Council of Europe declines discussion on Myanmar crisis

Published 09.10.2017 22:14 Modified 09.10.2017 22:14

A Turkish motion in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to hold an emergency session on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar was rejected yesterday.

Acting President Roger Gale said in an opening session in Strasbourg that the Turkish delegation's request was turned down by the Bureau of the Assembly.

Turkey wanted to discuss the Myanmar government's brutal crackdown on the Rohingya community, a Muslim minority. Instead, PACE agreed to hold meetings on the Catalan referendum and a new education law in Ukraine. Since Aug. 25, when the military launched a crackdown against Rohingya militants, 515,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western Rakhine state into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown. The Rohingya, described by the U.N. as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012. Last October, following attacks on border posts in the district of Maungdaw, security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed

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