A Mother And Two Minor Daughters Raped By Myanmar Army In Front Of Each Other

A Mother And Two Minor Daughters Raped By Myanmar Army In Front Of Each Other

RB News
December 8, 2016
Maungdaw, Arakan – On December 4th, 2016, a mother and two minor daughters were raped by the Myanmar military in front of each other.
The military and Na Ta La villagers raided Myaw Taung village tract in Northern Maungdaw on the above mentioned day at 1pm. Seven soldiers entered into the house of one man situated at the middle hamlet. The man in the house was in fear of arrest and torture when he saw the military inside the hamlet. He left home immediately and could manage to escape. In his absence, his 36-year-old wife and two minor daughters became rape victims. The mother and two daughters were barbarically gang raped by all seven soldiers.
Today, on December 8th, 2016 at 3:20pm five men wearing civil dress who could be soldiers, border guard police and some Rakhine extremists from Tha Yet Oak village tract entered into Myaw Taung village tract by riding on two motorbikes. They were carrying two guns and three swords. They found two Rohingya villagers riding two motorbikes and they stopped them. Two of the men snatched the keys and the rest started beating the Rohingya villagers.
The two Rohingya villagers managed to escape but they couldn’t secure their bikes so they were robbed of them. The armed men took their bikes and went ahead then. After reaching some distance, they found a small shop selling some electrical items and foodstuffs. They started looting the goods from the shop and left from the village.
The shop owner is Eliyas s/o Siddik (25-year-old) and the owners of the motorbikes are Kamal s/o Mahmod Kawbir (40-year-old) and Furkhan (23-year-old).
Pha Wet Chaung Village Tract
On December 7th, 2016, at 8am more than 25 security forces entered into North hamlet of Pha Wet Chaung village tract and as usual they looted motorbikes, bicycles, furniture and valuable properties. They vandalized household goods and unmovable properties. Before the troops enter into the hamlet, all villagers including women and children fled to Ywa Ma hamlet.
After looting, the troops loaded everything on the boat and took them to Na Ta La village which is about a mile away from the hamlet.
The troops were believed to be seeking the women and girls to be used as sex slaves and they remained in the hamlet till 7pm. However they found no one returning except a man who is in-charge of hundred houses [locally elected leader of hundred houses] and two middle aged women. When the troops tried to catch the women, the women jumped into the stream and went Ma Yin Taung hamlet in Pwint Phyu Chaung village tract. Finally the troops decided to give up.
Today, on December 8th, 2016, the same troops entered other two hamlets, Ywa Ma and Thae Chaung. They carried out the same looting and vandalizing as they did in North hamlet. Moreover they burned down all the tents at the fishing ponds and the bars of the harvested crops on the farms. They also looted many cattle including of Salay Ahmed and Kawbir Ahmed.
Report contributed by Rohingya Eye.
(Photo: Getty Images)

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Rohingya Villagers Who Spoke To Kofi Annan Commission Detained And Beaten

Rohingya Villagers Who Spoke To Kofi Annan Commission Detained And Beaten

RB News
December 3, 2016
Maungdaw, Arakan – Rohingya men who spoke to the Kofi Annan Commission were reportedly detained afterwards. Women and children were reportedly beaten indiscriminately on the same day in Kyet Yoe Pyin village tract in northern Maungdaw Township.
On the morning of December 3rd 2016, officials from Maungdaw Township came to Kyet Yoe Pyin village and were reported to have forced many villagers to leave or flee.
At around 11:30am the delegation led by Kofi Annan arrived in the village. Some Rohingya men, women and children were able to meet and talk with them. While there were soldiers escorting the delegation other groups of soldiers were stationed through the village and some were waiting in the mountains of a nearby village.
Once the delegation’s cars left the village soldiers in the village moved in and began arresting men in the village and beating women and children indiscriminately, according to a local villager. The villager said three of the village elders were detained at this time.
While the soldiers were beating the women and children a villager ran to catch up to the delegation’s cars and was able to catch up to them near Ngan Chaung village. He reported the incident to a member of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission. A member of the Commission assured him that Commission will inform the authorities and that things would be stable.
The detainees were released a few hours later.
In the morning, the soldiers threatened and forced villagers to leave their homes by shooting their guns in the air at Dar Gyi Sar, Yay Khae Chaung Khwa Sone, Myaw Taung and Kyar Gaung Taung villagers, according to locals.
(Photo: Rakhine Commission Twitter)

