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World's Silence On Myanmar Violence Against Rohingyas 'A Portrait Of Shame': Presidential Aide
The international community has the responsibility to come up with a long-term solution to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın said on Friday.
"Turkey will continue to maintain its constructive and determined attitude for a solution," Kalın said in a Twitter post.
He called "the world's silence" in the face of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims by security forces of the southeast Asian country "a portrait of shame."
Turkey is continuing its "intensive efforts and initiatives at every level to end the humanitarian tragedy" in Rakhine, according to the president's aide.
He noted that Turkish humanitarian aid agencies, including the Turkish Red Crescent, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), are involved in these efforts.
Turkish authorities are also in contact with authorities in Myanmar and Bangladesh -- where thousands of Rohingya have fled -- to supply humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people, Kalın stressed.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also been very vocal about the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, conducting phone diplomacy with many world leaders to call for a solution to the violence. On Friday, he accused Myanmar of committing "genocide" against Rohingya Muslims in a speech he gave in Istanbul for the occasion of Eid al-Adha.
Erdoğan said he would bring up the issue at the next U.N. General Assembly in New York later this month, adding that he had already talked to Guterres as well as a dozen other Muslim leaders.
Violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Aug. 25 when the country's security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh, though the country sealed off its border for the refugees.
The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.
2017 has been the bloodiest chapter yet in a bitter five-year crisis that has torn apart Rakhine state along ethnic and religious lines, displaced the region's Rohingya community in huge numbers and heaped international condemnation on Myanmar's army and the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Around 400 people -- most of them Rohingya Muslims -- have died in the violence, according to the army chief's office Friday, while the U.N. says 38,000 have sought refuge across the border in Bangladesh.
A further 20,000 Rohingya have massed along the Bangladeshi frontier, barred from entering the South Asian country, while scores of desperate people have drowned attempting to cross the Naf, a border river, in makeshift boats.
Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages by security forces have further amplified tensions, raising fears that violence in Rakhine is spinning out of control.
Indonesian Muslims Protest Myanmar Rohingya Violence: Stopping Burmese Genocide
Muslims in Indonesia held demonstrations outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta Wednesday, demanding an end to violence against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.
Thousands of demonstrators, many in white Islamic robes and skullcaps, walked through the capital's streets to converge outside the embassy in downtown Jakarta.
Persecution of the Rohingya, reviled as illegal immigrants and mostly denied citizenship in Myanmar, has been a lightning rod for anger in Indonesia and across the Muslim world.
Protesters shouting "God is greater" and holding banners that read "Stop killing Muslim Rohingyas" gathered to condemn the worsening humanitarian situation in Rakhine state.
"I think this is not only a religion issue, but moreover a humanitarian issue. What is happening there is very cruel," Tita Fatmawati, a teacher from nearby Bogor, told AFP.
About 6,000 armed police and military officers were deployed to guard the embassy, which was cordoned off behind barbed wire, Jakarta's police spokesman told AFP.
Authorities have been on alert since Sunday after a molotov cocktail was thrown at the embassy.
Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh in recent weeks, fleeing a security sweep by Myanmar forces who have been torching villages in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25.
The refugee exodus has enraged many in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority country.
The country's foreign minister, Retno Marsudi, wrapped up a two-day visit to Myanmar on Tuesday, where she urged Suu Kyi as well as army chief General Min Aung Hlaing to help resolve the crisis.
Concrete Action Necessary For Rohingya Muslims, Indonesian President Says
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that the violence in Myanmar should immediately be terminated, while he urged all parties to take concrete action to deal with the conflict.
"It needs a real action, not just a statement of criticism," Widodo said in a press conference at the State Palace in Jakarta.
"Indonesian government commits to help overcome the humanitarian crisis, synergize with civil society in Indonesia as well as the international community,"
The president assigned Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to communicate with various parties including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Special Advisory Commission For Rakhine State, Kofi Annan.
Marsudi, the president said, left for Myanmar Sunday afternoon to ask the government to stop and prevent violence, urging them to provide protection to all its citizens including Muslims, and provide access to humanitarian aid.
Widodo said, the Indonesian government will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the persecuted ethnics.
"(We) have built a school in Rakhine State and will soon build a hospital that will start in October."
In addition to Myanmar, the President also commissioned Foreign Minister to visit Dhaka, Bangladesh, to prepare humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees residing in the country.
