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Indonesia to bar Myanmar protest at world's biggest Buddhist temple

05 September 2017

Asif deplored the violence and serious human rights violations of the Rohingya Muslims, as well as violation of global humanitarian law.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned Ms Suu Kyi that the treatment of the ethnic minority group was "besmirching" the country's reputation.

Yousafzai became a household name across the world after she survived an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while riding home from school in Pakistan in 2012.

The latest wave of violence in the deeply divided region has led to the deaths of hundreds and global condemnations for Myanmar's security forces and the country's state counselor and de facto leader, Suu Kyi, over the plight of the Rohingya.

"Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment", Yousafzai, a Pakistani Muslim and the youngest recipient of the Nobel, said in a Twitter post Monday. National Security Adviser U Thaung Tun said the government has every right to defend itself, and forces will be used with restraint to avoid civilian causalities. These children attacked no-one, but still their homes were burned to the ground.

A growing list of Muslim-majority countries has spoken out against the violence, while mass protests were held on September 4 in Indonesia and the Russian North Caucasus region of Chechnya, where thousands of people turned out to express support for the Rohingya.

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On Saturday Mr Johnson sent a message to Ms Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her pro-democracy activism, to use "all her remarkable qualities" to end the violence. "The Burmese military is basically clearing out all of the Rohingya Muslim villages in northern Rakhine state", said Matthew Smith, the chief executive of Fortify Rights, a human rights organisation.

A group of Rohingya refugees takes shelter at the Kutuupalang makeshift refugee camp, after crossing the Myanmar-Bangladesh border today in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, August 26, 2017.

Some countries have gone as far as calling for her to return her Nobel Peace Prize.

"There has been an upsurge of violence recently, and it is indeed a complicated issue", Meri said. The EU will be providing aid, he said.

The "Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)" extremist terrorists set fire on more than hundreds of houses as they attacked some villages in Maungtaw over the last two days, China's Xinhua news agency reported the government's information committee as saying on Tuesday. The de facto president and Marsudi will talk discuss Indonesia's proposal to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya community in Rakhine State.

Indonesia to bar Myanmar protest at world's biggest Buddhist temple