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White House condemns violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

An estimated 300,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmar security forces in response to an attack on a military outpost by Rohingya militants on August 25.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: September 12, 2017 4:04 pm
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The White House has condemned the violence in Myanmar and called on the security authorities to respect the rule of law and end the massive displacement of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community. An estimated 300,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmar security forces in response to an attack on a military outpost by Rohingya militants on August 25.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the massive displacement and victimisation of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Myanmar security forces are not protecting civilians. “The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine State in Burma, where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts on August 25. We reiterate our condemnation of those attacks and ensuing violence,” Sanders told reporters at a daily news conference.

Sanders said the US is alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces’ consent. “We call on Burmese security authorities to respect the rule of law, stop the violence, and end the displacement of civilians from all communities,” Sanders said urging Burmese security forces to work with the elected government in implementing the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations.

Welcoming the Burmese government’s commitment to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches victims as quickly as possible, Sanders urged the government to allow media access to the afflicted areas as soon as possible. “Most of those displaced by the violence have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh and we greatly appreciate the significant efforts of the government of Bangladesh to facilitate humanitarian assistance,” Sanders said.

According to a senior State Department official, so far in FY 2017, the US has provided nearly USD 63 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable communities displaced in Myanmar and from Myanmar in the region, including Bangladesh. “The US Government is working with the diplomatic community, the UN, and other international organisations to urge Burmese authorities to provide unfettered humanitarian access and ensure humanitarian assistance reaches all communities in need,” a State Department spokesperson said.

In a separate statement, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemned attacks on civilians and security forces in Rakhine State. Burma’s security forces have razed entire villages, slaughtered families, and even placed landmines in the path of fleeing refugees, creating “a staggering humanitarian disaster,” according to USCIRF’s Chairman Daniel Mark.

“Burma’s security forces must end their attacks on civilians in Rakhine State,” said Mark. “We call upon Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to unequivocally condemn the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. Burma’s government and military must uphold their international humanitarian and human rights commitments,” he said.

The US has been seeking closer relations with the democratically-elected government of Burma, also known as Myanmar.

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    CBA
    Sep 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    White House should remember that your country is also attacked by the Jihadists at 9/11 and every time little cases are happening. Muslim's ideology is very clear, if you read Quran(Jihadi verses) and they are applying it everywhere. So, I urge the White House people to read Quran again. Muslims are doing everything according to Quran and they are not hiding anything. I thank them for this. But the problem with non Muslims because they don't want understand it by that way. They say Moderate muslim country, radical Muslims etc. Muslims are fanatic by nature and by the bounty of the Quranic verses/Satanic verses. It is the holy duty of Muslim to take part in Jihad and they will be ensured Jannatul Ferdous(Best out of 7 Jannats), so accordingly they are doing. So, I request White House to avoid these words like moderate muslims or radical muslims. You should call the spade a spade, nothing else. Muslims will destroy the world first but nobody allah or god and this is final. Remember USA.
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      Sep 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm
      Bhakts are abusing rohingyas but they dont realise they its their beloved govt who is letting them in ..few are coming illeagly but most of them are entering through borders. Feku is playing low life politics on rohingya issue. Infact they are eating away the un refuge funds coming to india .
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        lax
        Sep 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm
        Why only Muslims are unable to co-exist peacefully with other communities in any country?? It is proved beyond doubt they are Not loyal to the Country the live in. Their religion is everything. India is already in Big trouble due to this problem. Bad Luck for India.
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          BOB
          Sep 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm
          WHITE HOUSE SHOULD TAKE ALL THE HOMELESS PEOPLE TO USA
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            Sep 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm
            Yes they do have 2,50,000 illegal Indians...bob? Is it ur real name?
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            SUKUMAR BHATTACHARYA
            Sep 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm
            They deserve it.
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              Bhargav Mehta
              Sep 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm
              Bro, Don't be so happy and don't say this word "They deserve it". One day will come when you have to face this circumstances. So Therefore, do not celebrate.
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                Sep 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm
                China on the east pa k on west j k in north where will i run if same happens to you ? Only choice will be jumping into the sea. Ur neighbors wont take ur ugly a s s.
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