Publicado: Sol, Setiembre 17, 2017
Global | By Iago Denis

Camp set up to collect donations for Rohingya Muslims

Camp set up to collect donations for Rohingya Muslims

Reports from refugees and rights groups paint a picture of widespread attacks on Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine state by the security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who have torched numerous Muslim villages.

The UN says an estimated 391,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in the last two-and-a-half weeks after fleeing their homes in Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state.

Meanwhile, Hasina said that the entire world is raising its voice against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and was calling upon the government to take their citizens back.

Facing growing condemnation globally, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend UN General Assembly meetings September 19-25 to instead deal with what the government said were domestic security issues.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said: "We will continue international pressure on the Myanmar government to immediately end its ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya". "Was it because the parents put them forward for the crossing, or was it something else?" he asked, alluding to the reports of large-scale violence.

Suu Kyi has been repeatedly criticised over her response to the crisis, particularly given her previous work as a defender of human rights which won her the Nobel Peace Prize. According to the government, 432 people have been killed since Aug 25, most of them insurgents.

The UN says nearly 400,000 Rohingya have been forced across the border in Bangladesh, raising concerns of a humanitarian crisis.

One Rohingya man said his village of Rashidong had been attacked six days earlier by Myanmar soldiers and police.

"We were united in our concern about the situation" after UN officials had briefed the council on "the catastrophe that is befalling Rakhine state and the Rohingya there", Mr Rycroft said.

So far this year, Canada has committed to $6.63 million in humanitarian assistance funding to aid partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh to help conflict-affected people, including the Rohingya.

Asaduddin Owaisi also cited the case of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who has taken shelter in India for over a decade now following threats from Islamic fundamentalists in her country.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday that Myanmar's democracy faces a "defining moment" and violence against the Rohingya must stop.

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