EU Demands Myanmar Halt Violence On Rohingya Muslims

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Rohingya women wait for their turn to collect building material for their shelters distributed by aid agencies in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh on Wednesday. — AP

The EU lawmakers adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes.

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — European Union lawmakers are demanding that Myanmar security forces halt the violence on Rohingya as thousands continued to flee Thursday.

The EU lawmakers adopted a resolution urging Myanmar “to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes.”

They also called for aid groups to be given immediate access to the conflict area and fleeing people.

The lawmakers called on Myanmar’s government and leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to “condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities.”

They noted that Suu Kyi had won the assembly’s Sakharov Prize in 1990 — an award given for the defense of human rights, minorities and respecting international law.

The U.N. children’s agency says up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled recent violence in Myanmar and entered Bangladesh.

UNICEF released the revised tally in a statement Thursday that warned of a “monumental task” ahead in protecting hundreds of thousands of children among the refugees.

The agency is asking for $7.3 million to help protect Rohingya children over the next four months.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, said in a statement posted Thursday on its Twitter account that it wants countries to help prevent foreign fighters from entering Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
UNICEF released the revised tally in a statement Thursday that warned of a “monumental task” ahead in protecting hundreds of thousands of children among the refugees.
The statement was apparently issued as a response to reports that Al-Qaida has been urging Muslim militants around the world to support ARSA or join its struggle.

Myanmar’s government describes ARSA as “extremist terrorists” but has not publicly provided much evidence of their alleged links to outside groups. ARSA reportedly says it is ‘fighting’ to protect Rohingya Muslims from persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh police say another boat carrying about 40 Rohingya women and children fleeing Myanmar has capsized in the monsoon-swollen Naf River.

Teknaf police chief Mainuddin Khan says at least two people drowned, while others managed to swim to safety on the Bangladeshi shore.

Khan said dozens of boats have capsized since the refugees began fleeing violence in Myanmar on August 25.

Police have recovered a total of 88 bodies from the river that divides the two countries.

Aid supplies

India says it is sending aid supplies including food and mosquito nets to help the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have poured into Bangladesh to escape recent violence in Myanmar.

The foreign ministry said the supplies would be sent in several air lifts starting Thursday and would include rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, noodles and biscuits.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed by the refugee influx, and supplies remain scarce at camps in the border district of Cox’s Bazar.

Other nations and U.N. agencies were also sending and distributing supplies.

Scenes of panic erupted Thursday along roadsides where local volunteers were distributing food, water and other supplies haphazardly from parked vehicles. Local officials shouted through bullhorns for volunteers to coordinate their efforts with aid agencies to avoid spreading chaos.

UNICEF’s country representative Edouard Beigbeder said “there are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water.”

 

 

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