Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Activist Group Accuses Myanmar Military of 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Malaysia disputes Cayetano's ASEAN chair statement on Rohingya Malaysia calls Cayetano's statement on Rohingya crisis a 'misrepresentation of reality'
Sammy Stanley | 27 September, 2017, 00:31

Since Sunday, the army has unearthed the bodies of 45 members of Myanmar's small Hindu community who authorities say were killed by the insurgents soon after the violence erupted.

Myanmar's U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan insisted Monday that there is no "ethnic cleansing" or genocide taking place against Muslims and objected "in the strongest terms" to countries that used those words.

While State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi last week claimed that there had been no violence in Rakhine since Sep 5, Amnesty and HRW have said that satellite images corroborate accounts from the displaced in Bangladesh regarding continued looting and burning of villages across the Rakhine.

Sinhala Buddhist monks have demonstrated over recent weeks in support of their Myanmar counterparts, and condemning the Rohingya Muslims as terrorists.

Murray Hiebert, deputy director of the South East Asia programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told TOI, "It (China) clearly is supporting the government of Myanmar+ in addressing the issue of how it responded to the attack by the so-called Rohingya Preservation Army".

"Seventeen bodies of men were retrieved".

The Bangladesh army forces, which have taken over aid management, said command had made sanitary facilities the "highest priority" in an effort to stave off a health emergency.

Access to the area by journalists as well as human rights workers and aid workers is largely restricted.

The violence and the refugee exodus is the biggest crisis the government of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since it came to power last year in a transition from almost 50 years of military rule. Most Rohingya are stateless.

They said the implementation of promises by Suu Kyi to address the crisis, including that perpetrators would be held accountable, would amount to an "empty gesture" since so many Rohingya had fled.

Plans for the trip come as the United Nations refugee agency has called for a redoubling of the global humanitarian response in Bangladesh.

Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a "dangerous organisation" as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media. The state news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) reported that Beijing on Monday assured Dhaka that it will provide help in finding a permanent solution.

Dissent surfaced again in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after Malaysia disavowed a statement issued by the bloc's chairman, the Philippines, as misrepresenting "the reality" of an exodus of 430,000 self-identifying ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.

There are concerns that the Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh would take a chance to come out of their makeshift settlement as food and shelters are a major problem there.

He added that KSRelief has implemented the first phase of the repatriation of Rohingya from Rakhine state in a number of governorates in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration.

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