AJK Legislative Assembly expresses deep concern over genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Marcus Newton
September 18, 2017

But refugees say the security operation is aimed at pushing the Rohingya out of Myanmar. The Buddhist-majority Myanmar government concentrated the Muslims in Rakhine state which have only a population of 1 million. They purchased utensils, vegetables and set up fire to cook the food.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council called for "immediate steps" to end violence against the Rohingya people on Wednesday.

That prompted Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" against the rebels, setting off a wave of violence that has left hundreds dead, thousands of homes burned, and tens of thousands fleeing to Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi is not Myanmar's president - her official titles are state counselor and foreign minister - but she effectively serves as leader of the Southeast Asian nation though she does not control the military.

About 400,000 Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority group long denied citizenship in Myanmar, have crossed the border into Bangladesh since a violent crackdown by government forces, described by some as ethnic cleansing, began on August 25.

Expressing concern over the situation, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson to the United Nations secretary-general said: "The reports we're getting, the pictures all of us are seeing are heart-breaking to say the least".

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He said Hasina explained to Swaraj the helplessness and miseries of the refugees, particularly of the minor children and women, and said Bangladesh is trying to address their basic needs.

Mr Guterres at a wide-ranging press conference called Burma one of two world issues "at the top of global concerns", along with North Korea.

The violence has put a spotlight on de facto Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her work fighting for democratic rule against the Burmese military.

Rohingya militants killed 12 security personnel at a police post in late August; the government's response has been a brutal scorched earth campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians, while denying human rights organizations access to the region.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader previous year.

On Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein described the attacks against the Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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