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Students in Pakistan, India protest atrocities against Rohingyas

Students in Pakistan, India protest atrocities against Rohingyas

According to most recent estimates, some 146,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar since the latest bout of violence.

And while Myanmar refers to the most persecuted minority in the world as Bengalis, numerous Rohingya Muslim families that live in Rakhine have been in the country for generations. Those who have fled across the border have accused the Myanmar military of staging reprisal attacks on Muslim villages.

On the occasion, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed a strong protest of the government and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State in Myanmar.

Myanmar rejects this, saying its military is fighting against Rohingya "terrorists".

India on Saturday said it is "deeply concerned" about what is happening in Rakhine state in Myanmar and urged that the situation should be handled with "restraint and maturity" focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces.

According to the United Nations, 123,600 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh and tens of thousands more were internally displaced by the latest violence. "Perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead", Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told AFP.

The State Department is working with worldwide partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the global Committee of the Red Cross and the worldwide Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

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About 164,000 Rohingya Muslims from the area have fled across the border to Bangladesh in less than two weeks after Rohingya insurgents attacked police outposts including in Gawdu Zara, the UNHCR said.

"We urge all in Burma, including in the Rakhine state, to avoid actions that exacerbate tensions there", U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a Thursday press briefing.

However, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's state counsellor, the country's de facto leader, is failing to acknowledge the horrific reports of military abuses and to deescalate tensions.

"The UN support for de-escalating violence, ensuring humanitarian assistance for the people in need and finding a sustainable solution for the crisis is essential and urgently needed", he wrote, adding that Iran is ready to help find a durable solution to the crisis.

"But at the end of the day, for humanitarian reasons, we will not be able to do that".

Malaysia has now said that the country's coast guards will not turn away the Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar and noted that it would provide a temporary shelter to them.


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