Erdogan condemns abuses of Rohingya in call to Suu Kyi: presidency


Around 123,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh in less than a fortnight to escape violence in Myanmar, says the United Nations.

Wisma Putra said the Malaysian government viewed that it was vital for the Myanmar government to speedily implement the recommendations of the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine state.

Recent Nobel prize victor Malala Yousafzai has called on her fellow laureate to condemn the "tragic and shameful treatment" of Myanmar's Rohingya population.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh since August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

How can any government in a democratic republic that is still ruled by its Constitution turn back people who are facing sure death - either by bullets, or starvation, or by being hacked, or by being burnt down, or by drowning - in their homeland which refuses to call them their own?

Rohingya refugees who have fled into Bangladesh have spoken of witnessing horrific abuses by the Myanmar security forces, including killings of people trying to flee and burning of whole villages. The group claims to support Rohingya rights - the same rights that all Myanmar citizens enjoy - and greater autonomy within the Myanmar state. Similarly, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said in a statement that "the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma ..."

Stylianides also called for a de-escalation in tension and for worldwide human rights law to be observed, particularly in regard to civilians.

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They face severe persecution, with the government refusing to recognize them as a legitimate native ethnic minority, leaving them without citizenship and basic rights. The participants of the rally were holding placards, demanding global community to take notice of the brutalities against Muslims in Myanmar. "The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting".

Interviewed by Indonesian TV after the meeting, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi sidestepped questions about domestic pressure in the world's most populous Muslim nation to sever diplomatic ties with Myanmar.

"'A peace prize has never been revoked and the committee does not issue condemnations or censure laureates", said Mr. Stalsett, a former politician and bishop who was a deputy member of the committee in 1991, when Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi received her award.

Turkey's foreign minister on Saturday decried other Muslim countries' silence on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims.

"The Burmese government has a duty to investigate the August attacks and bring those responsible to justice".

Tirana Hassan, Amnesty's crisis response director, said the Myanmar government had put tens of thousands at risk and "shown a callous disregard for human life" by blocking aid agencies in Rakhine.

He also promised to raise the issue at the UN General Assembly on September 19. Her official post is State Counsellor and she is said to be the president's confidante.