Why Bangladesh is depending on international community, UN for repatriation of Rohingyas

Why Bangladesh is depending on international community, UN for repatriation of Rohingyas

As Christmas is celebrated, the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has renewed its commitment to assisting Rohingya refugees and the Bengali communities hosting them.

Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in detention for nine days with no detail on where they are being held. "The southern Philippines, where there is an ongoing conflict, and now Rakhine have become their latest destination for jihad", he said.

25, 650,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the U.N.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thailand has invited Myanmar to act as an observer in the annual "Cobra Gold" exercise, which will involve thousands of military personnel, according to Reuters.

In a video message released by al Qaeda's al-Malahem media foundation, Khaled Batarfi called on Muslims in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Malaysia to support their Rohingya Muslim brethren against the "enemies of Allah".

Oxfam Ireland's chief executive Jim Clarken has criticised the international community over its lack of efforts to "find a solution and ensure the dignity and safety of the Rohingya people". But the sparse two-floor house-for-rent wasn't open for entrepreneurs flocking to the exuberant town of Mae Sot on Thailand's border with Myanmar: dealers in electronics and used cars, smuggled gems and teak, narcotics, laundered cash and trafficked women. That is hardly surprising when you consider their horrific experience at the hands of the military, or that a repeat cycle of counter-insurgency human rights violations is highly likely in future. The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.

More than 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have so far fled the predominantly-Buddhist Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since then. Medecins Sans Frontieres has documented at least 6,700 deaths from violence, but the real number is likely to be much higher.

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Late this summer, Thai authorities arrested three military officers on charges of ferrying 30 Kalashnikov assault rifles, along with grenade launchers and over 100 M79 grenades and 4,000 rounds of ammunition to Karen National Union (KNU) insurgents, the Myanmar rebel group that once ran the Mae Sot explosives training facility as a revenue-generating operation.

"The Muslim world" is a geopolitical reality in a way in which few other transnational cultural phenomena are.

Pakistan needs to move beyond cynically exploiting the "Rohingya talking point" to advance its own agenda: if the notion of the Muslim World stands for anything, it should stand for genuine solidarity with the victims of humanitarian abuses - and not only when the West does it, or when it is politically and economically convenient. In 2016, another consignment of ten M-16 rifles and seven Kalashnikovs were seized in the area from a former police officer in Mae Sot.

Last week, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said she had been banned from the country and that the government had cut off all cooperation with her.

Lindsay Murdoch is a three-time winner of the Walkley Award, Australia's top award for journalistic excellence. In 1999 he covered the tumultuous events in East Timor, and in 2003 he covered the Iraq war while embedded with US Marines.

The United States and the United Nations have described the campaign as ethnic cleansing of the stateless Rohingya people. They include 730 children below the age of 5.