Bangladesh offers land to shelter Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

Turkey draws world’s attention to Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh is seeking global support for its plan to relocate Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar to a remote Bay of Bengal island that critics say is flood-prone and unlivable.

She has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses against the Rohingya, and in April denied to the BBC that ethnic cleansing was taking place.

"Tomorrow we are expecting an airlift of relief supplies for 20,000 people", Tan said.

The word "Rohingya" means "from Arakan" and refers to the historical origin of the ethnic Rohingyas, who fled Arakan for Burma, modern-day Myanmar, when the British began colonizing Southeast Asia.

He warned that such an "ominous and organized plot by worldwide Zionism" would result in genocide against the Muslims, oppression and forced displacement, ethnic and racial cleansing, massacre and regional instability. While pointing towards oblivious worldwide community, he further said that, "Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators".

The commission among others recommends that the government takes concrete steps to end enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims; ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout the state; tackle Rohingya statelessness and "revisit" the 1982 Citizenship Law; hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable; and end restrictions on freedom of movement.

Although Muslims in Buddhist majority state are reeling under constant terror ever since the 1982 General Ne Win's government enacted the Burmese nationality law but a fresh spree of violence sparked global controversy on August 25 when a few insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

However, Zaw Htay, the spokesman for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, told CNN the government would not be accepting the offer.

Lawyer and Chief Executive of the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy, Azril Mohd Amin, said Malaysia's effort in sending a humanitarian mission would be more meaningful if the safe zone could be created soon.

The United Nations and the Bangladesh government have said the number arriving has slowed down in recent days although the situation is still volatile. They are residents of Khoyarbil village of Rachhidong of Rakhine state.

India also stepped up pressure on Myanmar, urging the authorities to show restraint as Delhi outlined its own plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees.

The exodus accounts for almost a third of Myanmar's Rohingya population, creating a humanitarian emergency as a flood of famished and wounded refugees pour into Bangladesh's already overcrowded camps.

He called it a "complete denial of reality" that hurts the standing of Myanmar, a country that had until recently - by opening up politics to civilian control - enjoyed "immense good will".



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