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All Myanmar Muslims suffering state-backed persecution: Rights group

All Myanmar Muslims suffering state-backed persecution: Rights group

Latest UN figures estimate that nearly 90,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh while the Myanmar authorities have evacuated over 11,000 people belonging to other ethnic minority communities living in northern Rakhine State.

Malaysia yesterday summoned Myanmar's ambassador to express displeasure over violence in Rakhine state, which has displaced almost 125,000 Rohingya Muslims. Originally called Harakat Al-Yakin, or Faith Movement, ARSA was reportedly formed by Rohingya living in Saudi Arabia and emerged last October after a series of raids on police posts.

Rohingya refugees who have fled into Bangladesh have spoken of witnessing horrific abuses by the Myanmar security forces, including killings of people trying to flee and burning of whole villages. Human Rights Watch took satellite photos of one village which appear to show "complete and total" destruction, with 99 percent of buildings ruined. Muslim-majority Malaysia has been particularly outspoken in its concern about the plight of the Rohingya.

In fact, since the time Myanmar - formerly known as Burma - gained independence from the British in 1948, the Rohingyas have been treated as aliens by the Burmese authorities.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral discussions with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also the country's Foreign Minister and Minister of President's Office.

"We would urge the government to condemn this massive genocide of Rohingya on worldwide forums and discuss this issue in the Parliament to develop a policy [in this regard] which reflects the sentiments of the nation". She tweeted "Rohingya people should be given citizenship in Myanmar, the country where they were born".

In Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, there are reports of at least another 30,000 Rohingyas trapped in hilly terrain without basic supplies of food, water or medicine, according to activists.

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"As a result of flood-like arrivals of new refugees, a massive humanitarian crisis is unfolding here", said the prominent Bangladeshi rights campaigner Nur Khan Liton. Those facilities are overstretched and the influx of refugees is compounding an already grim situation. "The priority is the safety of the Rohingya refugees".

Pakistan star batsman Azhar Ali has broken his silence over the genocide of Rohingya Muslims and said he is deeply saddened to see the tragedy taking place in Burma.

THE Foreign Ministry today summoned Myanmar Ambassador to Malaysia, U Sein Oo to express Malaysia's displeasure on the latest violence in the Rakhine State.

She was criticized then too, for not standing up for the persecuted minority, who were being kept in internment camps while Buddhist nationalists and firebrand monks spread anti-Muslim sentiment across the country.

Dozens of armed police are guarding the embassy, which is cordoned behind barbed wire, after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it over the weekend.

Protests were also staged in other major Indonesian cities, including Bandung and Surabaya.

In spite of her landslide victory, in Myanmar's project of 'restoration to democracy, ' Suu Kyi hasn't necessarily been a free agent.


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