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Jokowi meets Kofi Annan to discuss Myanmar

Jokowi meets Kofi Annan to discuss Myanmar

Desy Nurhayati

The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali | Thu, December 8, 2016 | 02:47 pm

Jokowi meets Kofi Annan to discuss MyanmarLeaders — President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika (right), welcome former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan (center) prior to the opening of the 9th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Nusa Dua on Thursday. Jokowi and Annan discussed humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya people in Myanmar. (Antara/Nyoman Budhiana)


President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a meeting with former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Thursday to discuss humanitarian aid for the Rohingya people in Rakhine state, Myanmar.

The 30-minute bilateral meeting took place before the President officially opened the ninth Bali Democracy Forum, in which Annan, who served as UN secretary-general from 1997 to 2006, became the keynote speaker.

Annan, who founded the Kofi Annan Foundation, is now the head of the Advisory Committee for Rakhine State. During the meeting, he explained to Jokowi his findings during his visit to the conflict area and advised countries to take urgent steps to help victims of the humanitarian crisis.

“Indonesia will soon dispatch humanitarian aid for the Rohingya people. I have ordered the relevant ministers to prepare the necessary logistics, especially food and blankets,” Jokowi said after the meeting.

Accompanying the President at the meeting, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Annan appreciated the Indonesian government for taking prompt action to provide humanitarian assistance for victims in the troubled state.

“In the longer term, we will also support Myanmar in terms of providing capacity building in the field of good governance, democracy and human rights. We have started these programs and will continue to do that, because it is very important,” she explained, citing results of her recent discussion with Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Delegations from 94 countries and observers from several organizations are attending the two-day conference to discuss democracy, religious tolerance and pluralism and strengthen global cooperation. (ebf)

Source by: http://www.thejakartapost.com/

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PM: Govt sympathetic to Rohingyas, but hard against culprits

PM: Govt sympathetic to Rohingyas, but hard against culprits

  • BSS
  • Published at 07:25 PM December 07, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:50 PM December 07, 2016
PM: Govt sympathetic to Rohingyas, but hard against culprits
PM talking during the Question-Answer Session in the parliament . Photo- PID

Hasina says the government cannot open the border for Rohingyas on a large scale as it is the matter of two sovereign countries

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her government is very much sympathetic towards the Rohingyas, but hard against the culprits, who want to use Bangladesh’s land against neighbours.

“Bangladesh has already allowed many distressed Myanmar nationals to enter its territory amid recent trouble in Myanmar but under no circumstances Bangladesh will allow any criminals responsible for recent attacks on the Myanmar Army and border guards [that left nine dead],” she told parliament yesterday.

In reply to a question from Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam, Hasina said: “Bangladesh’s soil will not be allowed to use for any subversive activities against our neighbours.”

She said that her government had been giving all possible supports, including food, shelter and medical facilities, to the Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar. “But we cannot open our gate for their influx on a large scale as it is the matter of two sovereign countries.”

Hasina said that the Foreign Ministry had already summoned the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka and asked him to refrain from creating any situation which would aggravate the situation.

“We have taken all steps which we should do. We are careful about both humanity and discouraging any subversive activities in the neighbouring country,” she said.

The prime minister said that the government had asked the border guards and intelligence agencies to trace the culprits responsible for the recent attacks on the border guard police and the army in Myanmar.

