Global community must step up Rohingya aid — United Nations official

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More than 40,000 Rohingya Muslims live in India, most of whom crossed into the country following widespread riots in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine state in 2012.

"The U.N. secretary-general should immediately send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar; all civilians, irrespective of religion and ethnicity, must be protected in Myanmar". "The leaders of Myanmar who have always been striving for freedom and human rights would not espouse such policies".

"Whether or not this organization has ties elsewhere is not particularly germane, given the fact that it could be creating an incentive for foreign terrorists to look at a new opportunity and this is among the risks that we have shared with Burmese stakeholders", he said. "That's partly why I am here, to help... the government organize that response". "We condemn all human rights violations and violent acts".

More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25. But co-existence among the collage of ethnicities in Myanmar's Rakhine state has been ruptured-perhaps irreversibly-by the bloodshed of the last month. The government has blamed the Rohingya, saying they set fire to their own homes, but the United Nations and others accuse it of ethnic cleansing.

He said Rohingya have been living with their fellow Hindu community members side-by-side for generations in the area.

"Seventeen bodies of men were retrieved".

"Continuance of Rohingyas' illegal immigration into India and their continued stay, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats", Centre said in the affidavit.

Zaw Htay, spokesman for Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the authorities would investigate any allegations brought to them.

Violence has periodically cut through the western state, where communal rivalries have been sharpened by British colonial meddling, chicanery by Myanmar's army and fierce dispute over who does -and does not-belong in Rakhine. Most Rohingya are stateless.

Grandi said he was thankful that Bangladesh's government had kept its borders open for the terrified Rohingya "in a world that has often turned hostile to refugees".

As thousands of people arrive each day from Burma tothe refugee camps, Unicef estimates that 50,000 of the new arrivals are pregnant women.

Bangladesh wants Myanmar to implement the commission's interim solutions at the earliest.

Bangladesh threatened its four mobile phone companies with fines for providing phone plans to the Rohingya refugees while the ban is in place, reports livemint.

Myanmar's army said Sunday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus had been discovered in violence-wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants.

This month, Malaysia summoned Myanmar's ambassador to express displeasure over the violence in Myanmar.