United Kingdom gives £25 million more to aid Rohingya refugees

Georgia Reed
September 16, 2017

But refugees say the security operation is aimed at pushing the Rohingya out of Myanmar.

"Propaganda and incitement of hatred and all violence, particularly state violence against Rohingyas must stop, discriminatory laws and policies must go", the letter reads.

After that, they have been on their own, according to a BBC report.

That prompted Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" against the rebels, setting off a wave of violence that has left hundreds dead, thousands of homes burned, and tens of thousands fleeing to Bangladesh.

The current crisis, which was initially triggered by an attack on security forces, is now in its third week.

The exodus began on August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts.

(CNN) - Amnesty International said Thursday that Myanmar's ongoing crackdown on the Muslim minority Rohingya population is "ethnic cleansing".

The UN yesterday raised to 370,000 the number of Rohingyas that fled from Myanmar towards Bangladesh.

Earlier, the United Nations top human rights official accused Myanmar of carrying out "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslims.

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The attacks led to a sweeping military counter-offensive by Myanmar security forces, displacing around 400,000 people and leaving aid camps in Bangladesh struggling to cope with the influx. The Rohingya is not listed as a recognized ethnic group in Myanmar.

The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets, the statement said.

The violence has incubated a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border and put intense global pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army campaign, which the United Nations has described as having all the hallmarks of "ethnic cleansing".

"The first reason [Suu Kyi can not attend] is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks", the spokesman, Zaw Htay, said in a news conference, according to The Associated Press.

The UN Security Council has condemned the violence and there are now calls for Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same.

And the numbers are likely to grow, Mr. Boulierac said.

The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship even though many have longstanding roots in the country.

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.

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