Rohingya Insurgent Group Declares Month-long Ceasefire Amid 'Humanitarian Crisis'

Rohingya Insurgent Group Declares Month-long Ceasefire Amid 'Humanitarian Crisis'

A group of Rohingya Muslim insurgents have declared a one-month temporary ceasefire starting on Sunday, 10 September, in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said.

The resolution called upon Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to take immediate steps to stop the atrocities being committed in Myanmar where her party is in power.

That same day, a nine-member Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, appointed by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, released a report on the situation in Rakhine. "She must be held accountable and tried", said party spokesman KM Atiqur Rahman.

The federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair has passed a resolution, condemning genocide of Rohingya Muslims under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar.

According to a report issued Monday by the ad hoc coordinating group of humanitarian agencies working on the refugee influx, the number of new arrivals had slowed slightly, but many were still looking for shelter and were camped on roadsides.

He added that Myanmar's government must address the long-standing grievances and the miserable situation of its Muslim community, observe their rights in an effective manner and recognize them as equal citizens while protecting them in the face of violence and discrimination.

"All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points", Tirana Hassan, Amnesty international's Crisis Response Director, said in a statement.

It is the newest chapter in the grim recent history of the Rohingya, a people of about one million reviled in Myanmar as illegal immigrants and denied citizenship. Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine.

Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

"It is vital that aid agencies working in Cox's Bazar have the resources they need to provide emergency assistance to incredibly vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes and have arrived in Bangladesh with nothing", he said.

Meantime, the Iranian Permanent Mission to the UN has been also ordered to pursue the issue of Rohingya Muslims in talks with the global body officials and his counterparts from Muslims nations, he noted.

The Dalai Lama says the suffering of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar would have inspired Buddha to help. According to refugees, it has also targeted civilians with shootings and wholesale burning of villages in an apparent attempt to purge Rakhine state of Rohingya.