Sikh Group Starts 'Langar' For Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

World       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

Earlier, UN Secretary General António Guterres called on Myanmar to suspend the military crackdown in Rakhine, which began after the August 25 attack on security forces by Rohingya terrorists.

The Trump administration has previously noted its concern about the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state but has so far avoided levying any direct criticism against the country's civilian government or its de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. "We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership but also be very clear to the military that are power-sharing in that government that this is unacceptable".

The violence has driven a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border and put intense global pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army campaign, which the United Nations says amounts to "ethnic cleansing".

But at the United Nations in New York, China set a different tone, joining a UN Security Council expression of concern about reports of excessive violence and calling for immediate steps to end it.

As a recipient of the Nobel Prize, Suu Kyi has an obligation to tell the committee how she will restore peace in her own country.

India on Thursday extended humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by flying down food and other essential items to the neighbour to help it deal with the huge influx of Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar. A Bangladesh border guard commander was quoted as saying that the bodies of 15 women and children were recovered in Cox's Bazar after the vessels carrying an unknown number of Rohingya, sank in the Naf River in the last week of August.

The conflict started when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in northern Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel.

Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to condemn the military's actions, instead blaming "fake news" and a wholesale misinformation campaign that was aiding "terrorists". On Sept. 10, after two weeks of violence and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, the insurgent group declared a unilateral truce and called for humanitarian access to assist civilians.

Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination and persecution by the majority Buddhist population in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship despite centuries-old roots in the country.

Momena Begum, 35, a Rohingya mother of five, said, "The boatman extracted every last penny from us for the ferry". The military retaliated with a violent operation that is "clearly disproportionate and without regard for basic principles of global law", Hussein said.

The administration has also thanked the government of neighboring Bangladesh for hosting the refugees.

The nationalists have taken up common cause with local Rakhine Buddhists in rallying against the Rohingya and agree with the Rakhine's claims that the Rohingya are recent Bengali immigrants who deserve no ethnic rights.

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