Bodies of 20 Rohingya Muslims were pulled out of a river Thursday along the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, across which thousands have fled this week.
China strongly objected to Britain’s demand to discuss Rakhine issue in Myanmar at the United Nations Security Council’s meeting on Wednesday.
Regarding the current terrorist attacks taking place and crisis in Rakhine State, Britain demanded that the meeting of the United Nations Security Council must be called to address the situations occurring in Rakhine State, but China strongly objected to the attempts of UK to demand Rakhine issue be discussed at the UNSC’s meeting. The meeting was held behind closed doors on August 30, report ElevenMyanmar online citing AFP.
Britain requested the meeting on Myanmar, but diplomats said China was resisting stronger involvement by the UN council in addressing the crisis, reported ChannelNews Asia online.
“The closed door meeting comprising 15 members did not reveal the detailed report, but all members demanded to reduce conflict tempo,” Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft wrote ElevenMyanmar online.
“We denounce terrorist acts. All members demand the violence momentum to be reduced,” Rycroft told the reporters.
“Nobel Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is still winning the support of the UNSC,” Rycroft said.
“We are allies who gave much support to the endeavors of Aung San Suu Kyi along with respects since before,” Rycroft said.
Rycroft pointed to recommendations put forward by former UN chief Kofi Annan calling for an end to restrictions on citizenship and movement imposed on the Rohingyas as a way out of the violence.
The issue is expected to be discussed during the annual gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly in September.
Meanwhile, the bodies of 20 Rohingya Muslims were pulled out of a river Thursday along the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, across which thousands have fled this week.
As many as 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since Friday, according to the International Organization for Migration.
The exodus began last week after the Myanmar government intensified “clearance operations” following an attack by Rohingya militants on border posts that left 12 security officials dead.
The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, are considered some of the most persecuted people in the world. Myanmar, also known as Burma, considers them Bangladeshi interlopers, and Bangladesh says they’re Burmese.
The corpses of 12 children and eight adults were pulled early Thursday from the Naf River, Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh Border Guard in Teknaf, told CNN.
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He said they may have been on a boat that capsized trying to make it across the river to Bangladesh.
“The situation is not good. The Rohingyas are all coming across to escape,” he said.
“We can see the smoke on the other side; we can hear the gunfire, they fire very frequently. The intensity of the influx is getting more and more each day.”
Militants accuse Myanmar of atrocities
On Wednesday, the leader of the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army group accused the Myanmar authorities of atrocities, including killing children and throwing them into rivers, mutilating women and torching houses.
Flanked by two men brandishing automatic weapons, Atah Ullah used a video statement to call on the international community to act and urged Bangladesh to help the thousands fleeing and those stranded in the no man’s land, where “many will perish” in the next few days if they don’t get help.
He said that the Rohingya community was subject to “atrocities being repeatedly and consistently perpetrated by the Burmese regime.”
“Even on this day infants and toddlers were murdered before mutilating their bodies and later disposed of in the water,” he said.
“Our women were too mutilated after being chased on the streets.” He called on the international community and rights groups to apply pressure on the Myanmar government.