Sinhala Buddhist monks storm United Nations safe house with Rohingya refugees

  • Sinhala Buddhist monks storm United Nations safe house with Rohingya refugees

Sinhala Buddhist monks storm United Nations safe house with Rohingya refugees

In his September 19 speech to the General Assembly, Guterres called for Myanmar's government to "end the military operations" and "allow unhindered humanitarian access", calling the situation there "a vicious cycle of persecution, discrimination, radicalization and violent repression". Earlier this year, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan had urged Myanmar government to reconsider the failed programme related to the verification of Rohingyas for Myanmar citizenship and removal of strict restrictions on them but nothing was done. Hence, the Chairman's Statement was not based on consensus.

"The actions by the Rohingya people by joining the extremist groups could undo all the work that the worldwide community has put in to advocate for their plight", Kyaw Yin told the forum organized by the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies based in Kuala Lumpur.

Following the August 25 attacks and the security operation, he said, "most of the women and children were forced to flee" while men were conscripted into ARSA to fight Myanmar's security forces.

More than 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to escape murder and destruction of villages in the Western state of Rakhine.

Authorities in Myanmar, which is a member of ASEAN, have instead accused an insurgent group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), of fomenting violence in Rakhine.

"The statement also omits the Rohingyas as one of the affected communities", Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi should personally meet members of the Muslim Rohingya minority which is being subjected to ongoing persecution by the military, a group of United Nations human rights experts said on Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministers of Asean made the decision to issue the statement on Saturday during a closed-door meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (72nd UNGA) in NY.

Over the course of the assembly, many prominent figures - including French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence - called for the situation to be considered by the U.N. Security Council, which has held two closed-door meetings on the issue over the past month.

"The Burmese [Myanmar] military is brutally expelling the Rohingya from northern Rakhine State", James Ross, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch, told Reuters news agency.

Cayetano's statement condemned the attack on Myanmar security forces and all acts of violence that have resulted in a massive loss of properties and lives. "It's the failure of the Philippines to attempt to reflect the views of all ASEAN member states".

Of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Even though Do Suan did not identify any of the nations, many of them spoke about the plight of the Rohingya Muslim refugees, almost 4,20,000 of the Rohingyas have fled Myanmar to seek refuge in Bangladesh fearing persecution.

Sullivan said the situation has ramifications beyond the region and requires an worldwide response. "I am no longer hoping for the organization to solve the problem of Rohingya Muslims", he added.