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(CNN)Myanmar is facing growing condemnation from the Muslim world over its failure to halt the violence directed toward the minority Rohingya ethnic group, amid protests across the globe.
So far, an estimated 123,600 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape escalating violence in their native Rakhine State, according to a United Nations official in Bangladesh.
Leaders of countries with majority Muslim populations including Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan have led efforts to increase pressure on the Myanmar government.
Malaysia's foreign minister summoned Myanmar's ambassador to express its concern, according to state-run Bernama news, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held talks Monday with Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar. Marsudi was due to meet with her counterpart in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Tuesday.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: intrptr
More or less. Myanmar has never accepted the Rohingya has citizens of the country and as such are not afforded the same rights as other. Furthermore, there are laws the specifically target the Rohingya. However, it seems like only the past few years that the military has ramped up the violence.
originally posted by: VengefulGhost
Which was started when the rohingya decided it was a good idea to attack police stations and military outposts in myanmar .
Which led to them fleeing when the police and military in myanmar cracked down on them after the attacks . Which gets left out of the story the media telling the world .
Been follow events since it started .
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: pirhanna
And you have proof to support that claim?
Because what I see is a long persecuted community whose end of the stick keeps getting shorter and shorter. Once the military decided to get violent (horrifically so) thru had no choice but to stand up to their oppressor.
The violence directed at Myanmar’s Rohingya minority by the country’s regime has intensified. United Nations data show that about 60,000 members of the minority group have recently fled Myanmar’s Rahine state, driven out by the increasing violence and the burning of their villages, information that has been confirmed by satellite images. But none of this has led to a change in the policy of the Israeli Defense Ministry, which is refusing to halt weapons sales to the regime in Myanmar, the southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma.
Israel’s High Court of Justice is scheduled to hear, in late September, a petition from human rights activists against the continued arms sales to Myanmar.
In a preliminary response issued in March, the Defense Ministry argued that the court has no standing in the matter, which it called “clearly diplomatic.”
On June 5, in answer to a parliamentary question by Knesset member Tamar Zandberg on weapons sales to Myanmar, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel “subordinates [itself] to the entire enlightened world, that is the Western states, and first of all the United States, the largest arms exporter. We subordinate ourselves to them and maintain the same policy.”