Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Rohingya Refugees Drown as They Flee Myanmar

Rohingya Refugees Drown as They Flee Myanmar

According to the UN's International Organisation for Migration (IOM), as many as 18,500 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar's restive Rakhine state within five days ending Wednesday, 30 August.

"I am saddened to receive reports that, while the authorities are helping Rakhine and other communities living in affected townships evacuate to safer locations, this assistance is not being extended to the Rohingya Muslims", she said.

Bangladeshi authorities intercepted, detained and forcibly returned Rohingya civilians fleeing along their border with Myanmar despite ongoing fighting between Myanmar's security forces and Rohingya militias. Many had hoped that Myanmar's democratically elected government, which took over 18 months ago amid a transition from military rule, could take steps to alleviate the conflict and end the underlying human rights abuses of the Rohingya minority.

"Many thousands of people are increasingly at risk of grave violations of their human rights", she said in a statement.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha told reporters Thailand is preparing to receive refugees and "send them back when they are ready".

It claims Rohingya insurgents are responsible for burning the villages, though fleeing residents say the army has been torching their homes and summarily shooting civilians.

At least 110 people, including 11 state officials, have been confirmed dead since then and thousands of Rohingya have poured across the border to Bangladesh despite Dhaka's attempts to stop them.

"Six more bodies were found Wednesday", he said.

"This isn't about politics, this is the most fundamental responsibility of safeguarding human life, an obligation under worldwide humanitarian law", Sundari said.

City police chief Datuk Amar Singh said police arrested 44 protesters at the rally.

"Villagers are running away. where do we have to live now?" the villager said.

Members of the group are believed to have come from all over Malaysia by bus, with the travel arrangement made by the Rohingya themselves, to hand over the memorandum. And, this had forced the Myanmar's army to launch a crackdown.

Jahangir Aziz, a Bangladeshi local government representative, said that when Myanmar troops fired their guns, the crowd ran back and broke through a Bangladesh barricade and cordon of 300-400 guards.

After years in which the Rohingya largely avoided violence, the group emerged last October to carry out deadly attacks on police posts.

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