Marcha 22, 2018

Army joins Rohingya aid operation

25 Setiembre 2017, 08:24 | Martinez Canez

A general view shows the Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. AFP

A general view shows the Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district.  AFP

Left parties from South Asian countries today urged the worldwide community, including the governments of India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal, to adopt a roadmap to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Myanmar's military alleges that Rohingya militants attacked army bases in the region, but fleeing refugees have described a campaign of killings, shelling, looting and arson in Rohingya villages which has nearly exclusively targeted civilians.

The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority, are reviled in Buddhist Myanmar where they are regarded as illegal immigrants.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India was not a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees and hence would be in no breach of any worldwide protocol in deporting them through legal means.

Bangladesh government has recently announced that it will build 14,000 new shelters to accommodate hundreds of thousands of immigrants camping on roadside, in fields and on hills.

He was also asked why Myanmar considers them outsiders when generations of Rohingyas have been living in the country.

Further eroding trust are rumours that aid deliveries could be used to smuggle weapons to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the militant group behind the attacks on security forces last month.

Grandi said the refugee flow has slowed, but it is impossible to tell whether more would come.

The situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar was "complicated by long-standing ethnic divisions in a country where the military still exercises significant influence over governance and the economy", Cantu wrote.

The head of the United Nations refugee agency says Bangladesh needs "massive global assistance" to feed and shelter over 430,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks. The military is fighting against Rohingya "terrorists", it said.

Many in the Buddhist majority blame Rohingya militants for triggering the unrest in Rakhine and accuse foreign media and NGOs of a pro-Rohingya bias.

Around 4,36,000 Rohingyas arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh since an outbreak of violence erupted there a month ago, according to the UN.

"The Burmese military needs to stop using these banned weapons, which kill and maim without distinction", she said in a statement. "But we know that there are people on the other side and under pressure and we know that there are people who are displaced internally in northern Rakhine".

He asked that the USA government "use its influence to promote a resolution to the long-standing conflicts in Burma (Myanmar) that have led to such violations of human rights of these minorities".

"We need to scale up quickly", said Dr N. Paranietharan, the World Health Organisation representative in Bangladesh.

Rohingya community leaders said most of the Rakhine villages near the Bangladesh border are now deserted.

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