Myanmar Government Says Rohingya Still Fleeing Volatile Rakhine

Myanmar Government Says Rohingya Still Fleeing Volatile Rakhine

Since Aug. 25 when the military launched a crackdown against Rohingya militants, 515,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told reporters in Geneva on Fridaythat the more than half a million people who have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks need a greater level of help from the global community.

Lowcock said talks between Myanmar and Bangladesh on a repatriation plan were a positive step.

But analysts say its leadership has spent years building up support in village cells across northern Rakhine, recruiting young men to the cause of defending the Rohingya's political rights. The Myanmar government's information committee said in a statement late Thursday that it had stopped 17,000 Rohingya from fleeing in just four days last week. He, however, stated that there is no deadline on the Rohingyas to return but indicated that the issue can be resolved only when Myanmar adheres to the Kofi Annan formula of ensuring safety and security of the people who were displaced by the action of the Myanmar forces. "Till now at least 5,50,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh".

They need food, he said, better water and sanitation, and better basic services.

To ease conditions for the refugees, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, Joel Millman, says the Bangladesh government has allocated a further 1,000 acres of land.

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"The humanitarian pause was conducted in order to enable humanitarian actors to assess and respond to the humanitarian crisis in Arakan (Rakhine)", the statement said.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday that her government would continue to support almost 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighboring Myanmar to escape violence, reports AP. Lowcock said a senior United Nations official was expected to visit Myanmar in the next few days.

"Canada is deeply concerned over miseries of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar".

Minister Bibeau has approved $12.25 million in humanitarian assistance funding to trusted partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh to date in 2017 to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including the Rohingya women and youth.

She has condemned rights abuses and said Myanmar was ready to start a process agreed with Bangladesh in 1993 under which anyone verified as a refugee would be accepted back. "But there is clearly a long way to go", he said.

Dhaka also summoned several times the Myanmar ambassador to Bangladesh to protest the "provocation", warning that these "provocative acts" might lead to "unwarranted consequences". "It is the responsibility of the State not to allow it to happen", the Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary said, even as he explained how concerns over security, radicalisation et al should not come in the way of dealing with it what is fundamentally a humanitarian issue.

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