'40 pc of Rohingyas in Myanmar have fled to B'desh'


Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh which, although a Muslim nation like the Rohingyas, is a very poor country and can not provide for the estimated 400,000 refugees who have fled from Myanmar. "This persecution must stop".

Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

The UN says nearly 380,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

Critics have called for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her peace prize amid reports of "ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslimse.

The UN Security Council was to hold an urgent meeting on Wednesday to discuss the crisis.

"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar", Amnesty International's Crisis Response Director Tirana Hassan said in the press statement.

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

A Rohingya man who fled his home village in Maungdaw township described finding his friend dead after a morning attack by the Myanmar military.

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The UN Security Council has condemned the violence and there are now calls for Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same.

Intelligence agencies suspect that Rohingya Muslim leaders in India are in touch with Pakistan-based militant groups, the lawyer said.

But with more than 230,000 children estimated to have arrived in Bangladesh, many more will need help, Mr. Boulierac said.

It is hard to know her motivation; political calculation could well be at the core of Suu Kyi's silence.

The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as among the world's most persecuted peoples, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

The appeal comes a day after Guterres said the humanitarian situation was "catastrophic" and called on all countries to supply badly needed aid.

The conflict centres around 1.1million Rohingyas, most of whom are Muslim, who have lived in Myanmar for generations.

The Rohingya Muslims "must be granted nationality or, at least for now, a legal status that allows them to lead a normal life, including freedom of movement and access to labor markets, education and health services", he added.