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Rohingya Muslims injured as Burmese military 'plant land mines' - Amnesty

Bangladesh Plans To Move Reluctant Rohingya Refugees To Remote Island That Floods Every Year As Myanmar Muslims flee crackdown, US is wary of involvement
Connie Andrews | 12 September, 2017, 01:36

The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

On Friday, the United Nations in Bangladesh found tens of thousands of refugees who had not been counted before, raising the count to 270,000 from some 164,000 the day before.

The diplomats praised Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas for decades and giving the shelters to new arrivals, according to the foreign ministry statement.

Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya have said the minority has faced a campaign of arson aimed at driving them out of the country, Reuters reported.

The group does not appear to have been able to put up significant resistance against the military force unleashed in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state.

They must ease the pain of the oppressed people in this region by dispatching fact-finding teams to immediately investigate the situation, sending humanitarian assistance and properly organizing the refugees, the senior Iranian official said.

REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainA Rohingya refugees boy falls as he walks on a muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

The first ARSA attacks in October past year were less ambitious, but the subsequent military response by a security force notorious for its scorched earth response to insurgency sent 90,000 Rohingya fleeing across the border.

"This genocide needs to be tried at global court", National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque told a news conference in Cox's Bazar. Indeed, a democratic Myanmar (Burma) has proved to be darker than the Burma under Military Junta.

He also called on China and India to play a larger role in mitigating the crisis.

The exodus from the country's Rakhine state began August 25, after the Myanmar military launched what it called "clearance operations" to root out any hiding Rohingya insurgents.

"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 said.

The commission among others recommends that the government takes concrete steps to end enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims; ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout the state; tackle Rohingya statelessness and "revisit" the 1982 Citizenship Law; hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable; and end restrictions on freedom of movement.

But Myanmar labels them "extremist Bengali terrorists" intent on carving out an Islamic enclave for the Rohingya. Myanmar denies Rohingya exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

Over the weekend the Dalai Lama became the latest Nobel peace prize laureate to speak out about the crisis, telling the Burmese involved in attacks on the ethnic Muslim minority to "remember Buddha".

But Hashem Ullah, a 33-year-old farmer from a village west of Maungdaw, said he would return "if I got compensation, and they accept us as Rohingya".

REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiRohingya children make their way through water as they try to come to the Bangladesh side from No Mans Land after a gunshot being heard on the Myanmar side, in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh.

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