Uzbekistan calls on Myanmar to stop violence


Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has taken nearly no action to end the deadly violence against the Rohingya in the country's western Rakhine State.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on 25 August sparked harsh military reprisals and an exodus across the border to southeast Bangladesh. Just this week, several elder Canadian statesmen issued calls for Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of both her Nobel Prize and her honourary citizenship.

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

In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeir Ra'ad Al Hussein denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he says is clearly disproportionate to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

"What is the crime of the women and children or the innocent people?" she said.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has called on Islamic governments to exert political and economic pressure on Myanmar's "cruel" government to make it stop a deadly crackdown on minority Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country.

Myanmar says its security forces are engaged in a legitimate campaign against "terrorists", whom it blames for attacks on the police and army, and on civilians. The government does not consider them citizens, thus leaving them stateless.

The Federal Government has condemned the "horrendous human suffering" of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar. Myanmar denies the claim, and says it is not targeting civilians, but only militants.

Worldwide pressure has been mounting on Myanmar to end violence that has sent about 370,000 self-identified Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.

She said Bangladesh protests this injustice and inhumane attitude towards Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and renewed her call to the global community to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals.

In Bangladesh, Kutupalong and another pre-existing Rohingya camp were already beyond capacity.

Bangladesh had earlier said the new influx of Rohingya refugees is an unbearable additional burden on the country which has been hosting around 400,000 Myanmar nationals who had to leave their country in the past due to communal violence and repeated military operations.

Sweden and Britain have requested a United Nations Security Council meeting on the "deteriorating situation" in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

"The situation in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state was totally predictable", Charbonneau said.

"We have to verify them".