Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Sikh Volunteers Provide Free Food To Rohingya Refugees On Myanmar Bangladesh Border

Sikh Volunteers Provide Free Food To Rohingya Refugees On Myanmar Bangladesh Border

Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled plans to attend this month's United Nations General Assembly amid rising worldwide criticism of her handling of the violence in western Myanmar that has forced as many as 370,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh.

Myanmar says that it is engaged in a military campaign against the Rohingya in response to a series of militant attacks against its forces from Rohingya-based militia groups that began on August 25.

While Washington has been a staunch supporter of Myanmar's transition from decades of harsh military rule being led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate has been criticized as doing too little to stop the violence. "Tomorrow we are expecting an airlift of relief supplies for 20,000 people", Tan said.

Refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh near the border with Myanmar already hosted some 400,000 Rohingya before the latest upsurge in violence, and are now completely overwhelmed.

The UNSC will not easily come to an agreement on the issue; permanent members China and Russian Federation back the Myanmar government's insistence that the violence in Rakhine is unavoidable, because it is fighting back against the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a Muslim insurgent group.

The ministry has urged the authorities of Myanmar to take measures to end violence against the Muslim minority in the country.

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The UN Security Council (UNSC) will convene a meeting tomorrow (Sept. 13) to discuss the chaos in Rakhine where, allegedly, the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, have been systematically targeted by the country's security forces.

Sympathisers say her hands are tied by the army, which still runs a chunk of the government and has complete control over all security matters.

Law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch on the possibility of Rohingya Muslims entering the State from Myanmar and Bangladesh, the officer informed.

The OIC Secretary General, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen Secretary said "the plight of the Rohingya weighs on the conscious of not just on Muslim nations, but the entire world". According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.

The White House comments followed a statement from the United Nations high commissioner for human rights who called the treatment of the Rohingya "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing". Next to the significant human cost of the conflict, thousands of homes and whole Rohingya villages have been burned down.

The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they were stripped of their citizenship despite having long roots in the country.

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