RohingyanRefugee Crisis Rohingyans are a muslim minority in a majority Buddhist country, are said to be among the world’s most persecuted minorities Rohingyans lineage can be traced back to 15th century burma, but the government claims that they are illegal immigrants Excluded from the 1982 citizenship act recognizing 135 ethnic groups, 1m rohingyas became a stateless people Military has been killing and raping the rohingya and set their villages on fire, and has been regarded as a ” textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the UN Violence has torn through western Myanmar’s Rakhine state since Aug 2017, leaving hundreds dead and driving more than 410,000 of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar into neighbouring countries Bangladesh, China and Malaysia Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sept 19 2017 condemned all human rights violations in the Rakhine state even as she said that her country does not fear international scrutiny on the Rohingya crisis, and said that anyone responsible for abuses in the Rakhine state would face the law. The 72-year-old Noble laureate had come under intense criticism for previously staying silent on the military operations Still, persecution of rohingyans continue as the military most recently planted landmines along the myanmar-bangladesh border to prevent them from returningMarawi Siege 5-month-long armed conflict in Marawi, that started on 23 May 2017, between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) About 400 militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group overran and occupied Marawi, with the objective of raising an ISIL flag declaring a provincial ISIL territory (wilayat) in Lanao del Sur. On 17 October 2017, the day after the deaths of militant leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, President Duterte declared Marawi was “liberated from terrorist influence”.
Then on 23 October 2017, the Defense Secretary announced that the five-month battle against the terrorists in Marawi had finally ended. Impact: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said, if the situation was allowed to even escalate or entrench, it would pose decades of problems for Asean cities and interests of other countries within Asean. If not addressed adequately, it can prove a pulling ground for would-be jihadists who can launch attacks from there Spectre of terrorism in the Asean region has become more real and multi-dimensional