Forces to Employ "Full Measure" to Avoid Collateral Damage, Says Myanmar
Forces to Employ "Full Measure" to Avoid Collateral Damage, Says Myanmar
The 'ethnic cleansing' of the Rohingya
22 September, 2017, 00:43
The Rohingya have always been sidelined in Myanmar, where they are considered illegal immigrants and face severe restrictions.
Rohingya Muslims are neither accepted as citizens by Myanmar nor its neighbor Bangladesh and live in constant fear following the Indian government's plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees.
A Reuters graphic shows how the influx of refugees accelerated in the three weeks after the violence began on Aug 25 when Rohingya militants attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp, killing about 12 people.
Malaysian counter-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said earlier this week that ISIS is exploiting the Rohingya crisis to recruit more fighters, particularly from South-east Asia. "Can not comment on the government policy but we are helping them because they are being persecuted in Myanmar", Dattu said.
Pence's remarks were the strongest USA government response yet to the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state that began on 25 August and forced 422,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, fleeing a military offensive the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for two Rohingya refugees, submitted that NHRC's response be sought in this matter as the independent rights body is already seized of the issue.
The Rohingya are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people.
The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.
Britain has suspended its training program for military in Myanmar due to the violence in Rakhine state, a British government spokesman said on Tuesday.
The second recommendation says the Myanmar policy to hold Rohingyas responsible for any occurrences has to be rejected in context of Myanmar's systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims since 1962.
Rohingyas are being denied citizenship in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.
Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly denounced the United Nations probe as unhelpful and vowed that her government would not cooperate with it.
The Rohingya exodus began August 25, after Rohingya insurgent attacks on police set off a military crackdown. Among other priorities, one of the primary themes of this year's General Assembly is bolstering support for humanitarian assistance to ongoing emergencies, in particular for refugees and the communities that host them.
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