The Rohingya refugee crisis is the worst in decades

Myanmar Insists to UN That Rakhine Is Improving

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, has condemned Myanmar's use of antipersonnel mines along its border with Bangladesh, across which more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state in the past month.

On Friday the UN's Refugee Agency said it was speeding up the distribution of plastic sheeting to provide basic protection from the elements as authorities work on erecting a new 2,000-acre shelter.

"We are here to show solidarity with the (Rohingya) Muslims", said Sarfraz Ahmad, from Mississauga.

Hundreds of people in Toronto march to call attention to violence against Myanmar's Rohingya minority.

"In the case of Sri Lankan refugees, the government had put in place a screening mechanism to identify those associated with LTTE [whom India had declared as a terrorist organisation] or having a criminal record and had put them in special camps", the affidavit said according to The Hindu.

A prominent bishop has called on the USA government to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar while under attack.

The situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar was "complicated by long-standing ethnic divisions in a country where the military still exercises significant influence over governance and the economy", Cantu wrote.

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

The U.S. Congress is also reevaluating its relationship with Myanmar's military and with Suu Kyi's government.

"By virtue of customary law, its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the obligations of due process and the universal principle of non-refoulement, India can not carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations", he said. Th fleeing Rohingya have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs.

Farid Alam, another Rohingya leader, said "I have not heard of any Rohingya crossing the border in the past five days".

Rohingya community leaders said most of the Rakhine villages near the Bangladesh border are now deserted.

"We are in the process of taking over the whole relief distribution", said an army spokesman. They have not come here after following proper procedures.

The detailed satellite imagery was taken on September 16 and analysis of the photos by Human Rights Watch reveals destruction on a scale much greater than previously thought, HRW said.


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