'Mass Hindu Grave' Found In Myanmar's Rakhine State

'Mass Hindu Grave' Found In Myanmar's Rakhine State

Recently, the Centre told the apex court its plans to deport around 40,000 Rohingyas now staying in India.

ICBL said eyewitness accounts, photographic evidence and multiple reports showed antipersonnel mines have been laid near Myanmar's two major land crossings with Bangladesh, resulting in casualties among Rohingya fleeing government attacks on their homes.

The Rohingya have not been eligible for citizenship in Myanmar since a 1982 citizenship law failed to recognize them as one of the 135 ethnic groups in the country, although they have resided in the western coastal state of Rakhine for years.

Myanmar's government claims it is fighting militants in the area, but the United Nations says the situation is better described as the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya Muslims, whom the government refuses to recognize as citizens despite the fact that the 1.1-million-strong population has been living in the country for generations.

Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the authorities would investigate any allegations brought to them.

Noor Karim - a Rohingya refugee - says he managed to escape firing by Myanmar forces but was somehow separated from his wife and children at some point on the way.

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Hindus from the area have told AFP that militants swept into their villages on 25 August, attacking people who stood in their way, killing many and taking others away into the forest.

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh: The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Monday of a growing risk of a cholera outbreak in the makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh where some 436,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter from unrest in Myanmar.

India's Supreme Court is hearing an appeal lodged on behalf of Rohingya against the deportation plan proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government. "It has not been confirmed, but it is a ballpark figure", Mr Robert D. Watkins, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, told Reuters in Dhaka.

"It is observed by the Central Government that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i, e., mobilization of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking", the affidavit reads. But the Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali has clarified that his "PM has given temporary shelter".

He called for aid to be "rapidly stepped up" and thanked Bangladesh for keeping its border open.

But civilian refugees streaming into Bangladesh say they were terrorised by soldiers and vigilante Buddhist mobs who torched their villages to the ground.

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