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Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch
We don't believe those operations did stop. The narrative pushed by the military and Aung San Suu Kyi on the clearance operations is patently false.feedback
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NEW Oct 18 2017
“We don't believe those operations did stop. The narrative pushed by the military and Aung San Suu Kyi on the clearance operations is patently false.” said Phil Robertson speaking about Rohingya. It’s one of the 290 quotes about Rohingya you can find on this page. 173 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Zaw Htay and Aung San Suu Kyi. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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John Kelly

I'm not quitting today. I don't believe – and I just talked to the president – I don't think I'm being fired today.feedback

Eric Schwartz

Eric P. Schwartz is president of Refugees International. He was on a fact-finding mission in Bangladesh from Sept. 15 to 19.feedback

Priti Patel

Malnourished children on the brink of death will now be able to eat, families who have been forced to live out in the open after their villages were burned will get shelter and much needed clean water.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

I'm always talking to them, asking what's happening. There is no safety zone in Burma right now.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

If you asked anyone in the United States: 'Do you know who the Rohingya are?' No one did. People would ask 'No, what does it mean?'. I was scared. The military was looking for me.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

The U.S. has peace, justice, and freedom of religion. If Burma had this, we wouldn't be refugees.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

People are dying and going hungry because there is no food in the village. The government is not helping.feedback

Jyoti Sanghera

If villages have been completely destroyed and livelihood possibilities have been destroyed, what we fear is that they may be incarcerated or detained in camps. Clearly it seems that some level of eviction, displacement, forced movement and violence may be continuing.feedback

Thomas Hunecke

We are not in a position to make a finding of genocide or not, but this should in no way detract from the seriousness of the situation which the Rohingya population is currently facing.feedback

Adrian Edwards - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We're back in a situation of full alert as far as influxes are concerned. It's still a situation that has potential to worsen.feedback

Sayed Azin

I left everything. I can't find my relatives ... I can't take this any more.feedback

Thaung Tun

Must treat us equally. We'll be fine with anybody if all member states have an ASG assigned. Not just us.feedback

Mark Lowcock

This flow out of Myanmar has not stopped yet, it's into the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya (who are) still in Myanmar, we want to be ready in case there is a further exodus. Half a million people do not pick up sticks and flee their country on a whim.feedback

Greg Constantine

Every day that I was there. I've always believed that what is at the heart of it is a deep-rooted racism. Is there a solution? Not unless things change inside Myanmar, and not just at a political level. The international community can put all the pressure it wants on the government but change has to happen among the attitudes of the citizenry for things to even begin heading in the right direction.feedback

Greg Constantine

It's not even a specific place any more. You drive down the highway from Ukhiya to Teknaf, and it's just mile upon mile upon mile of huts and people sitting on the side of the road.feedback

Greg Constantine

I realised, somewhere along the way over these last 10 years, that what I was doing had changed from reporting on specific events to creating a timeline of slow violence towards a community. I want to show that what is happening now is something that has a history behind it. That all of this should have been expected. That we knew.feedback

Anthony Lake - UNICEF

The human tragedy unfolding in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale, complexity and rapidity.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

It is recommended that, as a matter of urgency, UN headquarters identifies ways to improve overall coherence in the UN's system approach.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

It may be true that the resident coordinator could have done some things differently or better, [but] primary responsibility for any UN failings lies with its headquarters over the last several years. They did not have a coherent or well-coordinated approach to Myanmar, and especially Rakhine, and did not provide the required political support and guidance to their in-country team.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

It's not been human rights up front, it's been human rights down in back. The UN is going to have to acknowledge their significant share of blame in letting this situation descend this far, this fast.feedback

Philip Malone

For a tour like this you look at a range of options and we decided to go with Singapore and Malaysia. These visits are planned over a number of months, preparations are made and you get to the point, working with Scott and his team here, where we decide on the ones that we will pursue for the visit.feedback

Scott Furssedonn-Wood

Their royal highnesses are delighted to be returning to India, and to be visiting Singapore and Malaysia for the first time together.feedback

William Lacy Swing - International Organization for Migration

Unless we support the efforts of the Bangladesh government to provide immediate aid to the half million people who have arrived over the past month, many of the most vulnerable – women, children and the elderly – will die. They will be the victims of neglect.feedback

Ariful Islam

It is never possible. Please check your source and motive.feedback

Philip Malone

We looked at a range of options in the region and, as we're announcing today, we're going ahead with the visit to Singapore and Malaysia.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Nowhere is the link between statelessness and displacement more evident than with the Rohingya community.feedback

Boris Johnson

An outflow on this scale tells its own story. When so many people are displaced so quickly – and about half of all the Rohingya in Rakhine have now fled – this can only be the result of a deliberate action to expel a minority, unless they are able to return in safety.feedback

Boris Johnson

The time has come for Ms Suu Kyi to use her moral authority to challenge the military ruthlessness and ethnic prejudice that lies behind this suffering. Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have been driven from their homes in little more than a month, streaming over the border into Bangladesh, destitute and exhausted.feedback

Julie Bishop

I made it clear to the Myanmar national security adviser when I saw him at the United Nations that this security operation that is going on in Rakhine state between the Myanmar army and a Rohingya army must stop. Humanitarian support must be allowed in and that the Rohingya must be allowed to return to Rakhine state.feedback

Joe Millman

We're now saying 40 missing, which suggests the total fatality rate will be in the range of 63.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

