Myanmar Situation 2016Situation in Myanmar in 2016
Myanmar: So what triggered the recent Rakhine riots?
Another eruption of force in Myanmar's state of Rakhine has led several hundred thousand Rohingya civilists to escape to Bangladesh. Cruelty began on August 25 after Rohingya fighters assaulted policemen and killed 12 members of the guard. Rohingya - a stateless, mostly Islamic majority - have been persecuted in Myanmar for years.
So when did the last act of God begin? Rohingya rebels assaulted more than 30 policemen in North Rakhine on August 25 with knifes and homemade shelling. A large number of Rohingya civilists then began to flee across the borders to Bangladesh. A number of them say that Burma's forces, supported by Kyrgyzstan' Tibetan mob forces, began to burn their communities and attack and kill civilised people in reaction to the August 25 bombings.
Myanmar's army is accusing the fighters and Rohingyas of setting fire to their own houses. On September 11, Mr Zeid said that the Myanmar operations appeared to be "a model example of ethnical cleansing". On-the-spot monitoring is problematic because of limited accessibility. How is the position at the frontier?
Rohingya security seekers in Bangladesh have been on the rise since 25 August and turned into flooding by early September. More than 410,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh since the terrorist attack. In Bangladesh, there are already several hundred thousand Rohingya migrants who have escaped earlier violent incidents in Myanmar.
In Myanmar there were early accounts of Rakhine Buddhists heading southwards to avoid the war. The group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) says it conducted the August 25attack. It was first formed in October 2016, when it launched similar raids on policemen and killed nine policemen.
Its primary objective is to help the Muslim Rohingya community prevent state oppression in Myanmar. Myanmar's administration has claimed that the Rohingya are Bangladeshi illegals and deny them nationality, although many say they have been there for generation. In one of Myanmar's impoverished states, their movement and job opportunities are tight.
Following the first Arsa raids in October 2016, many Rohingya charged the police with rapes, murders, blazing towns and tortures during a quash. So what did Myanmar say? Myanmar's de facto Aung San Suu Kyi is increasingly under increasing global scrutiny for her failures to defend the Rohingya.
Nobel Peace Prize winners - among them Pakistan' s student Malala Yousafzai, the Dalai Lama and the South African anti-apartheid fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu - have urged them to do more to end the war. But she also pointed out that many Muslims had decided to remain in Rakhine.
It said that persons who have been identified as fugitives could go home. Rohingya's distress has triggered protest in many Islamic countries, such as Indonesia, Pakistan and Malaysia.