Rohingya Council urges Myanmar to probe Hindu killings

President Erdogan, who has held talks by phone with Myanmar's key leader the Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung Sang Suu Kyi, added: "Buddhists always get represented as envoys of goodwill".

The US wants Myanmar to take urgent action to end the violence in Rakhine state, where a military offensive has created a crisis that could jeopardise its economic and political transition, an official said yesterday.

The scale of the influx, which the United Nations official called the "fastest and most urgent refugee emergency in the world", had made it hard to assess the needs quickly.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed by Rohingya Muslims since violence erupted in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 25.

In response to a PIL challenging deportation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, the government said that some of the illegal immigrants pose a serious security threat.

Noor Karim - a Rohingya refugee - says he managed to escape firing by Myanmar forces but was somehow separated from his wife and children at some point on the way.

The warning came as Myanmar said the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers had been found in Rakhine State.

Buddhists are the majority in Rakhine state but there are also Hindu and Muslim communities as well as the Rohingya.

The group's attacks on army and police posts triggered an army backlash.

On September 14, police detained 20 Rohingyas in Manikganj and sent them back to the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

As the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar edges towards half a million, the UN Refugee Agency is stepping up delivery of life-saving aid to desperate people camped out near two official refugee camps in south-eastern Bangladesh.

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya had also moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in the pending PIL on Rohingyas.

Eight health and protection workers in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district said they treated more than 25 individual rape cases in all since late last month.

The military blamed the killings on Rohingya "extremist terrorists".

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.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India was not a signatory to the UN Convention on Refugees and hence would be in no breach of any worldwide protocol in deporting them through legal means.

A report of the UN Secretary-General in April said sexual assaults were "apparently employed systematically to humiliate and terrorise" the Rohingya.

  • Salvatore Jensen