New Rohingya Refugee Arrivals in Bangladesh Surge to 270000

Michele Moreno
September 13, 2017

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday her government was doing its best to protect everyone, but she has drawn criticism from around the world for failing to speak out about the violence and the Muslim minority, including calls to revoke her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

It also demanded that the Myanmar government should immediately stop "brutalities" on the Rohingyas. "She must be held accountable and tried", said party spokesman KM Atiqur Rahman.

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Saturday summoned Myanmar's ambassador and recorded its protest over the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

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.

More than half a million also live in Bangladeshi camps, although Dhaka only recognises a small portion as refugees.

They have urged Myanmar's army to reciprocate by ceasing its own military operations to enable aid groups to participate in assisting victims of the humanitarian crisis irrespective of their religion or ethnicity. Tens of thousands of Rohingya were driven from their homes in another wave of violence in 2012.

The Rohingyas are reviled in Myanmar, where the roughly one million-strong community is accused of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Myanmar on Wednesday announced that it is negotiating with China and Russian Federation to ensure they block any UN Security Council censure over the violence that has forced those people to flee.

Fleeing Rohingya accuse the security forces of mass killings and rapes and the burning of hundreds of villages.

During a visit to Bangladesh earlier this week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Jakarta was ready to help Bangladesh ease its humanitarian burden from the massive influx of new refugees.

"Even if all we get to eat is a plate of rice, we can burn a red chili and mix it and it will taste nice", says a woman in the Kutupalong refugee camp.

"We salute President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and Turkish people for raising voice for the Rohingya Muslims", Haq said.

Rohingya had to leave behind the vast majority of their livestock.

The two Rohingya Muslim refugees, Mohammad Sallimullah and Mohammad Shakir, who had knocked the doors of the apex court in the regard, told that they would face death on being deported to Myanmar.

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

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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