United Nations human rights chief deplores India's move to deport Rohingyas
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 12, 2017,
Sep 12, 2017, 9:00
This is near the border in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
Ambassador of the Holy See (Vatican) Archbishop George Kocherry mentioned that the foreign minister in his briefing claimed that more than 3,000 Rohingyas were killed in the recent crackdown in Rakhine.
They also asked for the dispatch of humanitarian aid and a fact-finding committee to the region to investigate the atrocities against Muslims.
"It is an integrated aid mission to supply urgent need and assistance to shelter refugees across the Bangladesh-Myanmar border", Najib's office said in a statement. The agency said it needs $11.3 million to support the influx of people, in addition to those already living in camps. The pattern of conflict and violence this time is similar to late previous year but the scale and scope are much wider and more lethal.
Then last October things got much worse.
They hope that the UN General Assembly, which will convene on September 12, may adopt a motion condemning Myanmar's actions on the Rohingya, and put pressure on the country to take back the refugees. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh. Earlier this week Suu Kyi, 72, condemned a "huge iceberg of misinformation" on the crisis, without mentioning the Rohingya flocking to Bangladesh.
The president added that several informal talks with various leaders regarding the situation of Rohingya Muslims should be expected on the sidelines of the OIC summit in Astana.
The flight of the Rohingya began on August 25 after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army base in Rakhine state.
Journalists who visited Rakhine state found villages abandoned by Rohingya people were still smouldering from fires the military said were started by the Muslims themselves.
Over the years, peaceful protesters from all religions were arrested, and the country held captive many political prisoners and was accused of torturing them.
Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine vigilantes have unleashed a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.
The humanitarian crisis next door has left Bangladesh scrambling to deal with people that it does not welcome either.
Why is Suu Kyi being criticised?
Large protests in support of the Rohingya and against the Burmese government have taken place across the Muslim world this week, and influential figures from Malala Yousafzai to Desmond Tutu to John McCain have issued sharply worded appeals to de facto Burmese leader and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene - or at the very least speak out.
Her administration has dismissed concerns about rights abuses and refused to grant visas to United Nations officials tasked with investigating such allegations. She said it was possible some people who received help from multiple agencies could have been counted twice.
Some observers point out that the Rohingya issue is so heated in Myanmar that Suu Kyi would lose her popularity, and eventually possibly her position, if she backed the ethnic minority.
Scores of people staged protests outside the Myanmar embassies in Tokyo and Manila.
In the midst of this, the United States is walking a diplomatic tightrope, trying to balance criticism of Myanmar's repression against its minority Rohingya population without jeopardizing its relationship with Naypyidaw as it seeks to shepherd the country through a pained democratic transition. Prior to this, some 5,00,000 Rohingya people have already come to Bangladesh and settled in refugee camps.
They have also been unable to distribute food aid in northern Rakhine since the fighting began.