Vice President Thio assured aid “to all those in need without discrimination”, adding security forces have been asked to exercise maximum restraint to avoid harming civilians in Rakhine.
The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery of vital supplies.
The lives of Rohingya Muslim may be much better in Nepal in comparison to the other countries but should this really be question of relative freedoms?
At least 420,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a senior UN official has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Western governments that backed Suu Kyi’s campaign against military rule still see her as the best hope for Myanmar’s political and economic transition.
This is the first time India has mentioned the cause of the refugee crisis, though it has still not named the Rohingya.
Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Amy Kazmin and Kabir Taneja discuss the situation in Myanmar and beyond with Maya Mirchandani.
Stressing on dialogue to end the “fire of war” , China supported Myanmar’s actions as in the interest of national security while promising humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US President Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar.
New Delhi has to find ways to pressure the Myanmar authorities to create a safe atmosphere for the Rohingya.
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction.
If India fails to stand with the Rohingya today, will it be able to claim tomorrow that it is rightfully with the people of Baluchistan or Tibet?
“The UN Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign,” Human Rights Watch said.
Bangladesh was already home to 4,00,000 Rohingya before the latest crisis erupted.
In the second episode of Wide Angle, UN special envoy on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar repeats his request to Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out against atrocities on Rohingya people.
Bangladesh said Myanmar drones and helicopters had violated its air space three times in the last week, warning that such “provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences”.
Bangladeshi media says that India’s modified policy towards the Rohingya crisis came through a Thursday phone call between Sushma Swaraj and Sheikh Hasina.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
Two refugees said their family members were detained by fishermen or brokers in Bangladesh when they could not pay for the journey.
How else are we to explain Turkey’s ambition to take the lead in the current crisis and champion the voice of the Rohingya Muslims internationally?
Among the most pressing issues expected to be discussed during the annual meeting is the humanitarian crisis and escalation of violence in Myanmar.
The first tranche of the relief material reached Chittagong in an Indian Air Force plane today.
A UN commission of experts defined ethnic cleansing as “rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups”.
The officials at the meeting said that deportation was not a practical response to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
The top UN human rights official has called Myanmar’s operations against the Rohingya as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Suu Kyi’s office has confirmed she will be giving the UN General Assembly a miss to focus on the deteriorating internal security situation back home.
Politicians around the world must concretely acknowledge the life of those minorities who are excluded on a daily basis from our social lives and our modes of thinking.
Alongside the present horrors being inflicted against the Rohingya in Myanmar, we must consider the broader political and economic context that continues to marginalise minority groups.
Surely now is a time for a word on the plight of the Rohingya people.
Maybe there is a solution out there – and if not a solution, at least some hope for the Rohingya.
Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced.
“All the Muslims in our village, about 10,000, fled. Some were killed by gunshots, the rest came here. There’s not a single person left.”
“We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.
Many have died along the way. Others have found themselves detained by human traffickers, demanding payment for their rescue.
Modi, however, did not use the word ‘Rohingya’, in line with Myanmar’s claim that the term is a fictional construct. Nor was there any discussion on the refugee crisis that has been triggered.
The Myanmar government is believed to be laying landmines across its border with Bangladesh, in a bid to thwart attempts to return by the Rohingya.
Suu Kyi has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.