United Nations says 313000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh

Faith Castro
September 12, 2017

On Monday night, she lambasted Buddhist-majority Myanmar for "atrocities" that she said had reached a level beyond description, telling lawmakers she had "no words to condemn Myanmar" and noting that Bangladesh had always been protesting the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, United Nations high commissioner for human rights, on Monday expressed strong protest against the Modi government's move to deport the refugees.

"The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

On Sunday the Dalai Lama, spoke out about the crisis for the first time, urging those attacking Rohingya to "remember Buddha".

"We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians", Zeid told the Geneva forum.

Over 300,000 Rohingyas have fled since a militant group associated with the Rohingya attacked a series of military outposts on Auguest 25.

Urging the Islamic countries to take measures against the government of Myanmar, he said that practical measures don't mean military meddling.

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There was no immediate response from Myanmar's military, but on Saturday authorities said they would set up three relief camps in Rohingya-majority areas.

Mr. Zeid said he was "further appalled" by reports that Myanmar authorities planting land mines along the border.

Cox's Bazar, Sep 11 (AFP): The number of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25 has reached 313,000, a United Nations spokesman said today.

"The global community needs to recognise this, step up and urgently meet the needs of incredibly vulnerable people, especially children", said George Graham, the charity's director of humanitarian policy, on Tuesday.

Last October, following attacks on border posts in Rakhine's Maungdaw district, Myanmar security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed. The Jordanian said it was damaging the improved reputation of Myanmar, where Aung San Suu Kyi leads the government after her lengthy struggle for democracy.

Amid a dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state, UNHCR called for urgent action to address the root causes of the recent surge in violence, so that people are no longer compelled to flee and can eventually return home in safety and dignity.

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