Rohingya crisis both humanitarian and security issue: Bangladesh minister

Posted September 19, 2017

Nearly 400,000 refugees have fled into southeastern Bangladesh since August 25 amid an upsurge in violence in Rakhine, U.N. officials said last week, adding that the number could go much higher.

The conflict started when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in northern Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel.

"We don't want Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicities". The people are being killed mercilessly and the neighbouring countries are not even opening their borders for those who somehow manage to escape the situation.

Ms Suu Kyi had earlier claimed that the crisis was being distorted by a "huge iceberg of misinformation" and said tensions were being fanned by fake news promoting the interests of terrorists.

The group called the world leaders gathering in NY for the opening of UN General Assembly to make crisis in Burma a priority and condemn the ongoing atrocities.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the BBC on Sunday that the address is Suu Kyi's "last chance" to put an end to the violence.

Human Rights Watch conducted an analysis of satellite imagery, counting at least 200 villages burned down in the offensive, which the United Nations has called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". However, he said that the Rohingya crisis was a "security as well as a humanitarian issue".

"I don't know to what extent she's making the phone calls or giving instructions or what. They can not travel from one place to another by roads, railways or waterways", it said.

Media captionWatch: Who are the Rohingya?

The refugees won't be allowed outside the camps, the government said. The Centre said that there was a serious possibility that violence could erupt between radicalised Rohingyas against Buddhists Indian citizens living on Indian soil.

"People are hungry. They have very little, or no shelter".

In a letter addressing the wives of world leaders, Erdogan drew attention to the tragedy of Rohingya minority group in Myanmar and those taking refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing the latest crackdown of Myanmar's military.

The leaders read statements in French, Arabic and English denouncing the violence and demanding action by the worldwide community as well as the prosecution of the anti-Muslim Burmese Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu whom they want to be tried by the global Criminal Court for preaching violence.