Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Saudi Arabia offers aid to Rohingya refugees within hours

Saudi Arabia offers aid to Rohingya refugees within hours

Hundreds have been killed in violence since August 25, which has forced 420,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee army operations to Bangladesh.

Bristol University, one of a string of British universities that awarded honorary degrees to Suu Kyi during her time in opposition, also said it was reviewing its award, the report added.

A Facebook spokesperson told AFP late on Wednesday that it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which remains active on Twitter. I call for a meaningful response to the terrible situation of the Muslim community in Myanmar by the United Nations and OIC.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in her first address on the crisis on Tuesday, condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state but did not address United Nations accusations of ethnic cleansing by the security forces, drawing a cool global response.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday condemned all human rights violations in her first public address since the Rohingya refugee crisis began, but said her country did not fear worldwide scrutiny.

She said her team explained to the community about the emergency support they provide.

The Centre had told the top court that Rohingya refugees pose a big security threat as many of them have links with terror organisations and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The announcement of a U.S. aid package comes just one day after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally broke her silence on the Rohingya refugee crisis in a speech that drew widespread criticism.

Myanmar's government says more than 400 people, a lot of them insurgents have been killed since then.

"I believe [Facebook] is trying to suppress freedom [of] expression and dissent by colluding with the perpetrators of genocide in the Myanmar regime", activist and journalist Mohammad Anwar was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

The Kuala Lumpur-based journalist, who works for the site RohingyaBlogger.com, said that his reports come from a network of 45 correspondents and citizen journalists in Rakhine.

Facebook has also been accused of censoring information about the violence in Myanmar.

Noting that India is not violating any worldwide law in deporting Rohingyas, he said that the country is not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951. "We are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards and, when alerted to errors, quickly resolving them and working to prevent them from happening again".

Residents of Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state, said on Wednesday (September 20) that the violence in the region has caused divisions between the ethnic populations in the state.

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