United States voices concern over Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims protests reuters

Rohingya Muslims protests reuters

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the killing of Rohingya Muslims is a political disaster for Myanmar because it is being carried out by a government led by Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he called a "brutal woman".

"The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread", Tutu said in the letter to Aung San Suu Kyi, in which he spoke of the years of "injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar's people".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar authorities to end violence against the majority-Buddhist country's Rohingya Muslims that has forced some 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi has canceled a trip to the U.N. General Assembly in NY next week to deal with the crisis.

Rohingya have described large-scale violence perpetrated by Burmese troops and Buddhist mobs - setting fire to their homes, spraying bullets indiscriminately and ordering them to leave or be killed.

In Washington, the U.S. State Department on Thursday voiced its concern "following serious allegations of human rights abuses including mass burnings of Rohingya villages and violence conducted by security forces and also armed civilians".

Rohingya described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

The U.N. Human Rights Council approved an investigative mission earlier this year, but Myanmar in June refused to allow it to enter.

Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.

Highlighting the role of the Islamic world in reducing the sufferings of Rohingya Muslims, he said Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and Iran have been campaigning to support the oppressed Muslims, but no tangible help has been offered by other states.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed with the massive influx of Rohingya, many of whom arrived hungry and traumatized after walking for days through jungles or being packed into rickety wooden boats.

The US welcomes Myanmar government committing humanitarian assistance to all displaced by violence but urged it to "make sure this aid actually reaches those in need, as quickly as possible, and that it is delivered in a manner that protects their rights and dignity", Indian-American Ambassador Haley said.

The U.N. said Tuesday that 370,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 and thousands are arriving every day.

Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya.

"Why will a citizen of a country come to another country as refugees?"

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Buddhist-majority Myanmar to bring the Rohingya back, while parliament passed a motion Monday night urging the United Nations and other countries to pressure Myanmar for their safety and citizenship.

He complained that Myanmar's Muslims have been "abandoned by most of the world, including a lot of Muslim countries", which have lined up with the Persian Gulf states in their negligence toward the Rohingya minority.

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