Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:23:18 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Stop ethnic cleansing

Mounting global pressure on Myanmar

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Kazi Zahidul Hasan :
International pressure is mounting on Myanmar authorities to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims that has sent nearly 270,000 people fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just two weeks. 
In the wake of mass Rohingya exodus, Bangladesh earlier urged the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar to stop pushing its nationals into the country and take back Rohingya refugees who are crossing in thousands following fresh military crackdown in Rakhine State.
Responding to the call, international agencies and governments around the world condemned the violence against Rohingya and continued to put pressure on Myanmar authorities for de-escalation and safeguard the rights of Rohingya people. 
Besides, thousands of people on Friday took to the streets in major cities of Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Philippines to protest against the harsh crackdown on Rohingya that triggered the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.
The demonstrators have condemned the ongoing crime against the Rohingya in Myanmar and called on the international community to take action to end the violence, which they described as 'ethnic cleansing'.
They also asked for the dispatch of humanitarian aid and a fact-finding committee to the region to investigate the atrocities against Muslims.
The latest violence in Myanmar's in the north- western Rakhine State began on August 25, following    alleged attack on dozens of police posts and an army base by insurgents.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe in western Myanmar after the killing of nearly 400 people - mostly Rohingya Muslims - in the worst outbreak of violence in years.
 "The secretary-general is deeply concerned by the reports of excesses during the security operations conducted by Myanmar's security forces in Rakhine State and urges restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe," said a statement issued by his office last Friday.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General, Yousef A Al-Othaimeen, wrote separate letters to UN Secretary General António Guterres and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on the issue.
Al-Otheimeen referred to the 'indiscriminate use of force against the civilian populations in Rakhine (the area in which the Rohingyas live), which put a huge number of civilian populations in a "miserable situation".
He reiterated OIC's call on the UN to continue exerting pressure on Myanmar to end the violence and to restore basic rights of the Rohingyas.
He also expressed the hope that "the United Nations Security Council could urgently and effectively address the issue."
The secretary general further noted that the current crisis has the potential of destabilizing the entire region unless the core issues of inequality, justice and citizenship are resolved.
The United States (US) on Thursday expressed deep concern about the situation in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine State, where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee across the border to Bangladesh.
 "We are deeply concerned by the troubling situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters while briefing on Myanmar situation.
She said, "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".
The US also condemn reported attacks on Burmese security forces and urged all parties in Myanmar to prevent further violence and protect local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights.
It welcomed acknowledgement by the Myanmar government of the need to protect all communities, and its pledge to implement recommendations of the advisory commission on the Rakhine state aimed at addressing long-standing challenges that predate the country's democratic transition.
US Senators John McCain and Dick Durbin also introduced a resolution condemning the horrific acts of violence being committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority in Burma, and calling on Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take action to stop this humanitarian tragedy.
The resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker, and Bob Menendez.
Turkey expressed deep concern over the ongoing incidents in Myanmar, called on the Myanmar government to show utmost sensitivity and cautioned not to harm civilians.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in a message to Burmese de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, termed the deaths of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar 'genocide and crimes against humanity'.
He called for an immediate halt to the atrocities against the ethnic minority.
Turkey has warned Myanmar that the ongoing attacks on Rohingyas may turn into a serious humanitarian crisis.
Turkey's first lady Emine Erdogan and a delegation including Turkish politicians and heads of Turkish aid agencies on Thursday visited Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district hosting Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. She also distributed aid while getting information from the camp authorities.
The first lady told reporters that Turkey will do everything possible to help the Rohingya, and that her husband, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, would take up the issue to the U.N. General Assembly meeting in this month.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sent his Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to Myanmar to urge its government to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims.
President Widodo added that concrete actions are needed and the Indonesian government is committed to help solve the humanitarian crisis and that Marsudi will also travel to Bangladesh to prepare additional aid for refugees there.
The Maldivian government has said that it is "deeply concerned by the recent cycle of violence that resulted in the death of dozens of Rohingya Muslims and displacing several thousands."
 "The Government of Maldives requests the United Nations Secretary General and the United Nations Human Rights Council to look into the grave violations of human rights against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar." The Foreign Ministry press statement said.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Ekushey tells us to be free and fearless against injustice

THE Nation celebrates 'Amar Ekushey' today with due solemnity and colourful festivities to remember the Martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement. It is a landmark occasion and a day of awakening in the history of Bengali people that gave us the clear realization that we have our own language and ...

