Pence Urges UN Action to End Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

Ebony Scott
September 23, 2017

About one million Rohingya Muslims had been estimated to be living in northern Rakhine state.

The US will provide a humanitarian aid package worth almost $32 million to Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakine State in recent weeks, the State Department announced Wednesday during the United Nations General Assembly in NY. No injuries were reported and police arrested eight participants. None of the aid workers were hurt, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

The Indian government has contended that there was an organized Rohingya Muslim influx which started in 2012 and their number is around 40000 now.

"(Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi) should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. And, since then, al-Qaeda has called on Islamic militants to rise up in support of ARSA, even though the group had initially insisted that its goals remained primarily domestic in orientation. "We are committed to ensuring that aid is received by all those in need, without discrimination", he said.

Modi's government has been criticised by activists for not speaking out against Myanmar's recent military offensive against Rohingya insurgents.

The exodus of refugees was triggered by the military's response to attacks by Muslim militants in Rakhine state on August 25.

The Burma leader defended her country against global criticism over an exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, saying that most of their villages remain intact, and that it is important to understand why conflict did not break out everywhere.

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine where raids by Rohingya fighters at the end of last month prompted a major army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the United Nations calls a campaign of "ethnic cleansing".

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New analysis of satellite imagery from Burma's Rakhine State shows the near total destruction of 214 villages, Human Rights Watch said today.

An army-led fightback has left scores dead, and sent hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya fleeing mainly Buddhist Myanmar into Bangladesh. But proof of military-led atrocities will likely be just as hard to obtain as proof of citizenship demanded from Rohingyas who choose to return.

Pressure grew on Myanmar on Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign.

"Refugees from this country will be accepted without any problem", she said.

The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery of vital supplies, and came as US President Donald Trump called for a quick end to the violence that has raised concern about Burma's transition from military rule.

The Centre had told the top court that Rohingya refugees pose a big security threat as many of them have links with terror organisations and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy is in Myanmar and was due to meet government officials and representatives of different communities in Sittwe. "In response to the situation in Myanmar, we are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards".

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