about Myanmar.

The Dalai Lama said he felt "very sad" about the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, and that those harassing them "should remember Buddha. I think such circumstances Buddha would definitely help to those poor Muslims".

Other analysts suggest that Myanmar's extensive border with China, coupled with USA geopolitical maneuvers aimed at diminishing China's influence in the region, present the need to support Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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