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Myanmar accused of laying mines, causing Rohingya injuries

Myanmar accused of laying mines, causing Rohingya injuries”

The violence and exodus began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.

He urged the global community to push Myanmar to find a "permanent solution to this crisis" and "sought support for transportation of the Rohingya to Bhashan Char", also known as Thengar Char.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had recently said the Rohingyas, whether they are registered under the UNHCR or not, are "illegal immigrants in India and hence they stand to be deported". Many people in Buddhist-majority Myanmar use the name Bengali for Rohingya Muslims, saying they migrated illegally from neighboring Bangladesh, even though many Rohingya families have lived in Myanmar for generations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani were among the other heads of state who attended the summit hosted by Kazakhstan and the Central Asian country's veteran autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Bangladesh, one of the world's poorest and most crowded nations, plans to develop Thengar Char, which only emerged from the silt off Bangladesh's delta coast 11 years ago and is two hours by boat from the nearest settlement.

"This genocide needs to be tried at global court", National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque told a news conference in Cox's Bazar.

He said stronger action was needed from the global community, including the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, said more than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings. That triggered an army counter-offensive in which at least 400 people were killed, thousands of houses were burned, villages razed and vast swathes of land depopulated.

He cited reports that Myanmar authorities had begun to lay landmines along the border with Bangladesh and would require returnees to provide "proof of citizenship".

"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.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said those who are harassing Muslims "should remember Buddha".

However, Zaw Htay, the spokesman for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, told CNN the government would not be accepting the offer. The comments were captured on video at the airport in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, where he has lived in exile for decades. Relatives said she had stepped on a land mine.

Tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have simmered since scores were killed and tens of thousands displaced in communal clashes accompanying the onset of Myanmar's democratic transition in 2012 and 2013.

The violence has driven almost 300,000 Rohingya to flee Buddhist-majority Myanmar, with many of them packed into existing camps or huddled in makeshift settlements that have mushroomed along roadsides and in open fields across Cox's Bazar district on the border.

He also said the government would be registering the new arrivals on Monday.

Officals of Bangladesh security forces gesture to Rohingya refugees.



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