UNSC Expresses 'Deep Concern' Over Rohignya Crisis in Myanmar

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven at least 370,000 Rohingya to flee the country, the government said on Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will skip this month's UN General Assembly.

The protesters criticized Suu Kyi, asking whether she had received the Nobel Prize for promoting peace or for persecuting Rohingya. "Unless, constructive effort to build lasting peace is taken, the situation will get worse which in turn may pose serious security threat to the neighbouring countries".

At least 370,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar's military responded to an insurgent attack with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels. The Rohingya were stripped of this recognition in the 1980s, the government arguing that they were Bangladeshi immigrants.

But authorities have denied that the security forces, or Buddhist civilians, have been setting the fires, and have blamed the insurgents instead.

The team will continue to provide aid to the refugees till the crisis gets over. They have not been allowed to exercise their basic rights including the freedom to move, right to education, work and other social, civil and political rights.

Because of a provision in the country's constitution, Suu Kyi does not have control over the military.

She also condemned the militants for their role in the violence, but said Myanmar's government should have dealt with the situation more patiently.

But anti-Rohingya sentiment is common in Burma, where Buddhist nationalism has surged since the end of military rule.

That message should be that "the military campaign that we have seen is stopped and that there is full respect for human rights and worldwide humanitarian law", said Skoog.

The UN Security Council is due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the crisis. British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said he hoped there would be a public statement agreed by the council. They urged the council to hold a public meeting and demand an end to the violence. Diplomats have said China and Russian Federation would likely object to such a move and protect Burma if there was any push for council action to try and end the crisis.

According to United Nations estimates, hundreds of boats have arrived in the Bangladeshi villages of Shamlapur and Shah Porir Dwip on the Naf river since last Wednesday.

Bangladesh was already home to about 400,000 Rohingya. The United Nations said 200,000 children needed urgent support.

But he said "they need help, more help".

The first batch of aid, which includes tents, rice, sugar and sanitation supplies, will be transported by four Hercules aircraft operated by the Indonesian military.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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