US Proposes Military Ties With Myanmar Amid Rohingya Crisis

Rohingya refugees in Pakistan fear for relatives in Myanmar

Rohingya refugees in Pakistan fear for relatives in Myanmar

Bangladesh Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution urging the United Nations and the worldwide community to exert strong diplomatic pressure on Myanmar government to take back Rohingya people, ensure their safe accommodation and give citizenship rights.

A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces in the north of Myanmar's Rakhine State triggered a crackdown by Myanmar forces that has sent a stream of Rohingya villagers fleeing to Bangladesh.

He noted the United Nations refugee agency says 270,000 people from Myanmar 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 committing extrajudicial killings.

The flight of the Rohingya began on August 25 after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army base in Rakhine state.

The military said it was responding to attacks by Rohingya militants and denied it was targeting civilians.

Fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), as they call themselves, launched an attack on dozens of police posts and an army base late last month, leading to the displacement of more than 300,000 people.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency in Geneva, Duniya Aslam Khan, a spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), said that the number of Rohingya Muslims who had crossed the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh had reached 313,000.

Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators.

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. But its leaders have faced repeated criticism for failing to recognize the stateless Muslim Rohingya community, labelling them "Bengalis" or illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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Referring to India's approach to Rohingya refugees, Al Hussein said he deplored New Delhi's measures to deport them, noting that almost 40,000 had settled in India and 16,000 of them had received refugee documentation.

Myanmar authorities said 15 members of the security forces and 370 militants had been killed in the fighting.

The attacks have intensified since August 25, following alleged armed attacks on police and military posts in Rakhine.

Beginning to bow beneath this newfound weight, Bangladesh is floating the idea of resettling the Rohingya on an island of their own in the Bay of Bengal.

"The issue of Rohingya Muslims is Myanmar's internal matter".

Protesters lined Island Park Drive for hours, directing their ire at the goverment building across the street with slogans that both warned of potential genocide and heavily criticized Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's de facto leader.

The Dalai Lama said he felt "very sad" about the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, and that those harassing them "should remember Buddha".

Additionally, the OIC leaders also called on the member states to join the efforts of the worldwide community towards lifting all restrictions on freedom of movement in Rakhine State and ensuring an inclusive and transparent citizenship verification process that leaves no individual unregistered nor hinders their access to essential social services, including education and health care.

Bangladesh is already host to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled previous outbreaks of violence in Rakhine.

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