The Plight of Rohingyas - Who is Responsible?


The Plight of Rohingyas - Who is Responsible?

For Rohingya muslims fleeing to safety from the violence in Myanmar, torrential downpours are now adding to their plight.

"We expect the worldwide community, like Australia, America, definitely to pursue this Myanmar Government, to take back their citizens", he said.

He said a committee had been established under the social welfare minister to implement recommendations of an advisory commission chaired by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the government would establish an advisory board comprised of "eminent persons" from Myanmar and overseas. The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it meant to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

"There has been much concern around the world with regard to the situation in Rakhine".

The US State Department is releasing an additional US$32 million (S$43 million) in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees displaced by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Myanmar to take back 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in her country and also called for an end to "propaganda" that labelled the ethnic group as "Bengalis".

According to Johnson, it is "vital" that the de facto leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the government make it clear that these abuses must stop. The Rohingyas claimed that if they go back to Myanmar they would be killed by the military of the country.

The Bangladesh government is building a massive new camp nearby to shelter 400,000 people, but the United Nations says it will take time before it is equipped with tents, toilets and medical facilities.

More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since then and the United Nations has said the army's action could amount to ethnic cleansing.

Rights groups accused the Myanmar military of burning Rohingya villages, raping women.

Myanmar rejects the charge, saying its forces are tackling Rohingya insurgents who it accuses of setting fire to villages and attacking civilians.

Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar Marzuki Darusman told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday that the deteriorating situation in the Rakhine - which has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya flee into Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh since Aug 25 - further highlighted importance of the FFM.

There has been widespread condemnation of the Myanmar military and government amid accusations of crimes against humanity, including ethnic cleansing.

The commission also stated that while Myanmar had every right to defend its own territory, a highly militarised response was unlikely to bring peace to the area of Rakhine State.



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