Myanmar protesters block aid shipment to Rohingya Muslims

Ann Santiago
September 22, 2017

The US State Department is releasing an additional US$32 million (S$43 million) in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees displaced by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

"We have told Myanmar that they will have to take back their citizens".

Britain said it had suspended its "educational training courses" for the Myanmar military due to the ethnic violence in Rakhine state.

The crisis has drawn worldwide condemnation and calls from the United Nations and U.S. President Donald Trump for the military to stop the violence and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution for the Rohingya.

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi avoided using the term Rohingya during her Tuesday address to the UN General Assembly and failed to offer any concrete way out of the crisis.

The Japanese foreign minister appreciated Bangladesh's support to Myanmar refugees and, according to the foreign ministry, said, "it was a very nice human act".

"The sightings of Burmese military vehicles and soldiers in a Rohingya village as it goes up in flames fills in some blank spaces of the overwhelming satellite imagery of destruction", Robertson said last week.

"By deporting Rohingyas from India, we are not violating any worldwide law".

More than 421,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar's army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces.

Marzuki Darusman, President of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, holds a news conference after his address to the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland September 19, 2017.

Myanmar considers the Rohingya illegal migrants from Bangladesh and refuses them citizenship, even though many have lived there for decades.

Anifah said Malaysia had also called on Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for the immediate implementation of all the recommendations of the nine-member advisory commission on Rakhine state, which was chaired by the former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.

An army-led fightback has left scores dead and sent more than 420,000 Rohingya fleeing the mainly Buddhist country into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks.

However, aid agencies estimate that there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.

Myanmar rejects the charge, saying its forces are tackling insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army who it has accused of setting the fires and attacking civilians.

"I am happy to inform you that the situation has improved", Myanmar's second vice president Henry Van Thio told the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday.

Space at established refugee camps in Bangladesh has all but been exhausted, with new arrivals hacking away trees and other vegetation anywhere they can to erect shelters from the monsoon rain.

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