Suu Kyi tells Republican senator she seeks aid for Rohingya

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 16, 2017

Critics have called for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her peace prize amid reports of "ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslimse.

Australia Burma Rohingya Organisation (ABRO) spokesperson Habib said: "Today we are here to raise our voices on behalf of oppressed Rohingya and Kaman people who are facing ongoing genocide in Rakhine (Arakan) state of western Myanmar (Burma), and also for continuous waging wars against other minorities".

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier told the senate Suu Kyi "agreed with the need for immediate and improved access of humanitarian assistance to the region, particularly by the International Red Cross, and she conveyed that she is working toward that end".

Aung San Suu Kyi's attends a Myanmar parliament meeting on April 8, 2015.

The United Nations appealed Thursday for massive help for the almost 400,000 who fled to Bangladesh, amid concern the number could keep rising unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce as "ethnic cleansing". He also called on Myanmar authorities to ensure delivery of aid by United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and others.

Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population. "Aid has been severely disrupted and 380,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh", Guterres said in a tweet.

About half the displaced people, including a small number of Hindus, have been pushed out across the Bangladeshi border.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts last month triggered an army operation that has killed more than 400 people, destroyed over 6800 houses and sent almost 400,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.

"South Africa expresses its deep concern and urges all parties to halt the violence in order to avoid further human suffering", Monyela said. "We are concerned with what is happening".

This created a massive humanitarian crisis.

At least 300,000 had fled to Bangladesh before the latest crackdown started on August 25, following attacks by Rohingya militants on police targets.

While the government is trying to downplay the death toll to reduce worldwide pressure, Habib said more than 30,000 houses from about 56 villages were burnt down, more than 3000 innocent unarmed Rohingya civilians, mostly women, children and elderly people, were killed and more than 200,000 people have been displaced.

"They needed them as an excuse for the mass killings in Rakhine, in the name of national security and fighting terrorism".

Pressure on Myanmar soared as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the violence against Rohingya Muslims "unacceptable" and rights group Amnesty said on Friday it has evidence of the military's "systematic" torching of villages.

Suu Kyi canceled a trip to the upcoming U.N. General Assembly to deal with the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.

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