New fires ravage Rohingya villages in northwest Myanmar

Rathedaung, the site of the latest fires, is the furthest Rohingya-inhabited area from the border with Bangladesh.

The federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair has passed a resolution, condemning genocide of Rohingya Muslims under the direct patronage of state institutions of Myanmar.

He said stronger action was needed from the worldwide community, including the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The fires were blazing in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung township, where populations of Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists live side by side.

The BBC reported about 290,000 Rohingya are said to have fled Rakhine and sought shelter over the border in Bangladesh since then.

The Turkish first lady reached Dhaka hours after Istanbul sent its foreign minister while the Rohingya issue earlier brought in Dhaka the Indonesian foreign minister with a proposal to extend Jakarta's hands in sharing with Bangladesh the burden of Myanmar refugees.

The violence was triggered on August 25 when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated. Tens of thousands have been forced from their homes and remain in Myanmar.

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Two Rohingya Muslim refugees urged the Supreme Court to direct the Central government to not deport them to Myanmar.

Suu Kyi, the de facto ruler of Myanmar as state counselor, has repeatedly come under criticism for her lack of action to help the Rohingya, a stark contrast to her previous image as a champion of human rights.

Camps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, state-backed media said on Saturday, the first time in a 16-day crisis Myanmar's government has offered any relief for Rohingya scattered by violence, many to Bangladesh.

Combined with a refugee population that fled earlier cycles of killings and burnings of villages in Rakhine, the new number means that close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees are concentrated in southeastern Bangladesh, where camps and settlements for displaced people are overflowing and humanitarian resources are being stretched very thin, according to United Nations and local officials.

September 7: Islamic Students Organisation on Wednesday staged a protest here over the deportation of Rohingyas Muslim refugees living in India.

With the Kutupalang refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, filling up, these people have to camp in the woods while waiting for spaces.

Among its recommendations was an end to the state-sanctioned persecution of the Rohingya and a path to citizenship for them, as well as an investment drive to alleviate poverty among both Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine.

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