U.S. calls on United Nations to support Myanmar

02 September, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Last week, a group of ethnic minority Rohingya insurgents attacked at least two dozen police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state, triggering fighting with security forces that left more than 100 people dead and forced at least 18,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

They allege massacres of Rohingya in remote villages led by Myanmar security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs.

In recent months, the group has tried to dispel that perception and bolster the argument that they are freedom fighters who took up arms only to defend their people, said David Mathieson, an independent analyst in Yangon, Myanmar.

He said he was preparing to flee.

Rakhine State has been the crucible of religious violence since 2012, when riots erupted killing scores of Rohingya and forcing tens of thousands into of people - the majority from the Muslim minority - into displacement camps.

The UNHCR India had also called out to the government over its inhumane step and also reminded it that even if the country is not a signatory to the Refugee convention, yet as per the principle of non-refoulement-not sending refugees to a place where they fear persecution-it can not send Rohingyas back to Myanmar.

After years in which the Rohingya largely avoided violence, ARSA emerged from the shadows last October when it staged coordinated, deadly attacks on police posts.

He and thousands of terrified villagers gathered at the Kyee Hnoke Thee village at the foot of the Mayu mountain range.


Babul Sharma, president of Jubo League Kutupalong unit, told the Dhaka Tribune that 165 Hindu families had arrived at Kutupalong by Thursday and more families were expected to cross over the border soon.

A few youths from a Rohingya camp in Kutupalong of Cox's Bazar also provided some relief materials to the refugees at the makeshift shelter in no man's land. He reiterated the fact that India is not a signatory to any of the Refugee Conventions and therefore is not bound to host the Rohingyas.

Nearly 400 people have died in Myanmar since the country's army stepped up a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims last week.

Bangladeshi authorities have been stopping Rohingyas from entering the country since last week.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government said last month it was going to expel all Rohingya, even those registered with the United Nations refugee agency, drawing criticism from aid groups and some politicians.

"We did not push them back, rather we told them. you should go back to your territory", added Khan, who said there was a "humanitarian crisis" developing along the border.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday discussed the violence in Myanmar though there was no formal statement from the 15-member council following the closed-door meeting.

Bangladesh is also growing hostile to Rohingya, more than 400,000 of whom live there after fleeing Myanmar since the early 1990s.

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