Myanmar rejects Rohingya offer of temporary ceasefire

Bangladesh Bangladesh High Commissoner Syed Muazzem Ali Syed Muazzem Ali apprises India Rohingya exodus India-Bangladesh

The UN says the Rohingya are one of the most persecuted groups in the world. The photos emerging from the border between the two countries show these people's desperate situation.

Rights groups accuse Myanmar authorities of ethnic cleansing, systematically forcing Rohingya from the country through violence and persecution, a charge the government has denied.

Small solar panels are everywhere in the makeshift refugee camp that has sprouted up to accommodate numerous more than 270,000 people the United Nations says have entered Bangladesh since the violence started. About 1 million of them live in Rakhine State in the west of the country.

Almost 300,000 Rohingya Muslim have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on police posts and an army base on August 25.

Up to eight villages were burned down on Friday in a part of northwest Myanmar where large numbers of Muslim Rohingya had been sheltering from a wave of violence engulfing the area, a witness and three sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The violence was triggered on August 25 when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated. Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine.

They are not officially recognised as an ethnic group, partly due to a 1982 law stipulating that minorities must prove they lived in Myanmar prior to 1823 - before the first Anglo-Burmese war - to obtain nationality.

Suu Kyi, the de facto ruler of Myanmar as state counselor, has repeatedly come under criticism for her lack of action to help the Rohingya, a stark contrast to her previous image as a champion of human rights.

In just two weeks, a quarter of the entire Rohingya Muslim population of Myanmar's Rakhine state has fled to Bangladesh amid surging violence, according to sharply revised estimates from the United Nations. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees on Tuesday.

"It is vital that aid agencies working in Cox's Bazar have the resources they need to provide emergency assistance to incredibly vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes and have arrived in Bangladesh with nothing", he said.

"We salute President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and Turkish people for raising voice for the Rohingya Muslims", Haq said.

Thailand has also said it was preparing to receive people fleeing the fighting in Myanmar. According to refugees, it has also targeted civilians with shootings and wholesale burning of villages in an apparent attempt to purge Rakhine state of Rohingya.



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