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ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ရဲေဘာ္က်ေက်းရြာမွ ေပ်ာက္ဆုံးသြားေသာ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာဝင္ ၁၀၀ ေက်ာ္အနက္ အေလာင္း ၄၅ ေလာင္းကို ရွာေဖြတူးေဖာ္ ေတြ႕ရွိခဲ့ရာ ယေန႔ စက္တင္ဘာလ ၂၈ ရက္ေန႔ မြန္းလြဲ ၂ နာရီ ၂၀ မိႏွစ္ အခ်ိန္က ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာဝင္မ်ား၏ ဓေလ့ထုံးတမ္းအရ သၿဂႌုဟ္ လိုက္ၿပီ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သတင္း ရရွိသည္။
အဆိုပါ အေလာင္းမ်ားကို သၿဂႌုဟ္သည့္ေနရာသို႔ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္မ်ားႏွင့္ ေသဆုံးသြားသည့္ မိသာစုဝင္မ်ား အပါအဝင္ လူေပါင္း ၇၀ ေက်ာ္တက္ေရာက္ၿပီး ယင္းတို႔၏ ဓေလ့ထုံးတမ္းအရ ေဆာင္ရြက္ လုပ္ကိုင္ကာ သၿဂိဳလ္ေပးလိုက္ၿပီ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ၎နယ္ေျမတြင္ တာဝန္က်ေနေသာ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕မွ ရဲမႉးႀကီး ဥကၠာကို က ဧရာဝတီသို႔ ေျပာသည္။
ရဲမႉးႀကီး ဥကၠာကို က “ အေလာင္းအားလုံးကို ဒီေန႔ပဲ သၿဂႌုဟ္ပါတယ္။ မီးသၿဂႌုဟ္တာပါ ။ သူတို႔ရဲ့ ဓေလ့ထုံးတမ္းအရ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာေရး ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြက ေဆာင္ရြက္ပါတယ္။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကေတာ့ သူတို႔ရဲ့ လိုအပ္ခ်က္ေတြကို ပံ့ပို႔ေပးပါတယ္။ သၿဂႌုဟ္တဲ့ေနရာကေတာ့ အဲဒီအေလာင္းထားတဲ့ အနီးက ေနရာတခုမွာ သူတို႔ ထုံးတမ္းအရ လုပ္ကိုင္ေဆာင္ရြက္ၿပီးေတာ့ သၿဂႌုဟ္လိုက္တာပါ ” ဟုေျပာသည္။
အဆိုပါ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာဝင္ အေလာင္းမ်ားအား ရွာေဖြ ေတြ႕ရွိခဲ့ျခင္းမွာ ARSA အၾကမ္းဖက္သမားမ်ား၏ တိုက္ခိုက္မႈ လုပ္ရပ္မ်ားေၾကာင့္ စစ္ေတြၿမိဳ႕သို႔ ေနရပ္စြန႔္ခြာ ထြက္ေျပး ေရာက္ရွိေနသည့္ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ေလးမိုင္ရြာေန ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာဝင္ ကူညီေရးေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဦးနီေမာ္လ္ ထံသို႔ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ နိုင္ငံသို႔ ေရာက္ရွိေနသည့္ ရဲေဘာ္က်ေက်းရြာေန ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာဝင္ အမ်ိဳးသမီးတဦးက ဖုန္းဆက္ အေၾကာင္းၾကားခ်က္အရ ရွာေဖြ ေတြ႕ ရွိခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
တူးေဖာ္ေတြ႕ရွိထားေသာ အေလာင္းမ်ားႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး စက္တင္ဘာလ ၂၇ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားက ျပည္တြင္း ျပည္ပ သတင္းမီဒီယာမ်ားကို ေခၚယူျပသခဲ့သည္။
ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ခေမာင္းဆိပ္ၿမိဳ႕ ရဲေဘာ္က် ဟိႏၵဴေက်းရြာႏွင့္ ေတာင္ဟိႏၵဴေက်းရြာသားမ်ား ေပ်ာက္ဆုံးေနရာျခင္းကို သိရွိၿပီးေနာက္ သတင္းအရ စက္တင္ဘာလ ၂၄ ရက္ေန႔မွ စတင္ၿပီး အေလာင္းမ်ားကို ရွာေဖြခဲ့ရာ စက္တင္ဘာလ ၂၄ ရက္ေန႔က ၂၈ ေလာင္းႏွင့္ စက္တင္ဘာလ ၂၅ ရက္ေန႔က ၁၇ ေလာင္း ေပါင္း ၄၅ ေလာင္း ေတြ႕ရွိခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။
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UNITED NATIONS/YANGON (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims until the military puts sufficient accountability measures in place.