There seems to be a deeply disturbing pattern to the violence and the ensuing large movements of an ethnic group from their homes. It's imperative that UN agencies and our non-governmental partners be granted immediate and safe access to all affected communities. The situation has spiralled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.feedback

Trevor Noah

I'm starting to wonder if the only reason he ran for president was to lower his own taxes.feedback

Myat Aye

I told them they shouldn't worry about that. If they are intimidated, we'll take action according to the law. We will stop that intimidation.feedback

Abul Hossain

We couldn't just sit at home. Last week we asked everyone in our village to donate. We drove all night to bring it here.feedback

Myat Aye

I don't know how Ah Nauk Pyin village got into the international media.feedback

U Thaung

I can assure you that the leaders of Myanmar, who have been struggling so long for freedom and human rights, will never espouse policy of genocide or ethnic cleansing and that the government will do everything to prevent it.feedback

Thaung Tun

I wish to stress there is no ethnic cleansing and no genocide in Myanmar. Ethnic cleansing and genocide are serious charges and they should not be used lightly.feedback

Audrey Gaughran - Amnesty International

With ethnic cleansing forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya out of Myanmar, Thailand urgently needs to set a regional example by adopting humane refugee policies. Instead of callously repelling people fleeing unimaginable horrors, the Thai government should ensure safe passage for those seeking international protection in Thailand.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It was … very obvious to me when I visited northern Rakhine that it was just a matter of time before terrorism would spring up from the situation of discrimination or poverty that prevailed in that area. The terrain is very fertile for that, so it is also a question of addressing this issue not only for the Rohingya, not only for northern Rakhine, but for the entire region. Because if the situation is not resolved, the risk of the spread of terrorist violence in the whole region – and this is a particularly fragile region – is very, very high.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

There will be a trip organised by the government, probably tomorrow (Thursday), to Rakhine. We hope above all that it is a first step toward much freer and wider access to the area.feedback

Mark Field - Thermo Fisher

During my meetings with state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and others, I strongly emphasised the need for Burma to heed the Security Council's call to end violence and allow humanitarian access to those in need of aid. Burma has taken great strides forward in recent years. But the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine risks derailing that progress.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We have received bone-chilling accounts from those who had fled – mainly women, children and the elderly.feedback

Mark Field - Thermo Fisher

What we have seen in Rakhine in the past few weeks is an absolute and unacceptable tragedy. We need the violence to stop and all those who have fled to be able to return to their homes quickly and safely. He "strongly emphasised the need for Burma to heed the Security Council's call to end violence and allow humanitarian access to those in need of aid. I have also seen for myself some of the communities which have been so badly damaged by what has happened here.feedback

Hillary Clinton

It has great potential to create better economic and social environment for all the countries and regions concerned.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The important thing is to get people in places where they can be assisted more easily. It is most likely that return will take time, if it happens, if the violence stops. It will be important also to find in the medium term suitable solutions for the people that are in Bangladesh. The first challenge is to get people out of the mud and the despair which they are finding themselves in.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It is very clear that the cause of this crisis is in Myanmar, but that the solution of this crisis also lies in Myanmar. The lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, this needs to be addressed and resolved. Clearly if only the people with papers can go back, that will be a very small number if at all. So I think that the exercise should go beyond that and should really determine, if that's what is needed, who is a national, and those people should be allowed to go back and be given that citizenship.feedback

Maung Thway Chun

[W]e don't want Muslims to swallow our country. … They will not finish with attacking just Rakhine. They will also invade Chin State or Irrawaddy region. Then this country will be a Muslim country. It is such a shame for us that the land we inherited from our former generations will be lost in our time.feedback

Carolyn Miles - Save the Children

We're still concerned. Congress is pushing back, but we don't have the budget yet. We've seen two major earthquakes, three hurricanes and flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, not to mention the Rohingya. The number of significant emergencies is unprecedented. The leadership of the United States is important.feedback

Misada Saif - International Committee of the Red Cross

Our thoughts are with the families of the dead. They were there to help the people who desperately need help.feedback

Tirana Hassan

The evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine state ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. Make no mistake: this is ethnic cleansing.feedback

Maria Cecilia Goin

All emergency support done by the organization and in the movement is done in a neutral and impartial manner.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

We have never criticized the military itself, but only their actions. We may disagree on these types of actions.feedback

Nipin Gangadharan - Action Against Hunger

I have served in crisis spots in South Sudan and other places, but the Rohingya situation is extraordinary.feedback

Muhammad Lutfor Rahman - Cox

Medical teams are working to help the sick and exhausted Rohingya and we are distributing food aid.feedback

Francis Wade

Only an acute fear, coupled with resentment, can produce the collective mental state that's being expressed right now in Myanmar.feedback

Myint Aung

There are some people who want to make trouble and want to grab the land of Myanmar. The army or the previous government – they mobilised people. They slowly educated people to hate Muslims.feedback

Myint Aung

What if [Aung San Suu Kyi] is against them? What sort of unimaginable problem would there be then?feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Of course, the problem with social media is that their policing mechanisms can be used for harassment by those willing to mount a concerted campaign of filing complaints against specific Facebook pages or Twitter feeds. We've seen an explosion of Rakhine and Burman nationalists using Twitter, retweeting hateful messages and gory images, so it would not surprise me at all if some of those nationalists, using bot accounts and pages apparently set up en masse, are now going on the attack against Rohingya on Facebook.feedback

Mohammed Rafique

Although I am still receiving new photos and videos of the ongoing anti-Rohingya violence, I am not posting them on my Facebook any more, fearing Facebook action like suspension of my account.feedback

