OIC urges Myanmar to allow probe into Rohingya Muslims' killings

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More than 270,000 people have fled to nearby Bangladesh in less than a three-week span.

Noting that Myanmar had stripped Rohingyas of a wide range of rights, including citizenship, since 1962, the United Nations human rights chief took aim at official statements suggesting that refugees who had fled the violence would only be allowed back if they provide proof of nationality.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday flayed any attempts by India to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar when the ethnic minority community is facing violence in their country.

"I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country", Zeid said, noting that some 40,000 Rohingyas had settled in India, including 16,000 who have received refugee documentation.

The rights chief also called on global organisations to take a proactive role and warned that the worldwide Court of Justice may be forced to step in if sufficient progress is not made.

It regularly floods during June-September monsoons and, when seas are calm, pirates roam the nearby waters to kidnap fishermen for ransom.

Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees today.

It strongly condemned these crimes and killings and stated that they tantamount to genocide against a peaceful community who are being persecuted on the grounds of race and religion.

Dipayan Bhattacharyya, the World Food Programme's spokesman in Bangladesh said the latest estimate of new arrivals was 294,000 and there were discussions underway to revise up the prediction made last week that it would reach 300,000.

Despite Rohingyas having lived in the predominantly Buddhist country since the 12th century, they remain a stateless community as Myanmar law fails to acknowledge the minority group as a national race.

The violence was triggered on August 25 when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated.

According to Myanmar, security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organization.

Myanmar denies Rohingya exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh. He urged the Myanmar government to "stop pretending that the Rohingyas are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages".

M. Mujibur Rehman, district secretary, Jamathul Ulama Sabai, who led the protest, cited the cruelty of the Myanmar military behind such mass killings and demanded the Indian parliament to adopt a resolution condemning the Myanmar government.

The Dalai Lama said he felt "very sad" about the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, and that those harassing them "should remember Buddha".

While calling on ministers to do everything in their capacity to help bring an end to the "senseless violence", McInnes said: "Would you accept that your colleagues and the Ministry of Defence demonstrated shockingly poor judgment in spending £250,000 from the aid budget, no less, on training members of Myanmar's army?"



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