Martes, 19 Setiembre, 2017


IAF delivers relief for Rohingyas in Bangladesh, more sorties planned

1971 all over again’ Memories of war of independence drive Bangladeshis to help Rohingya refugees Rohingya refugees from Myanmar gather around a truck delivering food aid in Ukhia
Federico Mansilla | Setiembre 17, 2017, 09:09

Myanmar's envoy to the UN has blamed the Rohingya insurgents for the violence in Rakhine state and said that his country would never tolerate such atrocities.

"I think it is important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is for the treatment of people regardless of their ethnicity", he said in London.

Dujarric said the first 15 of 35 scheduled trucks of aid provided by the U.N. refugee agency arrived in Cox's Bazaar on Friday, while other agencies are airlifting their supplies into Bangladesh.

Despite the aid from the government, NGOs and many voluntary organisations, there is no relief to the refugees as medicines, sanitation facilities, clean water and shelter remain scarce. They are also subjected to forced labour and forced sterilisation.

Yesterday, India decided to send consignments of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh, in response to the humanitarian crisis.

"I have condemned the attacks made by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in Rakhine state, but there have been disturbing reports of attacks by security forces against civilians, which are completely unacceptable".

"The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc", the statement added.

Although it came quite late in the series of events, the UN Security Council statement Wednesday just reminded the world how terrible is the nature of persecution and massacre of the Rohingya.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic-minority group that has lived as a people in Myanmar for centuries.

If the world treats this ISCI report more seriously, the UN should move more determinedly with robust actions, including investigations into crimes against humanity and sanctions.

The Advisory Commission recommended that the Myanmar Government take concrete steps to end the enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims; ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout the state; tackle Rohingya statelessness and "revisit" the 1982 Citizenship Law; hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable; and end restrictions on freedom of movement, among other recommendations.

Joined by journalists, the diplomats listened as refugees recounted tales of horrors allegedly suffered at the hands of Myanmar security forces.

There are varying estimates of how many live in the South Asian country, but it is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands.

On Wednesday, the government was registering new refugee arrivals and collecting biometric data from them, Bangladeshi State Foreign Affairs Minister Shahriar Alam told reporters in Ukhia.

Now that the UN human rights chief has termed the situation "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing" the demand for more actions can be heard louder.

Fear also gripped the Muslim communities in Yangon and Mandalay, which were both affected by anti-Muslim violence in 2013, as rumors of possible attacks on Muslims emerged.

With pressure mounting on Suu Kyi to take action, her office said she had cancelled a trip to the upcoming UN General Assembly to deal with the crisis.

This includes 1.2 million in Rakhine before the latest exodus and would account for around 4 percent of the total population.