Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

United Nations says 313000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh

United Nations says 313000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh

A large number of Muslims, including women and children, have been burnt alive, lynched to death or lost their lives while fleeing the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people.

Myanmar and the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, are the target of increasing global criticism for the treatment of Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority living in the nation's Rakhine state.

The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

More than 270,000 people have fled to nearby Bangladesh in less than a three-week span.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince, noted that the United Nations refugee agency has reported that 270,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the last three weeks, and pointed to satellite imagery and reports of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and extrajudicial killings.

The Myanmar government said 421 people had died.

Suu Kyi, the de facto ruler of Myanmar as state counselor, has repeatedly come under criticism for her lack of action to help the Rohingya, a stark contrast to her previous image as a champion of human rights.

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Aung San Suu Kyi's government has come in for strong global criticism over the military's treatment of the Rohingya. Myanmar denies Rohingya exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The report said $77 million in funding was needed to deliver urgent aid to the new arrivals. On Sunday the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militant group whose attacks sparked the latest crackdown, declared a unilateral ceasefire to allow aid to reach the increasingly desperate refugees.

Arshad Zamman, 60, said his family had only 80,000 Burmese kyat ($60) and so he had taken a boat to Cox's Bazar on his own and would return to pick up his wife and two sons when he had enough for their journey.

A mob of about 70 people armed with sticks and swords threatened to attack a mosque in the central town of Taung Dwin Gyi on Sunday evening, shouting, "This is our country, this is our land", according to the mosque's imam, Mufti Sunlaiman. He said it seems the reason for BJP led government's refusal is that theirs march towards Hindutva will be diluted by accommodating largely Muslim Rohingyas.

The Senate urged the government of Pakistan to coordinate with other governments in the region and elsewhere for the protection of the rights of Rohingya Muslims including directly approaching the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have simmered since scores were killed and tens of thousands displaced in communal clashes accompanying the onset of Myanmar's democratic transition in 2012 and 2013.

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