Boat with 130 Rohingya refugees capsizes off Myanmar, children among the dead

Friday, 29 Sep, 2017

A United Nations spokesperson in Yangon told the BBC no reason was given for the move.

The UN had been pushing to visit Rakhine to investigate the flight of 4,80,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh in a month.

Implementation committee chair U Win Myat Aye said the relevant ministries will implement the recommendations of Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and a government investigation commission led by Vice President U Myint Swe, prioritizing putting stability, security and rule of law in place and acting depending on the situation on the ground. Images and reports from journalists confirm many villages have been razed.

Global aid groups fear tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain in northern parts of Rakhine are in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter after over a month of military operations.

"An unknown number of people are internally displaced, while hundreds of thousands lack food, shelter and medical services, said the groups, including Care International, Oxfam and Save the Children".

"We want the Security Council to issue a public statement condemning the atrocities in Rakhine state, while urging an end to violence and immediate and unfettered access for humanitarian aid groups".

A Rohingya refugee girl sits next to her mother who rests after crossing the Bangladesh Myanmar border in Teknaf Bangladesh
A Rohingya refugee girl sits next to her mother who rests after crossing the Bangladesh Myanmar border in Teknaf

Access to the area by relief agencies and global media has been heavily controlled by Myanmar's army and government.

But the military said it was only targeting militants.

Myanmar's de facto leader has faced strong global criticism for her government's handling of the crisis.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army released a statement on Twitter last night denying any involvement in the killing of 45 Hindu civilians whose bodies were exhumed by the Myanmar army this week or in the disappearance of dozens of others.

The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, described the situation as "an unacceptable tragedy" after visiting Myanmar and meeting leaders including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Rohingya who have crossed the border accuse Myanmar's military, backed by Buddhist mobs, of trying to drive them out with a brutal campaign of beatings, killings and village burnings.

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