“The United States will also pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions” against those responsible for the alleged abuses, Rex Tillerson said.
About 450,000 children, or 55% of the refugee population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar, after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
Ten years after the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, some Theravāda Buddhist monks are now preaching violence against Muslim or Hindu minorities in the name of “holy war”.
Millions of people are victims of continued discrimination, exclusion and persecution, says UN refugee agency’s new report, calling for “immediate action” to secure equal nationality rights for all.
The Security Council had urged Myanmar, in a statement on Monday, to “ensure no further excessive use of military force” and had expressed “grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine State”.
The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. However, the Myanmar government has denied such allegations.
Every day, thousands of refugees are seen in long queues at the relief centres near the camps.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what UN officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army.
At least three million people worldwide are stateless, most of them minorities, a status that deprives them of an identity, rights, and often jobs, the United Nations refugee agency has said.
“You are there trying to do your job with a camera in your hand. And then your heart overrules your head.”
Suu Kyi had not previously visited Rakhine state since assuming power last year after a landslide 2015 election victory.
Residents of Cox’s Bazar also fished 37 survivors out of the water and 11 have been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
An estimated 603,000 refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 25.
Rohingya refugees have testified about a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson, UN human rights investigators said.
With few news sources in their own language and low levels of literacy, Rohingya refugees rely on audio and video messages distributed on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube to stay updated.
Aid workers and UN staff have said that they fear enforced segregation by Buddhist majority may trigger further displacement in Rakhine.
The hatred towards the Rohingya is well known. But less documented is the spread of this hate towards other Muslims in Myanmar.
Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation.
UN aid agencies have not had access to the shrinking Rohingya population in northern Rakhine state since the August 25 coordinated insurgent attacks on police posts and army campaign.
The refugees who arrived in Bangladesh on Monday said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have been shut down and aid deliveries restricted.
India’s relationships with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China hang in the balance.
Suu Kyi said in a televised address on Thursday evening that she would invite aid organisations and business leaders to take part in the initiative.
Credible information indicates that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingyas and entire villages in northern Rakhine State.
With the Rohingya refugee influx, India faces a litmus test on its commitment to international law in its domestic refugee policy implementation.
The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip on the southern tip of Bangladesh late on Sunday with up to 35 people on board, the Bangladeshi police said.
Authorities said the action was a crackdown on human and drug trafficking, accusing smugglers of using the exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country.
While the influx of refugees into Bangladesh continues, the needs of the more vulnerable populations such as women and children are yet to be fully responded to.
“The bottom line? This is a deplorable situation. This is as bad as it gets. We need 75 million for the next six months.”
Eminent Arakan historian Jacques P. Leider talks about the historical context of the Rohingya conflict.
If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation.
More than 422,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a military crackdown.
As Rohingya people continue to flee Rakhine State and allege widespread persecution, a look at their struggle through the years.
Rohingya families who were living in Jammu have moved to Khimber in Kashmir, fearing violence against them.
Border forces have been authorised to use “rude and crude” methods to stop any attempts by the Rohingya to cross the India-Bangladesh border.
The external affairs ministry recognises that those fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state are refugees but the home ministry believes they no longer deserve that designation once they are in India.
The plea filed by Rohingya refugees offers an opportunity for the Supreme Court to bring clarity to the conflict between a statutory vacuum, ad hoc executive policies and binding obligations under international law.
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?
Aung San Suu Kyi’s response to the crisis at home is starkly duplicitous and false.
The charges levelled against the British citizen of Bangladeshi origin by the Delhi police’s special cell raise grave doubts about the agency’s intentions.