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Pope appeals for end to violence against Rohingya in Mynanmar

29 August 2017

More than 100 people, mostly insurgents, have been reportedly killed in the continuing violence.

It's clear that the Myanmar security forces don't care two hoots about respecting the rule of law and protecting human rights and the fundamental freedom of civilians, even if it has to curb attacks from militants.

Authorities alleged that an estimated 150 Rohingya insurgents attacked at least 20 police outposts and an Army base, but "soldiers fought back".

The state counsellor's office has also ordered the country's media to use the term "terrorist" rather than "insurgent" to describe Rohingya militants, a move that reaffirms the widely held belief that the former Nobel Peace Prize victor is unlikely to take any public stance against the military's actions in the country's troubled northwest.

Hundreds of Rohingyas are still stranded at the Naf river along the border with Bangladesh.

Roshida Khatun, 40, crossed into Bangladesh on Saturday morning along with more than 30 other Rohingya.

Rohingya refugees walk pass Balukhali refugee camp near Myanmar's border.

This new cycle of violence and killings - dubbed the last stages of genocide - would not just wipe out the Rohingya from Myanmar but also force thousands to flee, giving rise to more incidents of trafficking, corruption involving high-ranking officials and crime.

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More than 120,000 Rohingya fled over the following five years to Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, often braving perilous sea journeys controlled by brutal trafficking gangs.

A militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, took responsibility for the Thursday night attacks on more than 25 locations, saying they were in defense of Rohingya communities that had been brutalized by government forces.

About 10 percent of the world's stateless people live in Myanmar and Rohingyas make up the single largest stateless community in the world.

Bangladeshi border guards are turning people away in an attempt to discourage refugees from seeking safe havens in Bangladesh, he said, but many people are waiting near the border before attempting another crossing.

Charge'd Affaires of Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka met the Secretary (Asia & Pacific) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mahbub Uz Zaman this afternoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the evolving situation in the Rakhine State.

The Myanmar army has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings in the restive Rakhine region, with residents and activists accusing soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks. The attacks were also generally condemned by Western nations and rights groups, who also warned the government against violent retaliation.

On August 8, the MHA had issued an advisory titled Identification of illegal migrants and monitoring thereof, asking states to take "prompt steps in identifying the illegal migrants and initiate deportation processes expeditiously and without delay".

"Women and children were among the dead", he added.

Pope appeals for end to violence against Rohingya in Mynanmar