Rohingya crisis: United Kingdom mounts pressure on Myanmar to act

Rohingya crisis: United Kingdom mounts pressure on Myanmar to act

Rohingya crisis: United Kingdom mounts pressure on Myanmar to act

Beyond that, they have led to heavy criticism of the Myanmar government and its de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

"She (Suu Kyi) needs to translate the feelings shared by the world by doing something, which she should as a Nobel Peace Prize victor", he added.

Western critics have accused Suu Kyi of not speaking out for the Rohingya, some 1.1 million people who have long complained of persecution and are seen by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. Some put the blame on the military but the government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi seems to feel that the military is wrongfully being blamed by the global media for spreading what she referred to as "fake news" and that the blame should be put on Muslim extremists who are part of a terrorist network.

I saw a 23-year-old woman, Ms Minura Begum, lose her baby because she needed a doctor.

All but cut off from the world during the years of her house arrest, Suu Kyi was a steely, enigmatic symbol whose political inclinations - beyond ending the army's kleptocratic rule - were not well known. They essentially became stateless.

Iranian Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar also slammed the worldwide silence on crimes against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Many joined me in doing just that. "What [is] happening there, in front of her eyes, goes against everything that Canada stands for".

Professor Muhammed Yunus has urged Suu Kyi to show leadership over the Rohingya crisis. Indeed, support remains consistent throughout Myanmar, political analyst Yan Myo Thein told Al Jazeera.

One such Rohingya who managed to flee Myanmar said that Aung San Suu Kyi has done nothing for his community.

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The latest conflict began on August 25, when Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers in attacks on border posts, according to Myanmar state media. What caused this controversy is the attack on the largely Muslim Rohingya population situated in Myanmar by the military of Myanmar. They use "the combination of human rights violations, and deliberate impoverishment, to force Rohingyas to leave".

"It is sad that the followers of Buddha, who practice non-violence, are torturing the Rohingya". There was a time when even cereals were imported from that country. "That is why they base their beliefs on their own sentiment", said Aung Soe Min, 47, a prominent gallery owner.

A spokeswoman for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Vivian Tan, said the revised figure - an increase of almost 130,000 on Thursday's estimates - did not necessarily reflect new arrivals in the past 24 hours, "but that we have identified more people in different areas that we were not aware of before".

According to the same survey, 75 percent believed the country to be heading in the right direction. Dealing with the historical fears of Buddhists - even though they are more than 80 percent of the population - might help reduce their fears of Muslims.

The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) also put up hoardings in the state, directing Rohingyas to leave Jammu and threatening consequences if they failed to do so.

'The situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades.

To make matters worse, Suu Kyi herself has remained largely silent on developments pertaining to the crisis as she continues to work side-by-side with a still-powerful military.

Bangladesh has struggled to cope with those fleeing the violence, which takes the number of Rohingya refugees in camps on its border with Myanmar to around 670,000.

"I think she should speak up on the [Rohingya] issue and not be shy", said Aung Zaw, editor and founder of The Irrawaddy newspaper. But, in her recent interviews, she has mentioned that the army is dealing with terrorists who have attacked the military after whatever the country has done for them. "I am angry with her - very angry".

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