Afghans protest ongoing violence in Myanmar

Sep 13, 2017, 00:18
Afghans protest ongoing violence in Myanmar

The Myanmar government says almost 400 people have been killed in fighting it blames on insurgents, though Rohingya say Myanmar troops and Buddhist mobs attacked them and destroyed their villages.

After being briefed by Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque on the Rohingya issue on Saturday, Russian Ambassador Alexander Ignatov said he believed that the situation would come up in the upcoming UN General Assembly in NY.

A United Nations report in February said the military crackdown on the Rohingya had led to gang rape, the killing of hundreds of civilians and the forced displacement of people.

One of the sources said 300 to 400 Rohingya who had escaped other burnings had been sheltering at Ah Htet Nan Yar until the day before the fire broke out.

Satellite photos released by Human Rights Watch show entire villages torched to the ground in clashes between Myanmar's armed forces and local militants.

"Even if all we get to eat is a plate of rice, we can burn a red chili and mix it and it will taste nice", says a woman in the Kutupalong refugee camp.

Two Rohingya Muslim refugees urged the Supreme Court to direct the Central government to not deport them to Myanmar.

He told the diplomats that some 3,00,000 Rohingya had fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks, taking the total number of such refugees in the country to over 7,00,000.

Previously, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had also confronted Ms Suu Kyi on Twitter over the violence against the Rohingya.

Afghans protest ongoing violence in Myanmar

Rohingya had to leave behind the vast majority of their livestock.

The Myanmar government said 421 people had died.

"As part of durable settlement of the problem, there should be swift implementation of the recommendations of Kofi Annan Commission which calls for urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access and address the issue of citizenship", she added.

It published its findings in August.

Senator John McCain of Arizona also wrote to Ms Suu Kyi this week, noting that he had been her friend and supporter and calling on her "to take an active role in putting a stop to this worsening humanitarian crisis as it spreads throughout the country".

The report was widely welcomed internationally with calls for Myanmar's government to swiftly implement its findings, which they have previously vowed to do.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

People swimming across a river near Laung Don village in northern Rakhine state as they travel towards the border with Bangladesh.

Rohingya refugees making their way along a muddy path through a padi field after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.