Ruchika Budhraja - Facebook

In response to the situation in Myanmar, we are only removing graphic content when it is shared to celebrate the violence, versus raising awareness and condemning the action. We are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards and, when alerted to errors, quickly resolving them and working to prevent them from happening again.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine State. The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, and allow unhindered humanitarian access. They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?feedback

Maung Swe

Their reasons were not acceptable. They must stay in their original place. If they need food, we are ready to send it. Don't worry about it.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

After half a century or more of authoritarian rule, now we are in the process of nurturing our nation. We are a young and fragile country facing many problems, but we have to cope with them all. We cannot just concentrate on the few.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

It is very little known that the great majority of Muslims in the Rakhine state have not joined the exodus. More than 50% of the villages of Muslims are intact, they are as they were before the attacks took place.feedback

Masud Bin Momen

Our main problem is the availability of space. Space is scarce in Bangladesh, especially in that particular area already, from previous entries. We don't want them to mix with the other population. That is always a risk because the language or the dialect they speak is a little bit similar to what we do. So, if there are some smart ones, they can always mix with the mainstream population.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

We know that Bangladesh, with the recent floods, is also facing its own difficulties. Our humanitarian colleagues are putting a plan together, which will need substantial financial support from the international community, and are working hand-in-hand with authorities in Bangladesh.feedback

Masud Bin Momen

In strict economic terms, of course, it'll put a strain (on Bangladesh's economy) but that will not deter us from doing whatever is dictated by our conscience. Our main thrust is that the international community can ensure the return of these people in safety and in dignity.feedback

Masud Bin Momen

You know, when you push people to a particular corner, when their backs are cornered, there are always elements in today's world that take advantage of those situations.feedback

Margaret McKee - Unison

The situation facing the Rohingya of Myanmar is appalling. Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary membership of Unison has been suspended, and we hope that she responds to international pressure.feedback

Boris Johnson

It is barbaric what is happening to the Rohingya, there can be no doubt about it. And of course, it's up to Daw Suu, state counsel and Aung San Suu Kyi to show leadership to try and impose her will on the military.feedback

Maung Swe

There is nothing to be concerned about. Southern Rathedaung is completely safe.feedback

Katina Adams

Tens of thousands of people reportedly lack adequate food, water, and shelter in northern Rakhine State. The government should act immediately to assist them.feedback

Eric Schwartz

The stories that we are hearing. I visited a hospital yesterday, children ages 1, 5, 10 suffered burn wounds, gunshot wounds and with human beings essentially treated like animals.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We too are concerned. We want to find out what the real problems are. There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We have to listen to all of them. The majority have not joined the exodus. We want to find out why this exodus is happening. Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny.feedback

Ali Riaz

We have seen how democratic and nationalist movements can be taken over by transnational terrorist groups. The presence of legitimate discontent, despair and desperation among hundreds and thousands of people, growing radicalisation of a movement, asymmetry of forces engaged in the conflict and a religious dimension to the crisis all provide a conducive environment. Neither the Myanmar government nor the regional powers should let this situation happen with the Rohingya.feedback

Julie Bishop

And we emphasized the need for humanitarian support to get through and also that the Rohingya must be able to return home.feedback

Sean Turnell

The people who lead this government are the same people who faced down evil for decades. They remain Myanmar's best hope.feedback

John Sifton

Burmese security forces are committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and disregarding the condemnation of world leaders. The time has come to impose tougher measures that Burma's generals cannot ignore.feedback

Yun Sun

This is basically an opportunity for China and a vulnerability of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Chinese government says the Rohingya issue doesn't affect us and by supporting Aung San Suu Kyi we don't lose anything.feedback

Min Aung Hlaing

The violence was an organized attempt of extremist Bengalis in Rakhine state to build a stronghold. They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar.feedback

Abdus Salam - Cox

Many of them are suffering from diarrhea, dehydration and skin diseases. They are coming to hospitals with such complications.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

We want peace; we want good relations with our neighbouring countries. But we can't tolerate and accept any injustice.feedback

Jimmy Carter

I and about 25 others saw something in the air that changed colors and was round and came and left. We couldn't figure out what it was.feedback

Matt Smith

We've talked about the risks of radicalization for years, and the writing was on the wall for some sort of militant activity. In our view, the best way to deal with risks of extremism and radicalization is to promote and respect the rights of the Rohingya, which is not what the Myanmar military is doing.feedback

Noor Kamal

We are the ones who are suffering because of Al Yaqin. They disappeared after the attack. We were the ones left behind for the military to kill.feedback

Abul Osman

Even if I stay in my home, I could get killed by the military. I might as well die fighting for my rights, as directed by my almighty God. My sacrifice will earn me a place in heaven.feedback

Noor Alam

This fight is not just about my fate or my family's fate. It's a matter of the existence of all Rohingya. If we have to sacrifice ourselves for our children to live peacefully, then it is worth it.feedback

Mark T. Pierce - Save the Children

Many people are arriving hungry, exhausted and with no food or water. I'm particularly worried that the demand for food, shelter, water and basic hygiene support is not being met due to the sheer number of people in need. If families can't meet their basic needs, the suffering will get even worse and lives could be lost.feedback

Mark T. Pierce - Save the Children

That can only be done if the international community steps up funding.feedback

Mohammed Showife

They said, You Bengalis come out from the house. You can go anywhere you want, but you can't live here.feedback