These culprits are responsible for the current unrest in Myanmar and putting thousands of people into troubles. “We have to find out whether any of those culprits has taken shelter inside our territory. They will be handed over to the Myanmar authorities soon after arrest,” she told parliament.

According to IOM Bangladesh, an estimated 21,000 Rohingyas arrived in Cox’s Bazar between October 9 and December 2 to escape violence in Myanmar.

In September, Hasina told Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi that the Rohingya issue should be solved by the two next-door neighbours after the latter sought her help.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal recently said that the Rohingyas who had entered Bangladesh recently must go back to Myanmar.

Bangladesh has two registered and several unofficial Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar whereas some 300,000-500,000 undocumented Rohingyas are living in the country illegally. The government claims that many of the Rohingyas are involved in crimes and militant activities.

The government is communicating with the international community and urging them to take strong position against oppression on the Rohingya people.

Earlier, more than 100 people were killed in violence in Rakhine and some 125,000 Rohingyas took refuge in camps for internally displaced persons while several thousand others entered Bangladesh to save their life in 2012.

Source by: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/12/07/pm-govt-sympathetic-rohingyas-hard-culprits

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BGB sends back 135 Rohingyas

BGB sends back 135 Rohingyas

BGB sends back 135 Rohingyas
BGB stopping Rohingyas Photo: Morshed Ali Khan

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has sent back 135 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar in the face of ongoing crackdown in Rakhain state.

BGB personnel prevented the trespassing at different points of the Naf river on Thursday morning.

“We raided four different points of the river around 7:30am and pushed back at least 135 Rohingyas boarded in nine boats,” said Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abujar Al Zahid

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh illegally after Myanmar troops launched a crackdown in Rakhine state in response to attacks on three border posts on October 9 that killed nine police officers.

Bangladesh has stepped up security along its border with Myanmar to prevent influx of Rohingyas fleeing violence in Rakhine state that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000 others.

Myanmar and the military have denied accusations by Rohingyas and rights groups of raping women, torching houses and killing civilians during their operations.

Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingyas as its citizens and dubs them ‘Bangali’. Rohingyas, who managed to land in Bangladesh, have taken shelter at refugee camps and other places in Cox’s Bazar.

Bangladesh has so far pushed back thousands of Rohingyas.

The latest violence is the most serious since the 2012 communal clashes. Many have criticised Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence although her party is in power.

Source by: http://www.dhakatribune.com/

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We Are Mistreated in ACTS Clinics, says Rohingya Refugee in Malaysia

We Are Mistreated in ACTS Clinics, says Rohingya Refugee in Malaysia

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 8, 2016 18:56

We Are Mistreated in ACTS Clinics, says Rohingya Refugee in Malaysia

‘We are mistreated in ACTS Clinics’, said a Rohingya refugee in Kuala Lumpur on Monday

By KM Adam | RVision TV News

Kuala Lumpur – A chief interpreter of ACTS (A Call-To-Serve) who goes by the name ‘Loreal’ is a Rakhine Buddhist migrant woman from Myanmar racially discriminating and mistreating the Rohingya refugee patients in the Free Medical Clinic center at the Batu Arang branch in the city of Rawang.

It has been reported that the Rakhine woman deliberately misinterprets the statements of the Rohingya refugee patients rendering them with little medical services or without proper medical services at all.

A Rohingya refugee with months of experiences having medical services at the clinic said “there are no Rohingya interpreters for the services of the Rohingya patients at the Batu Arang clinic. Burmese language interpreters interpret for the Rohingya patients, too. Ms. Loreal is one of the interpreters working in the clinic for more than three years pretending herself as a Chin ethnic refugee.

“Since she is an interpreter working at the clinic for long, their boss — who is a Chinese woman named Ms. Rose Marry Chong — listens to her and believes what she says. Taking advantage of that, she abuses Rohingya patients visiting the clinic for medical services on the referral of the UNHCR or on their own using racial slurs like Kular. She misinterprets their statements. So, the doctors in the clinic don’t understand actual health problems of the Rohingya refugees.

