Process for taking back some Rohingya refugees 'anytime', Suu Kei tells Nikkei

A woman holds a placard at a rally to listen to the speech made by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in front of Yangon City Hall on Tuesday

Aid workers struggling to help Rohingya

Most refugees are living in overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, living off small aid packages from sympathetic locals and aid agencies.

R.P.S. Jaswal, a deputy inspector general of the BSF patrolling a large part of the border in India's eastern state of West Bengal, said his troops were told to use both chilli grenades and stun grenades to push back the Rohingya.

On Monday, the Myanmar government's Information Committee said in a Facebook post, accompanied with a graphic photo, that the mass Hindu grave had been found near the village of Yebawkya in Rakhine.

The London-based group said its sources in Rakhine claim that the fires were started by members of Burmese security forces and vigilante mobs.

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"The Rohingya community have come to India are refugees and have fled Myanmar because of severe repression and genocide".

"Solutions to this crisis lie with Myanmar", he said, though for now, the world had to help and aid should be "rapidly stepped up".

ARSA carried out multiple attacks on government posts on August 25 resulting in a crackdown by Myanmar military that sent more than 430,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.

Many in Myanmar, however, are criticizing news organizations for showing a bias in their reporting towards the Rohingya refugees without devoting enough coverage to the complexity of the crisis that has also caused the displacement of other ethnic groups.

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Even though the government has called them a serious security threat, the Rohingyas have urged that they should be treated on par with Tibetan and Sri Lankan ones and refuted claims of having terror link. But its operation has been so sweeping and brutal that the United Nations said it probably amounts to "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya Muslim minority, a group reviled by many in the mainly Buddhist country.

Deputy assistant secretary of state Patrick Murphy, speaking on Friday in a conference call from Bangkok, said while the US condemns August attacks by Muslim Rohingya militants, the response from Myanmar's security forces has been "disproportionate".

Bangladesh is keeping a close watch on the refugee influx to make sure Rohingya camps are not targeted by extremist elements for potential recruits, a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Khaleej Times.

"All I could see is people concentrating near the main camps", Farid Alam - a Rohingya leader - said.

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The WHO says mobile medical centres have been set up, while Bangladesh health authorities say they have treated some 4,500 Rohingya for diarrhoea in a month and vaccinated some 80,000 children for measles and polio.

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