Rohingya refugees drown fleeing Myanmar

Posted September 01, 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday that more than 18,000 Rohingya people had fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's western Rakhain state amid a fresh wave of violence in the region since August 25.

The ARSA emerged as a force in October past year when their attacks killed Myanmar border police, prompting a crackdown by security forces that killed scores and forced 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.

The U.S. group Human Rights Watch said it has obtained satellite images that suggest burning villages across a large swathe of Rakhine state.

Niranjan Rudro from Chikonchhari of Maungdaw, too, said some people in black clothes besieged the villages and set fire to the Hindu houses. Rohingya representatives have said approximately 400 people were slain during the operation.

Renewed violence erupted on August 25, after dozens of police and border outposts in Rakhine allegedly came under attack by a group claiming to be advocating the Rohingya against the government crackdown in Rakhine. It said it was ready to help Bangladesh with assistance for the refugees.

Global pressure is mounting on Myanmar and its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is a Nobel Peace Prize victor.

Four Rohingya refugees died after a boat carrying the migrants fleeing persecution in Myanmar capsized in the Naf River at Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar early today.

The authorities in Bangladesh - which already hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar - have been sending many back.

Nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the violence since last Friday and tens of thousands more are expected to attempt to make the perilous journey in the coming days.

"The biggest needs are food, health services and they need shelter".

The UN human rights chief has called on authorities in Myanmar to ensure that security forces refrain from using disproportionate force against the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Locals said the Rohingyas are taking river routes because of restrictions on the land points.

Matthew Rycroft, Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, said UN council members discussed recommendations aimed at ending the crisis during a closed meeting but no formal statement was issued.

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on September 4 a plea against deportation of illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants to Myanmar on several grounds, including violation of global human rights conventions.

"We condemned all the violence".

There have also been reports of innocent civilians being killed and injured amid the ongoing violence and of villages being burned down. "The worsening cycle of violence. must be broken urgently".

"The supreme court realises the urgency of it, that's why they have agreed to hear it on Monday", lawyer Prashant Bhushan said.