Bangladesh targets refugee boat operators as Rohingya crisis deepens

Bangladesh targets refugee boat operators as Rohingya crisis deepens

Thousands of Rohingyas have already fled their homeland to take refuge in Bangladesh.

The Nobel Peace laureate's global image has been damaged by violence since Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar security forces on August 25.

A Rohingya refugee girl looks out as makeshift shelters become flooded due to heavy rain in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 17, 2017.

The refugees are fleeing a fresh security operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

Over eight lakh Rohingya refugees were now sheltered in Bangladesh.

"Burma's senior military commanders are more likely to heed the calls of the global community if they are suffering real economic consequences", said John Sifton, HRW's Asia advocacy director. This government has to take responsibility for the actions of the military and paramilitary forces waging a war of genocide against the Rohingya population who are of the Muslim faith. "That is one of the things we agreed on", he said.

Suu Kyi has been considered a human rights icon for more than 20 years, but on the issue of the Rohingya, she's mostly had a history of silence or denial. Alam, however, said as of now, the influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar will not have an impact on Bangladesh's economy.

The secretary-general of united Nations, Antonio Guterres, called on Aung San Suu Kyi, who was scheduled to speak Tuesday to Burmese, to call for an end to tragedy of Rohingya, muslim minority persecuted in Burma.

According to various organisations working to provide food and shelter to Rohingyas, the immediate threat is to prevent the outbreak of epidemics as there has been overcrowding of refugees in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas, has called on the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the issue.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of global criticism for not stopping the violence.

"I think that's an honour that she doesn't need to carry for [turning] a blind eye [to] what's happening", Salim said.

Hours before Suu Kyi delivers a national address Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called a meeting on the crisis on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.



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