United Nations warns of deteriorating situation of Rohingya Muslims

United Nations warns of deteriorating situation of Rohingya Muslims

United Nations warns of deteriorating situation of Rohingya Muslims

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to neighbour Myanmar from September 5 to 7, India on Friday said it was "greatly concerned" at the situation in the Rakhine province of that country where fighting is on between the Myanmar security forces and Rohingya insurgents.

Survivors said Burmese soldiers were everywhere and that "armed people" were burning houses and killing people.

He said he was preparing to flee. The government used a militant attack on border guards back then as the pretext to enforce the blockade.

India's supreme court has agreed to hear a petition challenging the government's decision to deport all of the estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country after fleeing persecution in Myanmar, a lawyer involved in the case said on Friday.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.

The insurgents, who posts statements through a Twitter account, changed their name to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army - Arakan is another word for the Rakhine region.

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"We have given shelter to a huge number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds and it's a big problem for us", she said, according to the state-run BSS news agency.

He and thousands of terrified villagers gathered at the Kyee Hnoke Thee village at the foot of the Mayu mountain range.

"I am waiting for all of my relatives to leave together with my family as soon as possible", said Abdullah.

Bangladesh has recently stopped thousands of Rohingyas on the border, saying it is no longer capable of hosting the refugees.

Omar, 20, said he was among more than 170 fighters from the Rohingya Muslim minority hiding at a jungle redoubt, from where they stage raids to seize guns from Myanmar security outposts.

"The humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly and I am concerned that many thousands of people are increasingly at risk of grave violations of their human rights", Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, said in a statement late Thursday endorsed by the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, and the special rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes.

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Rohingya people find refuge at a camp near the town of Ukhia in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, August 29, 2017.

Bangladesh already hosts 400,000 Rohingya and does not want more.

"We did not push them back, rather we told them. you should go back to your territory", added Khan, who said there was a "humanitarian crisis" developing along the border.

The ARSA emerged as a force in October a year ago when attacks killed Myanmar border police, prompting a crackdown by security forces that killed scores and forced 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the violence but there was no formal statement on the crisis.

The government of Myanmar also blamed the group for the August 26 killing of six Hindu villagers on in Maungtaw Township in northern Rakhine State.

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