Demba Ba Urges Action To Protect Rohingya Muslims, Praises Turkey's Efforts
Senegalese footballer and former Beşiktaş player Demba Ba called on Muslims to take action to protect Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Sunday, amid concerning reports of a growing number of deaths and forced displacements of Muslims.
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency in the holy city of Mecca after performing the pilgrimage, Ba said the international community carries a great responsibility for the developments in Myanmar.
"Everybody sees and know what is happening but nobody is actually acting or talking to stop this," Ba said.
The former Chelsea striker also praised Turkey's efforts in helping the Rohingya Muslims, saying no other country is putting efforts as much as Turkey to help the persecuted Muslim community.
Violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Aug. 25 when the country's security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh, though the country sealed off its border to refugees.
Turkish officials repeatedly warned Myanmar government to ensure the safety of the Rohingya community. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reiterated Turkey's call to Bangladesh to open its doors to Rohingya people, and said that Turkey would pay all the expenses.
Media reports said Myanmar security forces used disproportionate force, displacing thousands of Rohingya villagers and destroying their homes with mortars and machine guns.
The region has seen simmering tension between its Buddhist and Muslim populations since communal violence broke out in 2012.
A crackdown launched last October in Maungdaw, where Rohingya make up the majority, led to a UN report on human rights violations and crimes against humanity by security forces.
The UN documented mass gang-rape, killings -- including infants and young children -- brutal beatings, and disappearances. Rohingya representatives have said approximately 400 people have been slain during the crackdown.
Persecution of all Muslims in Myanmar on the rise, rights group says
The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Burma and not confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing, a Burma rights group said on Tuesday.
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country's Buddhist monks, and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
"The transition to democracy has allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a dangerous narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma," the group said in a report.
The report draws on more than 350 interviews in more than 46 towns and villages over an eight-month period since March 2016.
Burma's government made no immediate response to the report. Authorities deny discrimination and say security forces in Rakhine are fighting a legitimate campaign against "terrorists".
Besides Rohingya Muslims, the report also examines the wider picture of Muslims of different ethnicities across Burma following waves of communal violence in 2012 and 2013.
The report says many Muslims of all ethnicities have been refused national identification cards, while access to Islamic places of worship has been blocked in some places.
At least 21 villages around Burma have declared themselves "no-go zones" for Muslims, backed by the authorities, it said.
In Rakhine state, the report highlighted growing segregation between Buddhists and Muslim communities and severe travel restriction for the Muslim Rohingyas, which limited their access to health care and education.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh since 25 August, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people.
The treatment of Burma's roughly 1.1 million Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing Burma de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who critics say have not done enough to protect the Muslim minority from persecution.
The London-based Burma Human Rights Network has been advocating among the international community for human rights in Burma since 2012, it says on its website.
73,000 Rohingya Muslims pour into Bangladesh
The influx of Rohingya Muslims has continued with at least 73,000 people crossing into Bangladesh after violence killed nearly 400 people in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state late last month, U.N. refugee agency said Sunday.
"Hundreds of people displaced by the violence are still crossing into Bangladesh. An estimated 73,000 people have entered into Bangladesh as of Sunday morning," Joseph Tripura, spokesman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Dhaka, told DPA.
The estimate is based on witnesses' accounts and reports by the local and international non-governmental organizations working for the Rohingya refugees in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox's Bazar bordering Rakhine State, he said.
The deaths of nearly 400 people in violence against Rohingya people by Myanmarese security forces on Aug. 25 forced the minority Muslims to cross in their thousands to neighboring Bangladesh for safety.
Many others have been trapped in the border between the two countries awaiting shelter, food and security. Dozens have died trying to cross a river into Bangladesh in an effort to escape the unrest.
The refugees said that the security forces carried out attacks on civilians, torched their homes and drive them out of Rakhine.
The UNHCR official said local volunteers were trying to reach the displaced people with emergency support.
"Many of (the Rohingya refugees) were provided with temporary shelters at school buildings and community centers," Tripura said, adding that a full-fledged need assessment for the newly landed refugees would take a great deal of time to prepare as the migrant inflow is continuing unabated.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has called on Bangladesh to open its doors to Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.
Speaking at a Qurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice), also known as Eid al-Adha, celebration event in the Mediterranean province of Antalya on Friday, Çavuşoğlu reiterated Turkey's call to Bangladesh to open its doors to Rohingya people, and said that Turkey would pay all the expenses.