Rohingya people plight: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi under fire


Rohingya people plight: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi under fire

NEW YORK - The United States will contribute almost $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY, where the crisis is among the pressing issues facing world leaders.

Hasina sought "urgent humanitarian assistance" from Muslim nations to cope with the influx of Rohingya who have fled what she called "ethnic cleansing", the state BSS news agency reported. The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it meant to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy is in Myanmar and was due to meet government officials and representatives of different communities in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

The plea was filed by West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR) in the apex court which has already fixed a PIL, filed by two Rohingya Muslim refugees challenging their deportation, for hearing on October 3.

"They are illegal immigrants", he said. Myanmar's Buddhist majority is often accused of subjecting them to discrimination and violence.

Myanmar's military has rejected accounts of widespread abuses and has alleged that Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants and Rohingya villagers have burned down their own homes.

The crisis has threatened to jeopardize Myanmar's USA -aided shift toward democracy after five decades of military rule. "We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence", State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement.

More than 400,000 Rohingya have escaped Myanmar, also known as Burma, into Bangladesh since the military responded to an August 25 insurgent attack by carrying out deadly operations in the western state of Rakhine, human rights groups said.

"Nine people were killed including six on the spot and three in a hospital", Yasir Arafat, deputy police chief of Bandarban border district, told AFP.

Myanmar rejects the charge, saying its forces are tackling Rohingya insurgents who it accuses of setting fire to villages and attacking civilians.

However, she did not address United Nations accusations of ethnic cleansing by the military, which is in charge of security.

Darusman had upped the pressure on Myanmar to grant access, arguing it was "in the government's interest and in the interests of the people of Myanmar to communicate their views and evidence directly to the (UN) mission".