Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar must stop

Violet Powell
September 16, 2017

Talking to reporters here, Tillerson also likened the violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to ethnic cleansing.

"We are very much active in relation to the Rohingya crisis but unfortunately it has not been easy because the government of Myanmar until now has been completely deaf to our requests", Guterres said on September 15.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts last month triggered an army operation that has killed more than 400 people, destroyed over 6,800 houses and sent almost 400,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.

The number of Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh since August 25 is nearing 400,000, and United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres seems exasperated.

"With respect to the horrors that we are witnessing occurring in Burma, I think it is a defining moment in many ways for this new emerging democracy, although it is a power-sharing arrangement".

Violence in Myanmar has invited reactions from around the world.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A top United States lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (Friday in Manila), saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown.

"I call on Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country".

Johnson, for his part, was asked whether he regrets his recent praise of Suu Kyi in light of her tepid response to the attacks on Rohingya villages by security forces, which she has framed as anti-terrorism operations.

On September 8, over 300 Muslims also protested in Tokyo, Japan in front of Myanmar embassy over Rohingya affairs of which Myanmar nationals there also staged a counter-protest against it.

The Rohingya group fighting in Myanmar's western region of denied any links to global terror groups, saying they have no ties to any terrorist groups.

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