Bangladesh plans separate shelters for Rohingya children

Don't believe the travel brochures: Myanmar is deeply racist and bigoted

It said a Hindu man who lived in the village and has since fled to Bangladesh told a local leader that ARSA insurgents took about 100 Hindus from the village and killed all of them except for eight women who were forced to convert to Islam and brought to Bangladesh.

Myanmar has rejected United Nations accusations that its forces are engaged in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on August 25.

Rakhine state has been in a turmoil since August 25 after Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on police posts. In response to the petition, the government had also filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, alleging that Rohingyas pose a threat to national security, and that many of them have ties with Pakistani intelligence agencies and ISIS, despite there being no publicly-available evidence to support these claims.

"ASEAN is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in the northern Rakhine State, and since Malaysia has a different view on some matters, out of respect for its position, we decided that instead of a Foreign Ministers' Statement, we would issue a Chairman's Statement that would reflect the general sentiments of the other foreign ministers", it said.

Malaysia has disavowed a statement released by the Philippines, the Asean chair, saying it "misrepresented the reality of the situation" of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

"Malaysia has voiced concern to Myanmar and other ASEAN countries in meetings and they have pledging to solve the matter but the issue has not been addressed and what we see now is the violence against Rohingya Muslim has increased", Anifah said after meeting with the Brazilian foreign minister in Putrajaya on September 6.

"This is why I propose (that they) act speedily, as we can not depend on governments alone to solve the problems", he said.

It referred to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh who said in a recent tweet that his government is "not violating any global law" if it deports Rohingya refugees as India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention. Some 800.000 of them are now refugees, according to the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, who asked last Thursday to the podium of the united Nations "a mission of the UN in Burma" and the creation of "safe areas" in this country. Under such horrendous circumstances, almost 1.1 million Rohingyas have fled Myanmar due to widespread persecution and have taken shelter in neighbouring countries such as India, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh and South East Asian countries.

The army says some 400 people have been killed during military operations, the vast majority of them Arsa militants.

"Those rape victim women should come to us", said Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as cited by Reuters.

Humanitarian aid must be allowed in Rakhine state and the status of the Rohingya, who are stateless in Myanmar, must be addressed, he said. This distressed situation has added Myanmar among countries which justify their discriminatory and violent attitude towards Muslims in the name of retaliation against Islamic radicals, extremists and terrorists.

"At the same time, DAP urges Wisma Putra to exhaust all diplomatic means necessary to press the Government of Myanmar for a speedy resolution and an end to the unnecessary violence in our region", he added.

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