A tragic tale of ethnic cleansing!

Malaysia disputes Cayetano's ASEAN chair statement on Rohingya

Malaysia disassociates with ASEAN Myanmar statement

Myanmar has been embroiled in a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim community since 2012, with allegations that the Buddhist-Muslim clashes in the Rakhine state and military operation against the Rohingyas having led to hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas either missing or displaced.

Thus, Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Dato' Sri Anifah Aman said Malaysia was "dissociating itself" with Cayetano's statement issued in NY on behalf of ASEAN.

The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked United Nations accusations of military-led "ethnic cleansing". She described the decision of coming up with a statement from an informal gathering "quite out of the ordinary".

"Vague statements that reflect total disregard to the large humanitarian disaster can not be dismissed by member states". This consists of restoring stability and security; maximum restraint and non-violence; protection of all persons regardless of race and religion; and the importance of immediate access to humanitarian assistance.

"China has not condemned the treatment of Rohingyas", Hiebert pointed out, adding,"China has also called for an end to violence which, presumably, refers to the attacks against Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 by militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army".

While it has been generally assumed that all the refugees are Muslims, some reports suggest that the refugees, especially in Bangladesh, include Hindus as well, who have been fleeing the violence in Myanmar.

Inspector General of Police Shahidul Hoque earlier said more than 200 Rohingya were detained from various parts of the country.

"The Philippines, as chair, tolerates the public manifestation of dissenting voices", the Philippine foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

This was a bold move, taken amid very strong opposition from various nationalist groups on letting foreigners interfere in the country's internal affairs.

At global level, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan, Chechnya and other Muslim countries have openly condemned Myanmar's insensitivity towards Rohingyas and demanded peaceful solution to the crisis.

"Viable and long-term solutions to the root causes of the conflict must be found in order for the Rohingyas and the affected communities to be able to rebuild their lives".

The de facto regime of refugee protection, wherein the UNHCR was allowed to function without impairment, must continue, and Rohingyas must be provided with all possible protections from the State without regard for political considerations, much as how the government assisted Tibetan refugees more than half a century ago.

The implementation of promises by Suu Kyi to address the crisis, including her promise to hold the perpetrators accountable, is being called an "empty gesture" by the United Nations, since so many Rohingyas had fled.

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