Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Indonesia sends 34 tons of aid for Rohingya

Indonesia sends 34 tons of aid for Rohingya

It comes as Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cancelled plans to attend the UN General Assembly in the face of strong worldwide criticism for her lack of action over the violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, who are the world's largest stateless minority, largely eschew violence, but in October a new militant group called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launched a series of ambushes on border police, prompting a massive army-led crackdown.

"This is not a terrorist group aimed at striking at the heart of Myanmar society as the government claims it is", Zarni said.

The United Nations and the Bangladesh government have said the number arriving has slowed down in recent days although the situation is still volatile.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday visited Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar district to distribute aid to the displaced people fleeing violence in Myanmar.

"It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 the situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades and goes back to pre colonial times". "Stop this violence against innocent people".

The United States said the violent displacement of the Rohingya showed Myanmar's security forces were not protecting civilians. Instead, in several instances Bangladesh's security forces forced back numerous Rohingya who fled to its shores.

Attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group on police posts and an army base in the north of Rakhine on August 25 provoked a military counter-offensive that refugees say is aimed at pushing Rohingya out of the country.

An aid worker with an worldwide agency in Bangladesh reports: "What we're seeing is that many Rohingya people are sick". So these people, they belong to Myanmar. Myanmar has not granted full citizenship to the Rohingya Muslims.

"We will do all we can to ease the suffering of the Rohingya refugees".

"This is one of the decisive moments when bold and decisive actions are needed promptly when it is still possible to get it resolved", they wrote.

Accounts from refugees crossing the border into Bangladesh have mainly detailed violence such as shooting by soldiers and the burning of villages.

"Those countries that have spoken out forcefully for an end to the crisis in Myanmar...need to ask the security council to urgently have an open, public meeting, not behind closed doors".

The UN General Assembly began yesterday and runs until September 25.

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