It was the first time the United States called for punishment of military leaders behind the repression, but stopped short of threatening to reimpose U.S. sanctions which were suspended under the Obama administration.
“We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be – a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council, the first time Washington has echoed the U.N.’s accusation that the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people in Rakhine State was ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar rejects the accusations and has denounced rights abuses.
“The Burmese military must respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Those who have been accused of committing abuses should be removed from command responsibilities immediately and prosecuted for wrongdoing,” Haley said.
“And any country that is currently providing weapons to the Burmese military should suspend these activities until sufficient accountability measures are in place,” Haley said.
Myanmar national security adviser Thaung Tun said at the United Nations on Thursday there was no ethnic cleansing or genocide happening in Myanmar. He told the Security Council that Myanmar had invited U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to visit. A U.N. official said Guterres would consider visiting Myanmar under the right conditions.
China and Russia both expressed support for the Myanmar government. Myanmar said earlier this month it was negotiating with China and Russia, which have veto powers in the Security Council, to protect it from any possible action by the council.
The Trump administration has mostly hewed to former President Barack Obama’s approach of forging warmer relations with Myanmar, partly aimed at countering China’s influence in the resource-rich Southeast Asian country.
Meanwhile, international aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine, where an army offensive has sent more than 500,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh, but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care.
Refugees are still leaving Myanmar, more than a month after Rohingya Muslim insurgents attacked security posts near the border, triggering fierce Myanmar military retaliation.
Aid groups said on Thursday the total number of refugees in Bangladesh was now 502,000.
The Myanmar government has stopped international aid groups and U.N. agencies from carrying out most of their work in the north of Rakhine state, citing insecurity since the Aug. 25 insurgent attacks.
Aid groups said in a joint statement they were: “increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State.”
“We urge the government and authorities of Myanmar to ensure that all people in need in Rakhine State have full, free and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian assistance.”
The government has put the Myanmar Red Cross in charge of aid to the state, with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross. But the groups said they feared insufficient aid was getting through.
Relations between the government and aid agencies had been difficult for months, with some officials accusing the groups of helping the insurgents.
Aid groups dismissed the accusations, which they said had inflamed anger toward them among Buddhists in the communally divided state, and called for an end to “misinformation and unfounded accusations”.
Rights groups have accused the army of trying to push Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar, and of committing crimes against humanity. They have called for sanctions, in particular an arms embargo.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that the violence against Rohingya Muslims in the northern part of Rakhine could spread to central Rakhine, where 250,000 more people were at risk of displacement.
Guterres told the U.N. Security Council during its first public meeting on Myanmar in eight years, that the violence had spiraled into the “world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”
A group of Republican and Democratic senators urged the Trump administration on Thursday to use the “full weight” of its influence to help resolve the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
A letter seen by Reuters and signed by four Republican and 17 Democratic members of the 100-seat Senate also calls on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green to provide more humanitarian aid.
The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, described the situation as “an unacceptable tragedy” after visiting Myanmar and meeting leaders including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has faced scathing criticism and calls for her Nobel prize to be withdrawn.
Police in Bangladesh said they recovered the bodies of 14 refugees, including nine children, who drowned when their boat capsized off the coast in bad weather. A Reuters photographer said he saw several babies among the victims.
The U.N. International Organization for Migration later put the toll at 15.
Police officer Afrajul Hoque Tutu said three boats had capsized in heavy seas.
Myanmar was getting ready to “verify” refugees who want to return, the government minister charged with putting into effect recommendations to solve problems in Rakhine said.
Myanmar would conduct a “national verification process” at two points on its border with Bangladesh under terms agreed during a repatriation effort in 1993, state media quoted Win Myat Aye, the minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, as saying.
Myanmar authorities do not recognize Rohingya as an indigenous ethnic group, instead regarding them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
“The government hates us,” said refugee Zafar Alam, 55, sheltering from rain near a refugee settlement in Bangladesh, referring to the Myanmar government.
“I don’t think I’d be safe there. There’s no justice.”
