Friday, 22 September, 2017

Khalsa aid starts langar sewa for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Activists gather at London's 10 Downing Street to protest against Myanmar's deadly crackdown on Rohingya Muslims Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown
Howard Terry | 15 September, 2017, 00:27

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned the military campaign amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts last month triggered an army operation that has killed more than 400 people, destroyed over 6,800 houses and sent almost 400,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

Vice-President Henry Van Thio will represent Burma in Suu Kyi 's place at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, according to a report today in China's official Xinhua news agency.

"This violence must stop".

UNICEF's country representative Edouard Beigbeder said "there are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was more strident in criticizing Suu Kyi.

The Trump administration has previously noted its concern about the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state but has so far avoided levying any direct criticism against the country's civilian government or its de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The conflict centres around 1.1million Rohingyas, most of whom are Muslim, who have lived in Myanmar for generations. The military, which directly ruled the country for five decades, has often portrayed itself as protecting Buddhists and ethnic minorities from those it refers to as Muslim terrorists.

Revered when she was under house arrest for some 15 years, the Nobel peace victor has been criticised by fellow Nobel laureates and some leaders across the world. ARSA says it is fighting to protect Rohingya Muslims from persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Ahead of the council meeting, 12 Nobel laureates signed an open letter urging the United Nations body to "intervene immediately by using all available means" to end the "crimes against humanity" unfolding in Rakhine. Refugees say Myanmar's army retaliated, killing hundreds of Rohingya civilians and driving them out of their homes.

Senior Republican Sen. John McCain this week canned legislative plans to authorize deeper military ties between the USA and Myanmar.

"How many Rohingya have to die; how many Rohingya women will be raped; how many communities will be razed before you raise your voice in defense of those who have no voice?"

On Thursday, the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, who has always been at the forefront of US policy toward Myanmar, came to Suu Kyi's defense.

Suu Kyi, who will deliver a nationwide address on September 19, has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of a crisis that has shocked the worldwide community. She told him she was working toward securing immediate and improved humanitarian access to the region.

USA ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted that message Wednesday, writing, "We thank Bangladesh for hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees, fleeing violence, with nowhere to go".

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