Muslim nations condemn Myanmar's 'brutal acts'


Myanmar's military has been accused of planting land mines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in its western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting two people wounded Sunday.

The government is arranging a high-profile visit of all ambassadors, high commissioners and chargés d'affaires, stationed in Bangladesh, to different temporary and permanent shelters of the Rohingya in Cox's Bazar on Wednesday, reports UNB.

A Rohingya man carries his old mother as they enter Shahporir Deep in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 10 September 2017.

While Burmese Buddhists in Myanmar also worship the Buddha, they follow a different religious tradition than Tibetans and do not recognize the Dalai Lama as their spiritual leader.

Crossing the Naf River during the monsoon is unsafe, and according to border guard officials and other sources, more than two dozen people have drowned trying to cross the border.

In a report, United Nations investigators said the human rights violations constituted crimes against humanity.Fresh violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned Myanmar for "systematic brutal acts" against its Muslim Rohingya minority and asked it to accept worldwide monitors.

But since the latest upsurge in violence on August 25, hundreds of thousands have flooded across the border into Bangladesh bringing stories of entire villages burned to the ground by Buddhist mobs and Myanmar troops.

Worldwide aid activities in much of Rakhine State have been suspended, leaving approximately 250,000 people without food, medical care, and other vital humanitarian assistance. Many are still trying to cross mountains, dense bush and rice fields to reach Bangladesh.

Fareed Khan, who helped organize the Ottawa rally, said it was time for the Canadian government to strip Suu Kyi of the honourary citizenship it bestowed upon her in 2007.

In its ceasefire statement, ARSA called on the military to lay down arms and allow humanitarian aid to all affected people.

It said there were reports, backed by satellite imagery, of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and committing extrajudicial killings. "So I think if something happened to us in Canada, I would like for other Muslims [to be there for us]", she said.

Three Rohingya are reported to have been killed by a mine, and at least two more have lost limbs. Independent journalists are not allowed into the area.

After a lengthy discussion, the House unanimously adopted a resolution urging the United Nations and the global community to exert diplomatic pressures on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas, ensure their safe accommodation, and give them the right of citizenship there.

His comments reaffirmed the country's position that the militant group, which says it is fighting for the rights of "persecuted" Rohingya Muslims in southern Rakhine state (previously known as Arakan state), is a terrorist organization that wants to create an Islamic republic in the region.

"The foreign ministry said he insisted on full implementation of the report" for a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.