Malaysia's Dissent on Myanmar Statement Reveals Cracks in ASEAN Facade


"The role of civil society is very important, as it can gather people and (organise) movements for humanitarian campaigns (or to) boycott relevant parties. Only when they recognize what had actually happened can we plan and assist in the next course of action", he told reporters, here, today.

BHRN executive director Kyaw Win said the report exposes details of the ongoing violence, while also highlighting the possible creation of a new terror breeding ground in the region.

"We call on Aung San Suu Kyi to meet the Rohingya personally in Rakhine State as well as in Cox's Bazar to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed, as she says the Myanmar government is interested in doing".

Sullivan said the situation has ramifications beyond the region and requires an global response.

Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a "dangerous organisation" as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.

The latest string of violence in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents reportedly attacked various police posts and an army base. The Myanmar government should review its policies towards Rohingyas and find strategies for their resettlement and rehabilitation.

The U.N. announced Tuesday it would increase its humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh, though it warned that the increasing number of refugees arriving in the country has the potential to bring about "enormous hardship" if the flow is not stabilized.

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A search was launched on the weekend after a refugee in Bangladesh contacted a Hindu community leader in Myanmar to say insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) marched about 100 people out of their village on August 25 and killed them, the government said.

"Risk of water borne diseases is high, especially there is very high risk of cholera and this is why everyone is concerned", the World Health Organization said in a statement.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Myanmar military of committing "crimes against humanity" in their crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

"UN member states need to go beyond statements and start taking concrete action to stop the military and security forces from accomplishing their so-called 'unfinished business' of getting rid of the Rohingya minority from Rakhine State", the special rapporteurs concluded.

The three largest ethnic groups of them are the Chins, Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims. Aye said most bodies were of women and children, many with their hands tied, and some which had been beheaded.

Myanmar objects to the term Rohingya, saying the Muslims of Rakhine State are not a distinct ethnic group but illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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.