Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United Nations urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

United Nations urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

Quoting the UNHCR rapid response mission report from Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, in which 65 Rohingya refugees were interviewed, the Labour MP highlighted accusations of torture, summary executions, sexual violence and other atrocities by the Myanmar military.

According to the United Nations, some 537,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted in August.

Faced with wide global condemnation over the exodus of half a million Rohingya people, mostly to neighbouring Bangladesh, Myanmar's military finally succumbed to growing pressure and ordered an internal probe into the conduct of its military vis-à-vis this minority Muslim group.

Their stories have shocked the world globe, with accounts of Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs murdering and raping civilians before torching their villages to the ground.

Among nearly two dozen recommendations, the human rights group called for the U.N. Security Council to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Myanmar and financial sanctions against senior officials responsible for violations that Amnesty says meet the criteria for crimes against humanity.

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The UN on Tuesday had raised the number of Rohingyas who arrived in Bangladesh, fleeing the ongoing military offensive in Myanmar that began on August 25, to 582,000 - 45,000 more than the figure released on Monday.

Feltman visited several communities affected by the recent violence in northern Rakhine state by air.

It said the council should explore options for bringing the perpetrators to justice under global law if Myanmar authorities do not act swiftly.

"Concerned governments need to urgently press for an end to abuses against the Rohingya and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches everyone in need".

The video showed thousands upon thousands of Rohingya trudging along a narrow strip of land alongside what appears to a rain-swollen creek in the Palong Khali area in southern Bangladesh.

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In many places, satellite imagery showed multiple areas on fire, burning simultaneously over wide areas for extended periods, HRW said.

Witnesses say that a new wave of refugees started crossing the border over the weekend.

Almost 60 percent of the refugees are children. "There is a further influx of refugees from Myanmar who are being driven out of Rakhine state because food markets in the west of the region have been shut down and crucial aid deliveries restricted", Rushanara said.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 25, when the military launched a crackdown decried by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing".

In the last seven weeks, more than half a million Rohingya have fled Rakhine and crossed into Bangladesh.

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