Source : https://www.reuters.com
Alleged Atrocities Need International Inquiry
Burma’s military announced this week that it had dug up 28 bodies in a mass grave in northern Rakhine State. The following day, they claimed to have found another 17 bodies. While continuing to block independent observers from the area, the military suggested that dozens of Hindu, a minority community, were “cruelly and violently killed by extremist Bengali terrorists.” Those claims were splashed across the local press and social media as ostensible proof of the threat Burma faces from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
While ARSA did attack over two dozen police outposts and an army base in late August – which sparked a Burmese military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya population, forcing more than 400,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh – no one has been able to independently verify the Burmese government’s most recent allegations. While Burmese authorities have put on a stage-managed tour to the Hindu village in question, as well as Rohingya villages unaffected by the recent violence, they have denied access to independent monitors to he mass graves and the rest of northern Rakhine State. If indeed ARSA responsibility is impartially and credibly established, those responsible should be held to account.
The government’s quick conclusion on ARSA’s guilt contrasts sharply with its own unwillingness to credibly investigate countless alleged crimes committed by its own forces against Rohingya Muslims.
Refugees in Bangladesh have described horrific accounts of soldiers conducting summary executions, burning people alive, and rampant sexual violence. Many Rohingya bear terrible injuries from attacks with spades, machetes, or guns. Human Rights Watch has concluded that these abuses against the Rohingya population are crimes against humanity.
The Burmese government should care about all its citizens – Hindu and Muslim, as well as majority Buddhists. While it has the responsibility to respond to security threats, it needs to do within the restraints of the law.
Burma’s government should stop playing politics with the dead. Beyond stopping military atrocities, it should allow the United Nations fact-finding mission into the country to investigate all crimes.
Source : https://www.hrw.org
YANGON: Myanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying.
The plan for the redevelopment of areas destroyed by fires, which the government has blamed on Rohingya insurgents, is likely to raise concern about the prospects for the return of the 480,000 refugees, and compound fears of ethnic cleansing.
“According to the law, burnt land becomes government-managed land,” Minister for Social Development, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye told a meeting in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.
Win Myat Aye also heads a committee tasked with implementing recommendations on solving Rakhine’s long-simmering tensions.
Citing a disaster management law, he said in a meeting with authorities on Tuesday that redevelopment would “be very effective”. The law states the government oversees reconstruction in areas damaged in disasters, including conflict.
There was no elaboration on any plan or what access to their old villages any returning Rohingya could expect. The minister was not immediately available for comment.
Human rights groups using satellite images have said that about half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rankine state have been burned in the violence.
Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out of Myanmar.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar has rejected U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on Aug. 25.
The government has reported that about half of Rohingya villages have been abandoned but it blames insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army for the fires and for attacking civilians.
The government says nearly 500 people have been killed since Aug. 25, nearly 400 of them insurgents. It has also rejected accusations of crimes against humanity, levelled this week by Human Rights Watch.
NUMBER KEEPS RISING
The violence and the refugee exodus is the biggest crisis the government of Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi has faced since it came to power last year in a transition from nearly 50 years of military rule.
Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and bouts of suppression and strife have flared for decades. Most Rohingya are stateless.
Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism and calls for her Nobel prize to be withdrawn. She denounced rights violations in an address last week and vowed that abusers would be prosecuted. She also said any refugees verified as coming from Myanmar under a 1992 process agreed with Bangladesh would be allowed back.
But many refugees are gloomy about their chances of going home, saying they fear they lack the paperwork they expect would be demanded to prove they came from Myanmar.
A group of aid organisations said on Tuesday the total number of refugees who had fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25 had been revised up to 480,000, after 35,000 people were found to have been missed out of the previous tally.
Aid agencies say refugees are still arriving though at a slower rate, and they have a contingency plan for a total of 700,000.
That figure is part of an overall plan to help 1.2 million people, including 200,000 Rohingya who were already in camps in Bangladesh and 300,000 people in “host communities”, or people helping refugees who also need aid.
(Additonal reporting by Tommy Wilkes in COX’S BAZAR; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Michael Perry)
Source : http://www.channelnewsasia.com
Canada and the United States are in talks about how they can intensify pressure on Myanmar’s powerful military leadership for its role in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims, amid reports that 480,000 members of the minority group have fled violence in the Southeast Asian country.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday night about ways to step up pressure on Myanmar’s military leadership, but did not mention any specific plans. Speaking to the House of Commons during an emergency debate on the violence facing Rohingya, Ms. Freeland underlined the importance of holding Myanmar’s military to account.
