Death toll of Hindus rises in Myanmar's Rakhine state

A woman holds a placard at a rally to listen to the speech made by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in front of Yangon City Hall on Tuesday

ASEAN must not stand silent before a campaign of ethnic cleansing

In Bangladesh, relief agencies are struggling to meet the vast needs of the Rohingya cramming into shanties in Cox's Bazar, an influx the United Nations has described as the "fastest and most urgent refugee emergency in the world".

"At present, around 40,000 Rohingya are living in the country".

They blamed the killings on Rohingya "militants".

The London-based group said its sources in Rakhine claim the fires - captured in images as recently as Friday afternoon - were started by members of the Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs.

The group's statement said the video and related satellite images was "damning evidence" that contradicts Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's assertions that the military's so-called "clearance operations" ended on September 5.

On Saturday, Bangladesh's border guards said new arrivals had nearly stopped.

Erdogan further criticized the global community for failing to pile up pressure on Myanmar over the crackdown, which has seen more than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims flee their homes to neighboring Bangladesh over the past month, in what United Nations officials have designated as a clear form of ethnic cleansing.

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims are reported to have fled the violence-marred Myanmar's Rakhine province to neighboring country Bangladesh in the past month.

Indian forces are allegedly also hindering the passage with the use of stun guns and chilli pellets and mines in order to halt the overflowing number of Rohingya refugees trying to escape the brutal situation back home.

An official of India's federal investigations agency said it was seeking help from Muslim religious leaders to step up surveillance of the Rohingya.

According to Voice of America, criticism has come from those in Myanmar who believe coverage of the Rohingya crisis has been biased against the Buddhist majority.

But tens of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, and the region's small population of Hindus, have also been internally displaced, saying they were attacked by Rohingya militants.

According to government figures, almost 40 per cent of Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine have been completely abandoned over the past month.

"We have set up 11 check posts across the Cox's Bazar highway to stop the Rohingya refugees from spreading further toward the interior", Cox's Bazar police chief Iqbal Hossain told reporters.

"There is an abundance of material to show that the Rohingyas are being forced to flee Myanmar due to atrocities systematically carried out against them on account of their religious and ethnic identity", stated the affidavit.

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