Rohingya fleeing Myanmar violence at mercy of traffickers, warns UN

  • Rohingya fleeing Myanmar violence at mercy of traffickers, warns UN

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar violence at mercy of traffickers, warns UN

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SITTWE, Rakhine State -Thousands of self-identifying Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in Rathedaung Township of Rakhine State have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The aid shipment, being organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, was bound for the north of the state where insurgent attacks on 25 August sparked a military backlash.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that many Muslims had not fled and urged foreign diplomats to study why certain areas of Rakhine state had "managed to keep the peace".

Since taking office in 2014, Modi's government has issued orders stating that no Hindu or member of another minority from Pakistan or Bangladesh would be considered an illegal immigrant even if they entered the country without valid documents on or before December 31, 2014.

Chander said India is deeply concerned about the recent spate of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state.

Myanmar has accused the Rohingya of burning their own homes and villages - a claim the United Nations human rights chief criticized as a "complete denial of reality".

He said the USA has warned Myanmar about potential repercussions if it doesn't address the crisis, including threats to the stability of its borders, the risk of attracting worldwide terrorists, scaring off investment, and ultimately stunting its transition to democracy.

"On the strength of the evidence presented, the tribunal reached the consensus ruling that the State of Myanmar has the intent to commit genocide against the Kachin people and the other Muslim groups".

Local media in Bangladesh reported on Monday over 2,000 Rohingya were arrested on one of the country's southern islands and deported back to Myanmar in trawlers.

However, India had provided humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, which was also affected by the illegal immigration of Rohingya, Singh said.

The 1.1 million Rohingya are a Muslim minority not recognized by the Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The thousands of Rohingya flooding into Bangladesh every day have arrived hungry and traumatized.

Amanat Ullah, an English teacher at Ramu Cantonment Public School and Cox Bazar, spoke with Northeast Valley News about the Rohingya crisis.

"New families are vulnerable because they have lost everything and they need income so they are more inclined to hand their children over to harmful entities", he said. "Since food and transportation costs are rising, it is going to have a negative socio-economic impact on Bangladesh".

Rohingyas have been living in Arakan from time immemorial.

Northeast Valley News spoke with refugee Golam Kader, 46. "Mobs set my house on fire as if they were playing game". Rohingya activists told The Daily Beast that their Facebook accounts were often taken down or suspended after they posted videos and photos portraying the persecution and violence faced by the ethnic minority group from the country's military.

"We expect from Mrs Aung Sang Suu Kyi tomorrow a strong statement in this direction", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian told reporters in NY.