'Suu Kyi should ensure citizenship to Rohingya'

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Rohingya refugees have been setting up makeshift camps that abut larger, more established ones. Violent clashes also occurred in 2012, when over 100,000 Muslims fled their homes for refugee camps in Bangladesh. Otherwise, he said, the violence could spread throughout Rakhine and around the country.

A Myanmar government spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

More than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar, mostly minority Rohingya Muslims - more than twice the government's total - a senior United Nations representative told AFP on Friday, urging Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out.

Another military campaign drove a further quarter million Rohingyas into Bangladesh in 1990-91.

"The UN and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and...they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers", said Joy Singhal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

These measures, however, do not offer a long-term solution to the crisis, and Dhaka says it is getting little support from its neighbour, which has been accused of trying to engineer ethnic cleansing within its borders.

Thailand has also said it is preparing to receive people fleeing Myanmar, while Singapore said it was ready to help the humanitarian effort. Earlier this week, Bangladesh lodged a protest after it said Myanmar had laid landmines near the border between the two countries.

Equating Rohingya Muslims issue in the Rakhine state with India's Kashmir issue, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said there is a similarity between Rohingya and Kashmir issue.

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On Thursday, Suu Kyi made her first spoken remarks on the crisis in Rakhine since government crackdowns began last month. The resolution was submitted by AJK assembly member and PTI's parliamentary leader Abdul Majid Khan.The resolution reads that crimes against humanity in Myanmar were alarming. "The UN hopes that Myanmar can address the root causes of the problem", said Shinji Kubo, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangladesh.

"In such an environment, the government has invited the Red Cross to assist them", Singhal said.

Bangladesh officials are turning to the global community for help, claiming support from countries such as Turkey, which has promised aid. But any such voyage would be hazardous for the next few months, because of the annual monsoon.

"The only solution is to force Myanmar to take back their citizens through worldwide pressure".

In an interview at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, where she is a professor in the department of child psychology and education, Lee said it was "highly possible" the government had "underestimated numbers".

She said: "Right now, aid workers are getting British-funded humanitarian assistance to more than 80,000 people in parts of Rakhine state and this work must be allowed to continue unimpeded".

"The unfortunate thing, the serious thing is that we can't verify that now with no access".

"The corporate and special interests who championed Hilary Clinton in the last USA election spent years working with think tanks, neoconservatives, and hawkish elements in the Atlantic World security apparatus in order to engineer a strategy for containing China while at once promoting Atlantic World corporate and military interests, all of which was packaged using the "Pivot to Asia" paradigm sold by Hilary Clinton as Obama's secretary of state".

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