Rohingya Muslims face 'catastrophic' humanitarian crisis

The UN has called on Myanmar to end the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in the majority-Buddhist country.

"The savage treatment meted out to our Muslim brothers ... shall not pass without punishment", the jihadist terror network said in a statement, according to SITE.

The Rohingya Muslims, who have taken refuge in Cox's Bazar and Teknaf border areas in Bangladesh after they fled the barbarous persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine State, are now suffering due to an absence of food, shelters, medicines, sanitation facilities and clean water.

In Mandalay's Chanayetharzan township, Buddhists and Muslims have joined police patrols since Monday night, when a group of motorcyclists shouted anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya slogans as they rode through the district.

Ali told diplomats that unofficial sources had put the Rohingya death-toll from the latest unrest in Rakhine at around 3,000, amid reports of the burning of Rohingya villages and extrajudicial killings by Myanmar's security forces and Buddhist mobs. Off in the distance, smoke could be seen billowing from Rohingya villages in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which lies across the Naf River that separates the two countries. Its other partners are University of Hull, University of Ulster and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the situation in the country's western Rakhine state was best described as ethnic cleansing.

These include reducing the population growth of the Rohingyas by gradual imposition of restrictions on their marriages and by application of all possible methods of oppression and suppression against them, denying them higher studies, government jobs, ownership of lands, shops and buildings.

Aid agencies have said thousands of Rohingya were half-starving and a major health emergency could break out unless order is restored in aid management.

In a report, UN investigators said the human rights violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

The Manipur government, led by BJP's N. Biren Singh, too has instructed the police to crack down in borders towns like Moreh that routinely see brisk cross-border trading.

Statements by the council have to be unanimously agreed and traditionally Russia and China have protected Myanmar from censure.

ISCI discovered a leaked document apparently adopted by the Myanmar regime in 1988 which reveals the country's State Peace and Development Council's commitment to eliminating the Rohingya from Myanmar.

Indonesians, however, have shown solidarity with the Rohingya, carrying out regular protests to support them.

But the refugees tell a different story.

Many live in Rakhine in impoverished camps, and others spend periods in internally displaced people's settlements in other states after fleeing violence.

There are varying estimates of how many live in the South Asian country, but it is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back.

In a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, Suu Kyi made her first comments on the recent violence, saying that a "huge iceberg of misinformation" about the crisis was being distributed to benefit "terrorists".

  • Montenegro Chinchilla