Bangladesh charges Myanmar with violating its air space

The Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that it had summoned the charge d’affaires of Myanmar’s embassy in Dhaka to complain about a three-time infringement on its airspace in the course of the most recent week.

“Bangladesh strongly protested the instances of violation of airspace by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on 10, 12 and 14 September 2017,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Bangladesh expressed deep concern at the repetition of such acts of provocation and demanded that Myanmar takes immediate measures to ensure that such violation of sovereignty does not occur again,” it added.

Myanmar’s presidential spokesman reacted on Saturday that there was no proof of any trespassing, and that the issue was, be that as it may, being examined.

Ties between the two neighbours soured after Myanmar’s military propelled a fatal crackdown on the minority Rohingya people group in Rakhine State, driving a huge number of Muslims to escape to Bangladesh.

As per most recent assessments, around 391,000 Rohingya people have crossed into Bangladesh since the brutality emitted three weeks prior, making it one of the quickest developing outcast emergencies lately.

Since August 25, the Myanmar military has been assaulting Rohingya Muslims and burning their towns in Rakhine. The assaults have seen a sharp ascent since August 25, following various outfitted assaults on police and military posts in the harried western state.

There have been reports of deaths and ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s soldiers on the Muslim populace in Rakhine.

Sources: ANI , Business Standard

Aung San Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly amidst Rohingya crisis

Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to skip the annual United Nations General Assembly in September, owing to the mounting criticism over the Rohingya Muslim crisis in the country’s state of Rakhine.

A staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries including Bangladesh and India, seeking refuge from the ongoing violence and bloodshed, since August 25, 2017.

According to the United Nation’s estimate, at an average approximately 20,000 Rohingya are leaving their homes and livelihood and fleeing to safer territory.

As per BBC reports, a spokesperson from the Presidential office confirmed the cancellation of her trip, citing two reasons:

“One is the current situation in Rakhine State. We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works,” spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.

Suu Kyi has been subjected to high levels of criticism, that has spiralled ever since a new streak of violence surged against the Rohingya community, after attacks on government border posts by alleged Rohingya militants that took place on August 25, 2017.

Refugees continue to pour into Bangladesh, as their lives have been wrecked by rape, murder, and devastation.

The 72nd United Nations General opened on September 12, in New York, and is expected to continue for weeks to come, as world leaders deliberate on important world issues.

The annual United Nations General Assembly is considered to be one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in the world, and Suu Kyi giving it a miss, will definitely be a matter of further diplomatic dinner-table debates.

Sourced from BBC and The Gaurdian

Humanity dies a merciless death in Myanmar

Over the last two weeks over 1,20,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh due to ongoing violence, which has included reports of mass killings, among other crimes.

The silence of leader and noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is deafening and nothing has been done much to alleviate the Rohingya’s from one of the most heinous human persecutions.

The Rohingya’s are classified as a stateless Muslim minority group who live primarily in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

They are locally referred to as ‘Bengali’, implying they are foreigners to the land and aren’t acknowledged as citizens by the Myanmar government. However, the Rohingyas have lived in Myanmar for generations.

While the Rohingya crisis had been sparked off several years ago due to communal clashes between  Rakhine Buddhist and the Rohingya, since 2012 the situation has worsened and more so in the last couple of weeks.

The situation has been dubbed as “Genocide” by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”You watched the situation that Myanmar and Muslims are in. You saw how villages have been burned … Humanity remained silent to the massacre in Myanmar”, he added.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Myanmar over the mounting crisis and assured Aung San Suu Kyi India’s support to curb extremist violence and attacks on the security forces. However, Modi failed to speak about the persecution of the Muslim community altogether.

Suu Kyi, on the other hand, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the “terror threat” faced by her country.

Myanmar has also refused and blocked all help coming from the United Nations. Thousands of civilians are in desperate need of food, water, and medical aid and a thousand others have fled the country.

Most of the neighboring camps are full and cannot intake more refugees.

For the past week, UN has not visited or conducted any field work in the Rakhine area. This not only endangers the life of the Rohingya’s but also the Rakhine Buddhist residents as well.

The world community is growing concerned about the slow and merciless deaths the civilians are dying, while Aung San Suu Kyi sits put.

Today Bangladeshi police say a trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar has capsized in the Bay of Bengal, and an unknown number of people have drowned. More than 20 civilians are feared dead.

In the latest development, Myanmar government says that the insurgents who attacked 30 police personnel’s weeks ago demand a separate state from the Rakhine Buddhists. A group called Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army has taken responsibility for the attacks.

The situation is engorging into one of the goriest genocides we know of today. Unless the Myanmar government seeks the help of world communities, it won’t be long before the entire pocket of Rohingyas will be wiped off the face of the earth.

Sources: ReutersWashington Post

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UN urges Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to visit country’s divided northwest

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was urged by the United Nations to visit the divided northwest area of the country where the army is accused of carrying out a vicious crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.
The UN expects her to reassure civilians that they will be protected amid accusations that soldiers have raped Rohingya Muslim women, killed civilians and burnt houses.
Atleast 86 people have been killed by army crackdown in Rakhine State and 10,000 fled over the border to Bangladesh. The crisis comes as a challenge for Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi, who came to power last year on promises of reconciliation.
With protesters criticising the latest crackdown, the incident has galvanised Muslim nations around the region, as the culmination of years of abuse and discrimination suffered by the stateless Rohingya.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak taunted Suu Kyi, saying, “What’s the use of Aung San Suu Kyi having a Nobel prize? The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place.”
This bloodshed is the biggest challenge for Suu Kyi as her party won Myanmar’s first democratic elections in a generation last year.
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