February 24 2018

Spokesman Elaborates on Iran's Diplomatic Measures in Support of Myanmar Muslims

February 24 2018, 06:02 | Van Peters

Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991More

Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991More

A group of Rohingya Muslim insurgents have declared a one-month temporary ceasefire starting on Sunday, 10 September, in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her long struggle against military rule, has come under increasing global criticism for the plight of the Rohingya.

"The Indian government should put a stay on the order passed to deport the Rohingyas muslims", said Das. "She must be held accountable and tried", said party spokesman KM Atiqur Rahman.

Bangladesh has urged Myanmar to stem the exodus by providing for the displaced inside the country and provide "safe zones" for the Rohingya.

The United Nations (UN) says almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in the violence-racked Rakhine state on August 25 sparked a major military backlash.

According to a report issued Monday by the ad hoc coordinating group of humanitarian agencies working on the refugee influx, the number of new arrivals had slowed slightly, but many were still looking for shelter and were camped on roadsides.

The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

Combined with a refugee population that fled earlier cycles of killings and burnings of villages in Rakhine, the new number means that close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees are concentrated in southeastern Bangladesh, where camps and settlements for displaced people are overflowing and humanitarian resources are being stretched very thin, according to United Nations and local officials.

Tied in plastic pouches and hung around their necks, or tucked into the waistbands of their wraparounds, cellphones allow Rohingya to reach relatives who arrived in Bangladesh during earlier waves of fear-fuelled migrations from Myanmar.

Myanmar on Wednesday announced that it is negotiating with China and Russian Federation to ensure they block any UN Security Council censure over the violence that has forced those people to flee. Some Rohingya said they erased personal photos and videos because they were afraid that Myanmar soldiers would use them to find and persecute their families left behind.

Most live in the impoverished western state of Rakhine but are denied citizenship and harassed by restrictions on movement and work.

Satellite photos released by Human Rights Watch show entire villages torched to the ground in clashes between Myanmar's armed forces and local militants.

Rohingya had to leave behind the vast majority of their livestock.

"This is a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution", she said.

Bhushan had appraised the court that approximately 40,000 Rohingya Muslims residing in India were registered with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

In the last two weeks, thousands of homes have been burned down, dozens of villages uprooted and thousands of people are still on the move towards the border with Bangladesh.

Other news