Hasina accuses Myanmar of committing 'atrocities' on Rohingyas

Hasina accuses Myanmar of committing 'atrocities' on Rohingyas

In her first address to the U.N. General Assembly as national leader in September a year ago, Suu Kyi defended her government's efforts to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Muslim minority.

Media reports said Myanmar security forces used disproportionate force, displacing thousands of Rohingya villagers and destroying their homes with mortars and machine guns.

Worldwide pressure tightened on Myanmar's government on Monday, as United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the violence seemed to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

In a press conference government spokesman Zaw Htay said Suu Kyi will "speak for national reconciliation and peace" in a televised address on September 19. There is little public sympathy for them and inside Rakhine state the Rakhine Buddhists are even more hostile.

Rohingya people have suffered systematic persecution over many decades by the Myanmar government, who consider them illegal migrants from Bangladesh. Moreover, while what is taking place is of a different order of magnitude of horror, it is not without recent echoes in the Caribbean, involving states, and a people, with which Jamaica has special relationships.

State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung Sang Suu Kyi's unwillingness to speak out against the military crackdown has prompted some former admirers to suggest that she should be stripped of the Nobel Peace Prize which was awarded to her in 1991.

But Hasina also blamed the insurgents who have struck out against Myanmar authorities, saying they should have worked with the government.

The United Nations says almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh from the violence-wracked Rakhine state.

"On both accounts we were reassured that there will be implementing steps this week, which I expect to happen", she said.

The United Nations Security Council will meet Wednesday to discuss the ongoing crisis inside Rakhine State, which the organization says has left at least 1,000 dead.

The government has warned of bomb attacks in cities and those concerns are likely to be compounded by an al Qaeda call to arms in support of the Rohingya.

The Minister had said no one should try to "demonise" India as a country hostile to refugees as it is not going to "throw" the Rohingyas into the "ocean" or "shoot" them but will follow due process of law before their identification and deportation.

"So, it needs a lot of global solidarity plus support from Muslim countries as well, because quite frankly the Burma's (Myanmar's) military that is backed up by the views of many Burmese people are not going to stop crackdown any time soon", Miller noted.

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