Rohingya crisis – Developments in Rakhine State, Myanmar and the border region in Bangladesh, August-September 2017

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The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority of over 1 million people in the Buddhist-majority Rakhine state, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which said they were illegal immigrants. They have lived in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for generations but were denied citizenship and essentially stateless.

The Rohingya were sometimes described as the world's most persecuted minority'.

Due to ongoing violence and persecution, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya had fled to neighbouring countries either by land or boat over the course of many decades.

Myanmar's military imposed a crackdown on the country's Rohingya population after police posts and an army base were attacked in late August 2017.The EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini followed with concern in late August and September 2017 the developments in Rakhine State, Myanmar and the border region in Bangladesh concerning the Rohingya muslim minority.

The International Crisis Group also suggested in a statement on the 8 September 2017 that the violence since 25 August 2017 that had driven 270,000 Rohingya civilians over Myanmar’s border into Bangladesh was not just causing a humanitarian catastrophe. It was also driving up the risks that the country’s five-year-old transition from military rule would stumble, that radicalisation would deepen on all sides, and that regional stability would be weakened.

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EU: EEAS: Feature Story, 15.09.17: EU condemns outbreak of violence in Rakhine and supports Rohingya refugees
ednHUB, 14.09.17: EU urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence as refugees rise to 400,000 (via dpa)
ICG: Statement, 08.09.17: The Rakhine State Danger to Myanmar's Transition
EP: EPRS: At a Glance, September 2017: Plight of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar/Burma
The Conversation: Tag: Rohingya
EU: EEAS: Statement, 11.09.17: Statement by HR/VP Mogherini on the latest developments in Rakhine State, Myanmar and the border region in Bangladesh
EU: EEAS: Myanmar (Burma) and the EU
ICG: Statement, 27.08.17: Myanmar Tips into New Crisis after Rakhine State Attacks
European Commission: DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection: The Rohingya crisis: ECHO Factsheet, September 2017
Website: European Rohingya Council (ERC)
Wikipedia: Rohingya people
Al Jazeera, 13.09.17: Myanmar: Who are the Rohingya?
BBC News, 14.09.17: Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, UN says
UNHCR: News, 12.09.17: Bangladesh: UNHCR emergency airlift lands in Dhaka as Rakhine crisis deepens
Chatham House: Expert Comment, 06.10.17: The Hard Truth Is Rohingya Refugees Are Not Going Home
Chatham House: Expert Comment, 28.09.17: Root Causes of Rohingya Crisis Must Not be Ignored
BBC News, 28.09.17: Rohingya Muslims fear the UN failed them
Human Rights Watch: Tag: Rohingya Crisis

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