Myanmar searches for more bodies as mass grave of Hindus unearthed

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Myanmar searches for more bodies as mass grave of Hindus unearthed

Earlier this month the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said more than 1,000 people may have been killed in the conflict, a lot of them Rohingya.

Violence erupted in Myanmar's north-western Rakhine state following attacks on security forces by Rohingya militants last October.

Amid escalating trouble for the immigrated Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Bangladesh has now banned telecom operators from providing mobile services to the refugees.

The latest round of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state erupted when a Rohingya insurgent group launched deadly attacks on security posts on August 25, prompting Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

"Their situation remains desperate, and we risk a dramatic deterioration if aid is not rapidly stepped up", he said.

The Rohingya, a stateless mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

It urged the Myanmar government to let an independent global investigation into the mass killing of Hindu villagers as well as Rohingya villagers in northern part of Rakhine state.

It said 300 Arsa militants had rounded up about 100 villagers and killed a lot of them on 25 August, the same date as the start of the latest phase of the conflict, in claims attributed to an unnamed Yebawkya villager.

Their counter-insurgency offensive took place amid allegations of large-scale murder, mass rape, torture and arson attacks on Rohingya civilians and drew harsh criticism from the global community on Aung San Suu Kyi and her government, which won a landslide victory in a historic general election in 2015.

Burma objects to the term Rohingya, saying the Muslims of Arakan State are not a distinct ethnic group.

Besides, the UNHCR will provide Tk 350 million for the construction of road inside Kutupalang Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, and the road will be constructed under the management of Bangladesh Army, said the minister.

The remaining participants were at the level of foreign ministers, Erdoğan said, slamming the "indifference" of the global community on the Rohingya tragedy and calling for "sanctions rather than condemnations".

"It is observed by the Central Government that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i, e., mobilization of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking", the affidavit reads.

Over the past month, thousands of Rohingya have fled from the brutal army-led crackdown across the border in Rakhine.

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