Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

The Remote Island Where Bangladesh Plans To Move The Rohingyas

The Remote Island Where Bangladesh Plans To Move The Rohingyas

Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi's spokesperson on Wednesday confirmed that she will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in NY.

Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts on August 25, and Myanmar's military retaliated with what it calls "clearance operations" to root out rebels.

Critics have called for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

Remarkably silent throughout the current crisis has been 1991 Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, who while she leads the nation's civilian government does not control its military.

In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeir Ra'ad Al Hussein denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he says is clearly disproportionate to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

She assured the refugees that Bangladesh would continue to provide humanitarian assistance to them.

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More than 370,000 minority Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations, an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

Uzbekistan Wednesday called on Myanmar to put an end to the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslim population.

Essentially, the Rohingya are a stateless people who insist on their rights of citizenship - a campaign that periodically overflows into violence, as happened last month when militants attacked several security posts in Rakhine, killing a dozen members of the security forces.

In a statement, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry expressed the government's concerns over deteriorating situation in Myanmar, especially the continuously growing violence against the Muslim minority. Myanmar authorities deny that their forces have been setting the fires.

"People are walking for days escaping what can only be described as widespread and systematic abuses", she said.

Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, says it would be a gross breach of worldwide law if Myanmar's military planted landmines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Rakhine state.

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The UN Security Council is to meet on Wednesday behind closed doors for the second time during the crisis since August 25.

More than 200,000 Rohingya children, who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, are at risk and they need urgent support, UNICEF said Tuesday.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein said on Monday that the security operation in Rakhine appeared to be "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

"The state counsellor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state".

The Rohingya have also been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years, forcing large groups of Muslims to flee their homeland to take refuge in Bangladesh and other neighboring countries.

The military crackdown has forced them from their homes, as hundreds of thousands are risking their lives to reach Bangladesh overland and across water.

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