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India regrets criticism by UN Human Rights body on Rohingya issue

14 Septembre 2017

According to reports, about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's northern Rakhine state for Bangladesh, Nepal and India since the outbreak of violence last month.

Rohingya in India face an uncertain future, with the Hindu-nationalist government threatening to send them back to Myanmar.

The following day Myanmar ambassador's Htin Lynn said those allegations were unhelpful and wrong.

In a statement issued today, Mayawati said, "In the bordering state of Myanmar, owing to unrest, lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh, and in some states of India".

"We urge you to take decisive actions to stop the violence against innocent civilians", Yousafzai and 29 others, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and British billionaire Richard Branson, said in an open letter to the U.N. Security Council.

The exodus of more than 370,000 Rohingya from Rakine state began after militants attacked police posts on Aug 25, prompting a military backlash.

Local officials and aid organizations were struggling to provide food, water and medical care to all of the new arrivals.

Rohingya families have been arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar in waves since the 1970s.

Suu Kyi will miss the assembly's ministerial session, which opens September 19 and runs through September 25, in order to address domestic security issues, according to presidential office spokesman Zaw Htay.

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"A humanitarian crisis is going on here", he said.

"The Rohingyas are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar who have faced discrimination and extreme poverty for decades".

The letter called for Myanmar's government to implement the recommendations of a commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan to give the Rohyingya citizenship and freedom of movement.

The country is already home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who have fled previous outbreaks of violence in Myanmar.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should convene to discuss the crisis in Myanmar.

At least 370,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since August 25, when Myanmar's military responded to an insurgent attack with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

The latest deaths raised to 97 the toll of Rohingya refugees who have died while crossing over to Bangladesh, fleeing ongoing violence in the conflict-torn Rakhine state in Myanmar, through the river route, Cox's Bazar District's Intelligence Officer Provas Chandra Dhar said.

Others, which were "very decomposed", were thought to be from other boats that had capsized earlier, he said.

India regrets criticism by UN Human Rights body on Rohingya issue