Senate condemns killing of Rohingya Muslims

Bhai Harcharanjit Singh Dhami

Lt. Col. S.M. Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh border guard in Teknaf, said on Friday he was aware of at least three Rohingya injured in explosions.

"New arrivals in all locations are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and protection".

Speaking at the start of the latest Human Rights Council session, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein first recognized the September 11 attacks anniversary then chronicled human rights concerns about Myanmar.

Expressing solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, several organisations today took out protest rallies in different parts of the city against what they termed as the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in the neighbouring country.

It further said, "The House is of the view that this is an issue of humanity, not merely one religion or ethnic group, and the worldwide community as a whole must take firm and urgent notice of these serious and unprecedented violations of human rights since these are also a violation of the United Nations Charter, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, all global laws and covenants including the Convention of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and Convention against the Torture (CAT)".

Rohingya militants, known as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, issued a statement Saturday, saying "offensive military operations" would be paused until October 9 to give access to aid groups.

The human right group has called for re-imposition of sanctions targeting Myanmar's military officials.

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims.

Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy chief executive 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 predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

A large number of Muslims, including women and children, have been burnt alive, lynched to death or lost their lives while fleeing the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people.

But since the latest upsurge in violence on August 25, hundreds of thousands have flooded across the border into Bangladesh bringing stories of entire villages burned to the ground by Buddhist mobs and Myanmar troops.

He noted the United Nations refugee agency says 270,000 people from Myanmar have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the last three weeks, and pointed to satellite imagery and reports of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and committing extrajudicial killings.

The Rohingyas Muslim minority in the Rakhine state of Myanmar have been fleeing to Bangladesh and India amid reports of alleged ethnic purging and persecution.

Since then Buddhist hardliners have led sporadic attacks on mosques and other Islamic sites across the country.

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