Bangladesh minister speaks of 'genocide' in Myanmar's Rakhine

Bangladesh minister speaks of 'genocide' in Myanmar's Rakhine

Rohingya Muslims who have made it across the border in Bangladesh have offered many eyewitness accounts of the brutal tactics used by Myanmarese soldiers against the Muslims.

Touching upon cow vigilantism in India, Zeid said: "The current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of protecting the lives of cows is alarming".

Bangladeshi officials have said they believe Myanmar government forces are planting the landmines to stop the Rohingya returning to their villages.

"What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since Aug 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state", said Leonard Doyle of the IOM.

Tens of thousands of refugees have spilled over the border into Bangladesh carrying their babies, elderly parents and few possessions.

They also asked for the dispatch of humanitarian aid and a fact-finding committee to the region to investigate the atrocities against Muslims.

The organization that oversees the Nobel Peace Prize said Friday the 1991 prize awarded to Myanmar's Aung Sang Suu Kyi can not be revoked.

Renewed violence has engulfed Burma's Rakhine state, where tension between the mostly Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority and the country's Burmese and largely Buddhist majority have simmered and flared for decades.

The fresh influx of refugees across the border has overwhelmed camps in Bangladesh that were already bursting at the seams.

Hardline Buddhist groups in Myanmar have been accused of inciting racial hatred against Rohingya.

Then last October things got much worse.

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Bangladesh, which hosts around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims, has been under huge pressure from the huge inflow of new arrivals. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's society appears to be sharply divided over the refugee crisis.

In his post, Hla Tin urges that the United Nations be sent to aid the Rohingya, as condemnation alone is insufficient to stop the violence against them.

The violence broke out August 24, when an insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ASRA) mounted attacks on Myanmar police posts in Rakhine. Authorities say they have killed 371 Rohingya fighters and not targeted civilians, while testimonies and rights groups dispute the claims.

On Saturday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the Rohingya had received "no mercy" and been "tortured, discriminated, killed and raped".

This is while Rohingyas fleeing the government crackdown are now using that path to move in the opposite direction into Bangladesh.

Why is Suu Kyi being criticised?

At least 15,000 supporters of the Islamist Islami Andolon Bangladesh party chanted slogans against Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as they demonstrated in Dhaka and the town of Tongi to the north of the capital after Friday prayers.

Earlier, the head of Malaysia's coastguard said it would not turn away Rohingya and was willing to provide them temporary shelter, although it is unlikely any refugees would travel hundreds of kilometres south by sea during the monsoon season.

Analysts say Suu Kyi is hampered by the politically incendiary nature of the issue in Myanmar and the fact she has little control over the military. They have summoned the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka to protest over the matter.

In the midst of this, the United States is walking a diplomatic tightrope, trying to balance criticism of Myanmar's repression against its minority Rohingya population without jeopardizing its relationship with Naypyidaw as it seeks to shepherd the country through a pained democratic transition. "TİKA has distributed 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid".