Aung San Syuu Kyi breaks her silence over communal turmoil in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi in a 30 minute televised speech reached out to the global community for support in a refugee crises that the UN has labelled “ethnic cleansing”, gathering outsiders to help her unite her Nation across ethnic and religious lines.

Communal brutality since August 25 has left hundreds dead and driving more than 410,000 of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

“Despise and dread are the primary scourges of our reality,” she said  “We don’t need Myanmar to be a country isolated by religious convictions or ethnicity”.

While expressing her distress for “all” crowds dislodged by savagery, she said her Nation stood prepared “whenever” to reclaim displaced people subject to a “confirmation” process.

It was not promptly clear what number of the evaluated 410,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar would fit the bill to return.

The UN has blamed Myanmar’s armed forces for “ethnic purging” over a campaign of claimed murder and arson that has left scores of Rohingya towns in ash.

The military denies that, demanding its operations are a relative reaction to the late August assaults by Rohingya activists, who they mark as “extremist Bengali terrorists”.

Sources: Reuters, NDTV

Sushma Swaraj set to meet galaxy of leaders in NY

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is in New-york to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) meeting and interact with a galaxy of world leaders. Swaraj is scheduled to attend 20 to 30 bilateral and trilateral meetings with the head of various countries. She was received at the airport by the Indian ambassador to US, Navtej Sarna and India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

She will kick start her diplomatic meetings with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono respectively. Swaraj will also meet her Tunisian Counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay. However, she will not meet Pakistani external affairs minister who will also be present. She will participate in a meeting on UN Reforms which will be hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump. India has been very much vocal about the necessity of change in the structure of the United Nations. She is also scheduled to address the general assembly on 23rdof September.

The UNGA meets on the backdrop of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and tension along the Korean peninsula as well. UN may try to pressure India to open its gates and provide refugee to the Rohingya Muslims.

 

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Aung San Suu Kyi has a “last chance” to halt military attack: UN

Nobel Peace Prize winner and the de facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has a “last chance” to halt military attack that is forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee abroad, said the United Nations.

After the fresh outbreak of violence at the end of August, over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled western Rakhine state into Bangladesh. On 25thAugust, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an armed rebel group of fighters launched attacks on more than 25 military and boarder police killing a dozen Burmese Security Personnel. Rohingya who fled Myanmar say the militants responded to the ARSA attack with a brutal campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians to drive them out.

United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres told BBC that unless Aung San Suu Kyi acted now, the tragedy will be absolutely horrible. Guterres’ warning came out after Bangladesh said that it is limiting the movement of more than 400,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar. The Bangladeshi police said that Rohingya would not be allowed to travel outside their allocated homes, not even to live with their family.

The Rohingya Crisis is set to appear as a key issue at the UN General Assembly in New York, where world leaders are gathering for meetings. Aung San Suu Kyi is skipping an appearance at the meeting. She claimed that the crisis is being distorted by a huge iceberg of misinformation that is promoting the interest of terrorists.

Sources: BBC, Press 24

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

India sends out its relief to Rohingya Refugees

India sent 53 tonnes of relief materials for the lakhs of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Rakhine provine of Bangladesh under the operation ‘Insaaniyat.’ The relief material consists of items the packets of food staples namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits and some urgently required basic amenities like mosquito nets, tents etc. Bangladesh is currently facing huges problem due to huge exodus of muslims from neighboring country Mayanmar and settling in the former.

According to the reports India will provide 7000 tonnes of relief material to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali discussed the influx crisis in detail with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week. India’s stance on the issue was a reason for garnering flak and the first assistance came days after Dhaka approached India.

The external Ministry in New Delhi quoted, “In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, Government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh.”

According to the UN reports, more than 379,000 refugees have crossed Bangladesh Border since the violence erupted in the country On Aug 25 and they also claimed that a brutal campaign was lauched against them in their own country.  UN has also made an emergency appeal for $77 million to address the Rohingya crisis.

SOURCES : The Wire  Economic Times

Manipur-Mayanmar border at Red Alert over Rohingyas

As the Home Ministry changed its decision once again regarding the deporting of Rohingya Muslims from India, the main focus is now on India-Myanmar border. The BJP- governed Manipur that shares a border with Mayanmar spread across 3000 kilometres is on red alert and orders have been passed to stop any attempt by the Rohingya to enter India.

In addition to the Assam Rifles that generally guard the border in the north east, to intensify the security, the Manipur police has also increased its search operations. The police in Myanmar are very carefully scanning the movements of people for trade purposes, not giving any chance to Rohingyas.

As the Rohingyas have already been declared a threat to the country’s internal security, N Biren Singh, Manipur Chief Minister has stated that though as of now no Rohingya has been arrested but the state government won’t take any chances.

This decision of India to treat all 40,000 Rohingya Muslims that are trying to escape the violence in the western region of Rakhine as illegal immigrants has triggered criticism. The United Nation’s human rights agency chief said “I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country.” To this India responded by saying “Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenge. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion.”

New Source: NDTV, Outlook

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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