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Turkey steps up aid efforts for Rohingya Muslims

14 Septembre 2017

More than 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations, an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

The Security Council condemned the bloodshed in Myanmar on Wednesday, expressing concern at "reports of excessive violence" by security forces that followed the August 25 attack on police outposts in the country's beleaguered Rakhine state.

"When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, can you find a better way to describe it?"

The crisis over the security forces' fierce response to Rohingya is the biggest problem Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar's leader past year.

"The government of Myanmar needs to be told that global support and finance is conditional on a major change in policy towards the Rohingya".

An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have fled across the border into Bangladesh in recent weeks amid a spate of attacks on their villages. They have lived in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for generations but are denied citizenship.

Reports from refugees and rights groups paint a picture of widespread attacks on Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine by the security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who have put numerous Muslim villages to the torch.

Guterres said many women and children were arriving in Bangladesh "hungry and malnourished".

What's happening: The Myanmar military has cracked down on the Muslim Rohingya minority group with "clearly disproportionate" insurgent attacks that led to a death toll of almost 3,000 people, according to The Guardian.

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A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar said it will hear the petition on September 18. Thomas was arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of the boy in school premises on Friday last week.

Egypt underlined the importance of holding an emergency meeting to stem bloodshed and suspend acts of violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar.

In any case it's not clear how much influence Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize laureate and head of Myanmar's government, can wield over the country's powerful military and public opinion, which is strongly anti-Rohingya.

Nine thousand more Rohingya refugees poured into Bangladesh on Wednesday, the United Nations said, as authorities worked to build a new camp for tens of thousands of arrivals who have no shelter.

British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first statement from the Security Council on Myanmar in nine years.

Members of Myanmar's 88 Generation Students group of 1988 democracy activists, however, underscored the starkly different view of the crisis held by many in Myanmar. The spokesperson was responding to a question on role of regional players in helping Rohingya refugees.

It says a further 30,000 ethnic Rakhine and Hindus have been displaced inside northern Rakhine, where aid programs have been severely curtailed due to the violence.

Suu Kyi made her debut before the United Nations assembly last September, winning warm applause for a speech in which she vowed to find a solution to long-running ethnic and religious hatred in Rakhine.

According to Guterres, that letter was the first such instance of a secretary-general officially writing to the council on an issue since 1989. "We are urgently appealing for more funds", he said.

Turkey steps up aid efforts for Rohingya Muslims