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Bangladesh police disperse rally against Myanmar's treatment of Rohingyas

22 September 2017

More than 400,000 Rohingya, many of them women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations - an average of nearly 20,000 a day. The Supreme Court has said that it will hear the matter on 3 October at 2 pm. According to the United Nations, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a renewed military crackdown began on August 25.

The incident late on Wednesday, ended when police fired in the air to disperse the protesters, reflected rising communal animosity and came during an official visit by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy.

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He said the authorities in Myanmar must allow unhindered humanitarian access and address the grievances of the Rohingya whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.

Britain did not provide combat training, Field said. "Recently, Burmese security forces responded to militant attacks on government outposts with awful savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes; the images of the violence and its victims have shocked the American people and decent people all over the world".

Tension between majority Buddhists and Rohingya, most of whom are denied citizenship, has simmered for decades in Rakhine, but it has exploded at times over the past few years, as old enmities surfaced with the end of decades of harsh military rule.

"And now we are witnessing a historic exodus, over 400,000 Rohingya, including tens of thousands of children, have now been forced to flee from Burma to Bangladesh", Pence added.

However, on September 8, former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya had filed a plea seeking identification and deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees.

The Rohingya are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people.

The UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva last week slammed India over its stand on the Rohingya crisis.

United Nations human rights investigators on Tuesday said they needed full and unfettered access to Myanmar to investigate a grave and ongoing crisis, but the government renewed its rejection of the probe.

Bangladesh police disperse rally against Myanmar's treatment of Rohingyas