Number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence rises to nearly 400000

Some 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Burma and gone over the border into Bangladesh according to the UN. Nearly 100 have died crossing the river between the two countries
India building pressure on Myanmar to stop persecution of Rohingyas, confirms Bangladesh
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17 Setiembre, 2017

Myanmar's minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement, Win Myat Aye, said that for the time being, no independent foreign aid groups were getting access to the conflict area, but he declined to say if they were being blocked.

"Action Against Hunger UK, ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and the International Rescue Committee UK strongly condemn the attacks carried out on 25 August".

"Bangladesh wants to maintain peace and good relations with its neighboring countries, but it cannot accept unjust acts of the Myanmar government".

With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven nearly 380,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country, the government said Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month's U.N. General Assembly meetings.

Statements by the council have to be unanimously agreed and traditionally Russia and China have protected Myanmar from censure. "We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works", spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.

It is hard to know her motivation; political calculation could well be at the core of Suu Kyi's silence.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader last year.

A local administration member who gave his name as Minuddin told Anadolu Agency that local residents informed the police about two bodies floating in the Naf River.

The crisis in Myanmar is deepening.

"Our field research backs what the satellite imagery has indicated - that the Burmese [Myanmar] military is directly responsible for the mass burning of Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine State", said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

Fellow Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, had called on Suu Kyi to stop the violence.

The issue came to the fore after the Home Ministry had in July said illegal immigrants such as the Rohingyas posed grave security challenges as they might be recruited by terror groups, and asked state governments to identify and deport them.


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