“When international investigation teams or humanitarian groups arrive at the clinic to ask about the Rohingya situation in Malaysia and back in Arakan state in Myanmar, she doesn’t let them speak freely and interpret them even before they say something. For example, when the patients try to say ‘we are Rohingya and have left Myanmar due to persecution’, she interprets they don’t anything about Arakan situation as they are Bengali immigrants in Myanmar and left the country for economic reasons. That leads the international visitors to wrong conclusions.

“Some disabled or physically challenged refugees are having medical services there. But they dare not speak up in fear of expulsion from the clinic. We, the Rohingya refugees, are mistreated.”

A reliable source also reports that the Rakhine woman is one of the leaders that leads a gang of some 50 Rakhine extremist migrants working all over Malaysia. They are reportedly involved in abusing Malaysia and inciting racial hatred against Myanmar Muslims through social media; and final sponsorships of Rakhine Buddhist extremists against Muslims in Myanmar.

Similar misconducts against the visiting refugee patients or their caretakers by the Receptionists/Interpreting Staffs of ACTS’ at other branches have also been reported.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com/mistreated-acts-clinics-says-rohingya-refugee-malaysia/

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Myanmar Army Reported Gang Raping Rohingya Women and Plundering Homes in Myaw Taung

Myanmar Army Reported Gang Raping Rohingya Women and Plundering Homes in Myaw Taung

RB News
December 7, 2016
Maungdaw, Arakan – The Myanmar army has been reported plundering 300 Rohingya shops and gang raping women, one of whom is said to have died as a result.
On December 6th, 2016 the Myanmar military was reported plundering more than 300 Rohingya shops at random in Myaw Taung village tract in Northern Maungdaw Township, according to locals.
They reported that the military has also burnt down several houses and killed many innocents since November 12th.
On December 1st a group of 500 soldiers were reported entering the village and then forcing all of the women there from their homes. They were said to have sexually abused and beaten all of the women in the group. Locals say that at this time all of the gold and cash from the houses in the village were looted, as well as motorcycles, furniture and other valuables.
On December 2nd and 3rd the military was reported bringing boats and villagers from the Na Ta La village of Pha Wet Chaung to Myaw Taung. They then reportedly looted the village again with the help of the Na Ta La villagers, who were also reported stealing Rohingya owned buffaloes, cows and goats and taking them back to Pha Wet Chaung.
On December 4th at 6pm the soldiers were reported forcing more than 500 women and children to come out from their homes and gather at a school in the village. From this group the soldiers were said to have selected some of the women and then took them away in groups.
The women were reportedly gang raped while they were taken away, and then returned to the school afterwards at around 11pm, when they were accompanied by a group of soldiers. After this the women and children were allowed to return to their homes.
A 16 year old girl who was in one of the groups taken away and raped by the soldiers died on next day, December 5th, locals said.
After six days of the military plundering the village, locals say there is no food left anywhere. They warn that the children in the village are now at serious risk of starvation.
Report contributed by MYARF.
Rohingya houses in Thu Oo Lar village brunt to the ground by Myanmar military in mid November

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Rohingya: Victims of Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances by Burmese forces

Rohingya: Victims of Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances by Burmese forces

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 8, 2016 16:01

Rohingya: Victims of Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances by Burmese forces


Maungdaw — The Burmese (Myanmar) armed forces have been continuously carrying out mass arrests of the Rohingya civilians, torturing the arrestees and subjecting some to enforced disappearances as part of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s western Rakhine (Arakan) state, said a human rights activist based in Maungdaw.

In the pretext of ‘Clearance Operation’ in northern Maungdaw Township since October 9, the Burmese armed forces — the Military and the Border Guard Police (BGP) — have arbitrarily arrested more than 1,000 civilians later subjecting them to tortures and enforced disappearances on top of extrajudicial killings of around 500 people, raping more than 200 women and burning down approximately 4,000 homes leading to displacements of more than 50,000 people without shelter, food, water and medicines.