M. Iqbal Hossain

There is an instruction from the prime minister that we must treat Rohingya Muslims maintaining human rights. As many private and social organizations are coming and distributing relief, sometimes chaos breaks out ... You understand the scale of a humanitarian crisis here, it's very difficult to keep order, but we are doing so.feedback

Edouard Beigbeder - UNICEF

There are a lot of weak and malnourished children among the new arrivals. If proper preventive measures are not taken, highly infectious diseases, especially measles, could even cause an outbreak.feedback

Asaduzzaman Khan

The Rohingya refugees won't be allowed to go outside the camp.feedback

Chris Lom - International Organization for Migration

There are still, we believe, thousands of people waiting to take boats across to Cox's Bazar.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are very much active in relation to the Rohingya crisis but unfortunately it has not been easy because the government of Myanmar until now has been completely deaf to our requests. We are troubled.feedback

Fergal Keane

Last December, when Vijay Nambiar, the UN Special Representative to Myanmar, urged Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Rakhine state, he was rebuffed.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The sightings of Burmese military vehicles and soldiers in a Rohingya village as it goes up in flames fills in some blank spaces of the overwhelming satellite imagery of destruction. Concerned governments need to convey the message to Burma's Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and other senior commanders that they could be implicated in grave crimes unless they act swiftly to stop the atrocities and hold those responsible to account.feedback

Mitch McConnell

In my view, publicly condemning Aung San Suu Kyi–the best hope for democratic reform in Burma–is simply not constructive. … Unfounded criticism of Suu Kyi exaggerates her ability to command the military, which the Burmese constitution does not actually allow her to do.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

The camps are totally overcrowded. It's very muddy and raining every day.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

The worrying news is we don't see any indication that this influx is decreasing.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

Very frankly speaking, we are scaling up, but it is such an unprecedented influx.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help. The number may rise to 600,000, 700,000, even one million if the situation in Myanmar does not improve.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Myanmar is systematically violating the rights of the Rohingya ... and both the government and the military now need to suffer serious consequences for this.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

Several countries want an open session, which, in my national capacity, I would support.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The last official letter sent by the secretary general to the security council on an issue was in 1989 about Lebanon.feedback

Tekeda Alemu

In my national capacity, I probably would have liked it to move a little bit further.feedback

Barkha Dutt

The Burmese leader has failed Mahatma Gandhi's ideals. Will we Indians let him down, too?feedback

Zaw Htay

With Bangladesh government's cooperation, both sides can verify whose mines by using expert teams.feedback

Zaw Htay

The state counsellor won't attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.feedback

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Most of them are living in basic structures, with a roof made of tarpaulin and bamboo frames. Some of them are still stranded in open places.feedback

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Some of them… described their houses being burnt, their relatives being shot. Many fled into jungles and mountains and were hiding for days.feedback

Zaw Htay

The first reason [Ms. Suu Kyi cannot attend] is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks. The state counselor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state. There are circumstances. The second reason is, there are people inciting riots in some areas. We are trying to take care of the security issue in many other places. The third is that we are hearing that there will be terrorist attacks and we are trying to address this issue.feedback

Ariful Islam

The people who arrived in the early days after the atrocities, now they've come out.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

Myanmar will have to take back all Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh. Myanmar has created the problem and they will have to solve it. We want peaceful relations with our neighbours, but we can't accept any injustice. Stop this violence against innocent people.feedback

Geng Shuang

We condemn the violent attacks which happened in Rakhine state in Myanmar…We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development.feedback

Tirana Hassan

The violence against Rohingya in northwest Burma is starting to look like a full-blown campaign of ethnic cleansing.feedback

Boris Johnson

There can be no doubt that the treatment of the Rohingya is a disgrace and I'm afraid it is damaging the reputation of Burma (Myanmar). And all of us who wish Aung San Suu Kyi well, the State Counsellor well, all of us who admire her, hope she will be able to use her leadership to get the military to do the right thing for that beleaguered and oppressed minority.feedback

Sajid Ishaq

This is a human crisis of grave proportions. It is hard for me to believe what I am reading, hearing and watching. I urge the U.N. to stir from its slumber and react as it did in the case of East Timor.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

They should stop [the violence]. The Myanmar government should have handled this situation patiently and [not] allowed the army of the law enforcement agencies to attack the common people. What are the crimes of the women, children, the innocent people? They are not responsible.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The massive displacement and victimisation of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting civilians.feedback

Malik Ishfaque

We act against these people because they are a group of thieves.feedback

Noor Jabbar

You ask if we have enough to eat or drink, but I ask you: What is our condition when we cannot even say we are Burmese?feedback

Noor Hussain Arkani

We are so poor already, but even then we try to raise whatever little money we can among ourselves. But we need more help from Pakistani people who are rich, who have resources.feedback

Mohammad Younis

When I try and take my nets and go out, I get stopped by the police, who ask for my ID. I show them documents to prove I am trying to renew my ID card, but they don't even let me leave the colony. We will die, trapped here without access to our means of livelihood.feedback

Noor Hussain Arkani

We need world pressure behind us to end this violence, this hell. Just issuing statements isn't enough.feedback

Khalid Saifullah

They won't let me be a citizen, because then they have to give me rights and they won't call me a refugee because then they have to give me aid. I am not a citizen or a refugee. I am an illegal alien. I am nothing.feedback

Noor Hussain Arkani

Without cards, we are blocked out of jobs, our children can't apply for admission in high schools and we can't access government hospitals.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The horror and anguish of that dark day were seared into our national memory forever. On that day not only did the world change but we all changed. Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we faced. You keep alive the memory of those who perished and you make America proud. By choosing to persevere through your grief … you honor our heroes. You strengthen all of us. You do.feedback

