Erdogan slams Myanmar for Buddhist-led 'genocide' against Muslims

Vice President Henry Van Thio addresses the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday September 20

It is just the latest restriction imposed on the Rohingya who have fled in huge numbers from violence in neighbouring Rakhine State into squalid camps in Bangladesh's southernmost Cox's Bazar district in the past four weeks.

".There can not be a general assumption that entire Rohingya community in India is involved in militancy related activities".

The Government of India is calling Rohingya refugees a security threat, and seeking to deport them.

Justifying the government's move against the stateless Muslims from Myanmar, Bangladesh Telecom Minister Tarana Halim said, "We took the step (of welcoming the Rohingya) on humanitarian grounds but at the same time our own security should not be compromised".

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of worldwide criticism over their plight, for not speaking out more forcefully against the violence or doing more to rein in security forces over which she has little power.

He called for aid to be "rapidly stepped up" and thanked Bangladesh for keeping its border open.

ARSA carried out multiple attacks on government posts on August 25 resulting in a crackdown by Myanmar military that sent more than 430,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh. "It has not been confirmed, but it is a ballpark figure", Mr Robert D. Watkins, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, told Reuters in Dhaka.

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Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine have been subject to systematic persecution and violence at the hands of the military and Buddhist mobs for decades.

A Punjab-based Muslim body took out a rally here to protest against the killings of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Authorities have found the bodies of 45 Hindus buried outside a village in the north of Arakan State, a government spokesman said, and they were looking for more.

Deputy assistant secretary of state Patrick Murphy, speaking on Friday in a conference call from Bangkok, said while the USA condemns August attacks by Muslim Rohingya militants, the response from Myanmar's security forces has been "disproportionate".

The United Nations has described a sweeping military response as ethnic cleansing, with refugees and rights groups accusing Myanmar forces and Buddhist vigilantes of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out.

The once 1.1-million strong group are denied citizenship in mainly Buddhist Myanmar and widely viewed as foreign invaders from Bangladesh, a narrative pushed by army chief Min Aung Hlaing in regular Facebook posts.

Rohingya community leaders noted that most of the Rakhine villages near the Bangladesh border are now deserted.

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