United Nations says 313000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh

United Nations says 313000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh

Those still waiting to cross into Bangladesh - many hungry and exhausted after a days-long march through the mountains and bushes in monsoon rain - have been stopped because of a crackdown on Bangladeshi boatmen charging 10,000 taka ($122) or more per person, sources said. The report said $77 million in funding was needed to deliver urgent aid to the new arrivals.

"The Myanmar government should stop pretending that the Rohingya are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages", he added, calling it a "complete denial of reality" that hurts the standing of a country that recently enjoyed "immense good will".

The violence has driven almost 300,000 Rohingya to flee Buddhist-majority Myanmar, with many of them packed into existing camps or huddled in makeshift settlements that have mushroomed along roadsides and in open fields across Cox's Bazar district on the border.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have refused to answer calls from worldwide activists calling on him to impose sanctions against Suu Kyi's government.

In response, the military unleashed what it called "clearance operations" to root out the insurgents.

An all party protest meeting was also organised at Nampally here condemning the killings of Rohingya Muslims which was addressed among those by CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy and senior Congress leader Mohd Ali Shabbir.

He urged the Indian state to adopt humanistic approach and listen to the pleas of refugees who had pleaded New Delhi to consider them as humans, not Muslims.

Zeid said Myanmar should "stop pretending" that Rohingya were torching their own houses and its "complete denial of reality" was damaging the government's worldwide standing.

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council.

According to the United Nations, some 270,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since August 25.

Myanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by ARSA to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced and hungry people in the north of Rakhine state, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.

Some observers point out that the Rohingya issue is so heated in Myanmar that the Nobel laureate would lose her popularity, and eventually possibly her position, if she backed the ethnic minority.

Myanmar's military has been accused of planting land mines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in its western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting two people wounded Sunday.

There are regular clashes between the Rohingya and the country's security forces, as well as other ethnic groups in Rakhine, which are predominantly Buddhist.

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