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India to extend assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

India to extend assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Hasina is scheduled to reach NY to take part in the assembly on Sept 17.

Amnesty International says it has turned up evidence of an "orchestrated campaign of systematic burnings" by Myanmar security forces targeting dozens of Rohingya villages over the last three weeks. United Nations agencies fear the number may reach 1 million by year-end if the situation in Rakhine remains unchanged.

One million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar could enter Bangladesh by the end of the year, the United Nations said Thursday.

Authorities said 14,000 shelters, each able to accommodate six families, will be built over the next 10 days on an eight square kilometer site near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Many now face shelter, food and water shortages in cramped refugee camps.

The UN says almost 400,000 Rohingya have been forced across the border in Bangladesh, raising concerns of a humanitarian crisis.

This came just a day after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called off plans to attend the UN General Assembly session in NY amid growing outrage over the unfolding Rohingya crisis. He wants the government of Myanmar to implement, with concrete action, recommendations made by an independent advisory commission led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, including speeding up the citizen verification process to ensure that human rights are recognized for all groups.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his deep concern about the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State on Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities in a phone call with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The violence has mounted global pressure on Myanmar's military leaders and civilian administration, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The army crackdown pushed some 67,000 Rohingyas into Bangladesh.

But things came to a head in August, when Rohingya insurgents armed with knives and homemade bombs attacked more than 30 police posts in northern Rakhine, the government said.

Images purportedly showing atrocities against the Rohingya have flooded Muslim-majority Bangladesh's social media, triggering sympathy and protests by thousands of supporters of hardline Islamist parties.

Meanwhile, Hasina said that the entire world is raising its voice against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and was calling upon the government to take their citizens back.

The foreign minister hailed the UN Security Council statement on the situation in Rakhine as "strong and timely". He returned to Bangladesh on Wednesday after getting an assurance from the government on the relief assistance.


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