- Title: Thailand's Muslims call for transparent probe into Rakhine state violence
- Date: 25th November 2016
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (NOVEMBER 25, 2016) (REUTERS) PEOPLE AND POLICE OFFICERS STANDING IN FRONT OF MYANMAR EMBASSY HANDS GOING UP IN THE AIR POLICE OFFICERS STANDING AND LOOKING PROTESTERS PUTTING THEIR HANDS UP IN PROTEST GUARDS ESCORTING PRESIDENT OF BURMESE ROHINGYA ASSOCIATION IN THAILAND, MUANG KYAW NU, AWAY AS HE SHOUTS (English): "Genocide! Genocide!", "Genocide!, Genocide", "Genocide, Genocide! Rohingya! Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stop genocide! Stop Genocide!" POLICEMAN LOOKING ON HAND HOLDING SIGN READING (English): "KEEP CALM AND STOP GENOCIDE" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS OF PROTEST HAND HOLDING SIGN READING (English): " STOP THE OPPRESSION OF ROHINGYA" ORGANIZER TALKING TO PEOPLE GATHERING OUTSIDE MYANMAR EMBASSY SIGN ON SHIRT READING (English): "SAVE ROHINGYA, STOP KILLING THEM." MUSLIM MAN LOOKING ON PROTESTERS STANDING AND LOOKING ON PROTESTERS STANDING OPPOSITE POLICE OFFICERS MAN HOLDING ENVELOPE READING (English): "To Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Union of Burma (Myanmar) / From Hj Ismail, Secretary General, Rohingya Thailand Group" (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) BOARD MEMBER OF COUNCIL FOR HUMANITARIAN NETWORKING OF SHEIKHUL ISLAM OFFICE, SAROJ KERDYOO, SAYING: "We call for the Myanmar government to open a fair and transparent investigation into the incidents and allegations that happened (in Rohingya villages) and to include an international body and the United Nations." MUSLIM MEN LISTENING SAROJ TALKING PROTESTERS WALKING THROUGH SECURITY CHECKS ORGANIZERS SEARCHING BAGS FOR PROHIBITED ITEMS PEOPLE WALKING, POLICE OFFICERS STANDING AND LOOKING AT SECURITY CHECKS
- Embargoed: 10th December 2016 09:20
- Keywords: Thailand Myanmar Rohingya Muslims Rakhine violence
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00159XYW5H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Over 100 Muslims living in Thailand gathered in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok on Friday (November 25) to call for Aung San Suu Kyi's government to conduct a "fair and transparent investigation" into violence in the country's west.
Violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State has sent hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fleeing across the border to Bangladesh amid allegations of abuses by security forces, posing the biggest test yet for Suu Kyi's eight-month-old administration.
Protests were also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
The conflict in Rakhine has sent hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh and poses a serious challenge to leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who swept to power last year on promises of national reconciliation.
At least 86 people are reported to have been killed in escalating violence that has displaced about 30,000 in the region's most serious bloodshed since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in 2012.
Many among the Buddhist majority in Myanmar view its 1.1 million Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Persecution and poverty led thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar following the violence between Buddhists and Muslims there four years ago. Many of them were smuggled or trafficked to Thailand, Malaysia and beyond.
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