Tensions heat up between Bangladesh, Myanmar over Rohingya


According to UN estimates, more than 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have escaped the fresh round of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and entered Bangladesh since August 25.

They, and rights groups, paint a picture of widespread attacks on Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine by the security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who have put many Muslim villages to the torch.

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh-The wooden boat packed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar was a few meters away from shore in Bangladesh on Thursday when it capsized.

Suu Kyi's office said on Wednesday that she had cancelled her trip to the U.N. because of the crisis.

Suu Kyi has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of a crisis that has shocked the international community.

Rohingya camps in the border town of Cox's Bazar were already overwhelmed with 300,000 people from earlier waves of refugees before the latest influx. The need was "massive", he added. Amnesty says it has matched satellite images of the burnings to eyewitness testimony and images of homes being torched. At least five boats caught bringing refugees in exchange for money have been set on fire on the beach by officials.

So the lead is that a predominantly Muslim country is coming to the defense of other Muslims. Thousands of protesters in Dhaka urged Bangladesh's government to go to war over the issue, while a rally in Pretoria, South Africa, by hundreds of people turned violent with police firing stun grenades to disperse an angry crowd.

Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination and persecution by the majority Buddhist population in Burma, where they are denied citizenship despite centuries-old roots in the country.

Following the discussions, the council "expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians. and resolve the refugee problem".

According to UNICEF there are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water, and is also helping Bangladesh government on improving water treatment plants.