Khawaja Asif demands end to persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Jerome Frank
September 5, 2017

A lot of them are sheltered in makeshift settlements and refugee camps in the neighbouring country, which will be visited by Marsudi from Tuesday.

Human rights monitors and Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh say the Myanmar army is trying to force the Rohingya out with a campaign of arson and killings. More than 120,000 Rohingya were forced into camps five years ago, and their suffering may have only worsened since Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rose to power in Myanmar last year.

"No non-government organisations came here".

United Nations officials estimate that more than 70,000 have crossed into Bangladesh since Burmese forces began operations against Rohingya villages following after a series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya militants in late August.

Aid agencies said there is an urgent need for emergency shelters and medical aid as more refuges arrive.

"The numbers are really alarming and they are growing", she said.

In Malaysia, which is home to tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, Prime Minister Najib Razak hit out at the "dire situation" facing the Rohingya.

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A Molotov cocktail was also thrown at the Myanmar embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday.

The foreign minister added that the aid provision will also involve the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Also complex is the shift in attitudes to Aung San Suu Kyi, long a lighting-rod for civil rights and the rights of minorities.

The protesters urged the Indian government to voice their concerns and ask Myanmar to stop the assault against Rohingyas and to provide the victims with necessary humanitarian assistance, including healthcare. Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi met Suu Kyi as well as Myanmar's army chief General Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on Monday to press for greater efforts to alleviate the crisis.

It says many Muslims of all ethnicities have been refused national identification cards, while access to Islamic places of worship has been blocked in some places.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi flew to Myanmar on Sunday afternoon, September 3, at the instruction of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to meet with the Myanmar government following an increase in violence and persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

The Rohingya are a mainly Muslim stateless ethnic minority who according to rights groups have faced decades of persecution in mainly Buddhist Myanmar.

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