At Least 18000 Rohingya Muslims Flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

01 September, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Ora Austin
  • 44 Rohingya protestors nabbed over illegal rally

As many as 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state since Friday, according to the International Organization for Migration. Monitors said fleeing Rohingya reported that the army and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have unleashed a+ campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.

"As Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence", Haley said, "they have a responsibility to adhere to global humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers and ensuring assistance reaches those in need".

An estimated 6,000 Rohingya on Tuesday massed at the "zero line" border with Bangladesh, days after the area came under mortar and machine gun fire by Myanmar security forces.

Although they have lived in Myanmar (Burma) for generations, the Rohingya are not among the 135 ethnic groups the Myanmar government recognizes by law, and most of the country's Rohingya are denied citizenship and freedom of movement.

The guards were also put on alert at various points of 271 kilometers of border that Bangladesh shares with Myanmar in the country's south-east.

Myanmar considers the Rohingyas as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and imposes multiple restrictions on them, including limiting their freedom of movement.

On Thursday, the bodies of 11 Rohingya children and nine women washed up on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River that separates the two countries as their boat overturned, said Ariful Islam, a commander with Bangladesh's border guards.

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Some Buddhists and Hindus have also fled the violence.

City police chief Datuk Amar Singh said police arrested 44 protesters at the rally.

"If human rights concerns are not properly addressed, and if people remain politically and economically marginalized, then northern Rakhine may provide fertile ground for radicalization, with people becoming increasingly vulnerable to recruitment by extremists", she said. "When huge waves tilted the boat, we panicked", said Shah Karim.

In October previous year, Rohingya militants attacked several security checkpoints and killed scores of police officers.

"We did not push them back, rather we told them. you should go back to your territory", added Khan, who said there was a "humanitarian crisis" developing along the border.

"Aung San Suu Kyi has been putting out statements (which are) consistently disturbing, and her office is generating anti-Rohingya, anti-aid worker propaganda, fueling tensions in the country", Matthew Smith, co-founder of human rights group Fortify Rights, told CNN this week.

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