Protesters try to block Rohingya aid

Protesters try to block Rohingya aid

A top Saudi relief official called Thursday for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and let them live in peace. "Whatever we do, we should try to avoid all collateral damage and any action that would hurt innocent people", Suu Kyi said.

The United Nations says more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an army campaign that includes the burning of villages and rape.

The Rohingya crisis is a "textbook example ethnic cleansing", a top United Nations official recently said.

He said a committee had been established under the social welfare minister to implement recommendations of an advisory commission chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the government would establish an advisory board comprised of "eminent persons" from Myanmar and overseas.

There were more than one million Rohingyas in Rakhine state before the current crisis, though almost half have fled since the deadly attacks on military posts by militants from The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25.

The NHRC intervention came ten days after the MHA told states that they have powers to identify and deport such people while noting that infiltration from Rakhine state of Myanmar in the recent years has become a burden on the limited resources of the country.

"The Rohingyas are not refugees".

According to recent reports dating back to mid-2016 from the United Nations, the southeast Asian country of Myanmar has experienced a spike in violence resulting in what the worldwide community suspects is a genocide.

Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The violence in Myanmar has occurred just across the border in Rakhine state, where police said a Buddhist mob threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at officers Wednesday night as they tried to block Red Cross supplies from being loaded onto a boat.

Last October, following attacks on border posts in Rakhine's Maungdaw district, security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed.

Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of homes burned. Tillerson "urged the Myanmar government and military to facilitate humanitarian aid for displaced people in the affected areas, and to address deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations".

India's threat perception about Rohingya immigrants posing a security threat is therefore not unfounded.

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