United Nations voices concern over 'excessive violence' against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

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Some 380,000 Rohingya have fled across the border into neighboring Bangladesh and there have been growing appeals for Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out in defense of the Rohingya.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts last month triggered an army operation that has killed more than 400 people, destroyed over 6,800 houses and sent almost 400,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

Some media reports earlier indicated that Rohingya Muslims were being held by boatmen and agents for hours in coastal villages until they received inflated payments for the trip.

More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Buddhist-majority Rakhine state in Myanmar at the end of August.

"This roadmap fulfils an urgent need, a moral duty, an operational necessity - and a personal priority", he said.

The British government earlier provided almost 11 million pounds in aid.

- UN Secretary-General and Security Council call on Myanmar government to put a halt to ongoing crisis.

The EU lawmakers adopted a resolution urging Myanmar "to immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes". The government has accused some aid groups of helping the insurgents and has restricted access. He wants the government of Myanmar to implement, with concrete action, recommendations made by an independent advisory commission led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, including speeding up the citizen verification process to ensure that human rights are recognized for all groups.

Zaw Htay said that the state counsellor would give a speech explaining her government's efforts at peace and national reconciliation.

"We have a monumental task ahead of us to protect these extremely vulnerable children", said Edouard Beigbeder, Unicef's Representative in Bangladesh.

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The organization is demanding 7.3 million USA dollars to help protect the Rohingya children over the next four months.

'I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population, ' Zeid said.

"The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting".

ARSA is fronted by Ata Ullah, a commander who is believed to have been born to a Rohingya family in Karachi, Pakistan, and to have lived in Saudi Arabia.

"What is happening in Myanmar is a shocking catastrophe really, because once again people are trying to eradicate whole ethnic groups", Juncker said during a question and answer session with a young YouTube star.

According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by the military and Buddhist mobs.

JOHN SIFTON: You can see two weeks ago the house was intact, and now it's been completely destroyed.

An AP photographer saw one injured baby taken to a hospital in critical condition. "The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc".

Bangladeshi magistrates operating mobile courts in the border town of Cox's Bazar and nearby districts have now started sentencing boat owners and local villagers to terms of up to six months in prison, officials said Thursday.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: After a closed-door meeting, the U.N. Security Council expressed concern about the plight of Rohingya Muslims today.

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