The top United Nations human rights official has denounced Myanmar's "brutal security operation" against Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine state, saying it was disproportionate to insurgent attacks carried out last month.
Speaking at the start of the latest Human Rights Council session, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein first recognized the September 11 attacks anniversary then chronicled human rights concerns about Myanmar.
The parliament passed the resolution in the wake of fresh refugee inflow triggered by the counter-offensive launched by the Myanmarese military following insurgent attacks on 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine State on August 25. "Buddhist extremists and the Burmese army commit the most awful crimes, and stop any form of humanitarian aid getting through". The Myanmar government is really scared of the consequences of a trade embargo.
The International Criminal Court says "crimes against humanity" involve certain types of crimes like torture, enslavement, murder and extermination used against civilians in a "widespread and systematic" way, which his report last month had alleged to have occurred in Venezuela. Another approximately 87,000 people arrived after fleeing military attacks in Rakhine State from October 2016 to March 2017, following ARSA attacks in October.
On Sunday, Myanmar's government bluntly rejected a ceasefire proposed by militants in Rakhine after more than two weeks of bloodshed.
In addition to Rohingya, some 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also fled violence in northern Rakhine.
Instead, members say they want to protect the Rohingya inside Myanmar from persecution by the state and security forces. But Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh say young villagers picked up crude weapons-clubs, knives and sticks-and joined their cause in the days after August 25.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh.
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But the government does not recognize them as one of the country's many ethnic groups, considering them instead to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh, and they are often portrayed by ultra-nationalist Buddhist groups as a "threat to race and religion".
De-facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has come under criticism recently for failing to speak up for the Rohingya. Rights organizations have confirmed these massive burning operations, while other reports suggest that the Myanmar military may have laid mines along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
Bangladesh is seeking global support for its plan to relocate Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar to a remote Bay of Bengal island that critics say is flood-prone and unliveable.
Refugee accounts of the latest outbreak of violence in Rakhine have typically described shootings by soldiers and arson attacks on villages in Burma, also known as Myanmar.
"We need 20,000 permanent humanitarian visas for Rohingya refugees this year and $150 million in emergency funding for the UNHCR". They will not get any kind of support without it, he said.
Participating in the several hour long discussions, lawmakers irrespective of treasury, opposition and independent MPs urged the worldwide community to form a safe zone for Rohingya people inside Myanmar under the supervision of United Nations.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, "We allocated 2,000 acres of forest land in Ukhia under Cox's Bazar for Rohingyas and we will allocate more land in the area, if necessary".
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