Trump calls for 'bold reforms' at UN

More than half of the 412,000 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar live in impromptu camps

More than half of the 412,000 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar live in impromptu camps

The UN Human Rights Council is set to discuss the situation over the next few days, when world leaders gather in NY to attend the annual UN General Assembly.

Over 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh over the past three weeks after the Myanmar army launched another violent operation targeting the Muslims minorities in Rakhine state. He asked for a parliamentary motion officially condemning the Burmese government for its inaction and for Canada to join other countries in putting worldwide pressure on the Burmese government, including the use of sanctions.

"Rohingya crisis is an ethnic problem".

Almost 410,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled from Myanmar's western Rakhine state to Bangladesh to escape a military offensive that the United Nations has branded a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The influx has overwhelmed Bangladesh's border town Cox's Bazar where 3,00,000 people had already taken shelter at camps.

At least 430,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to evade what the United Nations has called a " textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Torrential rain has added to the misery of the persecuted Rohingyas
Torrential rain has added to the misery of the persecuted Rohingyas

Abul Bashar, a 73-year-old Rohingya in Bandarban, said he traveled 15 days on foot to reach Bangladesh on Wednesday, and was separated from the rest of his family. The International Crisis Group notes that radical Buddhist groups have been on the rise since 2011 and with them, an increase anti-Muslim hate speech.

"He has destroyed the humanist teaching of Buddha and has transformed it into a racial persecution, mass murder and ethnic cleansing", one of the organisers Mame Mactar Gueye read from a joint statement by the Jamra and Mbagn Gaccé Muslim groups in Senegal.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has drawn worldwide condemnation over her response to the violence, which she has dismissed as being the product of "a huge iceberg of misinformation".

Local government forces responded with a widespread crackdown of Rohingya villages across the northwest part of the country, pillaging villages, leaving hundreds dead and threatening thousands more.

Ashoke Barua, former secretary of the Bangladesh Buddhist Federation said violence against Rohingya in Buddhist-majority Myanmar is a blow to Buddhist philosophy of peace and tolerance.

The current situation dates back to a law passed in 1982 by the Myanmar military which stripped the Rohingya of their citizenship and deemed them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who should therefore "return" to that country.

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