Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rohingya Muslims posing threat to Myanmar's integrity: Sena

Rohingya Muslims posing threat to Myanmar's integrity: Sena

Smoke is seen on Myanmar's side of border as an exhausted Rohingya refugee woman is carried to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh.

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators, the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", he said.

The spokesman for Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Twitter: "We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists".

On Monday UN human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein called it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Analysts said that AH Mahmood Ali's language was the strongest yet from Myanmar's neighbour, and reflected intense frustration in Dhaka at the continuing influx of desperate Rohingya refugees.

The United Nations refugee agency has reported that 270,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the last three weeks.

The Supreme Court today fixed September 18 for hearing a plea challenging the government's decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.

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The violence began on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in the northern state of Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel.

Gandhi wrote: "While we are aware that there are constraints in your position as state counsellor‚ it does not speak well to remain silent when humanitarian aid is denied to people who are already suffering from poverty and deprivation‚ and they are subjected to military attacks and abuses".

Amnesty says Myanmar has one of the few militaries, along with North Korea and Syria, which has openly used anti-personnel land mines in recent years. "Humanitarian activities in Rakhine have either been suspended or severely interrupted, resulting in 170,000 people not receiving the food that they usually receive and 15,000 people not receiving primary health care", said Dujarric.

"The issue of Rohingya Muslims is Myanmar's internal matter".

The report also indicated that the OIC members also urged the Myanmar government to take urgent measures for a sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally and externally displaced population to their homeland, Rakhine State. Rakhine Buddhists, feeling unsafe after the upsurge in fighting, are moving south to the state's capital, Sittwe, where Buddhists are a majority and have greater security.

"The killing, arson, torture and the Myanmar's military and border guards is unprecedented", he said. "Violence and persecution in Burma have driven almost 400,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh in the previous year alone." .

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya has recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims.

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