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United Nations rights body deplores current measures in India to deport Rohingya refugees

United Nations rights body deplores current measures in India to deport Rohingya refugees”

"I strongly urge the authorities to allow my office unfettered access to the country".

The situation in Myanmar is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the United Nations said on Monday, as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh topped 300,000.

The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has said the latest violence may have left more than 1,000 dead, majority Rohingya.

Speaking at the start of the latest Human Rights Council session, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein first recognized the September 11 attacks anniversary then chronicled human rights concerns about Myanmar.

Attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants on police posts and an army base in the northwestern state of Rakhine on August 25 provoked a military counter-offensive.

Myanmar has one of the few militaries, along with North Korea and Syria, which has openly used anti-personnel land mines in recent years, according to Amnesty.

Sources note "widespread hatred" across the country for Rohingya Muslims, though nearly all members of the religious minority live in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

A further 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also fled violence that has gripped northern Rakhine, where global aid programmes in Rakhine have been severely curtailed.

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".

As the humanitarian crisis escalated, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote to his fellow Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, begging her to stop the violence.

Expressing solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, several organisations today took out protest rallies in different parts of the city against what they termed as the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in the neighbouring country.

The true figure could be even higher - the United Nations said many new arrivals are still on the move and are therefore left out of the calculations.

The U.N. refugee agency has reported that 270,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the last three weeks.

Refugee camps and makeshift settlements near the border with Myanmar, which already hosted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya before the latest upsurge in violence, are now completely overwhelmed.

The State Department is working with global partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the worldwide Committee of the Red Cross and the worldwide Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

Back in Myanmar, the government says it is fighting insurgent terrorists.

Rohingya militants, known as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, issued a statement Saturday, saying "offensive military operations" would be paused until October 9 to give access to aid groups. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees on Tuesday.



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