Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

Myanmar's de facto leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, has canceled a trip to the United Nations General Assembly in September amid a spiraling crisis inside the country's Rakhine state.

The current crisis erupted on August 25, following an attack by the insurgent Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on police and military posts in the northwestern Burmese state of Rakhine that had led to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army.

In her first address to the U.N. General Assembly as national leader in September previous year, Suu Kyi defended her government's efforts to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Muslim minority.

The cargo has been loaded onto trucks that will bring the supplies to the refugee camps at Cox's Bazar district.

"Turkey is determined to build temporary shelters and camps to support the children, women, elderly and families in the area", he said on Tuesday.

Bangladesh was already home to about 400,000 Rohingya who fled earlier conflict and numerous new refugees are hungry and sick, without shelter or clean water.

This latest violence outbreak started last October when Rohingya unsuccessfully attacked state security forces after reports emerged "that the military had been deploying an alarming number of troops to the northern part of the state, causing concern among local populations and independent observers - including the United Nations rights rapporteur to Myanmar, Yanghee Lee - that the heightened security measures could further inflame tensions". "It is a campaign that is targeting the Rohingya", not a counterinsurgency operation as Myanmar's government claims.

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Does the Myanmar government not have a conscience?

The UN Security Council (UNSC) will convene a meeting tomorrow (Sept. 13) to discuss the chaos in Rakhine where, allegedly, the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, have been systematically targeted by the country's security forces.

"People are walking for days escaping what can only be described as widespread and systematic abuses", she said.

Nearly 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees are now known to have fled to Bangladesh from the ongoing violence in Myanmar since August according to Vivian Tan from the United Nations Refugee Agency. Numerous fleeing Rohingya have said Myanmar soldiers shot indiscriminately, burned their homes and warned them to leave or die.

Speaking at Cox Bazar, Hasina said: "We gave them (Rohingya refugees) shelter in our country on humanitarian grounds". Thousands of Rohingyas have been killed, and more than a third of the population has fled to Bangladesh.

The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they were stripped of their citizenship despite having long roots in the country.

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