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Myanmar accused of laying mines, causing Rohingya injuries

Myanmar accused of laying mines, causing Rohingya injuries

AT least 313,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar in the past two weeks and sought shelter in Bangladesh, a Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) report released on Monday stated. A major at the Border Guard Police headquarters in northern Maungdaw near the Bangladesh border also refused to comment.

The foreign minister during those briefings referred to the recently published report of the Kofi Annan Commission and urged the worldwide community to pursue the Myanmar government for "immediate and unconditional" implementation of the recommendations.

REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainRohingya refugees carry their child as they walk through water after crossing border by boat through the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh.

The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority, have faced decades of persecution in Myanmar where they are regarded as illegal immigrants.

The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a "cruel military operation" against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Global aid activities in much of Rakhine State have been suspended, leaving approximately 250,000 people without food, medical care, and other vital humanitarian assistance. They said they were unable to provide assistance to those entering Bangladesh from the many unmonitored points of entry.

The foreign secretary, however, said both China and India are with Bangladesh during this crisis period, as they have always been.

The International Criminal Court says "crimes against humanity" involve certain types of crimes like torture, enslavement, murder and extermination used against civilians in a "widespread and systematic" way, which his report last month had alleged to have occurred in Venezuela. "I think such circumstances Buddha would definitely help those poor Muslims".

The principle of non-refoulement or not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger is considered part of customary worldwide law and is binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not.

A BBC journalist who visited Rakhine on a Myanmar government-guided trip reported that he came across a Muslim village burned by Buddhists, not Rohingyas themselves, contradicting the government's view.

On Saturday, the United Nations said at least 290,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh.

"The sea was very rough but we made it here somehow", said 25-year-old Rashidullah, one of the group that was looking for temporary shelter on the beach in an area where there is no room left in refugee camps.

Protesters lined Island Park Drive for hours, directing their ire at the goverment building across the street with slogans that both warned of potential genocide and heavily criticized Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's de facto leader. "And yet the Prime Minister has not acted in a forceful and decisive manner", said Khan, who has also crafted an online petition calling for the same thing.

If state sovereignty and security are perceived to be threatened by "what they call the Rohingya insurgency", then Modi is complicit in "Suu Kyi's approach not to call out on the military's abuses of power in the Rakhine state", he said.

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