Flora Lewis

Lascaux shows that art, imagination and a feel for magic are basic elements of human nature. It is comforting to contemplate in an age of hatred and cruelty as well as of scientific miracles.feedback

Mahmood Ali

The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide. Should all people be killed? Should all villages be burnt? It is not acceptable.feedback

Tirana Hassan

All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points. This a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution. Instead of denying responsibility, Myanmar should put the safety of people in the border area at the forefront. There is a reason why the use of antipersonnel landmines is illegal: they kill and maim indiscriminately and can't distinguish between fighters and ordinary people.feedback

Rick Scott

The storm is here. [It's] a deadly storm and our state has never seen anything like it. [That's] devastating and will cover your house. Do not think the storm is over when the wind slows down. The storm surge will rush in and it could kill you. Once the storm starts, law enforcement cannot save you.feedback

Pope Francis

Colombia, open your heart to God, let yourself reconcile.feedback

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas.feedback

Tirana Hassan

This is another low in what is already a horrific situation in Rakhine State. The Myanmar military's callous use of inherently indiscriminate and deadly weapons at highly trafficked paths around the border is putting the lives of ordinary people at enormous risk. The Myanmar authorities should stop issuing blanket denials. All the evidence suggests that its own security forces are planting landmines that are not only unlawful, but that are already maiming ordinary people.feedback

Joy Singhal

The U.N. and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and...they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers. In such an environment, the government has invited the Red Cross to assist them.feedback

Leonard Doyle

What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since Aug. 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state. They say (they are) living out in (the) open, without protection from the tropical sun with their children, without enough food to eat.feedback

Vivian Tan

This is an alarming number. The existing camps are full to the capacity. There is a lot of pressure on relief agencies to accommodate the rising numbers.feedback

Mohammed Idriss

They thought she might have been Rabia, but she wasn't. We're not sure if she was killed or not. We are hoping.feedback

Mohammed Idriss

I had a bag filled with oil, sugar, flour, 10,000 kyat, rice – things I had taken from the house when we left. When we got to the Naf river [the Bangladesh border], the Myanmar army started shooting. After the speech, the soldiers went from house to house. They were with [local Rakhine Buddhists] and took everything they could find that was valuable: gold, cash, clothes, potatoes and rice. They smashed up houses of three or four people they said had been spreading rumours. They were looking for fighters. The Buddhists had told them about fighters, but there were none there.feedback

Shinni Kubo - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We need to prepare for many more to come, I am afraid. We need huge financial resources. This is unprecedented. This is dramatic. It will continue for weeks and weeks.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The widespread destruction of urban areas in Maungdaw town suggests that Burmese security forces are not just attacking Rohingya Muslims in isolated villages. The Burmese government has an obligation to protect everyone in the country, but if safety cannot even be found in area capitals, then no place may be safe.feedback

Jonathan Head

One of them admitted he had lit the fires, and said he had help from the police.feedback

Dipayan Bhattacharyya - World Food Programme

If they don't come forward now, we may see that these people would be fighting for food among themselves, the crime rate would go up, violence against women and on children would go up.feedback

Abu Kalam

They regularly tortured me, asking 'are you connected with al-Yaqin?feedback

Abu Kalam

After October, the military told us not to have knives. When they saw me using one they arrested me.feedback

Zahir Ahmed

When I heard the army attacking to the north, I jumped into the river. My two sons came with me. They are 10 and 12.feedback

Petam Ali

I ran back to get my family, but we were too rushed and my grandmother was too old to run. From the forest, we watched them burn our house. It was the first in Tula Toli to be burned.feedback

Petam Ali

I live on the north side of the village and the army had crossed the river further north and were marching down. I left my family to run out to the jungle to try and spot the soldiers. We waited until 8am, and then they moved in, wearing dark green clothes. All of them were on foot.feedback

Abdul Kalam

Aung San Suu Kyi has done nothing for our village. When she was campaigning for her election, the Rohingya supported her, even though we can't vote. Suu Kyi opened fire on us. If she knocks on our door, then we know what we'll do.feedback

Sein Lwin

They cut out the government communication by instigating a campaign of fear and took charge in the region.feedback

Tejshree Thapa - Human Rights Watch

I've worked in many war zones. I've worked with refugees before. But the scale of this particular flow of refugees is highly distressing.feedback

Tejshree Thapa - Human Rights Watch

I've spoken to people who have walked four or five days through mountains, across rivers. It's wave after wave. I mean, you stand at the border and it's just family after family. It's endless. You drive down one patch of road, you see thousands of people. You turn down another patch of road and see thousands.feedback

Thaung Tun

It is the terrorists who are cutting off heads, and this needs to be known by you and the rest of the world.feedback

Mohamed Ayat

I couldn't leave my house before September 1 as there was heavy firing [in the area].feedback

Thaung Tun

We are negotiating with some friendly countries not to take it to the Security Council. China is our friend and we have a similar friendly relationship with Russia, so it will not be possible for that issue to go forward.feedback

Slamet Maarif

If the Indonesian and Myanmar governments cannot stop the slaughtering of Rohingya Muslims…we will send jihadists to defend our brothers.feedback

Aaron L. Connelly

There will be increasing pressure on the governments of countries with large Muslim populations to take action on this issue. I would not be surprised to see more protests in Malaysia and Indonesia.feedback

Matt Smith

There is certainly a risk that international extremist organisations will seek to be involved in northern Rakhine state. The best way to prevent this from escalating is to protect the rights of the civilian population. Myanmar is doing the exact opposite.feedback