Two people, a man and a girl, were severely wounded as a joint force of 500 Burmese military and BGP launched raids on ‘Oo Shye Kya’ village and opened fire on the villagers trying to flee from arbitrary arrests on December 7 morning. During the multiple raids conducted on the village on December 7, 37 civilians were arrested by joint force.

“The military brought the women and children out of homes and besieged them at a paddy plain in front of the village’s market, where the military looted their jewelries and molested them for the whole day. The military and BGP further threatened ‘tell us where the terrorists are. If not, we will kill you, we will arrest you’” said a local person in northern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity.

According to local sources, series of plunders of Rohingya homes and their shops by the Rakhine extremists supported by the Burmese military are among many other widespread crimes committed against the Rohingya.

A displaced Rohingya said “the military have burnt down our homes. The Rakhine (Magh) extremists supported by the military are plundering many homes and shops. They have destroyed cooking pots and other household tools so that we can’t sleep, cook and eat. Now, we don’t have shelters, food, water and medicines. Many people will die soon due to diseases and starvations. In fact, some have already died.”

In two separate incidents on Tuesday (Dec 6) and Wednesday (Dec 7), the Burmese military have arbitrarily arrested four Rohingya youths at ‘Chinkhali’ village in Rathedaung Township. Without any evidences found against the victims, the Burmese military referred them to the BGP Headquarter — where according to the reliable sources at least 100 people are locked up and being tortured inhumanely — in Kyikanpyin village, Maungdaw Township.

The victims are identified to be:

No Name Father Age
1 Mv Iman Hussein Aman Ullah (ex-chairman) 28
2 Jahangir @ Zaw Win (School Teacher) Saaf Meah 25
3 Mv Abul Kasim ? 35
4 Ziyabu ? 17

[Edited by M.S. Anwar] 

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com/rohingya-victims-arbitrary-arrests-torture-enforced-disappearances-burmese-forces/

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70-Year-Old Rohingya Man in Critical Condition Following Attack by Burmese Troops

70-Year-Old Rohingya Man in Critical Condition Following Attack by Burmese Troops

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 6, 2016 15:14

70-Year-Old Rohingya Man in Critical Condition Following Attack by Burmese Troops

By Amanullah | RVision TV News

Maungdaw – An elderly Rohingya man is in critical condition following attacks by the Burmese troops at Ngakura village in northern Maungdaw on Monday (Dec 5) evening.

The 70-year-old man, Hala Meah (son of) Mohammed Yusof, was stopped and mercilessly attacked by a group of the Burmese troops, while he was on his way to mosque to offer ‘Asar’ prayer around 5 pm.

“The elderly man was only going to pray. Meanwhile, a group of the Burmese military popped up from nowhere and started whacking with their guns. It left him with severe injuries and he is struggling to survive. There are no way to give medical treatments either” said a local in Ngakura locally known as Nagpura village.

Meanwhile, the death-toll of the Rohingya boat victims increased to 26 as the Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) went on a shooting rampage capsizing three Rohingya boats fleeing from the Burmese military violence in Maungdaw.

[Read the Report: Dozen Killed as Burmese Border Guards Open Fire on Rohingya Boats]

“Around 35 people got on three paddle-boats on December 4 night. Of them, 6 dead bodies washed up on the bank of the Naff River in Myanmar’s side, other 20 dead bodies were recovered from Bangladeshi fishermen in their maritime territory. So, the numbers of the casualties make up to 26, five people returned alive to Myanmar, while other five are still missing,” a Rohingya man in northern said.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Is ASEAN’s Responsibility

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Is ASEAN’s Responsibility

The delays and inability of the Myanmar junta to provide timely emergency assistance caused additional deaths and sufferings. Some Western governments accused the Myanmar military leadership of failing in its government responsibility to protect citizens. Some even mentioned the possibility of doing unilateral “humanitarian intervention” by air dropping food and other aid supplies in the disaster areas. Some Myanmar military leaders were concerned that an influx of foreign aid workers could interfere in the national referendum of a new constitution on May 10, 2008.

