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Recently, inside a Rohingya refugee camp….


Aung San Suu Kyi condemns human rights violations in Rakhine state but nothing on ethnic cleansing complaints of the role of the Burmese military


“…Human rights group Amnesty International described her speech as “little more than a mix of untruths and victim-blaming”, saying she and her government were “burying their heads in the sand” for ignoring the army’s role in the violence.

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Suu Kyi said in her address in the capital, Naypyitaw.

“Action will be taken against all people, regardless of their religion, race and political position, who go against the law of the land and violate human rights,” she said….”



At Cox’s Bazar: Some 150,000 Rohingya children will be immunized over 7 days for measles, rubella and polio.

Washington Post

“…..Refugee camps were already beyond capacity and new arrivals were staying in schools or huddling in makeshift settlements with no toilets along roadsides and in open fields. Police were checking vehicles to prevent the Rohingya from spreading to nearby towns in an attempt to control the situation…..many children are suffering from flu and risk pneumonia……. Many are suffering from diarrhea, dehydration, skin diseases or worse……..”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s most prominent political leader has canceled her planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly.

NY Times

“….While Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s views on the Rohingya killings are not clear, she caused an uproar last week, partly attributing alarm about the crisis to a “huge iceberg of misinformation” while discussing it with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

“Everything she has said doesn’t inspire confidence that she’s on the right side of this issue,” Mr. Charbonneau said.

Some critics have called for Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 1991 for standing up to Myanmar’s military junta in a campaign for democracy….”


Bangladeshi Prime Minister demands that Myanmar “take steps to take their nationals back,” and assures temporary aid until that happened.

FOX News

  • “We will not tolerate injustice.”
  • PM lambasted Buddhist-majority Myanmar for “atrocities”
  • PM had “no words to condemn Myanmar”
  • At least 313,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since Aug. 25
  • The U.N. human rights chief said the violence and injustice faced by the ethnic Rohingya minority in Myanmar seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
  • Bangladesh has said it would free 2,000 acres (810 hectares) of land for a new camp in Cox’s Bazar district, to help shelter newly arrived Rohingya. The government was also fingerprinting and registering new arrivals.
  • Kutupalong and another pre-existing Rohingya camps were already beyond capacity.
  • Other new arrivals were staying in schools, or huddling in makeshift settlements with no toilets along roadsides and in open fields.  Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.
  • Aid agencies have been overwhelmed by the influx of Rohingya, many of whom are arriving hungry and traumatized after walking days through jungles or being packed into rickety wooden boats in search of safety in Bangladesh.
  • In the last two weeks, the government hospital in Cox’s Bazar has been overwhelmed by Rohingya patients, with 80 arriving in the last two weeks suffering gunshot wounds as well as bad infections.
  • At least three Rohingya have been wounded in land mine blasts
  • Dozens have drowned when boats capsized during sea crossings.
  • Before Aug. 25, Bangladesh had already been housing more than 100,000 Rohingya who arrived after bloody anti-Muslim rioting in 2012 or amid earlier persecution drives in Myanmar.


NY Times Video: “Endless Stream” of Rohingya Flee Military Offensive

NY Times


Aung San Suu Kyi has come under pressure from countries with large Muslim populations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims after nearly 125,000 of them fled to Bangladesh.




Rohingya: Cricothyrotomy


More than 18 000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in less than a week as they fear reprisals associated with the insurgent attack on 30 police stations.



The Rohingya: An introduction


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