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Rohingya Muslims Besieged by Buddhists in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Tuesday 22 August 2017
Rohingya Muslims Besieged by Buddhists in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Alwaght- Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been besieged in a village in western Myanmar by extremist Buddhists.

Residents, aid workers and monitors reported that persecuted Muslims in the village of Zay Di Pyin had been blocked from going to work or fetching food and water for several weeks.

Witnesses say extremists Buddhists in Rakhine were restricting the amount of food and drinking water that the Rohingya Muslims get while preventing their movement around the village and blocking them from access to work.

Myanmar regime security forces are watching the siege without any effort to assist Muslims thus emboldening the hardline Buddhists who are intent on committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims.

Reports say that about 700 Rohingya Muslims have been affected by the inhuman siege since late July.

Rakhine was plunged into renewed violence last October when security forces started a brutal operation against Rohingya Muslim during which government troops have engaged in rape, killings, torture and pillage across the region.

The country’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991, has been criticized by more than a dozen fellow laureates for the armed response. They wrote an open letter to the UN Security Council warning of a tragedy “amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in Rakhine state.

Rakhine State in west Myanmar has seen the most serious violence perpetrated against Muslims in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar since the military began to end its decades of strict rule. Reports indicate that thousands of Rohingya Muslims were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced there in attacks by regime forces and extremists Buddhists since in 2012 in a deliberate state-backed policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

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