Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees seek help in fleeing Burma
Thousands of Rohingya refugees are seeking refuge in Myanmar, where they have been fleeing the Myanmar military and ethnic Rakhine state for decades.
The Rohingya have long sought asylum in neighboring Bangladesh, but the two countries have been at odds over the past year.
On Monday, the UN Security Council will consider a draft resolution that could potentially include the provision of $500 million in aid to Rohingya communities in Myanmar.
The UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution Wednesday.
The Myanmar government has repeatedly rejected the proposal, which it has called an “abject provocation” to the country’s minority Muslim population.
Rights groups have expressed concerns that the aid could be used to justify military actions against the Rohingya and their Muslim communities.
Rafia Oram, an advocate for the Rohingya, told CNN in a telephone interview on Wednesday that she hopes the UN’s vote will lead to a “reconsideration of the UN Resolution on Refugees.”
“There are already so many rights that are not being protected, and we need to protect these rights and give them a chance,” she said.
“We have a right to return to our homeland, and there are so many opportunities that are there to come to our home.”
The Myanmar military has denied targeting the Rohingya population.
A statement from the Myanmar National Rescue Council said Myanmar’s military did not use military force against the refugees, nor did they fire indiscriminately.
“They did not fire indiscriminate weapons against civilians,” the statement read.
“There were no indiscriminate attacks on civilians, either.”
The United Nations and the U.N. Human Rights Office have accused Myanmar of systematic violations of human rights and has called for a comprehensive investigation into the crisis.
The country has been at war with the Rakhines since a Rohingya rebellion broke out in 1988.
More than 80,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two years, mostly by boat.