UN: Mas­sive need for help

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“wide­spread and sys­tem­atic” way.

Has­san also took is­sue with claims by Burma’s Gov­ern­ment that the Ro­hingya them­selves were set­ting ablaze their homes.

“The Gov­ern­ment’s at­tempts to shift the blame to the Ro­hingya pop­u­la­tion are bla­tant lies,” she said. “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion makes it crys­tal clear that its own se­cu­rity forces, along with vig­i­lante mobs, are re­spon­si­ble for burn­ing Ro­hingya homes.”

Burmese author­i­ties have cur­tailed ac­cess for jour­nal­ists and hu­man rights ex­perts to Rakhine in re­cent months, and Amnesty ac­knowl­edged that the breadth of the dam­age can­not be ver­i­fied on site. It said the full ex­tent of de­struc­tion “is likely to be much higher” than the ev­i­dence com­piled be­cause cloud cover some­times blocked the satel­lite views.

The UN- backed, 47- coun­try Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva is ex­pected to take up a dis­cus­sion on Burma on Mon­day. The United Na­tions has ap­pealed for mas­sive help for nearly 400,000 Mus­lims from Burma who have fled to Bangladesh, with con­cern grow­ing that the num­ber could keep ris­ing, un­less Burma ends what crit­ics de­nounce as “eth­nic cleans­ing”.

“We urge the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to step up hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port and come up with help,” Mo­hammed Ab­diker, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and emer­gen­cies for the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion, told a news con­fer­ence in the Bangladeshi cap­i­tal, Dhaka. The need was “mas­sive”, he added.

The vi­o­lence in Rakhine and the ex­o­dus of refugees is the most press­ing prob­lem No­bel Peace lau­re­ate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since be­com­ing na­tional leader last year.

UN Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res and the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Thurs­day urged Burma to end the vi­o­lence, which he said was best de­scribed as eth­nic cleans­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment of Bud­dhist­ma­jor­ity Myan­mar re­jects such ac­cu­sa­tions, say­ing it is tar­get­ing “ter­ror­ists”.

The cri­sis has raised ques­tions about Suu Kyi’s com­mit­ment to hu­man rights, and could strain re­la­tions with Western back­ers sup­port­ing her lead­er­ship of Burma’s tran­si­tion from decades of strict mil­i­tary rule and eco­nomic iso­la­tion. J. P. Don­leavy, the in­cor­ri­gi­ble Ir­ishAmer­i­can au­thor and play­wright whose rib­ald de­but novel The Ginger Man met scorn, cen­sor­ship and even­tu­ally cel­e­bra­tion as a groundbreaking clas­sic, has died at age 91. Don­leavy, a na­tive New Yorker who lived his fi­nal years on an es­tate west of Dublin, died in Ire­land. The au­thor of more than a dozen books, he some­times was com­pared to James Joyce as a prose stylist, but also was ad­mired for his sense of hu­mour. The Ginger Man, first pub­lished in 1955, sold more than 45 mil­lion copies and placed No 99 on a Mod­ern Li­brary list of the great­est English lan­guage fic­tion of the 20th cen­tury. Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer is be­ing charged with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and lead­ing a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion in a case that could sus­pend him from of­fice for up to six months. Brazil’s At­tor­ney- Gen­eral’s of­fice said the coun­try’s top pros­e­cu­tor is ac­cus­ing Te­mer of pay­ing hush funds to a for­mer speaker of the lower Cham­ber of Deputies and to an op­er­a­tor of his po­lit­i­cal group. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ro­drigo Janot also al­leges that Te­mer is the crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion that op­er­ates in Brazil’s Congress and ex­ec­u­tive. Te­mer has re­peat­edly de­nied any wrong­do­ing. As Pres­i­dent, Te­mer will only be on trial if two- thirds of Brazil’s lower house votes to sus­pend him from of­fice. Janot ac­cused Te­mer of bribery in July, but law­mak­ers re­fused to al­low those pro­ceed­ings to go for­ward. Hur­ri­cane Max hit Mex­ico’s south­ern Pa­cific coast as a Cat­e­gory 1 storm yes­ter­day and was ex­pected to move in­land into Guer­rero state, a re­gion that in­cludes the re­sort city of Aca­pulco. The US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter is­sued a hur­ri­cane warn­ing for Max for the coast­line be­tween Zi­hu­atanejo and Punta Mal­don­ado. The cen­tre said Max should weaken as it moves over land but could bring “life- threat­en­ing flash floods and rain­fall” to Guer­rero and Oax­aca states. Max had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 130km/ h. The area where Max made land­fall is a sparsely pop­u­lated area dot­ted with fish­ing vil­lages.

Pic­tures / AP

From across the bor­der in Bangladesh, smoke can be seen ris­ing from what once were vil­lages in Rakhine state, Burma.

This com­bi­na­tion of satel­lite im­ages pro­vided by Amnesty In­ter­na­tional and Planet Labs shows a com­par­i­son of Au­gust 27 ( left) and Septem­ber 11 ( right) which Amnesty says shows burned homes of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in the vil­lage of Inn Din, north­ern Rakhine state, Burma.

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