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Satellite images of Myanmar village burning — Rohingya crisis

17 Setiembre 2017

UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on Myanmar to suspend military action in the restive Rakhine state from where hundreds and thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

The Centre is yet to spell out its stand on undocumented Rohingya but BJP-led State governments in Assam and Manipur have asked their police, especially in the border districts, to "push back anyone who tries to cross the border".

Although it came quite late in the series of events, the UN Security Council statement Wednesday just reminded the world how terrible is the nature of persecution and massacre of the Rohingya.

ANP mouthpiece magazine The Progress in its November 2012 editorial after the June violence on the Rohingya wrote: "Hitler and Eichmann were the enemy of the Jews, but were probably heroes to the Germans..."

Many refugees have reported mass killings carried out by the security forces and Buddhist mobs, as well as widespread looting and the burning of Rohingya villages.

The refugees were among some 380,000 people who have fled to Bangladesh since late August, according to the latest estimates from the United Nations, whose secretary general on Wednesday described the humanitarian situation along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border as "catastrophic".

These include reducing the population growth of the Rohingyas by gradual imposition of restrictions on their marriages and by application of all possible methods of oppression and suppression against them, denying them higher studies, government jobs, ownership of lands, shops and buildings.

"I think it is important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is for the treatment of people regardless of their ethnicity", he said in London. Myanmar's government calls them Bengalis and considers them illegal migrants, even though many families have been in the country for generations.

Amnesty said it had detected at least 80 large-scale fires in predominantly Rohingya-inhabited areas since August 25, when the military's operation against insurgents began.

After the statement, British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first time in nine years the council had agreed to a statement on Myanmar.

Local officials shouted through bullhorns for volunteers to coordinate their efforts with aid agencies to avoid spreading chaos.

Joined by journalists, the diplomats listened as refugees recounted tales of horrors allegedly suffered at the hands of Myanmar security forces.

Other Rohingya have been living in camps for displaced people within Myanmar.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has affirmed the Indian Government's full support to Bangladesh's stance over the Rohingya issue.

Fear also gripped the Muslim communities in Yangon and Mandalay, which were both affected by anti-Muslim violence in 2013, as rumors of possible attacks on Muslims emerged.

Suu Kyi has repeatedly denied accusations of human-rights abuses against the Rohingya or that ethnic cleansing has taken place.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back.

The ambassadors' visit to the camps could help lead to other countries mounting diplomatic pressure on Myanmar to resolve the crisis, he said.

Satellite images of Myanmar village burning — Rohingya crisis