Rohingya Muslims Flee Ethnic Cleansing by Myanmar's Military

Sunday, 10 Sep, 2017

An unknown number are also stranded in no man's land, with many hiding in mountainous or forested areas.

Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, minister for disaster management and relief, said on Saturday, that Bangladesh is allocating 2,500 acres (3.9 square miles) of land to shelter the Rohingya people.

"It's just inflaming further problems inside the country and it's making the population more resistant to worldwide advice", Clapp said.

Three Rohingya are reported to have been killed by a mine near the border allegedly laid by Myanmar security forces to stop the fugitives returning.

There was an urgent need for more temporary shelters, Tan said. "They need at least some cover, some roofs over their heads". In Karachi, more than 2,000 people demonstrated outside the Karachi Press Club, media reports said. "People are traumatised, which is quite visible".

It has posted photos of the basic weapons seized from people fighting under the Arsa banner, including petrol bombs and improvised explosive devices and has said its forces have been ambushed by groups of up to 150 at a time.

India had refused to be a part of a declaration adopted at an worldwide conference recently in Indonesia as it carried "inappropriate" reference to violence in Rakhine state.

The UN. says 290,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, the country also known as Burma, into neighboring Bangladesh since August 25.

Senior Bangladesh minister Obaidul Quader urged India to help tackle the Rohingya crisis.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement Saturday that it was "very concerned" about the situation and praised Bangladesh for its "generosity in responding to this humanitarian crisis".

Speaking on the occasion, President of Arakan Rohaingya National Organization, Noorul Islam said the objective of the rally is to draw attention of the world community to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

ARSA's declaration drew no formal response from the military or the government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar. "It does not hear and it does not see".

Refugees from Myanmar this week described walking through the jungles for days to reach the border and cross into Bangladesh, where they have built flimsy structures with bamboo and plastic sheeting.

Many high-level officials have talked to her, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said one UN Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Citing Kyi's decision in December 2011 to abide by Myanmar's constitution, which provides the army a "right to take over all powers of government whenever they feel it's necessary", Popham labelled her situation "desperate" in an opinion piece published by The Independent on September 8.

Malaysia is not a signatory to UN Refugee Convention and classifies refugees as illegal immigrants. The communities, which claim roots that go back for hundreds of years, are marginalized and subjected to violence.

Till now, the Burmese state counsellor Aung San Su Kyi has maintained that the people attacked in Rakhine were jihadists and militants and that the lockdown by the military was only a measure to ensure security from any extremist or radical organisation. The Nobel peace laureate has also dismissed accusations of atrocities carried out against the Rohingya and denied visas to United Nations officials tasked with investigating the allegations.