What's Happening to the Rohingya Muslims?

Desmond Tutu met with fellow Nobel prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi in 2013

Image Desmond Tutu met with fellow Nobel prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi in 2013

The United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have urged Myanmar to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims. "This persecution must stop".

Some Rohingyas say although they are afraid to return, they are not ready to abandon their homes altogether and become refugees in Bangladesh.

As many as 379,000 people have fled into Bangladesh, their homes burning behind them.

The Security Council has not agreed on a Burma statement since 2008 when the country was in a transition to democracy, mainly because of neighbouring China's support for the government and its military.

The latest outbreak of violence in Rakhine state was sparked last month by a series of alleged attacks by Rohingya militants on government border posts.

MUSLIM nations have demanded that the United Nations take urgent action to stop the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, as nearly 400,000 have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh from a crackdown by the military.

Bangladesh is also growing hostile to the Rohingya, more than 400,000 of whom live there after fleeing Myanmar since the early 1990s. About 400,000 Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority group long denied citizenship in Myanmar, have crossed the border into Bangladesh since a violent crackdown by government forces, described by some as ethnic cleansing, began on August 25. There are "clashes"-a favored media term that suggests a symmetry of forces-and an implied balance between the Rohingyas' "claim" that they're persecuted and the government's assessment that insurgents are "terrorists".

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However, Trudeau said on Twitter that: "Today I spoke with Aung San Suu Kyi to convey Canada's deep concerns for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar".

Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa wrote an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi. He said the humanitarian crisis is worsened by Myanmar's refusal to permit aid agencies to come in and provide help.

Her spokesman said Tuesday State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will focus attention on the "Rakhine terrorist attacks", and will not attend the United Nations session.

The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship even though many have longstanding roots in the country.

One of the dozens of boats carrying Rohingya to the border town of Teknaf capsized yesterday and at least two people drowned, police said.

One of the most shocking things among all the horror here is that fact many Rohingya refugees say they have had no contact with any aid agencies or global aid bodies at all.

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