More reports of sexual violence against Rohingya — UN agency

Ensure fair treatment of Rohingya returnees

An estimated 480,000 people - almost all Muslims who identify as Rohingya - have entered Bangladesh since August 25, when fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked 30 police outposts.

The United Nations says a planned visit to Rakhine state, which has seen a mass exodus of Rohingya, has been cancelled by the Myanmar authorities.

Aid groups said in a joint statement they were: "increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State".

Access to the area by relief agencies and global media has been heavily controlled by Myanmar's army and government.

The state government will later form a committee to redistribute the land in accordance with the law he said.

Relations between the government and aid agencies had been hard for months, with some officials accusing the groups of helping the insurgents.

"The worldwide community and the government of Myanmar must work together towards a peaceful solution to this complex conflict one which upholds the rights of civilians of all communities involved", said Samir Kalra, Hindu American Foundation (HAF) senior director and author of Hindus in South Asia & the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2017. They have called for sanctions, in particular an arms embargo.

One witness said her community was targeted for being Hindu but did not identify the attackers as Muslim or Rohingya militants.

"Burma has taken great strides forward in recent years, but the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine risks derailing that progress".

Myanmar's de facto leader has faced strong worldwide criticism for her government's handling of the crisis.

She denounced rights abuses in an address last week and expressed concern about the suffering.

Under the current plan, the verified refugees will be settled at Dargyizar village, he said.

IOM's Bangladesh office tweeted that 13 bodies had been recovered, including 8 children. A Reuters photographer said he saw several babies among the victims.

"The boat hit something underground as it came close to the beach".

The minister echoed comments made by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her speech to the global community on September 19, saying that the process would be agreed on the principles agreed by Myanmar and Bangladesh in 1993.

It is unclear how many refugees would be willing to return, or have the documents they will likely need to qualify.

Myanmar authorities ordered a crack-down which led to over 415,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.

The bodies of 14 Rohingyas have washed up off the coast of Bangladesh.

"I don't think I'd be safe there".



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