Dalai Lama: Buddha would have helped Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

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"The operation, which is ostensibly in reaction to attacks by militants on 25 August against 30 police posts, is clearly disproportionate and without regard for basic principles of global law", the commissioner added.

Late on Monday the White House issued a statement calling on Myanmar's security forces to "respect the rule of law, stop the violence, and end the displacement of civilians from all communities".

Once lauded by the global community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Aung San Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country's Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.

According to the Inter Sector Coordination Group, more than 313,000 refugees from the Rohingya ethnic group fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since the recent escalation of tensions in Myanmar's state of Rakhine.

"We will come to a decision after assessing what are the steps that should be taken to that end".

Mohammed Shahriar Alam, a junior minister for foreign affairs, wrote on Facebook that Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered the additional site near the existing camp of Kutupalong "to build temporary shelters for the Rohingya newcomers".

In on Monday's statement, he also addressed Bangladeshi authorities, encouraging them to maintain open borders for the refugees, and the worldwide community to help support the refugees.

In a report, United Nations investigators said the human rights violations constituted crimes against humanity.

"I appeal to you and your fellow leaders to reach out to all sections of society to try to restore friendly relations throughout the population in a spirit of peace and reconciliation", said in a letter to Myanmar's disgraced Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Lieutenant Colonel SM Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh border guard in Teknaf, said on Friday he was aware of at least three Rohingya injured in explosions.

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

Around 370,000 of Myanmar's minority Rohingya population have fled the country's western state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the United Nations, since disruption began on August 25, after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts, prompting a military crackdown.

"They are not willing to go back to Myanmar", a volunteer with an NGO working for them said requesting anonymity.

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