Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina makes a plea to Myanmar
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina makes a plea to Myanmar
New Rohingya refugees wait to enter the Kutupalang makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh
13 September, 2017, 02:37
Around 370,000 of Myanmar's minority Rohingya population have fled the country's western state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the United Nations, since disruption began on August 25, after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts, prompting a military crackdown.
She accused Myanmar of committing "atrocities" on Rohingya Muslims and asked the Buddhist-majority country to stop the violence against innocent people.
The UN warning came as it emerged that the Dalai Lama had written to Ms Aung San Suu Kyi urging Myanmar's de facto civilian leader to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the mainly Buddhist country.
The Dalai Lama said he had spoken to Suu Kyi in the past about religious tensions in her country and was urging her again to curb the violence. They have lived in Myanmar's Rakhine State for centuries but have suffered and repressed under Burmese government. "We support Myanmar's efforts in upholding peace and stability in the Rakhine state", said China's foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang, on Tuesday. The military commander in chief's office said Tuesday on its Facebook page that the six alleged insurgents were detained as they entered Ka Nyin Tan village in Maungdaw township. They are considered to be economic migrants from Bangladesh, and has been denied citizenship, even though most can show their families have been in the country for generations.
She also condemned the militants for their role in the violence, but said Myanmar's government should have dealt with the situation more patiently.
Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the United Nations estimates as violence against the ethnic minority spikes in the western region of Rakhine in response to growing insurgency.
Despite the area being mined during the 1990s, according to sources in Bangladesh and the human rights group, Amnesty International, the Myanmar army has planted many new land mines recently.
Apart from providing shelter and support, Bangladesh is also taking precautionary security measures to prevent refugee crimes including biometric registration.
"We demand that the Norwegian Nobel institute revoke the Nobel Prize awarded to Suu Kyi, and if it can not happen, please join the humanitarian sentiments in all parts of the world by openly censuring her for her lead in the perpetuation of violence against Rohingya Muslims", the letter said.
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