Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Rohingya insurgent group declares monthlong ceasefire in Myanmar

Rohingya insurgent group declares monthlong ceasefire in Myanmar

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have announced that the number of Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh over the past two weeks has reached 270,000. "We are also in touch with Burma's neighbors and other global partners", a spokesperson from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs told VOA on Wednesday.

Inside Myanmar around 27,000 people from other ethnic minorities have also been displaced in Rakhine State, and are being assisted by the Myanmar authorities.

As Myanmar is witnessing a massive violence between Rohingya militants and the military in Rakhine State since August 25, hundreds of refugees have been escaping to Bangladesh and Malaysia by boat.

Over 125,000 Rohingyas have fled the military crackdown in the north-western Rakhine state. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive killed at least 400 people and triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.

There are 59,000 Rohingya refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia although unofficial numbers are nearly double.

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She added that vast majority of Rohingya refugees were women with children, including many newborn babies, who "arrive in poor condition, exhausted, hungry and desperate for shelter". The agency says that it needs $11.3 million to support the influx of people, in addition to those already living in camps.

A share of the blame must be also placed on the Rohingya insurgents, in particular, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

And Burmese leader and Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi has been fiercely criticised over the crisis.

Various world leaders have urged Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who spent years under house arrest for her pro-democracy activism, to speak out on behalf of the Rohingya.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence, according to an United Nations estimate.

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The IRGC denounced "the duplicity of the so-called advocates of human rights in the face of painful developments in various parts of the world", saying their contradictory actions were "meaningful".

"Therefore, we hereby demand the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee confiscate or take back the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi".

"We call on the authorities to facilitate immediate access to affected communities that are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance", Nauert said, adding that USA officials are working to help the United Nations cope with the exodus.

"There has been a significant displacement of local populations following serious allegations of human rights abuses including mass burnings of Rohingya villages and violence conducted by security forces and also armed civilians", she said.

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