For Rohingya Muslim child refugees, too many losses to count

For Rohingya Muslim child refugees, too many losses to count

For Rohingya Muslim child refugees, too many losses to count

The rare expression of bipartisan support comes after the Asean chairman's September 23 statement on the crisis in Myanmar, which Sivakumar said purports to represent the foreign ministers of the Asean countries and appeared to "downplay the atrocities committed in Rakhine" following the Myanmar military's crackdown on the Rohingya community.

"There is no ethnic cleansing".

Charles Santiago says Asean can not continue "pussyfooting" about the targeted violence against the Rohingya community.

The United Nations says more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution by the Myanmar government. "There is no genocide", he said. Mr White said many Australians may not have been aware of the plight of the Rohingya people until this crisis developed.

HRW on Tuesday joined fellow worldwide rights group Amnesty global in labelling the conduct of the Tatmadaw army of Burma - which along with Buddhist vigilante groups is accused of extrajudicial killings, arson and rape - crimes against humanity.

HRW said its research was based on satellite imagery.

The U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, Scot Marciel, is planning to visit Rakhine state, where the violence has occurred, in the next two days and will go to the Bangladesh border, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told a congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

Murray Hiebert, deputy director of the South East Asia programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told TOI, "It (China) clearly is supporting the government of Myanmar+ in addressing the issue of how it responded to the attack by the so-called Rohingya Preservation Army". The army said the security forces and Hindu community leaders would continue the search. Shockingly, the Indian government's hard-line anti-Rohingya stance has culminated in Border Security Force (BSF) personnel using heavy-handed tactics to dispel refugees along the border in West Bengal.

The chair's statement said there was need to look for long-term solutions to the problem, including dialogues between Myanmar and Bangladesh, where over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled in the short period since August 25.

The violence in Rakhine State and the refugee exodus is the biggest crisis the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since it came to power last year in a transition from almost 50 years of military rule.

A Reuters reporter in Bangladesh said refugees were still arriving, with about 50 seen on Monday.

Malaysia is disassociating itself from the Asean Chairman's statement on the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, calling it a "misrepresentation of the reality of the situation".

The attitude of the Indian state towards Rohingya refugees is steeped in Islamophobia, as evidenced by the statements of multiple leaders from various political parties as well as the proposed amendments to the Citizenship Act which completely excludes Muslim refugees.

This distressed situation has added Myanmar among countries which justify their discriminatory and violent attitude towards Muslims in the name of retaliation against Islamic radicals, extremists and terrorists.

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