Myanmar accused of laying mines, causing Rohingya injuries

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2017

Zeid said more than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

"New arrivals in all locations are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and protection".

"The actions of the Myanmar government are a gross violation of established human rights norms since these violations exhibit a consistent and persistent pattern".

Myanmar is a mostly Buddhist country that denies Rohingya Muslims citizenship.

Bangladesh has asked the UN, Germany, and the International Committee of the Red Cross to create a safe zone in Myanmar for the Rohingya, says Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy chief executive Azril Mohd Amin. "The lady's present role betrays the contribution and sacrifices she offered for the cause of democracy, freedom and human rights", said Dhami.

Azril said the Bangladesh government had, on September 8, taken a diplomatic initiative by proposing to Myanmar to create a safe zone inside Rakhine state under the surveillance of the United Nations (UN).

Elsewhere in Myanmar, communal tension appeared to be rising after more than two weeks of violence in Rakhine state.

On Venezuela, Zeid called for an worldwide independent investigation of possible rights violations, citing a report from his office last month that documented allegations of excessive use of force by security forces to quash protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

The Myanmar government said 421 people had died.

"The Myanmar government should stop pretending that the Rohingyas are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages", he added.

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims.

He urged the Indian state to adopt humanistic approach and listen to the pleas of refugees who had pleaded New Delhi to consider them as humans, not Muslims.

Suu Kyi has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses against the Rohingya, and in April denied to the BBC that ethnic cleansing was taking place. Late last month, Rohingya militants attacked police, killing 12.

Myanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by ARSA to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced and hungry people in the north of Rakhine state, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.

The State Department is working with global partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the worldwide Committee of the Red Cross and the worldwide Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

Some observers point out that the Rohingya issue is so heated in Myanmar that the Nobel laureate would lose her popularity, and eventually possibly her position, if she backed the ethnic minority.

There are regular clashes between the Rohingya and the country's security forces, as well as other ethnic groups in Rakhine, which are predominantly Buddhist.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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