Saturday, 17 November, 2018


United Nations says still determining if Myanmar crisis is genocide

Hannah Rogers | 19 October, 2017, 17:27

Of course, this is not even a quarter of what the government had cut from the Myanmar program after slashing $11 billion from overall aid spending in the 2015 budget, leading to admonishment from Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and eye-rolls from the development community across the region.

More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. "They have now worked out it", he said.

Rex Tillerson, however, stopped short of saying on Wednesday whether the U.S. would take any action against Myanmar's military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya out of the country.

On Aug. 25, a Rohingya insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked at least 30 security posts on Aug. 25, causing dozens of casualties, according to Myanmar authorities.

Amnesty International says the Myanmar military has killed hundreds of Rohingya and raped and abused Rohingya women and girls.

Amnesty establishes a pattern of violence wherein soldiers of the Western Command, Border Guard Police, and vigilante mobs of non-Rohingya ethnic groups systematically surrounded Rohingya villages, opened fire on fleeing men, women, and children, and determinedly burned all standing structures to the ground.

The imagery shows many areas where Rohingya villages were reduced to smouldering rubble, while nearby ethnic Rakhine villages were left intact.

Human Rights Watch say most damage occurred in Maungdaw Township, between 25 August and 25 September - with many villages destroyed after 5 September, when Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said security force operations had ended.

What is the scale of the crisis?

Last month, the Guardian reported the government was planning to pay off an estimated seven Rohingya refugees who are now incarcerated in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, to return to Myanmar as part of efforts to shut down the camp.

"How many Rohingya refugees are there in Bangladesh?" the accompanying caption read.

Thus, the two nations "could cooperate in offering humanitarian aid to Rakhine state, assisting Bangladesh in resettlement of refugees" it said.

The largest refugee camp is Kutupalong but limited space means spontaneous settlements have sprung up in the surrounding countryside and nearby Balukhali as refugees keep arriving.

Emphasising that the Rohingya's are our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, Syahril urged for people to not let the plight endured by Rohingya fell on deaf ears and to do what we can to help them.

Push factors forcing entire Rohingya communities to up and leave were irrelevant to Abbott, it was all about people smuggling.

What is being done by the global community?

The salt in that wound came from then-prime minister Tony Abbott, whose "stop the boats" refrain proved what Singaporean founding father Lee Kuan Yew already knew - Australia is doomed to be the 'white trash of Asia'.

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