Cricket »

Captain of Bangladesh National Cricket (ODI) team Mashrafe Bin Mortaza handing over a crest of honour to Hafiz Yasin Arafat at the Bashundhara International Convention Centre in the city recently. Yasin Arafat became Hafiz-e-Quran in 86 days. He was a student of Tanjimul Ummah Hifz Madrasah of Cox's Bazar. Ahlul Huffaz Foundation Bangladesh arranged the reception programme.

Sports »

Medalists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating (from left) : Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France (silver), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada (gold) and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States (bronze) pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday.

International »

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the Florida school shooting, as the accused gunman appeared in court.Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 people, sat silently with his head bowed during a procedural hearing in Fort ...

International »

Nepal wants to deepen ties with China: K P Oli

PTI, Kathmandu : Nepal's new Prime Minister K P Oli has said he wants to deepen ties with China to explore more options and get more leverage in his dealings with India "in keeping with the times". Mr Oli, widely regarded as pro-China, also said he wants to "update" relations with ...

Business & Economy »

M Fakhrul Alam, Managing Director of ONE Bank Limited and Rezaul Islam, General Manager of Bangladesh Bank sign a participatory agreement regarding use of JICA assisted Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project fund recently. Governor Fazle Kabir, Deputy Governor Abu Hena Moh. Razi Hasan, Executive Director Ahmed Jamal of Bangladesh Bank, chief representatives of JICA Bangladesh office Takatoshi Nishikata and among other were also present on the occasion.

Entertainment »

Inspired by the journey of Deepika and Anushka: Nidhhi Agerwal

Nidhhi Agerwal who hails from Bangalore and is living independently in Mumbai currently believes Deepika and Anushka's journey to the top has inspired her a lot. Just like the other two Bollywood divas, Nidhhi also went through her part of the struggle to make it to Bollywood. The young actress ...

City »

Law enforcers intercepted women leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal when they were going to visit BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia with fruits at Old Dhaka Central Jail on Tuesday.

Sports »

Medalists in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start biathlon (from right) Belarus' Darya Domracheva (silver), Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina (gold) and Norway's Tiril Eckhoff (bronze) pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Sunday.

Entertainment »

I am very excited about working with Akshay Kumar: Parineeti

Parineeti Chopra, who will be sharing screen space for the first time with Akshay Kumar, says she is excited to work with the superstar in Kesari.The film, being directed by Anurag Singh, will see Akshay essaying the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, while Parineeti plays his wife."(I) am very excited ...

Editorial »

We welcome UK`s removal of ban on direct air cargo

THE UK government has fully withdrawn the two-year-long ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London ending the plight of exporters, particularly garment exporters who were facing difficulty to make emergency shipment of samples and other cargo to buyers within the stipulated time. The British government said it is ...

City »

Buyers flip through the books at a stall of Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Bangla Academy premises in the city on Monday.

International »

Syrian forces to back YPG` in fight against Turkey

Al Jazeera News :The Kurdish YPG fighters claim they have reached a deal to allow Syrian government troops to enter Afrin in the northwestern part of the border town.Nuri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units (YPG), told Al Jazeera on Monday that they are calling on the Syrian ...

Editorial »

Cleansing operation to stop leakage of question

QUESTION leakage during the ongoing SSC examination showed that the government has no power and the Education Ministry has no control over the corrupt people handling the question papers. So far questions of all 10 tests were openly available around the examination centers in Dhaka city and other places from ...

Sports »

Simidele Adeagbo of Nigeria reacts in the finish area after the final run of the women's skeleton competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday.

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news