Khamenei calls for action against Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown

In a macabre development Myanmar has reportedly been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh said two government sources in Dhaka adding that the purpose may have been to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence. B

At least 313,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts, prompting Myanmar's military to retaliate with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

"Questions that are put to me suggest that many people have difficulty reconciling what appears to be happening to Muslims there with Myanmar's reputation as a Buddhist country", he wrote in the letter, seen by AFP on Monday.

The crisis over the security forces' fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar's leader a year ago.

The U.N. refugee agency says the number of Rohingya refugees that have fled recent violence in Myanmar has spiked to about 370,000.

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

"This is a political issue because the party that has been carrying out the atrocities is Myanmar's government, at the top of which is a cruel woman who has won the Nobel Peace Prize".

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Tom Malinowski told CNN's Nima Elbagir he's "very sad" about Suu Kyi's response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

Denied citizenship by Myanmar, the Rohingya are loathed in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and unwanted by Bangladesh, which is providing temporary shelter to the refugees.

But Hasina also blamed the insurgents who have struck out against Myanmar authorities, saying they should have worked with the government. "This marks the death of the Nobel Peace Prize", Khamenei said.

The statement calls for a "thorough and independent investigation" into the violence, and was issued after an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the world's largest Muslim body.

The attacks triggered a sweeping military counter-offensive that refugees say is aimed at pushing Rohingya out of Myanmar.

Skoog called for an immediate end to the violence and protections for civilians who had been victims of the fighting.

The Dalai Lama said he had spoken to Aung San Suu Kyi in the past about religious tensions in her country and was urging her again to curb the violence.



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