The dire situation prompted the ASEAN foreign ministers to convene an emergency meeting in Singapore on May 19, 2008. At the meeting, in which the author was present as a special assistant to ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the ASEAN foreign ministers asked Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win to consider three options: coping with the humanitarian crisis alone and facing the intensifying wrath of the international community if delays persisted; opening up to working with the UN and the international community; or involving as well ASEAN in international concerted efforts to save lives in the disaster areas.

Enjoying this article? Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month.After reporting back to Nay Pyi Taw, the foreign minister of Myanmar soon returned to the meeting with a breakthrough good news: the Myanmar military government wanted to involve all, including ASEAN.   Subsequently, ASEAN successfully teamed up with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and the UN in organizing coordinated massive international humanitarian assistance for the cyclone survivors.

Now in the wake of the Rohingya crisis, the Myanmar government should refresh memories of lessons learned from Cyclone Nargis.

Hiding behind the obsolete narrow interpretation of non-interference is again not tenable. Over 10,000 Rohingya have fled to seek sanctuary in Bangladesh border areas in recent weeks of violence. More may follow suit. Others might risk their lives by fleeing on unsafe boats to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Muslims in Malaysia and Indonesia have raised vehement hues and cries against what they believe to be “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Last Sunday Malaysian Prime Minister Naijb Razak joined a gathering in Kuala Lumpur to call urgent international attention to the plight of the Rohingya. Like it or not, the Rohingya crisis is an international concern.

Unfortunately the Myanmar government considers the Rohingya as “Bengalis” and “illegal  migrants.”   It even objects to calling them “Rohingya”; no such ethnic minority group is recognized under the law or the constitution of the country. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, during her official visit to Singapore last week, wouldn’t say anything in public about the crisis. She also doesn’t like the name “Rohingya.”

Clearly the government under her NLD leadership is incapable of coping with the Rohingya crisis, partly because a majority of Buddhists in Myanmar don’t empathize with the Rohingya. Some senior Buddhist monks have even campaigned to expel the Rohingya out of the country — no compassion whatsoever from these Buddhist monks. A new commission set up to investigate the recent flare-ups of violence against the Rohingya may not be able to recommend any new solutions.

This is why the Myanmar government must look into new ideas and pragmatic solutions.  Obviously, cooperation with the UN and the international community to at least stop the violence is a sensible option.

Better yet, the Myanmar government can involve ASEAN, just like in the case of Cyclone Nargis eight years ago. ASEAN has the organizational know-how, international connections, and resource mobilization experience. ASEAN can once again build a bridge for Myanmar and the international community to save lives in Myanmar.

In fact, all other ASEAN member governments are duty-bound to offer their assistance to the Myanmar government. This is what community-building in the spirit of caring and sharing is all about. A people-centered ASEAN Community must empathize with the plight of the Rohingya, regardless of whether they are illegal migrants or stateless people. For they are helpless human beings in distress in one corner of our regional community.

ASEAN’s credibility and centrality are directly at stake here should ASEAN member governments continue to shy from offering the assistance. They cannot pretend to be oblivious of the suffering of these human beings.

Offering assistance must not be mistaken as interfering in the domestic affairs of Myanmar. This is part of the collective responsibility in ASEAN to maintain and enhance regional peace, security, and prosperity, as well as promote the well-being of all peoples in the ASEAN Community.

The Myanmar government’s response to such an offer of ASEAN assistance will reveal its true attitude toward ASEAN membership and the ASEAN community spirit.

Dr. Termsak Chalermpalanupap is a fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and lead researcher on ASEAN political and security affairs at the Institute’s ASEAN Studies Centre.     

Source by: http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/myanmars-rohingya-crisis-is-aseans-responsibility

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