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Myanmar troops on border adding tension

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MEDIA reports said the Myanmar government has deployed more troops in the Rakhine state across Bangladesh border and as the human rights situation of Rohingya people further deteriorated in the past weeks the United Nations (UN) on Saturday expressed serious concern calling upon the Myanmar government to respect people's life and stop repression on them.

Other international organizations like International Red Cross, UN Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), among others are regularly calling on the Myanmar government to stop the repression and create situation for return of homeless Rohingyas, but the Myanmar government is giving a deaf ear to the call while further aggravating the situation. Needless to say Bangladesh is taking the brunt of the pressure of the stateless Rohingya people as Myanmar finds it easy to push them across the Naf river. 

The new deployment aims at further intensifying torture and genocide of Rohingya people torching villages and raping women to force them out of their ancestral home. It is clearly part of an ethnic cleansing strategy by ousting the Muslims to make Myanmar a country free from Muslim population. But it is a shame on the international community to let such atrocities continue. The silence of the ASEAN nations is also highly intriguing as they are keeping their hands folded when an ethnic community is risking annihilation from their homeland. We also witness the ineffective diplomatic moves by Bangladesh government; which has so far failed to mobilize strong international action, although Rohingyas have enough sympathy for their cause. It is important to list support of China and Russia to end the crisis. It is unfortunate they have blocked a UK backed statement early this year at UN Security Council calling on Myanmar to stop the repression. The government must do more to secure their backing. 
The new deployment of troops across Bangladesh border has created fresh tension in the border as new homeless refugees are trying to enter the country risking their life. It is unbelievable that such a big crime against humanity is taking place when Aung San Suu Kyi -- a Nobel Peace Laureate -- is heading the Myanmar new democracy in which Rohingyas are booted out from their land. 

It is quite shocking that Myanmar government has imposed new curfews in the state blocking media to screen out people away from the watch of the International Community. The troops are in fact carrying out crackdown on the helpless Rohingyas since last October blaming Rohingya outfits for attack on a police outpost to start fresh repression. Since then over 70,000 people have entered  Bangladesh for safety.

We must say Muslims are not the only ethnic minority. There are many others. Why Muslims should be singled out to uprooted.

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