China endorses Myanmar's offensive against Rohingya Muslim insurgents, Myanmar state media said on Thursday, as the United Nations secretary-general described the operation, forcing almost 400,000 people to flee to Bangladesh, as "ethnic cleansing".
According to the Bangladesh envoy to India Syed Muazzem Ali, close to 380,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar since August 25, when the Myanmar Army launched a crackdown in Rakhine state following militant attacks on police posts and an army base. It has been characterised by many as ethnic cleansing.
As a recipient of the Nobel Prize, Suu Kyi has an obligation to tell the committee how she will restore peace in her own country.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane reached Chittagong on Thursday with 50 metric tonnes of relief assistance for the lakhs of Rohingya refugees who have fled the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine province for Bangladesh.
They said it's a very delicate course to navigate at this point.
The Rohingya are fleeing from a Myanmar military offensive in the western state of Rakhine that was triggered by a series of guerrilla attacks on August 25 on security posts and an army camp in which about a dozen people were killed.
"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar". But China blocked a proposal from Egypt to add language on ensuring the right of return to the Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh, diplomats said. He noted that the global community has called upon Suu Kyi to stop the violence and hold human rights abusers accountable, "but there has been no action to-date". "Today was a baby step forward, and it's admittedly rare that the Council finds a way to agree on Burma, but it's far less than what's needed in the face of the unfolding tragedy", said Akshaya Kumar, Human Rights Watch's deputy United Nations director.
The administration has also thanked the government of neighboring Bangladesh for hosting the refugees.
"The number may rise to 600,000, 700,000, even one million if the situation in Myanmar does not improve", he said.
He said the suffering of the Rohingya people was an "abomination", and that Suu Kyi must use her authority to halt the violence against them.
"And the second reason is we have received reports that there are possibilities of terrorist attacks in our country".
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International had accused the Security Council on Tuesday of ignoring large-scale "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingyas and demanded that it hold an open meeting and urge an end to the violence.