UN Security Council convene meeting to discuss plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Already the Bangladesh government through Prime Minister has started to take measures to support people located in various camps

UN Security Council convene meeting to discuss plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Already the Bangladesh government through Prime Minister has started to take measures to support people located in various camps

12 September 2017 Tuesday 21:02
UN Security Council convene meeting to discuss plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

By Azania Post Reporter

THE United Nations through its security council has convened emergence meeting tomorrow that would discuss Rakhine crisis.

Sources say the meeting has been called amid the ongoing violence in Myanmar which forced thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee the state to Bangladesh.

However no detailed information was released regarding the UN’s Security Council meeting.

Already the Bangladesh government through Prime Minister has started to take measures to support people located in various camps

Speaking as she visited a refugee camp, Sheikh Hasina urged Myanmar to view the situation with humanity, saying innocent people were suffering.

Some 370,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border since violence began last month.

Myanmar's military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies it is targeting civilians.

But many of those who have fled say troops responded to attacks by Rohingya militants on 25 August with a brutal campaign of violence and village burnings aimed at driving them out.

The BBC has spoken to Rohingyas maimed by landmines as they fled Myanmar. Bangladeshi sources say Myanmar's army recently planted new mines - an allegation denied by Myanmar officials.

The Rohingyas, a stateless mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

Bangladesh is already home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who have fled previous outbreaks of violence in Myanmar.

Its two official refugee camps are full and aid agencies say the new arrivals desperately need food, shelter and medical help.

Sheikh Hasina's comments came as she visited the Kutupalong camp, one of the official camps.

"My personal message is very clear, that they should consider this situation with the eyes of humanity," she told the BBC.

"Because these people, innocent people, the children, women, they are suffering. So these people, they belong to Myanmar. Hundreds of years they are staying there. How they can deny that they are not their citizens?"

The Bangladesh prime minister said her country would offer Rohingyas shelter until Myanmar took them back.

She also condemned the militants for their role in the violence, but said Myanmar's government should have dealt with the situation more patiently.

Aid agencies say Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are in desperate need of aid

Rohingya families have been arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar in waves since the 1970s. About 32,000 registered refugees live in the two official camps, but more than 300,000 undocumented Rohingyas were also estimated to be in Bangladesh before this latest influx.

Bangladesh says their presence strains local resources, increases crime and deters tourists in the Cox's Bazar area.

Earlier this year, it backed a plan to transfer them to an island in the Bay of Bengal, Thengar Char, but rights groups said the island was unfit for human habitation due to seasonal flooding.

International condemnation grows

Myanmar is facing mounting criticism over the Rohingya crisis and there have been protests in several Muslim-majority nations.

Azania Post

Updated: 13.09.2017 09:26
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