Pro-Rohingya protest held at Jantar Mantar

Trevor Jackson
September 5, 2017

More than 120,000 Rohingya were forced into camps five years ago, and their suffering may have only worsened since Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rose to power in Myanmar last year.

In this Friday, July 14, 2017 photo, Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) officers walk along a path ahead of journalists in Tin May village, in which Myanmar government and military claim the existence of Muslim terrorists in Buthidaung, Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Russia's predominantly Muslim Chechnya to protest against what the Chechen leader called "genocide of Muslims" in Burma.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif expressed "deep anguish at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar" in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Asif deplored the violence and serious human rights violations of the Rohingya Muslims, as well as violation of worldwide humanitarian law. Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi met Suu Kyi as well as Myanmar's army chief General Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw on Monday to press for greater efforts to alleviate the crisis. "Rohingya people should be given citizenship in Myanmar, the country where they were born".

On Sunday a petrol bomb was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Since the militant attacks on 25 August, Rohingya families have been streaming north to the border.

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Iran on September 4 called the violence, which has prompted almost 90,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, "ethnic cleansing", while Turkey has called it "genocide". But it's impossible to stop the flow: "these people are everywhere".

"The security forces have encircled villages and then [shot people] indiscriminately, but we also found that - compared perhaps to the violence that took place in October [and] November previous year - there is more involvement of the local Buddhist population together with the military".

The political advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, HT Imam, said Indonesia was "taking the lead" in pushing Suu Kyi to bring an end to the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. They've been surviving on either groundwater or rainwater.

"These people have walked for days".

"They stepped onto some sort of explosives this morning and one of them lost his leg", Khan said.

Soldiers and armed residents have been accused of carrying out a killing spree against Rohingya Muslim men, women, and children in Chut Pyin village, leaving more than 200 dead.

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