Rohingya militants call ceasefire as Bangladesh warns of genocide in Burma

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims flee from the country's ongoing military operations in Rakhine state into Bangladesh.

The prime minister called on the Muslims across the globe to move forward over the Rohingya and other issues that are displacing Muslims.

United Nations rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

The call came days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a state visit to the Buddhist-majority country amid spiralling violence in Rakhine that has forced almost 300,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee.

Security has been stepped up on Mandalay Hill, a peak overlooking the city of Mandalay studded with pagodas that is popular with Buddhist pilgrims, the Myanmar Times reported.

Speaking at the start of a UN Human Rights Council session, Zeid pointed to satellite imagery and reports of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and extrajudicial killings.

Myanmar's abuses against Rohingya Muslims amount to a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", a senior United Nations human rights officials said on Monday.

"Questions that are put to me suggest that many people have difficulty reconciling what appears to be happening to Muslims there with Myanmar's reputation as a Buddhist country", the Tibetan spiritual leader wrote in a letter to Suu Kyi shortly after the latest fighting broke out. Violent clashes erupted on August 25 when some Rohingya Islamic terrorists attacked police outposts and the military base along with several government offices.

She said from the very beginning, Bangladesh has been protesting the atrocities against the Rohingyas and has been requesting Myanmar to take them back to their country.

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

Almost 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when a Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts and security forces retaliated.

"The minister of state for home affairs has reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention, the country can dispense with worldwide law on the matter, together with basic human compassion".

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, confirmed Thursday that some 164,000 Rohingya Muslims had fled Myanmar's Rakhine to seek refuge in camps in Bangladesh since the harsh crackdown against them.

Some of it has singled out Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the elected civilian government, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her resistance to the military dictatorship.

In his address Monday, he also urged the Myanmar government to "stop claiming that the Rohingyas are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages". The only fault of the poor Rohingya is that they are Muslims and have been residents of the Rakhine state - a bordering area with Bangladesh - for centuries. "It is not acceptable", he said, adding Dhaka was seeking a peaceful solution, not a "war" against Myanmar.

Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali describes the violence in Rakhine as "genocide" and says thousands have been killed. The report said $77 million in funding was needed to deliver urgent aid to the new arrivals.

The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar.

The Department of Immigration and Passports began the registration at 8:00pm ahead of Hasina's visit to Cox's Bazar today.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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