Israeli Muslims Protest Myanmar's Treatment of Rohingya

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Bangladeshi officials and Amnesty researchers believe new explosives have been recently planted, including one that the rights group said blew off a Bangladeshi farmer's leg and another that wounded a Rohingya man.

It further said, "The House is of the view that this is an issue of humanity, not merely one religion or ethnic group, and the worldwide community as a whole must take firm and urgent notice of these serious and unprecedented violations of human rights since these are also a violation of the United Nations Charter, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, all global laws and covenants including the Convention of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and Convention against the Torture (CAT)".

"The Rohingya Muslims are being literally pushed into the seas, their houses burnt and demolished, their women being raped, their children, women and men butchered as part of an organized campaign of ethnic cleansing".

According to the United Nations, some 270,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since August 25.

Myanmar's government has denied "crimes against humanity" claims. The military said it responded to the attacks and denies it is targeting civilians.

A further 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also fled violence that has gripped northern Rakhine, where global aid programmes in Rakhine have been severely curtailed.

The Supreme Court today fixed September 18 for hearing a plea challenging the governments decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, to defer the hearing.

Rakhine has been the scene of violence between Rohingya Muslims and Myanmar's government for decades.

Refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh near the border with Myanmar already hosted some 400,000 Rohingya before the latest upsurge in violence, and are now completely overwhelmed.

That has left tens of thousands of new arrivals with nowhere to shelter from the monsoon rains.

"It may not be land mines, but I know there have been isolated cases of Myanmar soldiers planting explosives three to four days ago", Ariful said Friday.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population", he added.

The United Nations is working to set up shelters and healthcare facilities - as well as provide clean water - for the more than 290,000 Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh.

At least 294,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh since fighting broke out on August 25, according to a situation report from the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Bangladesh. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees on Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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