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Rohingya refugee camps bursting at seams as 270000 people flee Myanmar

12 September 2017

They were chanting slogans against Myanmar authorities and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, de-facto leader of the country. The only statement that came out from her office was on Wednesday when she said that the government has "already started defending all the the best way possible".

Bangladesh has made two proposals regarding a resolution to the Rohingya crisis.

The minister's comments come as the chair of Bangladesh's National Commission for Human Rights said leading figures in Myanmar could face trial for "genocide" at an worldwide tribunal.

The ensuing bloodbath has led to the biggest crisis faced by the long-oppressed minority, who have suffered from the torching of villages, rape, torture, and the extrajudicial killings of women and children.

He added that "everyone should stand beside the Rohingya people".

USCIRF strongly urged Burma to collaborate with global partners like the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations, as well as regional stakeholders such as Bangladesh and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to ensure that Rohingya Muslims and other vulnerable populations immediately receive adequate resources and compassionate care.

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Over a thousand Muslim devotees belonging to the organisation Islamic Movement Bangladesh joined a rally in the capital's Paltan area.

As part of durable settlement of the problem, swift implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission was emphasised.

The statement also noted that during the prime minister's Myanmar visit it was agreed that India would provide assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme in conjunction with the Myanmarese government.

The violence erupted following an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group on police and military posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar army.

Protests against the treatment of the Rohingya were held in several countries, including Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Security has been beefed up around Buddhist temples and other institutions in Dhaka and elsewhere.

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The camp is one of three, which house up to 300,000 Rohingya people fleeing inter-communal violence in Myanmar.

"In the last two weeks an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh", Duniya Aslam Khan, a spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, said in a statement.

"The Myanmar Army is one of only a handful of state forces worldwide, along with North Korea and Syria, to still openly use antipersonnel landmines".

The federal cabinet on Thursday condemned what it called the cold-blooded and callous genocide of innocent Rohingya Muslims under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar. Ms Suu kyi, as many have described, is just another war criminal with a Noble Peace award, like others in the mould of Henry Kissinger, Theodore Roosevelt, Shimon Peres, among others, who have been conferred with the prestigious award for political reasons.

Suu Kyi has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses against the Rohingya, and in April denied to the BBC that ethnic cleansing was taking place.

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Rohingya refugee camps bursting at seams as 270000 people flee Myanmar