A United Nations General Assembly committee has approved a draft resolution that urges Myanmar to halt military operations in the country’s Rakhine state that have “led to the systematic violation and abuse of human rights” of Rohingya Muslims.
After two days of ceremonious meetings, Southeast Asian leaders missed the bullseye in talks about two major human rights issues affecting their region: Myanmar's handling of the Rohingya crisis and the Philippines' bloody campaign against illegal drug traffickers.
Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said.
Myanmar's government began harvesting rice from farmland abandoned by Rohingya in northern Rakhine on Saturday, officials said, a move likely to raise concerns about the prospect of return for more than half a million refugees who have fled communal violence in the area.
Washington announced it was pushing for targeted sanctions against Myanmar officers involved in violence against Rohingya Muslims, while withdrawing invitations to senior members of the security forces to visit the US and ending travel waivers.
Bangladeshi NGOs on Monday (October 23) called on UN aid agencies to involve their local counterparts more to better address a humanitarian crisis unfolding in camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar where nearly 1,000,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have been taking shelter.
The Israeli regime has continued to sell advanced weaponry worth tens of millions of dollars to Myanmar even after a deadly government-sanctioned military campaign against Rohingya civilians in the Southeast Asian country came to light, an Israeli report has revealed.
Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.