United Nations urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

United Nations urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Myanmar to take back 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in her country and also called for an end to "propaganda" that labelled the ethnic group as "Bengalis".

Landmines planted on Myanmar's border with Bangladesh are killing and maiming Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence and persecution in Rakhine state, a senior United Nations figure warned on Tuesday.

The Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday over deportation of Rohingya refugees. Persons who were not able to find space are simply occupying roadsides.

He said with the scale of the crisis "it's very hard to keep order, but we are doing so".

The Rohingyas in their defence added that they have no connection with terror outfit back in Myanmar and are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR). But the new arrivals since August 25 has taken the number of Rohingyas at present to around seven lakh. Speaking on the sidelines of party's "Jan Aakrosh" rally in Patna, Yechuri said the Modi government should take appropriate action against terror threat, if any, but the refugees should not be denied shelter.

"Water-borne and skin diseases are widely spreading among the Rohingya refugees and the medicines are running out".

A Hindu family is seen at a shelter near Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar September 12, 2017. Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children.

Human rights activists today staged a demonstration against violence inflicted on Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar government, in front of the Myanmar embassy, Lalitpur. Over 400,000 members of Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic minority have fled the country into Bangladesh in recent weeks due to what is being described as ethnic cleansing by the country's army.

The NHRC chairman was speaking before a Rome-based Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT), an worldwide public opinion tribunal that operates independent of state authority.

"The Government of Myanmar has also agreed to set out a roadmap for implementation of the recommendations, including immediate establishment of a new Ministerial-led committee that would be assisted by an Advisory Board on Rakhine that will include Myanmar and global experts for implementation of the recommendations", he added.

The findings are not legally binding and can not be enforced by law.

Simon Henshaw, the top USA diplomat for refugee and migration issues, said there was much more Myanmar's government must do to secure the area and protect the people.

The Myanmar military has been accused of the widespread burning of villages, rape and killings during its offensive.

"We've never changed our stand", Ms Suu Kyi said in an interview with Radio Free Asia, when asked if she had softened her stance on the military, which she challenged for years in her campaign for democracy.

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