“It is very important that the military in Myanmar understand that the world is aware of the military’s role in this ethnic cleansing and that we will not stand for it,” said Ms. Freeland, who took time away from NAFTA negotiations in Ottawa to address the House of Commons Tuesday night.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi does not have the authority to direct security matters, as the military retained significant power under Myanmar’s 2008 constitution. However, the Nobel laureate and honorary Canadian citizen has still faced sharp international criticism for her inaction on the recent Rohingya crisis.
In a Sept. 18 letter to Ms. Suu Kyi, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the responsibility for resolving the crisis falls “squarely upon” Ms. Suu Kyi and military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, who requested the emergency debate, asked Ms. Freeland if she had spoken with General Hlaing directly. Ms. Freeland said Canada has put pressure “directly to the military leadership,” but did not indicate if she spoke with Gen. Hlaing.
Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its massacre of villagers and mass arson in Rakhine state, where 480,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh over the past month. A Myanmar government spokesman said there was no evidence to support that claim.
Ms. Freeland said Canada has three goals for the continuing Rohingya crisis: to end the ethnic cleansing; to ensure that humanitarian assistance can reach the minority group; and to work with international allies to allow Rohingya to return to Rakhine and live free of persecution.
The current outbreak of violence began at the end of August, after Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base in Rakhine. Myanmar’s military responded by killing hundreds of people, triggering a massive exodus of Rohingya villagers. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described the situation as ethnic cleansing.
Heading into the United Nations General Assembly last week, the Liberal government said it was planning to focus on the plight of Rohingya, among other current international issues. While Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues raised the situation of Rohingya during bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN, his speech made no mention of the matter.
“The Prime Minister should have raised this issue during his speech to the UN General Assembly last week,” Mr. Genuis said.
Ms. Suu Kyi did not attend the UN General Assembly, staying in Myanmar to deliver her first national address since the massive Rohingya exodus. In her speech, she condemned rights abuses in Rakhine and said violators would be punished. While Western diplomats and aid officials welcomed the tone of her speech, some doubted if she had done enough to deflect international criticism.
NDP MP David Christopherson, who has met Ms. Suu Kyi, told the House of Commons that she is the best hope for Myanmar, while acknowledging her lack of power over the military.
“We’re going to make sure that the world knows that we’re holding the military to account because we understand the difficulty that [Ms. Suu Kyi] has and my heart breaks for that situation.”
YANGON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Facebook posts from Myanmar’s army detailing the opening phase of its crackdown last month on Rohingya Muslim insurgents – an operation now being probed by the United Nations – are no longer visible on its official page, Reuters found.
Posts for the period between Aug. 1 and Aug. 29 appear to have been “hidden” on the Facebook page of the office of the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, which has covered the military’s actions, including those in western Myanmar, in detailed dispatches.
The posts, which can still be found using specific date or keyword searches, included detailed accounts of the operation launched by the army following attacks on security forces on Aug. 25.
It is unclear why, or when exactly, the posts disappeared. They were not visible on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday from several locations across Asia.
“We don’t hide anything, it might be some kind of error,” said Ministry of Defence spokesman General Aung Ye Win.
Zaw Htay, the spokesman for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, referred questions to Aung Ye Win.
A spokesman for the military-run home affairs ministry, Police Colonel Myo Thu Soe, said he “had no idea” about the issue.
A Facebook spokesperson said it was at the discretion of page administrators to hide posts if they wished.
Around 480,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the military counter-offensive began.
The United Nations has described the campaign as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has rejected that accusation, saying it is waging a legitimate fight against terrorists.
A U.N.-mandated fact-finding mission is looking into “alleged recent human rights violations by military and security forces and abuses in Myanmar, in particular in Rakhine State”.
The probe includes the violence that followed the Aug. 25 attacks. It was established after a similar, smaller military operation late last year.
The official military Facebook page shows a gap of nearly a month between a post on July 31 and the next one on Aug. 30.
Like other news organisations, Reuters had used the detailed, timely postings in much of its early coverage of the August crisis.
The August posts can still be seen if searched for with a specific date or a keyword, suggesting they have not been deleted but removed from the page’s timeline using Facebook’s “hide” function.
