'Ethnic Cleansing' Occurring Against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip Bangladesh

'Ethnic Cleansing' Occurring Against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh already hosts around 400,000 Rohingya from previous crises.

The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to take in 20,000 of the Rohingya refugees who have fled rapidly worsening bloodshed in Myanmar.

Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Shahidul Haque on Monday said that India and China have committed to stay behind the country over the issue of Rohingya.

A further 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also fled violence that has gripped the northern part of the state.

He went on to pinpoint Israel's role in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State, stressing that the regime has conspired with Myanmar's government against Rohingya Muslims.

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ARSA called on Myanmar to "reciprocate this humanitarian pause" in fighting.

The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the United Nations human rights chief says.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Myanmar, said Friday that at least 1,000 people had been killed in the violence, though she said that figure is "very likely an underestimate."Figures are hard to verify because of lack of access to the affected areas", she said".

"People were scared and running out of the village", the villager said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.

The insurgency offered a temporary ceasefire on Saturday to address the "humanitarian crisis" unfolding in the state but the Myanmar government rejected it, saying it doesn't "negotiate with terrorists".

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Western critics have accused Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of failing to speak out for the Rohingya, who are despised by many in the country as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. "We will not adopt such approach", Akdağ said.

"Given that successive Myanmar governments have since 1962 progressively stripped the Rohingya population of their political and civil rights, including citizenship rights.this measure resembles a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return", he said. Other new arrivals were staying in schools, or huddling in makeshift settlements with no toilets along roadsides and in open fields.

The surge has overwhelmed the Bangladesh authorities, who are scrambling to find land to build more camps, including on the inhospitable and uninhabited Thengar Char island - recently renamed Bhasan Char - despite reluctance on the part of Rohingya leaders and United Nations officials.

Many tell similar stories - of Myanmar soldiers firing indiscriminately on their villages, burning their homes and warning them to leave or to die.

Noting India's obligations under global law, he said: "India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations".

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In Cox's Bazar, Reuters journalists saw waves of Rohingya arriving on Sunday, and crowds of desperate people - mostly women and children - queuing for handouts of food and clothes.

At least three have been wounded in land mine blasts, and dozens have drowned when boats capsized during sea crossings.

There was no immediate response from Myanmar's military, but on Saturday authorities said they would set up three relief camps in Rohingya-majority areas.

More than a million Rohingyas live in Rakhine, where they face growing discrimination following a sectarian conflict in 2012 that killed at least 160 people, and displaced almost 120,000.

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