Thousands of Bangladeshi protest Rohingya killings

Bangladesh's society appears to be sharply divided over the refugee crisis.

He told the diplomats that some 300,000 Rohingya had fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks, taking the total number of such refugees in the country to over 700,000.

Two top officials of foreign and home ministries told Prothom Alo that the government has urged the worldwide community in the letters to create a "safe zone" inside Myanmar's Rakhine state so that the Rohingya people are not repressed.

Patrick Murphy, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Washington was calling in talks with Myanmar's military and civilian leaders for urgent restoration of access to Rakhine State for humanitarian assistance and journalists. "They arrive in poor condition, exhausted, hungry and desperate for shelter". "Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas", Tan said.

The violence broke out August 24, when an insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ASRA) mounted attacks on Myanmar police posts in Rakhine.

Rohingya residents, a stateless mostly Muslim minority, allege that the military and Rakhine Buddhists responded with a brutal campaign against them, according to the reports.

But a BBC reporter in Rakhine state on Thursday saw a Muslim village being burned, apparently by a group of Rakhine Buddhists, contradicting the official version of events.

The federal cabinet has passed a resolution condemning genocide of Rohingya Muslims under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar.

AFP interviewed at least 10 people who escaped a massacre in the Aung Sit Pyin Village on August 25 and found refuge at Balukhali camp in Bangladesh. Relatives said she had stepped on a landmine.

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US President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation, a spokeswoman said.

"The United Nations and concerned governments need to press Burma right now to end these horrific abuses against the Rohingya as a first step toward restoring Rohingya to their homes", Ganguly said.

"People are dying in Delhi under the heaps of garbage and Rohingyas' demand to the Union Government to provide them with basic amenities violates the fundamental rights of Indians", it said.

Earlier, several thousand supporters of Bangladesh's main opposition political party formed a human chain to protest the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya minority.

Bangladeshi officials and Amnesty researchers believe new explosives have been recently planted, including one that the rights group said blew off a Bangladeshi farmer's leg and another that wounded a Rohingya man.

In an open letter, Tutu told his fellow Nobel Peace Prize victor that it was "incongruous for a symbol of righteousness" to lead a country where violence against the Rohingya is being carried out.

"Unfortunately" he added "the government of Myanmar has not issued the necessary permission for the dispatch of humanitarian aid despite diplomatic contacts". Ultimately, Rakhine's combustible ethnic and religious mix can only find long-term solutions with regional accommodation among Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Discussions would also be held "for the placement of a military hospital in the area with the further consent of Bangladeshi authorities", according to the statement.

But within hours of the report's release, renewed fighting broke out sparking the latest exodus.


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