“Keep in mind that if a post you’ve hidden was shared, it may still be visible to the audience it was shared with in other places on Facebook,” says Facebook about the function on its website. The feature can be undone by the account holder to restore the posts.
The hidden August posts include very detailed accounts of clashes with militants, often accompanied by pictures. The military first posted on the attacks on Aug. 25, attaching a map showing police posts and military base that had been attacked.
The timeline updates resume on the military page after Aug. 31, with more than 360 posts in September, mostly about operations in Rakhine.
Myawady, a media group which covers the military and publishes daily newspapers, has kept the August issues available online. (Reporting by Shoon Naing; Additional reporting by Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Alex Richardson)
Source : https://www.reuters.com
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has taken a principled position in its stand to dissociate itself with Asean chairman’s statement on the humanitarian situation in the Rakhine state.
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s special envoy to Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said it was unusual for Asean chairman to issue such statement that was not based on consensus.
“The statement which was issued, absolved Myanmar from any responsibility which is not right at all.
“There are crystal-clear evidence of attack against the Rohingya and this had also affected other civilian population.
“The statement not only brushed through the atrocities happening there, but also taking position of Myanmar who is a new member of the Asean. This is a worst form of collectivism,” said Syed Hamid when contacted by the New Straits Times.
He lauded Malaysia for taking a strong stance under such difficult position.
The Philippines is the chair of Asean for 2017.
Syed Hamid also called on other Asean countries with Muslim minorities to speak up to ensure actions to be taken against all form of atrocities.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the statement by Asean chairman not only failed to mention the Rohingya, but also failed to acknowledge the non-recognition of their ethnic identity.
“It also made no mention of the additional 400,000 refugees that had fled to Bangladesh.”
He said when United Nation’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Asean Foreign Ministers in New York on Sept 23 for the annual UN-Asean Ministerial Meeting, he called for three immediate actions, which were suspension of military and security operations, unfettered access for humanitarian agencies to affected communities and for those who fled should be able to exercise their right of safe return.
“Therefore, it is regrettable that the Asean chairman’s statement only touched on one of the three issues, despite being issued the same day after Asean Foreign Ministers met with Gutterres,” he said.
Reezal said the statement was an inadequate reflection of the views of all 10 Asean members and that Malaysia’s position on the disassociation was thoroughly and comprehensively considered.
“The statement should be read not on what it had explicitly stated, but instead on what it had deliberately omitted.
“In other words, by issuing this statement, Asean is only highlighting its silence on the plight of the Rohingya,” he said, adding that Malaysia will continue to advocate the issue to international community and are committed on the four main objectives which are ending the violence; stopping the destruction to lives and properties, allowing immediate unimpeded humanitarian access, and resolving the Rohingya refugee issue.
The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) Malaysian Chairman, Dr Chandra Muzaffar doubts that there will be any diplomatic implications following the statement.
“Instead, I hope that this will persuade Asean countries as a whole in approaching crisis like this. We should be committed in addressing the fundamental question of justice and dignity especially when it comes to issues concerning the Rohingyas.
He said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman’s strong statement was possibly because Asean did not really pinpoint the underlying course of the crisis in Rakhine.
“This reflects the underlying problem within Asean, which seeks to operate under consensus but in this situation we can obviously see that Malaysia disagreed and if Asean stayed true to consensus they would not release a lukewarm statement in the first place ” he said in a phone interview with the New Straits Times.
Source : https://www.nst.com.my/news
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lambasted Myanmar for launching a Buddhist-led terror campaign against the Rohingya Muslims in the west of the country, while slamming the international community for failing to act against the ongoing “genocide” in the region.
“At the moment, there is a clear Buddhist terror in Myanmar … There is a very clear genocide over there,” said Erdogan on Monday during a speech in Istanbul.
The Turkish president also said there had been constant efforts for covering up the crimes committed by Buddhist mobs against the Rohingya minority Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
“Buddhists always get represented as envoys of goodwill,” he said, adding, “I don’t know how you can gloss over this with yoga, schmoga. This is a fact here. And all humanity needs to know this,” he said.
Erdogan further criticized the international community for failing to pile up pressure on Myanmar over the crackdown, which has seen more than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims flee their homes to neighboring Bangladesh over the past month, in what United Nations officials have designated as a clear form of ethnic cleansing.
Military forces and Buddhist mobs have attacked dozens of villages and towns in the north of Rakhine under the pretext of hunting down suspected militants who had launched attacks on border and police posts in the region.
