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Rohingya Muslims: Aung San Suu kyi denies "ethnic cleansing"

06 Apr 2017 | By NewsBytes Desk

Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi denied widespread reports of "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims, but acknowledged problems in Rakhine states, where they live.

Terming the phrase "too strong", she said Myanmar would welcome returning Rohingyas with open arms.

After a government military operation in Rakhine, 70,000 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh.

In context: No place called home for the Rohingyas

2012Exodus of the Rohingya people after persecution

The clashes between Rohingya Muslim minority and the state's Buddhist community started in 2012, with more than 100,000 Rohingyas deserting Myanmar by sea.

Most of the Rohingya people took the arduous journey to escape forced segregation and infliction at the hands of the government.

Denied citizenship by the Burmese, Rohingya people are effectually stateless.

Identity crisis for the Rohingyas of Myanmar

Myanmar offered the Rohingya people citizenships if they changed their ethnicity to Bangladeshi, thereby admitting that they were living illegally in Myanmar.
Malaysia and Thailand refuse entry to Rohingya migrants

14 May 2015Malaysia and Thailand refuse entry to Rohingya migrants

Malaysia turned away 2 boats packed with hundreds of Rohingya migrants.

Thailand made it clear that the migrants were not welcomed on its shores.

Southeast Asia is in the middle of this humanitarian crisis since 2012.

Appeals by U.N. have fallen on deaf ears as no government in the region, whether Thai, Indonesian or Malaysian are willing to take the refugees into their hinterland.

20 May 2015A bleak ray of hope for the Rohingyas

Acting upon the requests of the Pope and the UN secretary-general, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to provide interim shelter to the migrants stranded at sea.

So far, this is the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting south-east Asia.

The announcement came from Anifah Aman, the Malaysian foreign minister, after he met with his counterparts from Indonesia and Thailand to address the issue.

05 Dec 2016Rohingyas find home in Jammu

J&K Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti stated that about 13,400 Myanmarese and Bangladeshi migrants were living in camps in Jammu as of June 2016.

The security establishment sees them as a threat after a foreign militant killed in South Kashmir turned out to be Myanmarese.

3 million of the 4 million Rohingyas in Myanmar fled to Bangladesh, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Thailand.

31 Dec 201650,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh

Bangladesh's foreign ministry stated that 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar seeking refuge in Bangladesh; the Bangladeshi army has steeped up patrols to curb the influx of refugees.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said "50,000 Myanmar citizens took shelter into Bangladesh since 09 October 2016."

Bangladesh also called for a speedy repatriation of Rohingyas who have been living in Bangladesh for years.

22 Feb 2017Bangladesh calls to stop Rohingya influx

Bangladeshi foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali called on the international community to step up efforts to curb the mass exodus of Rohingya's from Myanmar.

70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh, and there are over 200,000 Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh maintains that they are Myanmar nationals and must return to their country.

06 Apr 2017Rohingya Muslims: Aung San Suu kyi denies "ethnic cleansing"