Trump Urges UN to Take 'Strong,Swift' Action to End Rohingya Crisis


Trump Urges UN to Take 'Strong,Swift' Action to End Rohingya Crisis

"We are horrified to see that Myanmar authorities are laying landmines along their stretch of the borders", she said, calling on the neighboring country's government to allow the Rohingya to be repatriated free of fear of persecution.

She further added, "I think instead of using this emotive term as it is "highly charged", it is better just to say Muslims". We have to deal with it and resolve it.

Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday justified not naming "Rohingyas" in her State of the Union address at Naypyitaw.

Suu Kyi said there are places in Rakhine state, where the communities do live with harmony. Suu Kyi's silence has provoked enormous worldwide criticism in recent weeks, especially after dismissing reports of ethnic violence in Rakhine state by Myanmar's military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

SULLIVAN: Phil Robertson is deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch reached via Skype. Though she condemned "all human-rights violations and unlawful violence", she did not mention the Rohingya by name, and papered over the atrocities by suggesting the reports of people fleeing were overblown. Neither reason is a good excuse for silence in the face of ethnic cleansing.

The attack led to a massive Myanmar military crackdown on the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority that is denied equal rights and widely despised by the Buddhist majority.

Leaders and diplomats from several countries have since expressed strong disappointment with her stance.

Imagine there were an ongoing humanitarian crisis - one approaching genocide - and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient repeatedly failed to condemn it.

The bottled water, blankets, mosquito nets, food and other supplies were being delivered by boat to northern Rakhine, where members of the long-persecuted Rohingya community have been without any meaningful form of humanitarian assistance since violence broke out last month, sending an estimated 421,000 fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Violence in Rakhine State erupted on August 25th, when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on government outposts, provoking a fierce crackdown by the Myanmar military that has been greeted with widespread global condemnation, including at the annual UN General Assembly this week. These attacks were blamed on the ARSA.

She said she it would be helpful to understand why conflict did not break out everywhere.

The United Nations has branded the actions of the Myanmar military and security forces as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Suu Kyi did not travel to NY for the United Nations meetings, but in a speech this week - her first on the crisis - she defend her country's actions and called for the Rohingya to return.