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Rohingya crisis: United Nations aid call as '290000 flee' Myanmar

11 September 2017

"We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens", she said in comments to Asian News International.

Mr. Trudeau said on Thursday that he used a one-on-one meeting with Ms. Suu Kyi in June to raise the plight of the Rohingya.

China said in a statement on August 31 that it condemns the violent attacks that occurred in Rakhine, and "as a friendly neighbour", it supports Myanmar's efforts to maintain peace in the region.

Anyway, even according to the United Nations, Rohingya Muslim minority are "one of the most persecuted communities in the world", also even the UN Special Investigator on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee "believes the country wants to expel its entire Rohingya population".

Last year Zeid's office issued a report, based on interviews with Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh after a previous military assault, which he said on Monday had "suggested a widespread or systematic attack against the community, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity".

The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

In response, the military intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists", driving thousands of people from their homes.

The State Department is working with worldwide partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the global Committee of the Red Cross and the worldwide Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said. However, the spokesman for Burma's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Twitter: "We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists". UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there is a risk of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest when Myanmar was a military dictatorship, is now the country's de facto leader with the title of State Counsellor.

They have been raped, tortured and killed. They're fleeing a brutal campaign of executions, sexual violence and village-burning allegedly being waged by government forces.

They said that among the torched villages were the hamlets of Ah Htet Nan Yar and Auk Nan Yar, some 65 km (40 miles) north of Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state.

Now, against the backdrop of these despair-inducing circumstances, and considering the fact that the Rohingyas, having been engaged in armed self-defence struggles in the past, are now forming similar armed self-defence groups to rightfully exercise their right to self-defence, a quite interesting scenario looms in the crisis.

Rohingya crisis: United Nations aid call as '290000 flee' Myanmar