B'desh offers army aid to Myanmar against Rohingya militants

by Garry Watts August 31, 2017, 1:01
B'desh offers army aid to Myanmar against Rohingya militants

That prompted a massive military response, leading to some 87,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh, bringing with them harrowing tales of murder, rape and burned villages. There were reports of additional deaths Wednesday.

Deadly attacks on border posts in western Myanmar's Rakhine state broke out on Friday, resulting in mass civilian casualties. That set off a surge of anti-Muslim feeling throughout the country. Violence has been rife in the region, with clashes between Muslim and Buddhist communities.

"Decades of persistent and systematic human rights violations, including the very violent security responses to the attacks since October 2016, have nearly certainly contributed to the nurturing of violent extremism, with everyone ultimately losing", Zeid said.

The emerging extent of violence and destruction in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State prompted Britain to call for a meeting of the United Nations security council.

However, Ms Callahan noted that declaring a state of emergency "would likely be broadly supported by the public, even among those who are not typically fans of military roles in politics and administration" who now see their country under attack by "terrorists".

The analyst further said that what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims is an "appalling tragedy", emphasizing that all people should stand up and speak out against the persecution of the minority group.

Wirathu also denounced global aid groups that the government has accused, without evidence, of giving assistance to the Rohingya insurgents.

The Information Ministry said Wednesday that 45 homemade bombs were detonated and seven villages, one security post and two neighborhoods in the township of Maungdaw were burned down on Sunday and Monday.

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The UN refugee agency also condemned the violence in Rakhine.

Halliday pointed out that the Rohingya have been citizens of Myanmar for a century or more and revoking their citizenship is "a violation of their human rights".

"This turn of events is deplorable".

Erdoğan noted that Turkey is in contact with worldwide organizations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) alongside the US and countries of the region as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The UN also appealed to Bangladesh to admit those fleeing the military counteroffensive.

Street protests in Malaysia against the Myanmar government's treatment of the Rohingya saw more than 100 protesters, majority reportedly Rohingya, arrested on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the call when a senior United States official for South and Central Asia met with her in Dhaka.

Northern Rakhine has been under lockdown since October previous year when a previously unknown group of Rohingya fighters ambushed a series of border posts inside Myanmar.


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