Dipayan Bhattacharyya - World Food Programme

They are coming in nutritionally deprived, they have been cut off from a normal flow of food for possibly more than a month. They were definitely visibly hungry, traumatized.feedback

Salim Ullah

We fled to a hill when the shooting started. The army set fire to houses. We got on the boat at daybreak. I came with my mother, wife and two children. There were 40 people on a boat, including 25 women.feedback

Tito Karnavian

The action at Borobudur temple will be prohibited. This is not just part of the heritage of Indonesia, but that of the world. There is no need for protests in response to the Rohingya conflict because the Indonesian government is taking action on it already.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

You watched the situation that Myanmar and Muslims are in. You saw how villages have been burned ... Humanity remained silent to the massacre in Myanmar.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting. If their home is not Myanmar, where they have lived for generations, then where is it? Rohingya people should be given citizenship in Myanmar, the country where they were born. Other countries, including my own country Pakistan, should follow Bangladesh's example and give food, shelter and access to education to Rohingya families fleeing violence and terror.feedback

George Monbiot

Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar, she is complicit in crimes against humanity. Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all.feedback

Sripriya Ranganathan

We are very confident that once that complete corridor is functional, there will be a positive impact on the situation in the state.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There are some leaders we can achieve results with and some that we cannot. Not everyone has the same sensitivity. We will do our duty.feedback

Ramzan Kadyrov

If I had my way, if it was possible, I'd even carry out a nuclear strike on them, to destroy those people who are killing children, women, the elderly. Even if Russia will support those devils who are committing crimes today, I'm against the position of Russia.feedback

Matt Smith

Children have been thrown into rushing rivers, thrown on the ground and stomped. We've documented children being burned to death.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

Stop the violence. Today we have seen pictures of small children killed by Myanmar's security forces. Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.feedback

Matt Smith

There are enormous numbers of people arriving. The Myanmar military is basically clearing out all of the Rohingya Muslim villages in northern Rakhine state. People are desperately in need of shelter, of food, of clothing. There are a lot of people right now sleeping under the rain, in the mud. State security forces have been killing men, women and children. They have been slitting throats, there have been beheadings. Soldiers have opened fire on groups of people and then set the bodies on fire, including children.feedback

Tirana Hassan

Rakhine state is on the precipice of a humanitarian disaster. Nothing can justify denying life-saving aid to desperate people. By blocking access for humanitarian organizations, Myanmar's authorities have put tens of thousands of people at risk and shown a callous disregard for human life. These restrictions will affect all communities in Rakhine State. The government must immediately change course and allow humanitarian organizations full and unfettered access to all parts of the state to assist people in need.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

There are only so many times even someone like her should receive the benefit of the doubt.feedback

Pierre Peron

There is an urgent need to ensure that displaced people and other civilians affected by the violence are protected and are given safe access to humanitarian assistance including food, water, shelter, and health services. Humanitarian aid normally goes to these vulnerable people for a very good reason, because they depend on it. For the sake of vulnerable people in all communities in Rakhine state, urgent measures must be taken to allow vital humanitarian activities to resume.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

Stop the violence. Today we have seen pictures of small children killed by Myanmar's security forces. These children attacked no one, but still their homes were burned to the ground.feedback

Boris Johnson

Aung San Suu Kyi is rightly regarded as one of the most inspiring figures of our age, but the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma. She faces huge challenges in modernising her country. I hope she can now use all her remarkable qualities to unite her country, to stop the violence and to end the prejudice that afflicts both Muslims and other communities in Rakhine.feedback

Min Aung Hlaing

We will never let such a terrible occurrence happen again.feedback

Maung Swe

Labourers who carry the WFP food bags don't want to contract with them any more. People who have made contract with WFP refused to work for them.feedback

Ashraful Azad

Myanmar wants to remove all the Rohingya. It is genocide. The government is linking Arsa with home-grown Islamic networks. They see Arsa as a threat and want to establish good relations with Myanmar at any cost.feedback

Adil Sakhawat

There were large influxes in 2012, 2015, and 2016, but this time it has broken every record. It is drastically different. The Rohingya told me that the Myanmar military are indiscriminately killing men of fighting age.feedback

Ashraful Azad

The problem is that nobody can show any convincing solution. The international community is limited to criticism. The Rohingya have no friends in Myanmar.feedback

Khan Babby

Rohingya come here to ask for help. We are giving them so much help.feedback

Adil Sakhawat

I took five days to get here. The military were shooting and running. My brother was killed by a shot to the head.feedback

Nurul Absar

We don't have relatives here, but we are Bangladeshis. They need help.feedback

Mizanur Rahman

Now we are supposed to be safe in Bangladesh, but I do not feel safe.feedback

Rashed Ahmed

They have nothing to lose. The Myanmar government wants to eradicate an entire ethnic group.feedback

Rashed Ahmed

There are no more villages left, none at all. There are no more people left, either. It is all gone.feedback

Nehginpao Kipgen

The authorities must act now to prevent the current violence from spiraling out of control.feedback

Pierre Peron

As a result of the disruption of activities in central Rakhine state, many people are currently not receiving their normal food assistance and primary healthcare services have been severely disrupted.feedback

Kyaw Naing Win

There have been some constraints for them to come to the hospital because of the tighter security control after recent clashes.feedback

Zaw Htay

#WFP Aid & #ARSA terrorists : #Myanmar Govt asking #WFP, Aid for civilian or terrorists? #Rakhine #Myanmar.feedback

