Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing'


At least 313,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh since fighting broke out on August 25, according to the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Bangladesh, which represents United Nations and aid agencies.

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. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees tomorrow.

The stateless Muslim minority blames Myanmar's army and Buddhist mobs for the widespread killings. "We have to stop this violence, whether through global pressure or through military intervention", Ahmed said.

The meeting also expressed grave concern over the systematic brutal acts perpetrated by security forces against the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar, forcing over 270,000 Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, in addition to the burning of their homes and places of worship.

In contrast, previous administrations took on a more engaged role with Myanmar, beginning with a ban on the export of financial services and freezing assets of certain institutions following a military coup in 1988.

A house burns in Gawdu Tharya village, near Maungdaw in Rakhine state in northern Myanmar, September 7, 2017.

Thousands of displaced people in Rakhine have been stranded or left without food for weeks.

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Red Cross organisations are scaling up their operations in Rakhine after the United Nations had to suspend activities there following government suggestions that its agency had supported the insurgents.

She recently posted a message on Facebook claiming the Myanmar government was "defending all the people in Rakhine in the best way possible".

Myanmar finds itself increasingly isolated diplomatically as violence against the country's Muslim minority Rohingya spurs a humanitarian crisis, but an analyst said the country has found one prominent ally: India.

"Slowly, one after another, villages are being burnt down - I believe that Rohingyas are already wiped out completely from Rathedaung", said one of the sources, Chris Lewa of the Rohingya monitoring group the Arakan Project.

"All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points", Tirana Hassan, Amnesty international's Crisis Response Director, said in a statement. Children and women flocked to every stopping vehicle, begging. "Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas", said a UNHCR said, in a briefing in Geneva. While pointing towards oblivious worldwide community, he further said that, "Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators".

"It is also driving up the risks that the country's five-year-old transition from military rule will stumble, that Rohingya communities will be radicalised, and that regional stability will be weakened", it said.

The US Department of State said Saturday it is "very concerned" about the violence unfolding in the region, but stopped short of criticizing the country's government or its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It was not just a condemnation of the Muslims' genocide by Myanmar's so-called democracy, but indeed, he exposed the reality of those who preach peace, secularism and a free world for all and above all, those who were given Nobel Peace Prize for democracy.