ACTION ALERT: NewsHour Treats Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar as Matter of Opinion

ACTION ALERT: NewsHour Treats Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar as Matter of Opinion

"We fear the Rohingya influx in Bangladesh may reach 0ne million (10 lakh) by this year if the refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state continues", the IOM official said.

The consignment was loaded onto a cargo plane by Iranian Red Crescent Society and headed to Bangladesh on Friday morning, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Observers have said Beijing was likely to boost its humanitarian assistance to the refugees, but would avoid damaging its political ties with Myanmar, as Chinese companies have invested in several infrastructure projects in the country.

The Ministry of Commerce said in a brief statement on Thursday evening that the government would "trigger emergency humanitarian provide much-needed materials to help Bangladesh resettle the refugees".

The group quoted Rohingya witnesses who described security officers and vigilantes using petrol or shoulder-fired rocket launchers to set homes alight, before firing on villagers as they fled.

A day after Amnesty International accused Myanmar's military of deliberately torching Muslim-minority Rohingya villages near the Bangladesh border in a campaign of "ethnic cleansing", another rights group is leveling the same charge.

A spokesman for the presidential office in Myanmar said Wednesday that Suu Kyi had called off her upcoming trip to the 72nd UN General Assembly in NY for two reasons.

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At least 370,000 Rohingya are estimated to have fled from Rakhine State to neighbouring Bangladesh after fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA) attacked police posts, sparking a major military backlash. McConnell said he spoke with Suu Kyi by phone on Wednesday and she repeated her call for "peace and reconciliation" in strife-torn Rakhine state.

Prodded by Dhaka, New Delhi has asked Nay Pyi Daw to check violence against Rohingyas but will tread cautiously on exodus of people of the community from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday on its plans to deport Rohingya Muslims.

Up to 400,000 Rohingya so far have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh and, according to UNICEF, about 60 percent of them are children.

"In a few days Myanmar will be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council", Hassan said. Modi did say that India shared with Myanmar its concerns over extremist violence in Rakhine.

"We have to step up across all areas of need", he said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is to address a rally in support of the Rohingya in Toronto on Saturday in which she is expected to call on Suu Kyi to speak out against the violence. The United States under President Barack Obama was instrumental in coaxing the generals give up direct rule five decades later and allow a civilian government.