Aid agencies must step up 'massively' to help Rohingya Muslims

Aid agencies must step up 'massively' to help Rohingya Muslims

Aid agencies must step up 'massively' to help Rohingya Muslims

In her first address as national leader to the United Nations a year ago, Suu Kyi defended her government's efforts to resolve the crisis over the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, who were already widely reported to be one of the most discriminated ethnic groups in the world before the crackdown.

"This is a political issue because the party that has been carrying out the atrocities is Myanmar's government, at the top of which is a cruel woman who has won the Nobel Peace Prize".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said that violence in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims marks the "death of Nobel Peace Prize", a media report said. He says about 200,000 children many be at risk of water-borne diseases and are in urgent need of support.

This photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslims in the village of Shwe Zarr looking at Myanmar police, who are providing security due to recent nearby unrest, near Maungdaw township in Rakhine State. Thousands of Rohingyas have sought to flee the fighting to Bangladesh, with almost 30,000 crossing over.

Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands of homes burned, mostly those belonging to Rohingya, in a wave of violence since the insurgent attacks last month.

Meanwhile, moderate leaders from both communities - Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhist - should take all possible initiatives to build mutual trust and the spirit of peaceful coexistence. But the scale of the violence suggests-as do the Rohingya themselves-that this may well be an organized government plan to wipe out the Muslim minority, which has shared an uncomfortable relationship with Myanmar's Buddhist-majority for decades.

The assessment by Indian intelligence officials comes in the backdrop of Pakistan-based terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Molana Masood Azhar, backing the struggle of ROhingyas, urging the Muslim community across the world to express solidarity with them. But the Pakistani government also needs to start treating Rohingya on its own soil better too, and it should start by guaranteeing them the same basic rights and constitutional protections other Pakistanis enjoy.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein said on Monday that the security operation in Rakhine appeared to be "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The authorities first proposed settling Rohingya refugees there in 2015, as the camps in Cox's Bazar became overstretched with new arrivals.

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