Refugee crisis and the woman factor


The commission, appointed past year by Suu Kyi, asked for freedom of movement for the refugees as well as recommending the government revise the country's citizen rights law, which does not recognize the Rohingya as one of the country's ethnic groups and denies them citizenship.

But getting aid to displaced people who remain inside Myanmar is not easy, reports the BBC's Jonah Fisher.

Penny Green, a professor of law at Queen Mary University of London who studies the Rohingya conflict told CNN that Suu Kyi's speech was "disingenuous" and "filled with underlying denials" that she said was "typical of the way in which state criminals behave".

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy is in Myanmar and was due to meet government officials and representatives of different communities in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

Ministers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and the U.S. permanent representative in the UN, Nikki Haley, participated in the meeting on Monday which was organised by the British government on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, reports Efe news. "We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence", State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement.

Almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state as recent satellite images released by Amnesty International provided evidence that security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country.

"The Rohingya problem is a longstanding problem in Burma of which we have long urged previous and current Burmese governments to take steps to solve".

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Rohingyas are being denied citizenship in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.

Both Rohingya who have fled across the border into Bangladesh and those who stayed in Rakhine urgently need help, aid agencies say. No Rohingya has applied for asylum in India till today.

The United Nations has termed it "ethnic cleansing".

If the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state persists, United Nations agencies estimate the total number of refugees entering Bangladesh may hit one million.

The U.N. General Assembly is meeting in NY this week.

"The armed forces of Myanmar used an August 25 incident as pretext to unleash an orchestrated ethnic-cleansing campaign, burning villages, killing and intimidating Rohingya civilians". In reality, they sneaked-in through the Bangladesh border in southern Tripura and were planning to take a train to Guwahati and had plans to go to Delhi for getting refugee status card from UNHCR.