Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Aid agency warns of Rohingya refugee deaths due to resource shortages

Aid agency warns of Rohingya refugee deaths due to resource shortages

Dhaka, Sep. 17 (PTI): Bangladesh today began constructing 14,000 new shelters for the more than 400,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar to ensure they remain confined to an area and do not fan out across the country.

"That can only be done if the worldwide community steps up funding", he said. More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled their homes.

Alam said Bangladesh was at present hosting more than eight lakh Rohingyas and their influx will not have an impact on the country's economy as of now. It also called on the Security Council to demand that Myanmar, allow humanitarian aid agencies to access people in need, permit entry to a United Nations fact-finding mission mandated to investigate violations in the country, and ensure the safe and voluntary return of those displaced.

State CPI (ML) secretary Kunal said here that that the "Centre's support to military action against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was very painful and condemnable".

The government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and accused it of lighting the fires itself and attacking civilians.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military's "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of worldwide law, and cited what he called refugees' consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities.

Human rights groups have urged the UNSC to increase pressure on Myanmar's authorities regarding the plight of the Rohingya and make clear the world is watching.

Amnesty International said there was evidence security forces were using scorched-earth tactics to drive out the minority.

"As Canadians, we believe in democracy, freedom, protection of human rights and a commitment to the rule of law", said Fareed Khan, who has sponsored a petition calling on the Liberal government to revoke the honour.

According to Bangladesh's government, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.

The political controversy: Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned for almost two decades after calling for democracy and human rights under the country's oppressive military junta, has refused to speak out against the violence as Myanmar's de-facto leader. One million Rohingya Muslims are expected to seek shelter by the end of the year.

A local rights expert slammed the government for the chaotic relief management, saying fights were breaking out each time an aid truck arrived and when food sacks were thrown to the refugees.

Suu Kyi is skipping the meeting and instead will give a televised address in Burma on Tuesday to talk about the crisis. "She's denying any kind of abuse against the Royhinga Muslims".

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