Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UN Chief Guterres urges Myanmar to halt attacks on Rohingyas

UN Chief Guterres urges Myanmar to halt attacks on Rohingyas

The Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the crisis and later "expressed concern about reports of excessive violence. and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians. and resolve the refugee problem".

A vigil will be held in Chesterfield for persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced Thursday that the number of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh has risen to 400,000 from violence.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid an emotional visit to Rohingya from Myanmar seeking refuge in Bangladesh. "India stands ready to provide any assistance required by the government of Bangladesh in this hour of need", the MEA said in the press release.

The British government earlier provided almost 11 million pounds in aid.

The Canadian government has pledged 1 million Canadian dollars ($810,000) in humanitarian aid for Rakhine state, located on the western coast of Myanmar where the violence has erupted.

The European Parliament resolution "strongly urges the military and security forces to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes". The government has accused some aid groups of helping the insurgents and has restricted access.

He said the Nobel laureate and long-time human rights champion, who has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in resolving the crisis, will deliver an address next week on peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.

Juncker however declined to say whether Suu Kyi should be stripped of the Nobel Peace Prize, an award the European Union itself won in 2012. "We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children". "I think the worldwide community will be interested in what she has to say".

Over 300,000 Rohingyas have fled since a militant group associated with the Rohingya attacked a series of military outposts on Auguest 25.

Rohingya refugees stretch their hands for food near Balukhal in Bangladesh
Rohingya refugees stretch their hands for food near Balukhal in Bangladesh

Khadija Patel Allie, Chair of the Muslim Judicial Council Women's Forum, said, "The Rohingya are denied their rights to education, land, freedom of movement, employment, and to [legally] marry".

The Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA) first emerged in 2016 to fight for the rights of the Muslim minority in Myanmar. The people of Rohingya are being killed senselessly.

An AP photographer saw one injured baby taken to a hospital in critical condition.

KELEMEN: He estimates that 380,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks.

The foreign ministry said the supplies would be sent in several air lifts starting Thursday and would include rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, noodles and biscuits.

It comes as Aung San Suu Kyi plans to skip a crucial United Nations meeting next week to discuss the crisis after a senior UN official accused her government of ethnic cleansing.

Almost three weeks into a crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee into Bangladesh, desperation was spreading at refugee camps where aid remains scarce.

"Conditions on the ground place children at risk of high risk of water-borne disease".

The UN chief also announced two initiatives today that he said would strengthen the UN's work and which are part of his broader reform agenda.

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