Myanmar rebuffs Rohingya insurgents' ceasefire, says it does not negotiate with terrorists

Aaron Brown
September 13, 2017

"This genocide needs to be tried at worldwide court", National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque told a news conference in Cox's Bazar.

But he acknowledged that Bangladesh was suffering due to the situation developing across the border.

The federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair has passed a resolution, condemning genocide of Rohingya Muslims under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar.

"It is expected that the United Nations act swiftly and undertake all necessary measures towards addressing global concerns about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar", Zarif said.

Successive regimes have historically discriminated against them even though many have lived for generations in Rakhine state.

Up to eight villages were burned down on Friday in a part of northwest Myanmar where large numbers of Muslim Rohingya had been sheltering from a wave of violence engulfing the area, a witness and three sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The latest exodus began on August 25, after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army. The foreign secretary impressed upon the ambassador to stop the violence and provide Rohingya Muslims with security and peace.

Since the problem started in Myanmar, that's why they should resolve.

A Rohingya boy an ethnic minority from Myanmar carries a sack of belongings on his head and walks through rice fields after crossing over to the Bangladesh side of the border near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area

The diplomatic parlance of the Indian establishment over its decision to not sign the declaration aside, the fact is that India has been trying to shut its doors on the Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing Myanmar amid mass killings of members of the community by the Myanmar Army.

The Bali Declaration, which was joined by India's neighbours Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, had expressed concern about the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where the United Nations says at least 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed, and 300,000 have fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks.

The Rohingya have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

A Rohingya refugee woman wiping her tears after crossing the border at Teknaf, Bangladesh.

They were chanting slogans against Myanmar authorities and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, de-facto leader of the country.

The Myanmar government said 421 people had died.

With the Kutupalang refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, filling up, these people have to camp in the woods while waiting for spaces.

The rights watchdog also issued a statement saying that fleeing Rohingya had described "killings, shelling, and arson in their villages that have all the hallmarks of a campaign of 'ethnic cleansing'".

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