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

UN Security Council Calls for End to Violence Against Rohingya Muslims

UN Security Council Calls for End to Violence Against Rohingya Muslims

More than 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence since August 25, according to the United Nations, an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

"When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, can you find a better way to describe it?"

Bangladesh had earlier said the new influx of Rohingya refugees is an unbearable additional burden on the country which has been hosting around 400,000 Myanmar nationals who had to leave their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations.

Some reports suggest as many as 3000 Rohingya have been killed in the latest violence, which began on August 25 when insurgents attacked more than 20 government security posts.

Guterres called on the authorities to allow the United Nations and NGOs into Rakhine State to provide humanitarian aid.

Some have been injured by landmines they accuse Myanmar of planting along the border, while others described people being tortured to death or burned alive.

An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have already fled to Bangladesh, and the violence is continuing in parts of Rakhine.

A top government source told The Indian Express that New Delhi took the "humanitarian view" after taking into consideration two crucial inputs - firstly, pleas from Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali last Saturday, and secondly, consultations with Indian envoy Harsh Vardhan Shringla who briefed them on the ground situation.

"I ask the worldwide community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals", she continued.

"We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to feed the 700,000 refugees", the Prime Minister said after visiting the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar.

Myanmar's envoy to the United Nations had blamed Rohingya insurgents for the violence in Rakhine state and said that his country would never tolerate such atrocities.

The de facto national leader, whose official titles are state counselor and foreign minister, will send Myanmar's vice president Henry Van Tio to NY in her place so that she can better focus on calming the situation in Rakhine, spokesperson Zaw Htay said.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first time in nine years the council had agreed a statement on Myanmar.

Rights groups had urged the council to meet in open session and send a clear message to Myanmar that the world is watching.

"What are the crimes these innocent children, women and people have committed.we can't tolerate such activities", Ms. Hasina said. The spokesperson was responding to a question on role of regional players in helping Rohingya refugees. "We call upon all Mujahid brothers in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to set out for Burma to help their Muslim brothers, and to make the necessary preparations - training and the like - to resist this oppression", the group said.

The Rohingya minority are denied citizenship and have suffered years of persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Tom Malinowski, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, said he's "very sad" about Suu Kyi's response to the Rohingya crisis.

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