Nikki Haley

As Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence, they have a responsibility to adhere to international humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers and ensuring assistance reaches those in need. We call on all members of the Security Council to support the Burmese government in ensuring the rights and dignity of all communities in Rakhine State and throughout Burma.feedback

Mohammed Rashid

We hid in the forest for two days and then we were stopped at the border, but we got through. We heard that the houses in our village have burned down.feedback

Sanjukta Sahany

People are traumatised, which is quite visible.feedback

Sanjukta Sahany

They are in a very, very desperate condition. The biggest needs are food, health services and they need shelter. They need at least some cover, some roofs over their heads.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

There is a threat to international peace and security, and it is right that the Security Council should take time today to be briefed on that and consider whether there is more that we should be doing. I doubt that there will be unanimity to do anything as there are certain countries on the Council that tend to resist anything else, but I think it's an important moment to take stock.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

Violence will not bring lasting solutions to the acute problems that afflict Rakhine State.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded. (The Secretary-General) calls for humanitarian agencies to be granted unfettered and free access to affected communities in need of assistance and protection. The United Nations stands ready to provide all necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard.feedback

Nu Sein

I thought I was going to die. I couldn't run fast as my knee is not good. There are some elders still left in the village.feedback

Wanna Shwe

We welcome the pope's trip to Myanmar,'. What is happening to the Rohingya community in Rakhine state cannot be denied. We all know.feedback

Matt Smith

Suu Kyi's inflammatory propaganda is fuelling anti-Rohingya and anti-aid worker sentiment at a time when she should be doing everything in her power to instill calm and promote human rights.feedback

Pope Francis

We all ask our Lord to come to their rescue and to prompt men of good will to come to their aid so they have full rights. Let us also pray for our Rohingya brothers.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

Unless concerted action led by the government and aided by all sectors of the government and society is taken soon, we risk the return of another cycle of violence and radicalization, which will further deepen the chronic poverty that afflicts Rakhine state. The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying escalation of violence. No cause can justify such brutality and senseless killing. Perpetrators should be held to account. I urge the security forces to exercise restraint in dealing with the situation and above all ensure that innocent civilians are not harmed.feedback

Maung Maung Chay

We heard that a lot of Muslim villagers are grouping together, they will make more attacks on us when the sun goes down.feedback

Muhammad Ismail

When I play football the sadness and anger is far away. But after I finish, it always comes back.feedback

Muhammad Ismail

We don't tell their opponents that I'm Rohingya because they might not agree that I'm eligible to play.feedback

Mohiuddin Khan

We can handle all sorts of emergency cases through this center, we can refer them to the high level center instantly. This is the disability prevention and rehabilitation corner of this facility. The clients are coming from the makeshift settlement. This is the laboratory; we provide very basic but very comprehensive range of laboratory services. They had to travel around, at least 40 kilometers to access laboratory services.feedback

Karim Elguindi - World Food Programme

For up to 20 years most humanitarian assistance has been for registered refugees Since last year more than 75,000 came in addition to other tens of thousands unregistered refugees, they were not having much. The aim is to provide something more dignified and a user harmonised approach, similar to what we have in registered camps.feedback

Mohammad Ali Hussain

Almost all rickety houses in the district were completely or partially destroyed by the cyclone. Not only Rohingya houses.feedback

Setara Begum

There's no roof. We are just drinking water. The little food we had in our home was all damaged after the cyclone. My children are crying for food. I am helpless. I have no money. There's no hope. I don't know how I will raise my children.feedback

Hamida Begum

We heard that a cyclone is coming. But there's no place we can go. I hate being a Rohingya. We are being tortured in Myanmar. Now in Bangladesh we have no rights - nothing. After this cyclone, we don't have a roof. We are living under the sky. We have no future.feedback

Omar Farukh

We have passed a difficult time. We had no tin or plastic sheets above our heads and almost all of us passed the night in the rain. We tried to save our belongings, whatever we have, with pieces of plastic sheet.feedback

Rasel Uddin

The storm was really frightening. The winds were so strong, I watched a giant eucalyptus tree, dozens of feet tall, getting bent to the point where it was almost flat on the ground. It would straighten again, then the winds would blow it back to the point where it was flat again.feedback

Rasel Uddin

The Rohingya live in small shacks – we describe them as barely standing – so they have been devastated. But also many Bangladeshi families in the area who live in homes like that have been affected the same.feedback

John McKissick

The problem is that we're very under-resourced. We have supplies to repair 3,000 homes now, and we're working out how to distribute them without causing tensions and having a crowd start to fight over who gets the supplies.feedback

Mohammad Imran

There isn't a single refugee home that hasn't had its roof blown off.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground. But those recommendations which will divide further the two communities in Rakhine we will not accept, because it will not help to resolve the problems that are arising all the time. I am not sure quite what you mean by saying that we have not been concerned at all with regards to the allegations of atrocities that have taken place in the Rakhine. We have been investigating them and have been taking action.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

This can contribute in establishing the facts for the past, provided that we fully agree on the need to work together on the way forward.feedback

Ghassan Salame

We also look at the question of citizenship, and we also call for all those who have been recognized as citizens to have all the rights attached to that citizenship.feedback

Zaw Htay

We will not forgive anyone who does. We suspect that these people joined the attackers' training or supported them with funding, or they cooperated during the attacks or were involved in the attacks. We want to process them quickly. There are security concerns with the prison being over capacity.feedback

