U.S. position on Rohingyas

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

Instead of shielding atrocities of Myanmar, they should use their good offices to help stop brutalities of official forces in Myanmar against Rohingyas.

The U.S. State Department, Wednesday denounced the violence against Rohingya civilians in the Rakhine State, however did not directly condemn the government of Myanmar.

Talking to reporters here, Tillerson also likened the violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to ethnic cleansing. Opprobrium has been heaped on Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once a darling of the rights community but now faces accusations of turning a blind eye to - and even abetting - a humanitarian catastrophe by Western powers.

Earlier on Thursday the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the "military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment, and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes". In the wake of an attack late a year ago on police by militants of the Muslim Rohingya minority - they make up about 4% of the overwhelmingly Buddhist nation - the military unleashed an indiscriminate crackdown on Rohingya towns.

A top USA lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown.

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Britain and the United States have issued their clearest call yet for the Myanmar Government to step in and stop what the United Nations calls an "ethnic cleansing" operation in the country's west.

One of the dozens of boats carrying Rohingya to the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf capsized on Thursday and at least two people drowned, police said.

Combined with the Rohingyas who fled during the last round of violence in Rakhine state last October, Dujarric said "it's estimated that some 40 per cent of the total Rohingya population have now fled into Bangladesh".

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said it is trying to defend the minority group from a long campaign of persecution and violence.

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