Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar army clears itself of wrongdoing

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar army clears itself of wrongdoing

Turkey's state-run aid agency has provided winter aid to Rohingya Muslims who have crossed into Bangladesh to escape violence and persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Addressing the Rohingya crisis in September, Suu Kyi claimed that "Myanmar does not fear worldwide scrutiny" and that human rights violations would be investigated and "addressed in accordance with strict norms of justice".

According to the lengthy report, published on the Facebook page of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, engagements and fights caused the deaths of at least 376 insurgents, whom it described as "Bengali terrorists", and 13 members of the security forces.

The United Nations Chief speaking at the meeting in front of the national leaders he has expressed his concerns over the ongoing Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar. Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash".

Human trafficking and sexual abuse are rampant among Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

The Danish state secretary congratulated Bangladesh for its results within poverty reduction, access to education and health as some of the most significant results, the foreign ministry said.

"Exploitation has been reported among Rohingya refugees not only among those who arrived since August 25 this year but also among those who have lived in Bangladesh for years".

"They're still coming, risking their lives, driven by fears of starvation and violence", Shariful Azam, a police official in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, a narrow spit of land where the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday night condemned the "inhuman" treatment of the Rohingya people, which she said "looks like ethnic cleansing".

The government of Myanmar, a predominately Buddhist country, claims the Rohingya people are illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh and has denied them citizenship, leaving them stateless.

"There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground", Amnesty said in a statement released on Monday evening.

Suu Kyi's failure to speak out strongly over the plight of the Rohingya has widely damaged the Nobel Peace Prize winner's reputation as a stateswoman.

"After recording countless stories of horror and using satellite analysis to track the growing devastation we can only reach one conclusion: These attacks amount to crimes against humanity".

"And it is something for which the Burmese authorities - and especially the military - must take full responsibility".

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