Bangladesh offers land to shelter Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

Bangladesh offers land to shelter Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

The Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned the Myanmar government for the "systematic brutal acts" against the Rohingya Muslims minority and called upon the government to allow the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council's fact finding mission to probe into all alleged violations of worldwide human rights law and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

More than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked harsh military reprisals and an exodus across the border to southeast Bangladesh.

"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", he added.

He also said the government would begin fingerprinting and registering the new arrivals on Monday. Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy chief Azril Mohd Amin said Malaysia needs to play a role in the creation of a safe zone in Myanmar.

"Large numbers of people are still arriving every day in densely packed sites, looking for space, and there are clear signs that more will cross before the situation stabilises", the International Organization for Migration said in a statement.

"There are thousands of Rohingya Muslims in the city.The government should prepare an action for them and also provide them with basic amenities", said Syed Hanif, who spoke in the protest meeting.

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Currently, 140,000 Rohingyas live in refugee camps in Myanmar, 130,000 in Malaysia and as many as 300,000 (prior to the recent displacement) in Bangladesh.

"New arrivals in all locations are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and protection".

Instead, members say they want to protect the Rohingya inside Myanmar from persecution by the state and security forces.

"Do the people who came out on streets even know where Myanmar is or what is happening in that country?" The group called on the Myanmar government to "reciprocate this humanitarian pause" in fighting and requested that aid be delivered to those displaced in Bangladesh and within Rakhine state.

Police fired rubber bullets to break up a mob which stoned the home of a Muslim butcher in central Myanmar, authorities said Monday, as religious tensions rise amid a surge of violence in the west. Contrary to Government claims that, only 400 Rohingyas have been killed, the fact is that, thousands of Muslims (Rohingyas) have been killed, injured, brutalised and women folk were gang raped.

The volatile Rakhine, located northwest of Myanmar, has been the scene of communal violence since 2012.

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