'Suu Kyi should ensure citizenship to Rohingya'

'Suu Kyi should ensure citizenship to Rohingya'

'Suu Kyi should ensure citizenship to Rohingya'

With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven almost 380,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country, the government said Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month's U.N. General Assembly meetings.

Summary: Khader, Sahitya Akademi award-winning Malayalam writer, who was born at Bilin in Mon State of the then Burma, says the onus is on Ms. Suu Kyi to take steps to give citizenship rights to the Rohingya.

Myanmar's military says Rohingya Muslim villagers helped them arrest six suspected Rohingya insurgents armed with swords and slingshots in the country's conflict-torn northern Rakhine state.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against "terrorists" it blames for the attacks on the security forces, burning homes and civilian deaths.

He also criticized the worldwide community for doing nothing to stop the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, saying, under global law, every country has the responsibility to make sure that genocide will not take place.

Britain, Patel said, will continue to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable Rohingya who have fled into Bangladesh, providing over 55,000 people with food and protecting the most vulnerable, including women and girls.

British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first statement from the Security Council on Myanmar in nine years.

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That new estimate given Tuesday in a statement by UNHCR is more than 50,000 higher than Monday's estimate - a result of aid agencies reaching "more villages, hamlet and pockets where refugees have gathered".

In Myanmar, Dujarric said most aid activities in northern Rakhine state remain either suspended or severely interrupted, although the government is delivering some aid through the Red Cross.

The troubles started when Rohingya militants attacked a police post and killed several officers.

Boatloads of exhausted Rohingya continued to arrive in the Cox's Bazar region of neighbouring Bangladesh on Thursday. While the government of Bangladesh is accommodating many displaced Rohingya, significant numbers of civilians are stranded along the border waiting for much-needed relief, while other communities in Rakhine have become internally displaced.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has pledged to help the new arrivals, but demanded that Myanmar "take their nationals back".

Before Aug. 25, Bangladesh had already been housing some 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled earlier flashes of violence including anti-Muslim riots in 2012.

United Nations officials in Bangladesh now believe the total number of refugees from Myanmar since August 25 could reach 300,000, said Dipayan Bhattacharyya, who is Bangladesh spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP).

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