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Rohingya Seemingly Face 'Ethnic Cleansing — UN Rights Chief

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Civil society protests against Rohingyas genocide in Myanmar

Dhaka, Some 290,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape the ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25, the United Nations office here said on Saturday.

The Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar, where the roughly one million-strong community are accused of being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The leaders said that the JI has always raised it's voice to support the oppressed people from across the globe.

Both communities got together and requested the Australian government to pressurize the government of Myanmar to stop the tragic massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

At least three have been wounded in land mine blasts, and dozens have drowned when boats capsized during sea crossings. This is near the border in Teknaf, Bangladesh. There is very limited access to the north of Rakhine State and few if any independent witnesses so the situation for Rohingya still there is a major concern, with fears a humanitarian crisis could be unfolding there too. Muslims are a small minority in Myanmar, and they have been persecuted and pushed around in Rakhine and elsewhere around the country.

"But we are all on alert so that no quarters can create disorder by exploiting the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar", he said.

The Rohingya have been stripped of rights over the years and more than 120,000 live in IDP camps in the Rakhine capital Sittwe following anti-Muslim riots there in 2012.

The fresh influx of refugees across the border has overwhelmed camps in Bangladesh that were already bursting at the seams. Many of them, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

This round, after the outbreak of violence on Aug 25, the numbers are much worse. Many more are waiting on the borders. Bangladesh's unwillingness to host more refugees became apparent in the government's plan to relocate Rohingyas to a remote island that is mostly flooded during the monsoon season.

Difa-e-Pakistan Council and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa held a demonstration outside Karachi Press Club (KPC) to protest against the brutality and inhuman treatment of Mayanmar forces to the Rohingya Muslims.

But in October 2016 a small and previously unknown militant group - the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - staged a series of well coordinated and deadly attacks on security forces. Authorities say they have killed 371 Rohingya fighters and not targeted civilians, while testimonies and rights groups dispute the claims.

More than 250,000 new refugees have since flooded into Bangladesh bringing with them harrowing stories of murder, rape and burned villages. The government was also fingerprinting and registering new arrivals.

A boat carrying Rohingya refugees leaves Burma via the Naf river in Maungdaw on September 7.

This is while Rohingyas fleeing the government crackdown are now using that path to move in the opposite direction into Bangladesh. The onus is on Ms Suu Kyi to be seen to mitigate and ameliorate the Rohingya's plight and persecution.

The plight of the Rohingya has triggered broad global condemnation of Myanmar and the country's Nobel peace prize laureate leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Her administration has dismissed concerns about rights abuses and refused to grant visas to United Nations officials tasked with investigating such allegations. Now they back the Rohingya against her.

Some observers point out that the Rohingya issue is so heated in Myanmar that Suu Kyi would lose her popularity, and eventually possibly her position, if she backed the ethnic minority.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that it has interviewed 50 Rohingya refugees recently arrived in Bangladesh who described killings, shelling and arson in their villages, which have all the hallmarks of a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Prior to this, some 5,00,000 Rohingya people have already come to Bangladesh and settled in refugee camps. Current leader Suu Kyi won by a landslide, but was placed under house arrest.

It published its findings in August.

Prior to that, the Muslims were frequent targets of Buddhist mobs. As a result, they're effectively stateless. Note the crowds lining the bank (top).

Rathedaung, the site of the latest fires, is the furthest Rohingya-inhabited area from the border with Bangladesh.

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