UN says 27000 Rohingya fled Myanmar as bodies wash up in Bangladesh

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

A bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, considered the submissions of lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the plea required urgent hearing in view of the decision of the government to send the Rohingya tribals back to their native land.

The statement said there had been 90 armed clashes including an initial 30 attacks by insurgents on August 25, making the combat more extensive than previously announced.

But fire-brand nationalistic monk U Wirathu accused "marauding" Muslims of attacking villages, labelled aid groups working in Rakhine "terrorists" and called for the imposition of martial law. Hundreds fleeing on boats were being pushed back by Bangladeshi border guards, according to authorities.

They gathered on the zero line of the border.

"Many children have been killed", he told BuzzFeed News from Geneva, "many women, many elderly".

Omar said 64 young Rohingya men had enlisted in his unit over a two-day period, walking from squalid camps in Bangladesh to join the fight.

Refugees arriving in Bangladesh accuse the military in Myanmar of raiding villages and burning down houses. He said troops also used rocket-propelled grenades, and helicopters fired some sort of incendiary device.

It was unclear how many people were on board but a local source told Anadolu Agency that around 25 people had been rescued and 7 to 9 people were still missing.

"They're clearly harming their cause more than they are helping it", she said.

The South Asian country's authorities say they have a "zero tolerance" policy for Rohingyas entering Bangladesh.

The mostly Muslim Rohingya have lived in the area for centuries but are denied citizenship by Myanmar, which claims they are illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

Also on August 30, several hundred Buddhist nationalists, including monks, rallied in Myanmar's largest city to urge stronger action against insurgents from the Muslim Rohingya minority.

"We call on all members of the Security Council to support the Myanmarese government in ensuring the rights and dignity of all communities in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar", Haley said.

Separately, Zeid said in a statement that more than 8,700 Rohingya had fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks.

"The government has to stop this offensive", said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch.

In Myanmar, journalists were allowed to reach the Rakhine village of Myothagyi on Thursday.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Parliamentarians for Human Rights on Wednesday also called on Myanmar to take immediate action to protect civilians from violent clashes in Rakhine. ICG says there are indications Jununi and others received militant training in Pakistan and possibly Afghanistan.

"There has to be some sort of de-escalation", he said.