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Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh

12 September, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Rohingya refugees arrive in Bangladesh at Shah Porir Dwip in Teknaf on September 9

He said all worldwide bodies, including the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as world countries shoulder a heavy responsibility to have a correct understanding of such a calculated plot.

The US is "deeply troubled" by the deteriorating situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state, American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, as the UN migration agency confirmed 270,000 people fled the country to Bangladesh over the past two weeks.

At least 294,000 ethnic Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh since fighting broke out on August 25, according to a situation report from the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Bangladesh.

The UN earlier has announced that it had a plan to provide up to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh with food, shelter, water, health care and other services until the end of the year.

Myanmar authorities deny citizenship to Rohingyas, classifying them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and imposing many restrictions on them, including limits to their freedom of movement. An Associated Press reporter witnessed hundreds streaming through the border at Shah Puri Dwip today.

He warned that such an "ominous and organized plot by worldwide Zionism" would result in genocide against the Muslims, oppression and forced displacement, ethnic and racial cleansing, massacre and regional instability.

"However, by virtue of customary law, its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement, India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations", he said.

Herve Lemahieu, of Australian foreign policy think tank Lowy Institute, said that showed Modi, and Myanmar's State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi had an "alignment of world views".

Thousands of Rohingya refugees are still stranded on the Myanmar side of the River Naf, which separates the two countries, with the biggest gathering south of the town of Maungdaw, monitors and sources in the area told Reuters.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has agreed to free land for a new camp to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar, an official said Monday.

Lawyer and Chief Executive of the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy, Azril Mohd Amin (pix), said Malaysia's effort in sending a humanitarian mission would be more meaningful if the safe zone could be created soon.

The violence was triggered on 25 August when a Rohingya militant group attacked more than a dozen security sites and killed 12 people.

"Tomorrow we are expecting an airlift of relief supplies for 20,000 people", Tan said.

The Turkish President also expressed readiness to work with the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar to prevent cruelty toward the Muslim minority.

The monthlong cessation of military operations will take place from September 10 to October 9, to allow humanitarian groups to respond to the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state.



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