A quick, easy-to-read rundown on the Myanmar crisis

16 September, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Wilson Dawson
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"We were united in our concern about the situation, in the deterioration of the situation and we have heard graphically from the Secretary General and (US diplomat) Jeff Feltman who briefed us on the catastrophe that is befalling Rakhine state and the Rohingya there", said Rycroft.

The exodus of refugees, sparked by the security forces' fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since taking charge a year ago.

MUSLIM nations have demanded that the United Nations take urgent action to stop the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as nearly 400,000 have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh from a crackdown by the military.

Burmese security officials and insurgents from the Rohingya have accused each other of burning down villages and committing atrocities in the region.

The letter was written ahead of a Security Council meeting on the issue, tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

Because of a provision in the country's constitution, Suu Kyi does not have control over the military.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since 25 August. "We should give them our strong support", Tillerson said.


The secretary-general said there were 125,000 refugees in Bangladesh last week as he called on Myannmar's authorities to grant the Rohingya Muslims nationality or legal status so they could work, and get an education and health care.

Myanmar's response: The country's foreign affairs ministry said that it shared concerns over the violence in all communities, but didn't mention the Rohingya community specifically, The Guardian reported. 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. "The state counselor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state".

Myanmar alone can't do anything to stop the plight faced by the Rohingya community there, as it is a problem that has gone on for centuries, says Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing.

The United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, had said that at least 2,70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted.

She will, however, address the nation on TV on 19 September, the day the General Assembly meets.

They have lived in Myanmar for centuries and their ethnic group was recognized by what was then Burma after it gained independence from the British in 1948.

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