Suu Kyi cancels trip to UN amid growing Rohingya crisis

Sábado, 16 Set, 2017

UN Secretary General António Guterres called Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya people "ethnic cleansing", saying there's no better word to describe the now 380,000 people forced to flee a violent military campaign-this after decades of discrimination and repression in Myanmar, where Rohingya are denied citizenship and rights, despite having been in the country for centuries.

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier told the senate Suu Kyi "agreed with the need for immediate and improved access of humanitarian assistance to the region, particularly by the International Red Cross, and she conveyed that she is working toward that end".

UN diplomats have said China has been resisting involvement by the top UN council in addressing the crisis.

Over the course of the past few days, the United Nations has shifted its tone on the Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar, finally describing it as ethnic cleansing on Wednesday. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians.

Hundreds of Muslims from different parts of Tripura under the banner of Tripura State Jamiat Ulema Hind held a massive protest yesterday against the atrocities on Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar state authorities.

"Europe is in the process of seeing with the Myanmar government and neighbouring countries in what way we can be useful".

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back.

A U.N. panel of experts defined it as "rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups".

Myanmar's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows.

The current crisis erupted on August 25, when an insurgent Rohingya group attacked police outposts in Burma's Rakhine state, killing a dozen security personnel.

Despite the aid from the government, NGOs and many voluntary organisations, there is no relief to the refugees as medicines, sanitation facilities, clean water and shelter remain scarce.

The leaders of Tripura State Jamiat Ulema Hind accused the Burmese government of treating Rohingya Muslims so cruelly that has never been witnessed across the world.

The number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar has risen to nearly 400,000.