United Nations chief urges Myanmar government to protect citizens

Pope Francis delivers his message during his weekly general audience at the Vatican Wednesday Aug. 23 2017- AP

Pope Francis delivers his message during his weekly general audience at the Vatican Wednesday Aug. 23 2017- AP

Many people put her ruthlessness down to political expedience and fear of an unpredictable military.

The top United Nations human rights official called on authorities in Myanmar on Tuesday to ensure that the security forces refrain from using disproportionate force against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the global community to step up efforts to help Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, saying the world was "blind and deaf" to their plight.

Soldiers had detained and returned almost 500 Rohingya trying to cross the border since Monday, Shariful Islam Jamaddar, a deputy commander of BGB, said.

About 90,000 Rohingya fled their homes in northern Rakhine during a crackdown by security forces following deadly attacks on three local border guard stations in October 2016 for which the ARSA claimed responsibility.

A government spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Qasemi urged the government in Myanmar "to halt the continued violation of human rights of Muslims and end ongoing inhuman and violent situation in the country".

While the causes of the fires could not be ascertained, it noted that it "compared the locations of these fires with witness statements it has collected and media reports, and found a correlation with some reported incidents where residences have allegedly been deliberately burned".

In May, the Pontiff received the de facto head of the Myanmar government and Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, at the Vatican, in a meeting that also marked the beginning of bilateral diplomatic relations.

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The government said it was investigating whether members of global aid groups had been involved in an alleged siege by the insurgents of a village in Rakhine.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya fighters in Rakhine state.

In a meeting with Myanmar's charge d'affaires in Dhaka, a top Bangladeshi foreign ministry official proposed joint military efforts against the militants along the border.

A series of co-ordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on Friday has triggered a fresh exodus to Bangladesh of Muslim villagers trying to escape the violence.

"We will do what we can do for our part but the government of Myanmar should take serious steps on this issue", Çavuşoğlu said.

Many hundreds more also took shelter on no man's land after failing to cross the border since the last two days.

The government used a militant attack on border guards back in October 2016 as a pretext to enforce the blockade on Rakhine. A total of 89 people, including 12 security personnel, were killed during the violence.

The Rohingya have for years endured apartheid-like conditions in northwestern Myanmar - they are denied citizenship and face severe restrictions on their movements.