Di Dar

The soldiers would come three times a day and would beat us for about an hour at a time. They asked, 'Did you fight us?' 'Were you involved in the insurgency?'.feedback

Htin Lynn

The situation in Rakhine state is very complicated in nature and thus requires complicated answers. It also requires greater understanding by the international community.feedback

Zaw Htay

Their number is much greater than our figure. We have to check on the ground. If it's true we need to find out the reason and the background data about the incident.feedback

Pope Francis

I urge all those in government positions to combat this scourge with firmness, giving voice to our younger brothers and sisters who have been wounded in their dignity. All efforts must be made to eradicate this shameful and intolerable crime. They have been suffering for years, they have been tortured, killed, simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith. Let us pray for them… for our Rohingya brothers and sisters.feedback

Khatun Hazera

They shot him and then turned the body upside down, dragged it, put a sword inside it and took pictures.feedback

Najib Razak

We hear their pain, those who have been raped, murdered and burned alive.feedback

Zaw Htay

These are extremely serious allegations and we are deeply concerned. We will be immediately investigating these allegations through the investigation commission, led by Vice-President U Myint Swe.feedback

Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

We are fearful that the nature of the Rohingya people is not good – they have a record of involvement in drugs and smuggling, so if they are moved here, together with the pirates who rob, we will be in big trouble.feedback

Shahriar Alam

After considering all aspects, we have taken a firm decision to shift them to the island. Still, this is a very early stage of our decision. We also have plans to provide them poultry or livestock for their livelihood. But all these arrangements are temporary. Myanmar will have to take them back. They are living in inhumane conditions. Taking the Rohingya back and giving them citizenship is the only solution to the crisis. They are getting involved in drugs and other unlawful activities. If we could have confined them in the camp, it would not have happened.feedback

Aye Aye Soe

The people that Bangladesh is saying are on their side, we have to verify that they are from Myanmar. We can't just accept on face value if they say they are from Myanmar. If they are found to be from Myanmar, we will take them back and of course we will do that in due time.feedback

Najib Razak

We appeal to the government of Myanmar - said Najib - to put an immediate end to all discriminatory actions and attacks against Rohingya. And that the culprits are brought to justice.feedback

Najib Razak

For a start, the killing must stop. The violation of women and girls must stop. The persecution of your fellow men and women, simply on the grounds that they are Muslim, must stop.feedback

Najib Razak

It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to save them from the humanitarian tragedy they are suffering.feedback

Aye Soe

For the border situation, an operation is still in progress to create stability, so I don't think there will be a lot of results from this first-time meeting. We need to make sure how many people arrived and where they are from, but no one can confirm exactly.feedback

Aye Soe

You cannot just look at one incident and think, that's the whole thing that is happening. Come back with something concrete, and we will give you back something concrete.feedback

Myat Thu

I will say there are so many 'isolated incidents' in Rakhine state.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Quite clearly, there is a major domestic political dimension to this, as Najib positions himself as the champion of downtrodden Muslims in the region, which he and United Malays National Organization (UMNO) obviously believe will be popular in the Malay Muslim heartland. And of course, talking about the Rohingya is a good way to change the subject from the 1MDB scandal.feedback

Islam Muhammad Kassim

Rohingya people are hoping something may change in Myanmar - and also in Malaysia where many of us live.feedback

Maung Khin

The Rakhine issue is an internal affair. We cannot accept interference from outsiders. We don't need foreigners for our internal affairs. This shows how the government mishandles the case.feedback

Ryan Aherin - Verisk Maplecroft

The situation illustrates that the NLD-led government has made little progress towards improving transparency and accountability since it took office in March 2016.feedback

Ryan Aherin - Verisk Maplecroft

The government's response suggests that it either has no control over the still-powerful military, or considers protecting the ethnic minority as too politically charged in light of the country's vocal Buddhist nationalist majority.feedback

Muhammed Noor

The Myanmar government says the claims are all fabricated but they are not fabricated. This movement has to continue, to pressure the government to stop the killing.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

While we've known for a while that Myanmar will be the host, this (decision) is based on recent reports from Rakhine that showed proof of attacks, that reportedly show evidence of genocide. We must continue to speak up.feedback

Zaw Htay

The international community misunderstood us because of Rohingya lobbyists who distributed fabricated news. No one in the world would accept attacks on security forces, killings and looting of weapons.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

I raised this issue in the cabinet last week. I will do so again this week and stand guided by decision.feedback

Nurul Izzah Anwar

In 1980, we withdrew from the Olympic Games that is more prestigious to protest the invasion of Soviet troops on Afghanistan.feedback

Aye Soe

They are using our country, our region as a base...with the intention of disrupting the area, causing unrest, chaos in the area, they are doing this to get international attention, to pressure Myanmar.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

This is a recipe for rights abuses against the Rohingya. The Burmese government is foolhardy to think they will be able to control the local recruits operating on a basis of bias against the Rohingya people.feedback

Kyaw Mya Win

The villagers have become insurgents, including women in the village.feedback

Anwarul Azim

Early Tuesday, 86 Rohingya including 40 women and 25 children were pushed back by the BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) from the Teknaf border point. All of them tried to enter Bangladesh and came by two engine-operated boats. Now we have beefed up our patrolling and additional forces have been engaged to ensure security in the border area.feedback

Zaw Htay

There's no logical way of committing rape in the middle of a big village of 800 homes, where insurgents are hiding.feedback

John Kirby

While it's without question that [the Rohingya] continue to face persecution, we did not determine that it was on the level of genocide.feedback

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