The government of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied that security forces had compelled the Rohingya to flee by killing people and torching their homes, claiming the Rohingya have themselves set the villages on fire.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has yet to explain why members of the Rohingya community, estimated more than a million before the recent surge of violence and exodus, should set their own homes on fire.
Amnesty International has criticized Suu Kyi for the deadly military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
The rights group said last week that “Rohingya homes and villages continue to burn, before, during and after their inhabitants take flight in terror.”
“Not satisfied with simply forcing Rohingya from their homes, authorities seem intent on ensuring they have no homes to return to,” said Tirana Hasan, Amnesty’s director of crisis response, in a statement late Friday.
The absence of international monitors has allowed Myanmar’s army to easily deny atrocities.
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COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.
The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters, lend weight to repeated allegations, ranging from molestation to gang rape, levelled by women from the stateless minority group against Myanmar’s armed forces.
Myanmar officials have mostly dismissed such allegations as militant propaganda designed to defame its military, which they say is engaged in legitimate counterinsurgency operations and under orders to protect civilians.
Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the authorities would investigate any allegations brought to them. “Those rape victim women should come to us,” he said. “We will give full security to them. We will investigate and we will take action.”
Suu Kyi herself has not commented on the numerous allegations of sexual assault committed by the military against Rohingya women made public since late last year.
Violence erupted in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state following attacks on security forces by Rohingya militants last October. Further attacks on Aug. 25 provoked a renewed military offensive the United Nations has called “ethnic cleansing”.
Reuters spoke with eight health and protection workers in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district who between them said they had treated more than 25 individual rape cases since late August.
The medics say they do not attempt to establish definitively what happened to their patients, but have seen an unmistakeable pattern in the stories and physical symptoms of dozens of women, who invariably say Myanmar soldiers were the perpetrators.
It is rare for U.N. doctors and aid agencies to speak about rape allegedly committed by a state’s armed forces, given the sensitivity of the matter.
Doctors at a clinic run by the U.N’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the Leda makeshift refugee say they treated hundreds of women with injuries they said were from violent sexual assaults during the army operation in October and November.
There have been fewer rapes reported among the influx of refugees since August, said Dr. Niranta Kumar, the clinic’s health coordinator, but those they have seen have injuries suggesting “more aggressive” attacks on women.
Several health workers suggested that, whereas in October many women had initially remained in their villages believing the army sweeps were only targeting Rohingya men, this time most had fled at the first sign of military activity.
Doctors at the Leda clinic showed a Reuters reporter three case files, without divulging the identity of the patients. One said a 20-year-old woman was treated on Sept. 10, seven days after she said she was raped by a soldier in Myanmar.
Handwritten notes say she said soldiers had “pulled her hair” and a “gun used to beat her” before raping her.
Examinations often find injuries suggesting forced penetration, beating and even what looked like intentional cutting of the genitals, doctors said.
“We found skin marks, it showed a very forceful attack, an inhuman attack,” said IOM medical officer Dr Tasnuba Nourin.
She had seen incidents of vaginal tearing, bite marks and signs that seemed to show a firearm was used to penetrate women, she said.
Among the new influx of Rohingya she had treated at least five women who appeared to have been recently raped, she said, adding that in each case the physical injuries observed were consistent with the patient’s account of what had happened.
“FRACTION OF THE CASES”
At Bangladesh government clinics supported by U.N. agencies in the Ukhia area, doctors reported treating 19 women who had been raped, said Dr. Misbah Uddin Ahmed, head of the main health complex there, citing reports from female clinicians.
“The evidence included bite marks, tearing of the vagina, these sorts of things,” he said.
In one day alone, Sept. 14, six women showed up at one of the clinics, all saying they were sexually assaulted. “They all said Myanmar army had done this.”
An IOM doctor who asked not to be identified, working at one of those clinics near the Kutapalong refugee camp, said a woman who crossed from Myanmar in late August said she was raped by at least seven soldiers.
“She was extremely weak and traumatized and said she struggled to make it to the clinic,” the doctor said. “She had a laceration on the vagina.”
The doctor treated 15 of the 19 cases of women who appeared to have been raped, and another eight women who had been physically assaulted. Some were given emergency contraceptives, and all were given treatment to reduce the risk of contracting HIV and jabs against hepatitis. Symptoms included bite marks over the arms and back, tearing and laceration on the vagina and vaginal bleeding, the doctor said.
