Malala urges global community to intervene in Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis Escalates

This Aug. 30, 2017 photo shows Rohingya refugees reach for food aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Aug. 30. But legitimising the Rohingyas is the last thing that the Tatmadaw wants.

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 as a champion of democracy, did not refer specifically to the exodus of the minority Rohingya.

Critics have slammed her alleged complicity in what they consider to be the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's northwestern Rakhine state. There are reports of villages being burned to the ground and the military deliberately targeting civilians, but access to the region is limited, so the reports can't be independently verified.

Answers to written parliamentary questions show that the United Kingdom does not provide combat training but instead seeks to educate soldiers in democracy, leadership and the English language, it added. Additionally, over 120 000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

"As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again. for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people", said Tutu.

"Estimates of people killed range from official figures of hundreds dead, to estimates by reliable Rohingya organisations of between 2,000 to 3,000 killed".

Protests also were reported in India and Iran.

President Erdogan of Turkey has branded it a "genocide" and the governments of Malaysia and Thailand have said they are prepared to receive Rohingya refugees.

It called for re-imposition of sanctions targeting military officials, such as visa bans and asset freezes, and global accountability for officers implicated in wrongdoing.

Some 125,00 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state since violence intensified on August 25, according to the latest United Nations figures. Though they have been resident in Myanmar since the ninth century, because of their religion the Rohingya were called "foreigners" by the military junta, which revoked their citizenship. Australian navy ships visit Myanmar ports, said the daily.

The armed forces in Myanmar retain powerful positions - and it is hard for Suu Kyi to exercise control over them.

The minister's office urged that the Rohingya be recognized and respected in the country. It is a country that needs to radically strengthen rule of law; increase economic development; and forward the cessation of violence and conflict at the hands of the military, police, armed groups, and insurgents alike.

AFP/Getty Images A decapitated Buddhist statue, allegedly committed by a militant group as communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims spike in the region, is seen in the southern Maungdaw area of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 4, 2017. In what amounted to an extraordinarily mealy mouthed defence of what is happening in Rakhine - the region where most of the Rohingya live - she said: "It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months.the situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades".

In 2012, the museum awarded Suu Kyi the Elie Wiesel Award, its highest honour.

"They are in a desperate, absolutely desperate humanitarian state, without enough to eat".

Leaders of Muslim-majority countries have also condemned the violence.

"While the dynamics at play in Rakhine are mostly driven by local fears and grievances, the current crisis has led to a broader spike in anti-Muslim sentiment, raising anew the specter of communal violence across the country that could imperil the country's transition", warned the ICG report. "Authorities must ensure the safety of civilians", MFA said.

"These people are hungry, starving to death together", he said.

The UN said there was a sharp increase in arrivals on Wednesday, when at least 300 boats from Myanmar landed in Bangladesh.

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