Myanmar Rohingya Muslims in crisis: Mother mourns infant son

Gladys Abbott
September 18, 2017

The UN has appealed to the global community to keep aside politics and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar. They blame the insurgents, and say 30,000 non-Muslim villagers were also displaced.

In a news conference on Wednesday, he admitted that the military operation against Rohingyas was ethnic cleansing.

He estimated that the Islamic Republic would be sending 150 more tonnes of relief supplies to violence-stricken Rohingya Muslims in the future, and said the Society was prepared to set up as many as 400 relief tents aimed at assisting the displaced.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military's "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of worldwide law, and cited what he called refugees' consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities.

The U.N. children's agency is estimating that 240,000 children have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh over the last three weeks.

A crackdown by Myanmar's army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25, has pushed vast numbers of the stateless Muslim minority across the border.

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Bangladesh's foreign ministry in the capital summoned the charge d'affaires of Myanmar's embassy and warned that the encroachments could lead to "unwarranted consequences".

He urged Myanmar's government to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and allow the Rohingyas, who were stripped of citizenship years ago, to return home.

"And the Government of Myanmar has an important obligation in looking to the longer term in implementing the recommendations of the Annan Commission", he said. "1st consignment of #Indian humanitarian assistance of 53 MT for #Bangladeshi arrives under Operation #Insaniyat @SushmaSwaraj", it said.

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.

Htay later announced Suu Kyi would give a "state of the union" speech next Tuesday in which she would address the Rohingya crisis fully.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday described what was happening in Rakhine state as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

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