Dhaka, Oct. 18 (IANS): The Unicef on Wednesday said there is an urgent need to raise more funds to continue helping thousands of Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Myanmar authorities have rejected widespread worldwide criticism that their security forces targeted Rohingya civilians in atrocities such as killings, rapes and the burning of villages.
The government of Myanmar (also called Burma) has claimed that insurgents and the Rohingya themselves have been responsible for the fires - but has offered no evidence to support the claims.
Faced with wide worldwide condemnation over the exodus of half a million Rohingya people, mostly to neighbouring Bangladesh, Myanmar's military finally succumbed to growing pressure and ordered an internal probe into the conduct of its military vis-à-vis this minority Muslim group.
Amnesty said fleeing Rohingya had identified attackers as wearing uniforms of the Myanmar military's Western Command, the 33rd Light Infantry Division and border police.
Among nearly two dozen recommendations, the human rights group called for the U.N. Security Council to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Myanmar and financial sanctions against senior officials responsible for violations that Amnesty says meet the criteria for crimes against humanity.
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Between 10,000 and 15,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh over the last 48 hours, taking the total number of the Muslim minority to have fled Myanmar to 582,000, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday.
"Unsettled post-colonial questions and tensions fuelled by colonial powers of the past have been exploited by the military junta in Myanmar to keep ethnic rivalries simmering", Sanghera said.
Ethnic Rohingya village completely destroyed adjacent to intact ethnic Rakhine village in Maungdaw Township, Burma. The line of refugees stretches for a few kilometers. An Associated Press photographer saw thousands of newcomers near one border crossing Tuesday.
"As of this morning they are still squatting in the paddy fields of Anjuman Para village in Bangladesh", he said.
Around 60% of the Rohingya refugees were children, according to data received from Unicef, which warned that it will be forced to cut back the aid it provides them if it does not receive fresh contributions soon. Some of the new exodus have described scenes of violence that the United Nations has called "textbook ethnic cleansing".
Buddhist-majority Myanmar has denied citizenship for the Rohingya since 1982 and excludes them from the 135 ethnic groups officially recognized, which effectively renders them stateless. "We would like to talk to those who have fled, and those who have stayed - more than 50% of villages of Muslims are intact and are as they were before the attacks took place".