Rohingya crisis: United Nations aid call as '290000 flee' Myanmar

Posted September 13, 2017

"All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points", Tirana Hassan, Amnesty international's Crisis Response Director, said in a statement. This is near the border in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

Rohingya Muslims are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people.

According to the United Nations, 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh as of Friday.

Then last October things got much worse. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh.

Despite decades of persecution, the Rohingya largely eschewed violence. The government of Myanmar said 15 members of the security forces and 370 militants were killed.

"It is expected that the United Nations act swiftly and undertake all necessary measures towards addressing worldwide concerns about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar", Zarif said. An additional 300,000 to 500,000 live in Bangladesh, many of them in grim refugee camps.

Myanmar is yet to comment on Arsa's initiative.

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The latest exodus began on August 25, after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army.

The body of a Rohingya being brought to shore in a boat after being recovered from the Naf river, which starts in Myanmar and flows into the Bay of Bengal.

Emine Erdogan visited the Kutupalang Rohingya camp and adjacent makeshift refugee shelters at Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday afternoon, hours after her arrived in Dhaka.

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Meanwhile, a Pakistani lawyer Barrister Iqbal Jafri has submitted an application to the International Court of Justice seeking registration of a case against Myanmar ruling party head Aung San Suu Kyi and religious leader Ashen Waratho for their alleged involvement in killing of Rohingya Muslims.

"We [Turkey] already talked Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya issue".

Hatred towards the Rohingya is profound, particularly among Myanmar's Bamar majority, making speaking up for them a potentially politically suicidal move.

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The Myanmar government said 421 people had died.

Meantime, the Iranian Permanent Mission to the UN has been also ordered to pursue the issue of Rohingya Muslims in talks with the global body officials and his counterparts from Muslims nations, he noted.

Longer term solutions are even more problematic.

It has also taken note of the statement of the Muslim organisations that they had demanded refugee status for the Rohingya Muslims.

The statement called on the Myanmar government to do the same to address the "humanitarian crisis" unfolding in the state.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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