Korea to provide humanitarian aid for Myanmar refugees

Korea to provide humanitarian aid for Myanmar refugees

A top Saudi relief official called Thursday for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and let them live in peace.

South Korea will extend $1.5 million worth of humanitarian assistance for refugees from Myanmar after an outbreak of violence last month caused an exodus into neighboring Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

ICRC spokeswoman Misada Saif said all of those killed were Bangladeshi workers hired to distribute food packages to 500 Rohingya families.

However, India had provided humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, which was also affected by the illegal immigration of Rohingya, Singh said. It seemed a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

Facebook is reportedly removing posts and suspending accounts of activists who are documenting the "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Daily Beast has reported.

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He said a committee had been established under the social welfare minister to implement recommendations of an advisory commission chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the government would establish an advisory board comprised of "eminent persons" from Myanmar and overseas.

Hundreds have been killed in violence since August 25, which has forced 420,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee army operations to Bangladesh.

Pence's remarks were the strongest USA government response yet to the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state that began on 25 August and forced 422,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, fleeing a military offensive the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.

Besides sexual violence, early marriage is a risk for Rohingya refugee girls.

The Rohingya minority in Myanmar is frequently described as one of the most persecuted groups in the world.

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The cabinet meeting renewed calls made by Saudi Arabia on the global community to take urgent action to stop the violent acts and to give the Muslim minority in Myanmar their rights without discrimination or racial classification.

Buddhist protesters in Myanmar have thrown petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing.

Suu Kyi has for years been feted in the West as a champion of democracy during years of military rule and house arrest but she has faced growing criticism over the plight of the Rohingya.

Nearly 40% of all Rohingya villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State are now empty, a government spokesperson confirmed earlier this week.

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