European Union condemns Rohingya 'catastrophe' in Myanmar


European Union condemns Rohingya 'catastrophe' in Myanmar

Criticism Grows Against Aung San Suu Kyi Over Rohingya Crisis Nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's military crackdown.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader a year ago.

He said the Nobel laureate and long-time human rights champion, who has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in resolving the crisis, will deliver an address next week on peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", he told the United Nations forum.

Instead, the State Department has called for a de-escalation of tensions between security forces and Rohingya militias and urged Myanmar's government to expand access to humanitarian aid groups and journalists.

The Security Council has not agreed on a Myanmar statement since 2008 when the country was in a transition to democracy, mainly because of neighboring China's support for the government and its military.

"We don't love the military, but we are together on this one", said Nyan Win, a top official of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), who the country's former junta had detained for almost three years.

Many of the Muslim minority trace their lineage in Myanmar back generations, but were rendered effectively stateless by the former junta and are demonised among the Buddhist-majority population as illegal immigrants. The Centre has said in the draft affidavit that Rohingyas are a threat to national security and that it is in "national interest" to deport them, suggesting that the court should not "interfere " in its decision. "We have put Myanmar on notice that unless the persecution and violence stops, we will take action".

The United Nations has called for a massive intensification of relief operations to help the refugees, and a much bigger response from the global community.

"All 7,000 Rohingya have nothing to do with terrorism", the community, represented by counsel Colin Gonsalves, said. "India stands ready to provide any assistance required by the government of Bangladesh in this hour of need", the MEA said in the press release. They have set up a daily langar service for 30,000 to 50,000 people, and aim to build stable and secure shelters for the refugees after the Bangladesh government allots land for the same.

"The number may rise to 600,000, 700,000, even one million if the situation in Myanmar does not improve", he said.

The latest outbreak of violence in Rakhine state was sparked last month by a series of alleged attacks by Rohingya militants on government border posts.

Earlier on Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein had denounced the situation in Myanmar and described it as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

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