Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Prince Charles warned against visiting Myanmar as Rohingya crisis escalates

Prince Charles warned against visiting Myanmar as Rohingya crisis escalates

A commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan last month said Myanmar must scrap restrictions on movement and citizenship for its Rohingya minority if it wants to bring peace to Rakhine State. "It's better that Allah [God] takes them, they are suffering so much".

The Rohingyas, a stateless mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

"In Rakhine State, the plight of the Rohingya in particular is one of the greatest human tragedies anywhere in the region", Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy told reporters Friday.

Described by the the world's most persecuted people, Rohingya have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the United Nations human rights chief says.

He said the organization will ensure sustainable return and rehabilitation of all Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population", Hussein continued.

Human rights campaigners have called on the royal to drop the country from the itinerary as the Myanmar army is accused of targeting Rohingya Muslims in an "ethnic cleansing" operation.

Suu Kyi has not spoken out against what the United Nations is calling ethnic cleansing, which has incited outrage from the global community and calls for her Nobel Prize to be revoked.

A woman at the same hospital said she had trodden on a landmine after she and her family were fired on.

She reiterated her called to the global community to mount pressure on the Myanmar government so that its army stop the atrocity, they take the Rohingya back to their home and treat as Myanmar citizen with all the rights they are entitled.

Myanmar's government has rejected a proposed ceasefire by militants in the country's Rakhine state, saying they don't "negotiate with terrorists". "The Myanmar government should have handled this situation patiently and not allowed the army of the law enforcement agencies to attack the common people".

Thousands of ethnic Rohingya people were forced to flee to Bangladesh in recent weeks following alleged killings, raping and destruction of their properties by government forces.

Muslim Aid worker Madiha Raza meeting 12-year-old Mohammed Jubair, who was shot in the arm while escaping his burning village, in southern Bangladesh.

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