The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine State in Burma, where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts on August 25, a press release issued by the U.S Embassy of Bangladesh stated.
The message from White House said “We (USA) reiterate our condemnation of those attacks and ensuing violence.”
“The massive displacement and victimization of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting civilians. We are alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces’ consent” it said.
The White House also called upon Burmese security authorities to respect the rule of law, stop the violence, and end the displacement of civilians from all communities.
We also urge Burmese security forces to work with the elected government in implementing the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations.
The press release also welcomed the Burmese government’s commitment to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches victims as quickly as possible.
“We urge the government to allow media access to the afflicted areas as soon as possible.”
“Most of those displaced by the violence have fled into neighboring Bangladesh and we greatly appreciate the significant efforts of the government of Bangladesh to facilitate humanitarian assistance.”
As of Tuesday, around 370,000 Rohingya men, women and children are estimated by the UN to have entered Bangladesh in order to escape the military persecution, which started in response to insurgent attacks on Myanmar police outposts and an army base on August 25.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday and termed the security operations in Rakhine state as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”