Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expresses concern over Rohingya issue

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expresses concern over Rohingya issue

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expresses concern over Rohingya issue

Since Aug. 25, up to 400,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

The current crisis, which was initially triggered by an attack on security forces, is now in its third week.

Following the discussions, the council "expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians. and resolve the refugee problem".

United Nations refugee agency spokesman Joseph Tripura said that, unless authorities address health concerns, "we might see a very bad situation in coming days" with disease outbreaks.

The administration has also thanked the government of neighboring Bangladesh for hosting the refugees.

Speaking to journalists, UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was significant that everyone was able to agree on a statement.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life.

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Most of the influx is concentrated around the Bangladesh border town of Cox's Bazar where more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees were packed into ill-equipped camps before the violence erupted last month in Rakhine. Whole villages have burned down.

About 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, saying government troops and Buddhist mobs are killing them.

They have lived in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for generations but are denied citizenship.

The Chinese government backed Global Times in Beijing has come out in defense of Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been widely criticized for failing to stop the ethnic cleansing in her country, and not even speaking up against the bloodshed.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali said that Prime Minister Hasina would highlight the root cause behind the longstanding humanitarian crisis and place specific proposals for early solution during her address at the general debate on September 21, The Daily Star reported.

"She (Hasina) told Swaraj that Bangladesh required external supports to handle the refugee issue and return them to Myanmar", the spokesman said.

He said: "I appreciate the hard and complex situation Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in, and it's important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is towards the treatment of people, regardless of their ethnicity".

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