Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

United Nations says 313000 people have fled to Bangladesh

United Nations says 313000 people have fled to Bangladesh

The Turkish first lady reached Dhaka hours after Istanbul sent its foreign minister while the Rohingya issue earlier brought in Dhaka the Indonesian foreign minister with a proposal to extend Jakarta's hands in sharing with Bangladesh the burden of Myanmar refugees.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi - a Nobel Peace Prize victor - has been facing widespread criticism for her government's tacit support for the killing of the Rohingyas, with many even calling for a case to be filed against her at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to try her for condoning hate crimes, violence and killings.

It was unclear who torched the villages, and independent journalists are not allowed into the area.

Suu Kyi, the de facto ruler of Myanmar as state counselor, has repeatedly come under criticism for her lack of action to help the Rohingya, a stark contrast to her previous image as a champion of human rights.

"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. Almost 270,000 have fled in less than two weeks, creating a humanitarian crisis.

The plight of the Rohingyas has triggered broad global condemnation of Myanmar and the country's Nobel peace prize laureate leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

But he acknowledged that Bangladesh was suffering due to the situation developing across the border.

A large number of people took to the street, holding placards and raised slogans against the deportation.

The blazes were confirmed by sources including two monitors with a network of informants on the ground, and a local journalist based in the nearby town of Buthidaung. Tens of thousands of Rohingya were driven from their homes in another wave of violence in 2012.

But detractors say Suu Kyi is one of the few people with the mass appeal and moral authority in Myanmar to swim against the tide on the issue.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group that has faced severe repression in Myanmar, where a Buddhist majority has long ruled.

The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

The Bali Declaration, which was joined by India's neighbours Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, had expressed concern about the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where the United Nations says at least 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed, and 300,000 have fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks. That triggered an army counter-offensive in which at least 400 people were killed.

Bangladesh's government has called the fresh influx of Rohingya seeking shelter on its territory unprecedented, saying it is struggling to cope with the flood of new refugee arrivals from neighboring Rakhine.

Malaysia's coast guard will not turn away Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar and is willing to provide them temporary shelter, officials have announced. According to refugees, it has also targeted civilians with shootings and wholesale burning of villages in an apparent attempt to purge Rakhine state of Rohingya.

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