United Nations chief urges Myanmar to halt military campaign against Rohingya Muslims

Joanna Estrada
September 20, 2017

Over eight lakh Rohingya refugees were now sheltered in Bangladesh.

We call on world leaders, as they meet in NY to address this unresolved issue, that a territory be carved out in the South-East Asia region for the people of Rohingya.

She said Myanmar was spearheading a state-sponsored propaganda to dub Rohingyas as "Bengalis" which must be stopped and the country must acknowledge them as their nationals.

The Rohingyas have been fleeing Myanmar for decades and the exodus has seen a marked increase over the past few months amid reports of mass killings of the ethnic minority by the Myanmar military despite appeals for calm and peace directed at Myanmar state counsellor and Nobel Peace laureate Aung Saan Suu Kyi by the worldwide community and rights activists.

According to reports by the United Nations (UN), in the last one month more than four lakh Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh to save themselves from getting killed in their homeland.

"Let me emphasize again: the authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations", he said asking the authorities to allow unhindered humanitarian access and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity.

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to demonstrate unity over the plight of Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims expressing Dhaka's readiness to join any initiative to be taken by the forum.

Having escaped years of persecution in their home country of Myanmar, around 230 Rohingya live in appalling conditions in these slums on the fringes of the Indian capital, known as "Burma camp" among locals.

The global community and in particular the OIC should take all available measures to make the government of Myanmar put an immediate end to the violence against the Rohingya Muslim community and bring those responsible for the atrocities to justice. Many of the Muslims have lost their lives while tens of thousands have been displaced as a result of attacks by Buddhists. Many of them managed to acquire fake/fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents such as PAN cards and voter ID cards.

"We have told Myanmar, they are your citizens, you must take them back, keep them safe, give them shelter, there should not be any oppression and torture", she told a meeting late last night in NY.

Why should India be so adamant about deporting the Rohingya despite world and domestic opinion?

The body added that among the 420,000 Rohingyas who crossed into Bangladesh, 250,000 of them were children. We also need to ensure humanitarian assistance to the peoples in need.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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