Nay Pyi Taw: The Myanmar government here on Thursday signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) with eight out of the 15 ethnic armed groups involved in the peace deal, signalling an end to nearly six decades of civil conflict.
The signing at the Myanmar International Convention Center was witnessed by local and international observers.
Among the eight groups are Kayin National Union, Kayin National Liberation Army – Peace Council, All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, and Chin National Front, reported Xinhua.
The government side was represented by President U Thein Sein, Vice Presidents Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, besides others.
International witnesses from the United Nations, the European Union, China, India, Thailand and Japan were present at the event.
United Nations, October 17, 2017: The UN food aid agency withdrew a critical report revealing desperate hunger among the Rohingya Muslim minority after the Myanmar government ordered it to be taken down, the media reported on Tuesday.
The July assessment by the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that more than 80,000 children under the age of five were “wasting” – a potentially fatal condition of rapid weight loss, reports the Guardian.
The six-page document has since been replaced with a statement saying Myanmar and WFP were “collaborating on a revised version”. That process would involve “representatives from various ministries, and will respond to the need for a common approach” that was in line with “WFP’s future cooperation with the government”.
When asked why the July report was removed, the WFP said it was withdrawn from the website “following a request by the government to conduct a joint review”, the Guardian reported.
In a statement, the agency said: “The WFP stands by its original assessment, which was conducted jointly with local authorities in Rakhine state… However WFP recognises that in a dynamic and evolving situation, it is important to coordinate closely with all partners, including the government.”
Meanwhile, the UN’s most senior official in the country is scheduled to leave at the end of the month amid allegations she suppressed another report and also attempted to shut down public advocacy on Rohingya suffering.
The current crisis began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents attacked police checkpoints on Myanmar’s Rakhine state and killed 12 security personnel.
It resulted in over half a million Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, many alleging that the Myanmar Army conducted a counter-offensive that included mass killings and rapes.(IANS)
New York, September 21, 2017: The US will provide a humanitarian aid package worth $32 million to the Rohingya Muslim minority who have fled violence in Myanmar and crossed into neighbouring Bangladesh, the State Department announced.
The funding “reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people,” said the State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw on Wednesday at the ongoing UN General Assembly here.
He added that the US hoped its contribution would encourage other countries to provide more funding as well, reports CNN.
The aid package comes a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with Myanmar de facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and “welcomed the Myanmar government’s commitment to end the violence in Rakhine state and to allow those displaced by the violence to return home,” according to the State Department.
Tillerson “urged the Myanmar government and military to facilitate humanitarian aid for displaced people in the affected areas, and to address deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations”.
The State Department also said the aid “will help provide emergency shelter, food security, nutritional assistance, health assistance, psychosocial support, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods, social inclusion, non-food items, disaster and crisis risk reduction, restoring family links, and protection to the over 400,000 displaced persons”.
Henshaw said Wednesday’s announcement brought the total US aid to Myanmar refugees, including Rohingya, to nearly $95 million in fiscal year 2017.
Some 415,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the ongoing violence broke out on August 25 when Rohingya rebels attacked police checkposts in Rakhine resulting in the deaths os 12 security personnel, CNN reported.
Speaking at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence called on the world body “to take strong and swift action to bring this crisis” of violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar to an end.
“The United States renews our call on Burma’s security forces to end their violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution.
“President (Donald) Trump and I also call on this security council and the United Nations to take strong and swift action to bring this crisis to an end.”
Pence also spoke about how the violence in Myanmar is a perfect example of the kind of problem the UN should help solve. (IANS)
There are plenty of people in India who think they are the real Seculars and Liberals and self-appointed custodians of morality. In reality, they are a confused lot of left-leaning ideology. The issue of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is another point in case. As we know Rohingya Muslims have infiltrated into India, particularly in Jammu. India has long struggled with illegal infiltration of Bangladeshi Muslims and now we have this additional headache.
There are reports that Muslims in India came out in streets to protest against the persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar. I am not surprised over this. Indian Muslims have the right to feel the pain of their brothers who are otherwise in constant clash with Buddhist people of Myanmar. However, no one exposes this duplicity better than Taslima Nasreen’s viewpoint.
Muslms crying 4persecuted Rohingyas.Did they ever cry 4perscutd Hindus in BD, or prscuted Chrstians in Pak?If not,their tears r jihadi tears
Incidentally, Maria Wirth raises the issue of Rohingya Muslims in a manner that Indian intellectuals have no guts to even think about. Maria is a German sadhika living in India and airs her views with aplomb. She boldly asks why Muslims should even be looking towards India when a separate land was carved out for them.
India was cut into 3 parts in 1947 – 2 for Muslims and 1 for Hindus, why would #Rohingyas want to stay in the Hindu part?
Coming back to the pseudo-seculars of India, who are nothing but die-hard Lal Langoors or are just so depraved that they can walk over dead bodies of the Majority community of our country to appease the minority. See these crocodile tears::
They forget that Hindus have nowhere to go except India. In fact, have you ever seen them talking blatantly about the happenings and pain of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh? Or, Kashmiri Pandits? While we fail to extend any helping hand to the sufferings of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Organizations like Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and individuals like Chicago-based Dr. Richard Benkin come to mind who are taking up these issues. Benkin has been single-handedly highlighting the blatant violations of the rights of Bangladeshi Hindus since last 15 years.
India must adopt an Open Arm policy to give citizenship to Hindus from any part of the World, more so persecuted Hindus from Pak & B’desh.
Well, I guess the syndrome of Politically Correctness has taken many in its grip. There is no dearth of il-liberals in the disguise of liberals everywhere. The US media is also full of such craps, to which President Trump has shown us the way. His calling CNN a fake media is not a wrong characterization! While others miss the diagnostic signs, Trump has not refrained from linking the modern version of terrorism to radical Islam. As late as yesterday, he reiterated in the UN assembly his commitment to ending Islamic Terrorism.
On a departing note, recently I did a mini survey. On 9/11 anniversary, in this online survey, as many as 92 % agreed that Islamic Terrorism is on the increase:
Please cast your vote:
Has Islamic Terrorism Increased or Decreased in last 16 years?#911remembrance