Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Bangladesh imposes telecommunication blackout on Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh imposes telecommunication blackout on Rohingya Refugees

"There is an abundance of material to show that the Rohingyas are being forced to flee Myanmar due to atrocities systematically carried out against them on account of their religious and ethnic identity", stated the affidavit. Those fleeing have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs. These graves have been identified in Rakhine province of Myanmar. So far almost 436,000 from the stateless Muslim minority have fled to the country from Myanmar.

Myanmar Army have claimed that a mass grave of at least 28 Hindus killed by the Muslim Rohingya militants have been discovered in the violence wracked Rakhine state on Sunday. "Those rape victim women should come to us", he said.

"We don't want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won't tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil", a senior official with the Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi said. He also said the USA realizes that Suu Kyi has limited control over the security forces because of the country's "flawed constitution", which allows the military to remain politically powerful and guarantees it control of key ministries including those related to security and defence. "This includes people who arrived prior to and after 25 August", the United Nations report was cited by Efe news agency.

"The security troops continue searching for remaining Hindu people around the places of the pits", said a statement posted on army chief Min Aung Hlaing's Facebook page yesterday, blaming Rohingya militants for the killings.

Rohingya have faced persecution and discrimination in majority-Buddhist Burma for decades and are denied citizenship, even though many families have lived there for generations.

The report also said that only small groups of refugees have been seen arriving in Cox's Bazar, the southeastern district of Bangladesh to which most of the Rohingyas have fled. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suggested to the UN General Assembly on Thursday that "safe zones" under the supervision of the UN should be established in Myanmar. The camps also face dire shortages of food and medicine in what has quickly become one of the world's largest refugee settlements.

Bangladesh's four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the almost 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans while the ban is in force.

Western Rakhine, for years a hotbed of tension between Myanmar's Rohingya minority and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, has been seized by crisis since the army launched a crackdown on Rohingya militants in late August. "We are still searching together with soldiers and police as we believe more than 100 people were killed at that time", he told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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