Bangladesh Islamists call to arm Rohingya

Jerome Frank
October 7, 2017

Over the past weeks, almost 510,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have crossed Myanmar's borders into Bangladesh, where they are staying at refugee camps in the Cox's Bazar border district.

More than half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since attacks by militants belonging to the Muslim minority on Myanmar police posts sparked brutal reprisals by security forces.

Prominent human rights groups have reported documented cases of systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and Buddhist extremists against Rakhine's Muslim population, including random shootings, rape and arson attacks.

The government is set to launch a massive vaccination campaign for the Rohingya refugees, to protect over half a million victims of forced exodus from onslaughts of cholera after administering their kids with polio vaccines, officials said on Wednesday.

Until now, Myanmar has not allowed the United Nations fact-finding mission to visit Rakhine, and the proposed solutions to end the Rohingya's plight recommended by Annan's team have been dismissed by Myanmar's leadership. We call for implementation of recommendations of the (Kofi Annan-led) International Rakhine Advisory Commission to tackle the root cause of this crisis.

The stress on Bangladesh has been increasing as the inflow of refugees continues even after nearly more than 40 days after the first instance of violence on 25 August.

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Almost half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh due to violence in the Rakhine state that has claimed lives of at least more than 100 people and displaced several others.

Mr Carter thinks that aid agencies are being held back, saying it is up to the member states of the United Nations to "put diplomatic pressure on the Myanmar government".

Charities have warned of a food crisis across the border and say 281,000 people desperately need food, including 145,000 children under five.

Three groups of diplomats were taken to three different areas on Monday, said Ye Htut, district administrator of Maungdaw in Rakhine.

"It is not only a people's movement but also a security issue, a border issue, which has the potential to destabilise the region, not just areas in Myanmar and Bangladesh", he said.

The OIC had made a stand that the refugees should be allowed to return safely to Myanmar and that Naypyidaw should take concrete measures to handle the deadly conflict which had occurred mainly in the Rakhine province which borders Bangladesh.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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