Internal reports compiled by aid agencies in Cox’s Bazar recorded that 49 “SGBV survivors” were identified in just four days between Aug. 28-31. SGBV, or sexual and gender-based violence is used to refer to only cases of rape, according to U.N. doctors. Data for reported rape cases was not available for other dates.
A situation report from aid agencies says more than 350 people had been referred for “life-saving care” relating to gender-based violence – a broad term that includes rape, attempted rape and molestation, as well as emotional abuse and denial of resources based on gender – since Aug. 25. It did not refer to the perpetrators.
Kate White, emergency medical coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Cox’s Bazar said the charity had treated at least 23 cases of sexual and gender-based violence including gang-rape and sexual assault since Aug. 25.
“This is a fraction of the cases that are likely to be out there,” she said.
“RAPE AS A WEAPON”
Reuters first reported allegations of mass rape of Rohingya women within days of militant attacks in northern Rakhine in October.
The same reports were also heard by U.N. investigators who visited Bangladesh in January.
A report of the U.N. Secretary General in April said the sexual assaults were “apparently employed systematically to humiliate and terrorise their community”.
Before her rise to power last year Suu Kyi had spoken of rape being used as a tool of division in the country’s myriad ethnic conflicts.
“It is used as a weapon by armed forces to intimidate the ethnic nationalities and to divide our country, this is how I see it,” she said in 2011 in a video message to a conference on sexual violence in conflict.
Her spokesman Zaw Htay said there was “nothing to say” when asked if her view had changed since then. “Everything should be according to the rule of law,” he said. “The military leaders also have said they will take action.”
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ျမန္မာအစိုးရဟာ ႏိုင္ငံတြင္းက ထြက္ေျပးေနတဲ့ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမြတ္ဆလင္ေတြကို လူမ်ိဳးတုံးရွင္းလင္းေရး လုပ္ေန တယ္ဆိုတာ ထင္ရွားတယ္လို႔ ႏိုင္ငံတကာတရားသူႀကီးေတြပါဝင္တဲ့ သမာဓိခံုရံုးအဖြဲ႔က ေသာၾကာေန႔က မေလးရွားႏုိင္ငံမွာ ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။
ကမၻာ့ႏိုင္ငံအေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားက ပညာရွင္နဲ႔ ကၽြမ္းက်င္သူေတြနဲ႔ ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားတဲ့ သမာဓိခံုရံုးအဖြဲ႔က မ်က္ျမင္ သက္ေသေတြကို မေလးရွားႏိုင္ငံ ကြာလာလမ္ပူၿမိဳ႕မွာ ၅ ရက္ၾကာ စစ္ေဆးေမးျမန္းေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ အခုလို ထုတ္ျပန္လိုက္တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ျမန္မာအစိုးရက ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာေတြကို ရွင္းလင္းေနတာဟာ လူမ်ိဳးတုံးသတ္ျဖတ္တဲ့ ရာဇဝတ္မႈေျမာက္တယ္ လို႔ ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲကိုဦးေဆာင္သူ ဒန္နီရယ္ ဖီရာရာစတိန္းက မေလးရွားတကၠသိုလ္မွာ ေျပာဆိုခဲ့ပါတယ္။
တကယ္လို႔ အဲဒီလိုလူမ်ိဳးတုံး သတ္ျဖတ္ရွင္းလင္းေနတာေတြကို မဟန္႔တားႏိုင္ခဲ့ရင္ ေသဆံုးသူအေရအတြက္ ပိုမ်ားလာႏိုင္တယ္လို႔လည္း သူကေျပာခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။
ျမန္မာအစိုးရရဲ႕ လုပ္ရပ္ကိုဖိအားေပးဖို႔ အဲဒီ သမာဓိခံုရံုးအဖြဲ႔ဟာ သူတို႔ စစ္ေဆးေတြ႔ရွိခ်က္ေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာနဲ႔ အရပ္ဘက္အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြဆီ ေပးပို႔သြားမယ္လို႔လည္း ဆိုပါတယ္။
အဲဒီေဆြးေႏြးပြဲမွာ အင္ဒိုနီးရွား၊ အီရန္၊ မေလးရွား၊ အီတလီနဲ႔ ၾသစေၾတးလ်က တရားသူႀကီးေတြ ပါဝင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။
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