In a speech last week, Aung San Suu Kyi said all people in Arakan State “have access to education and healthcare services without discrimination.” For critics, however, that’s simply not true — a contention supported by a report that Suu Kyi’s own government has embraced.
Burmese government forces found on Sunday the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers who authorities suspected were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a spasm of violence that has sent 430,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.
Burma’s army chief called on Thursday for people internally displaced by violence in Arakan State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his forces’ operations.
Hundreds of Buddhists in Burma tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Arakan State, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air.
Burma said on Friday a visiting US official would not be allowed to go to a region where violence has triggered an exodus of nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations has branded a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Burmese authorities to end violence against the majority-Buddhist country’s Rohingya Muslims that has forced some 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
The ability of the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army to mount a much more ambitious assault last month compared with its attacks in northern Arakan State last year indicates that many young Rohingya men have been galvanised into supporting the group, sources say.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Burmese authorities on Tuesday to end violence against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State, warning of the risk of ethnic cleansing and regional destabilisation.
Around 120,000 displaced people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, in camps in Arakan State are not receiving food supplies or healthcare after the United Nations and aid groups suspended operations following government accusations of supporting insurgents.
At least five police and seven Rohingya Muslim insurgents were killed overnight in Burma’s Arakan State, the government said on Friday morning, after militants staged coordinated attacks on 24 police posts and tried breaking into an army base.
The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has advised Burma’s government to consider 88 “ambitious steps” to bring calm and development to Arakan State.
The Buddhist monk renowned for his anti-Muslim sermons travelled to Arakan State on Wednesday, an official said, sparking concern over religious tensions in the region, where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims live.
A Reuters special report takes an in-depth look at a November escalation of violence against Rohingya Muslims in northern Arakan State as the Burma Army carried out a counter-insurgency campaign in search of Islamic militants who staged attacks on police posts the month prior.
The emergence of Harakah al-Yaqin, the first Rohingya Muslim insurgent group to organise in Burma in decades, signals a dangerous new phase in a crisis that is increasingly attracting the attention of extremists in Pakistan and the Middle East.
Two members of Burma’s security forces were injured in a clash with militants on the troubled Arakan State border with Bangladesh, the State Counsellor’s office said, casting doubt on the government’s claim that the region had stabilised.
Locals in seven townships across Arakan State staged protests on Friday against a new radio station broadcasting in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships and providing Rohingya-language programming, which the protesters view as legitimising the Rohingya population.
The commission charged with investigating the 9 October attacks on border police outposts in northern Arakan State and subsequent allegations of grave human rights abuses has been granted an “indefinite extension” to its reporting deadline.
The United Nations should intervene in Arakan State to stop further escalation of violence against Rohingya Muslims and avoid another genocide like in Cambodia and Rwanda, said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s special envoy to Burma.
Human rights advocates both at home and abroad this week issued calls for the creation of an independent, international commission of inquiry into allegations of serious human rights abuses committed by Burmese security forces in northern Arakan State.
A special envoy of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will begin top-level talks in Bangladesh on Wednesday, as the United Nations said the Rohingya crisis prompted 65,000 people to flee Burma for Bangladesh in the past three months.
International human rights advocates have criticised the interim report of the government-formed investigative commission tasked with probing the attacks on 9 October and subsequent violence in northern Arakan State.
A man has been found dead with stab wounds in Burma’s Arakan State, in what the government said on Monday was the second murder in under a week of a Rohingya who cooperated with authorities as they crack down on suspected insurgents.
The United Nations is getting daily reports of rapes and killings of the Rohingya minority in Burma’s Arakan State and independent monitors are being barred from investigating, the UN human rights office said on Friday.
As Burma’s army was stepping up an anti-insurgency operation in the country’s northwest in October, senior officers cancelled talks with their Bangladeshi counterparts, straining ties with a key potential ally in dealing with the violence on their border.