Uzbekistan to send humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees

Uzbekistan to send humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled plans to attend the UN General Assembly, a government spokesman said as the country draws worldwide criticism over violence against ethnic Rohingya Muslims.

On August 25, Rohingya Muslim insurgents attacked security posts in Rakhine state, prompting a response from the authorities.

When Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya, it was only to defend the Government she is part of, sparking fierce criticism from former friends, allies and supporters.

But Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government saying that the Rohingya crisis is the "biggest challenge we have had to face".

Washington has also condemned the displacement of the Rohingya and called on Myanmar to end the violence.

"We are alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces' consent", a White House statement issued last Monday said. This would be amusing if it weren't so cruel, because the Rohingya, under Myanmar's laws, are subhuman, ineligible for citizenship.

Myanmar's government has set restrictions on humanitarian agencies such as the United Nations that make it almost impossible to help the Rohingya. Myanmar denies the claim, and says it is not targeting civilians, but only militants. "They are not responsible", she said.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday said that the actions of Myanmar's armed forces had been a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", which was denounced by the Myanmar government.

"We call upon all mujahid brothers in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to set out for Burma to help their Muslim brothers, and to make the necessary preparations-training and the like-to resist this oppression", the group said.

"As more and more refugees arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar, the EC announces additional humanitarian aid of €3 million", Stylianides said.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged Myanmar to take back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state to her country.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International representatives made the charge during a news conference held at United Nations headquarters ahead of closed council discussions Wednesday on the Myanmar crisis, saying they wanted to spotlight the failure of the U.N.'s most powerful body to demand an end to the violence being used by Myanmar to to chase out Rohingya. Majority reside in Rakhine State, located in western Myanmar.

The most recent round of violence in Rakhine began after ARSA fighters attacked security forces in late August, drawing a bloody response from Myanmar's military.

The Bangladesh government has appealed for worldwide support to house the Rohingyas in the island.

"For her to come out and say this is wrong", says McPherson, "she would not only potentially put herself in the position of alienating the military ... but would also be alienating a large part of the country".



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