-
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Voter Suppression 2020 - Defining American Democracy in the Term of Donald Trump
Deepest Sorrow to the Loved Ones of those Killed by COVID-19
Recklessness - the Trump Photo-Op and the Spread of COVID-19 at the White House
The Pandemic and the United States President - Crossing Fate
Stirring up Trouble Without the Capacity to Contain It - the Trump Division

Most Popular Posts

Mourn with Moore
On Partnerships of Conflicting Ideologies as a Force Shaping Extremism
DC Linktank
The World in 2014 - Asia
From This Point

Categories

Elections 2013
Friends in Business
Gun control
Immigration Reform
In America
Natural Disaster
test
The World
Towards 2014

Archives

October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

My Blog

No Solution to the Rohingya Crisis at a Thai Summit

Southeast Asian nations meeting at a summit called by Thailand yesterday to address the ongoing saga of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees and other migrants, failed to find a solution to the humanitarian crisis. The fact that nations affected by the prolonged migration debacle failed to reach a solution to the crisis, should come as no surprise; since as a group, the region has failed to criticize the human rights practices of each other, hence facilitating the circumstances giving rise to the present humanitarian crisis and maybe others to come.

Since 2012, according to human rights groups, 160,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar because of persecution as that nation has failed to recognize the legitimacy of the Muslim minority sect, who trace their origins in Myanmar to the eighth century. The mainly Buddhist-majority Myanmar, has denied the Rohingya people citizenship, thus rending the 1.3 million Muslims stateless. Discriminated against, attacked in their homes and made to live under apartheid-like conditions in camps, many Rohingya have become a large source of income for human traffickers as they undertake perilous journeys to find comfort across the seas.

Recently, some 3,000 Rohingya came ashore in Indonesia and Malaysia, while hundreds were turned away by Thailand, which pointed the refugees in the direction of Malaysia. Many Rohingya have died in the custody of traffickers in both Thailand and Malaysia and an undetermined number of migrants remain adrift somewhere on the seas of the Indian Ocean.

After refusing entry to the Rohingya, Indonesia and Malaysia, have since bowed to international humanitarian pressure, and will grant temporary shelter to the Rohingya for one year, but not to all - only to those already on the seas or already in the two countries. Thailand has not agreed to house any of the Rohingya. And it was against this background that a summit was held on the humanitarian crisis yesterday.

But no solution was found, just an agreement to continue talking at a later meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN), for which no date has been set.

However, yesterday's Thai meeting was not a total bust as the United States(US) and Australia pledged millions of dollars to help the refugees and migrants. The US offered $3 million toward an International Organization on Migration(IOM) effort to raise $26 million for temporary shelter, food and urgent care for refugees and migrants, the Associated Press(AP) reported. Australia said it would contribute $4.6 million for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar's Rakhine state - the home and the source of many Rohingya people. And Thailand finally gave approval for US military aircraft to use its air space to locate refugees at sea.

Factually, there could be no solution to the humanitarian crisis of Southeast Asia until the root causes are addressed. And reiterating this fact at yesterday's Thai summit was Volker Turk, the United Nations(UN) assistant high commissioner for refugees. 

On solving the humanitarian crisis, the AP cited High Commissioner Turk as determining: "This will require full assumption of responsibility by Myanmar toward all its people. Granting citizenship is the ultimate goal...In the interim...recognizing that Myanmar is their own country is urgently required (as well as) access to identity documents and the removal of restrictions on basic freedom."

In underscoring Myanmar's denial of responsibility for the Rohingya crisis, its representative at the summit, Htin Linn, offered no solutions, but a lame observation that finger pointing would not solve the matter. Yet, the plight of the Rohingya people continues within Myanmar and upon the Indian Ocean.