Trudeau appoints Bob Rae as special envoy to Myanmar
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is appointing Bob Rae a special envoy to Myanmar, two months into a growing crisis that has left 600,000 Rohingya Muslim people displaced.
The move comes in response to growing public pressure to act in the face of what Canada and the United Nations have labeled ethnic cleansing of a long persecuted minority in Myanmar. As of Sunday, it’s estimated 603,000 Rohingya, mostly from the troubled Rakhine state, have fled to shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh (Because that’s where they’re from).
Myanmar is dealing with a Muslim insurgency, they are deporting the Rohingya who provide the terrorists their support. India is following suit. We do not need to add to our own problems, let Muslim nations suck it up and actually do something for once.
Looking from Yangon, you would never know that a major humanitarian crisis has been unfolding for more than a month in Myanmar’s western region of Rakhine.
More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh since militants attacked police posts on 25 August, unleashing a massive military crackdown.
The Burmese authorities have been under mounting pressure to end the violence, address instability in Rakhine, and grant humanitarian access.
But the country’s biggest city is a picture of calm on the surface, with clean roads, plenty of greenery and orderly – if congested – traffic. Well-dressed men and women get on with their daily lives.
People here don’t use the term Rohingya. They are portrayed in the media as “Bengali Muslims” and some even describe them as illegal Bengali immigrants from Bangladesh.
Amid a raging debate over the deportation of Rohingyas from India, Times Now’s exclusive investigation has revealed why Centre has taken the stand it has.
22 Rohingya Muslims, who were posing as refugees, have been arrested in Bangladesh, Times Now has learnt. The 22 people are allegedly linked to the massacre of Rohingya Hindus in Myanmar.
The same forces are believed to have attacked Bangladeshi forces earlier and Pakistan’s deep state is believed to have trained this group of 22 Rohingyas.
Contrary to popular perception, the violence began even before Myanmar gained independence in 1948.
Rohingya terrorist surrenders, 1961 uprising
The current international narrative on the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority has failed to recognise the roots of the present crisis or the growing transnational jihadist links of Rohingya militants, who have stepped up attacks. Contrary to the perception that the Rohingya militancy has arisen from military repression in recent years, Myanmar’s jihad scourge is decades old, with Rohingya Islamist violence beginning even before Myanmar gained independence in 1948.
Murder and Islam. Why it almost seems there’s a link.
Myanmar troops have uncovered the bodies of 45 Hindu villagers as the army accused Rohingya Muslims of carrying out a massacre.
Soldiers say they are still searching for another 48 missing Hindus who are feared dead after the discovery of mass graves in Rakhine state containing skeletal remains, including of women and children.
Army chiefs say the villagers were killed by Rohingya militants who also attacked police outposts. They say this justifies a brutal crackdown which has seen 480,000 people from the minority sect flee across the border to Bangladesh in a month.
During last week’s United Nations General Assembly, many condemnations of the ethnic cleansing of the largely Muslim Rohingya by the Myanmar military were heard.
The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave.
The army says the bodies of 20 women and eight men and boys were found in two pits in northern Rakhine state.
The state has been in turmoil since 25 August when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on police posts.
Over 400,000 Rohingya have since fled an offensive by the military, which the UN accuses of ethnic cleansing.
A surge in clashes between Islamist terrorists and the government of Burma (Myanmar) is at the root of a refugee crisis in Southeast Asia that has caused the United Nations and international media to focus attention on the Rohingyas in the northern Rakhine, an isolated province in the west of the Buddhist-majority country.
In late August 2017, a terrorist group calling itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launched a series of coordinated attacks on Burmese security forces in northern Rakhine. When the Burmese Army announced that it had responded by killing 370 assailants, Rohingya activists claimed that many of the dead were innocent people who had not been involved in the attacks. They also accused the authorities of demolishing Rohingya villages — devastation that was shown in satellite images released by Human Rights Watch — but the Burmese government said that it was carried out by ARSA, which had committed similar attacks on Burmese police in October 2016.
Suspected al-Qaeda operative Shauman Haq, alias Shami ur Rehman a British national of Bangladeshi origin was arrested by the special cell of the Delhi Police
A British al-Qaeda militant who is accused of organising resistance among Rohingyas to fight the Myanmar Army has been arrested by Delhi Police special cell.
Samiun Rahman, 28, alias Hamdan, a London resident, was staying in India with fake identity of Shumon Haq alias Raju Bhai. He is accused of establishing a base for the outfit in the city to recruit cadre for jihad.
The fake ID lists his residential address as being in Bihar but his parents moved to Britain from Bangladesh in 1960s and settled in central London.
Malaysian police have revealed that some citizens are engaging in “jihad” on behalf of the Rohingya of Myanmar, and against the government that is allegedly supporting their decimation.
The Sun reports that Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) has revealed that the Islamic State is now using the plight of the beleaguered community to influence and engage new recruits.
Photos are being shared across social media on popular ISIS sympathizer sites to lure potential militants, reported one director at the “ISIS Threat to Youths Awareness Seminar,” held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
OTTAWA — Aung San Suu Kyi must publicly condemn the atrocities being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, or else her rhetoric and global reputation as a champion of human rights will mean nothing, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“It is with profound surprise, disappointment and dismay that your fellow Canadians have witnessed your continuing silence in the face of the brutal oppression of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim people,” Trudeau wrote Monday in a letter to Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar.
The powerful military in Myanmar is accused of burning down the homes of Rohingya Muslims, forcing more than 400,000 members of the persecuted minority to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, according to the latest UN figures.
BALUKHALI, Bangladesh — Nazir Hossain, the imam of a village in far western Myanmar, gathered the faithful around him after evening prayers last month. In a few hours, more than a dozen Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army fighters from his village would strike a nearby police post with an assortment of handmade weapons.
The men needed their cleric’s blessing.
“As imam, I encouraged them never to step back from their mission,” Mr. Hossain recalled of his final words to the ethnic Rohingya militants. “I told them that if they did not fight to the death, the military would come and kill their families, their women and their children.”
Also… India to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims due to terror links with Pakistan
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s home ministry said on Monday it would confidentially share intelligence information with the Supreme Court showing Rohingya links with Pakistan-based militants, in a bid to get legal clearance for plans to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims.
The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal lodged on behalf of Rohingya against the deportation plan proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.
Myanmar’s top general has blamed Rohingya people for the crisis that has led to hundreds of thousands crossing into Bangladesh.
Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the Rohingya “has never been an ethnic group”, and accused “extremists” of trying to form a stronghold in northern Rakhine state.
His army is accused of targeting civilians in an offensive there, forcing Rohingya to flee.
Myanmar denies this, and says it is responding to deadly militant attacks.
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As always you’ll be expected to pick up the tab for this next batch of Liberal Party members.
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