Bangladeshi FM accuses Myanmar of 'genocide' against Rohingya

Joy Montgomery
September 12, 2017

"We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists", Zaw Htay, a senior government spokesman, tweeted yesterday.

Its chief executive Azril Mohd Amin said Malaysia should also persuade other nations to support the proposal, which was mooted by Bangladesh on Sept 8.

During the meeting, which lasted for more than half-an- hour, the Bangladesh envoy also talked about the need for the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus, sources in Bangladesh High Commission here said.

"Figures are hard to verify because of lack of access to the affected areas", she said.

He proposed that the Myanmar government give the Royhingya "either nationality or, at least for now, a legal status that will allow them to have a normal life, including freedom of movement and access to labor markets, education and health services". "Those people who are sort of harassing some Muslims, they should remember Buddha", he told journalists.

Myanmar's population is overwhelmingly Buddhist and there is widespread hatred for the Rohingya, who are denied citizenship and labelled illegal "Bengali" immigrants. As a result, they're effectively stateless.

The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a "cruel military operation" against the Rohingya, branding it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". The military subsequently launched "clearance operations". On Sunday Human Rights Watch said that satellite analysis had shown evidence of fire damage in urban areas populated by Rohingyas as well as in isolated villages.

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"It is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously", it said, adding it was concerned about the outflow of refugees.

He said the setting up of the safe zone was a "state practice" that had been part of customary global laws applicable in worldwide and non-international armed conflicts.

Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as Myanmar's military has faced worldwide condemnation over its treatment of the Rohingya.

An online petition signed by more than 386,000 people on Change.org is calling for Ms Suu Kyi to be stripped of her award over the persecution of Burma's Rohingya community.

Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with Myanmar government over the killing of innocent Rohingya Muslims, and stressed the need for protecting their right to live and move without any fear and discrimination.

They have been raped, tortured and killed. They speak their own language, which isn't recognized by the state. In turn, this prompted a counter-insurgency clampdown from the security forces.

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