Writ seeks specific refugee law in Bangladesh

An effigy of Aung San Suu Kyi is burnt in India in a protest against the situation in Burma

"We can't wait one day longer - we are talking about hundreds of thousands of displaced people and this is a crisis that is emerging right now", she said.

Since Aug. 25, around 400,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

"At the moment there's well over 50,000 people that we observed, literally yesterday, on the roadsides, settling in makeshift camps in very precarious conditions". It has offered no proof to back those allegations.

This development came days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation. The government says there is no such ethnicity as Rohingya and that members of the group are Bengalis who illegally migrated to Burma from Bangladesh.

General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's Army chief, said on his Facebook page on Saturday that Rohingya was never an "ethnic group" in Myanmar.

Therefore, a law needs to be formulated to deal with the refugees living in Bangladesh, he added.

"Many people are arriving hungry, exhausted and with no food or water", Mark Pierce, Bangladesh country director for the Save the Children aid agency said in a statement. "If proper preventive measures are not taken, highly infectious diseases, especially measles, could even cause an outbreak".

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In the meantime, he said there were more than three reports on activities involving doubtful religious speakers and the case was handed over to the Melaka Islamic Religious Council and the Islamic Religious Department of Melaka for further action.

"That number could rise beyond one million by the end of the year if the influx continues, including about 600,000 children, according to United Nations agencies", Mark Pierce, the Bangladesh chief of Save the Children charity, said.

"Why did they shoot him?"

The refugees are fleeing a fresh military operation in which Myanmar's forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

He said the US should re-impose sanctions on Myanmar that were in place before it made transition from military to civilian rule.

Myanmar government leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of criticism from overseas for not stopping the violence.

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