Understanding Myanmar and the Rohingya | The Knife Media


The recent exodus of Rohingya has brought the number of refugees from Rakhine living in Bangladesh to over 800,000, Hasina said.

This UNHCR footage from September 19 shows people wading through muddy thigh-deep floodwaters in the Balukhali camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh's Chittagong Division.

At a seminar on good governance and human rights organised by the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi on Thursday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Rohingya are "illegal immigrants, not refugees".

"The people who have entered into India from Myanmar are not Rohingya refugees".

But she offered no solutions to what the United Nations calls "ethnic cleansing" in Rakhine state, where army-led operations have burned Muslim Rohingya from their homes, and refused to point the finger at the men in uniform.

Rakhine Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the government said, the latest unrest in a region that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee in under a month.

Myanmar's second vice president Henry Van Thio addressed the annual U.N. General Assembly in the place of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who a day earlier delivered a speech calling for patience.

Left parties from South Asian countries today urged the worldwide community, including the governments of India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal, to adopt a roadmap to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis. Rohingya Muslims are not accepted as citizens in their native Buddhist-majority Myanmar. "I don't know what the objection is", he had said.

Myanmar insisted on Wednesday to the United Nations that the crisis in violence-torn Rakhine state was easing after heavy worldwide criticism.

Myanmar's military has rejected accounts of widespread abuses and has alleged that Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants and Rohingya villagers have burned down their own homes. However, aid agencies estimate there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.

The two Rohingyas who had moved the Supreme Court against the Central government's plans to deport them have said that the community is peace-loving with no connection to any criminal activity.

It said Myanmar security forces have been laying mines in many areas for the past 20 years.

On 4 September 2017, a landmine detonated on a path used by many refugees near the hamlets of Taung Pyo Let Yar, about 200 meters from the Bangladesh border.