Tension has always been high between the Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists, leading to bloody rioting in 2012.
Iranian Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar also slammed the worldwide silence on crimes against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. "Now they are snatching their citizenship away in phases and forcing them out of the country". Myanmar authorities said 15 members of the security forces and 370 militants had been killed in the fighting. Military spokesman Myat Min Oo said he couldn't comment without talking to his superiors.
Since then, Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh have told journalists, rights groups and others that soldiers, along with some local residents, had set fire to numerous villages and had butchered Rohingya men, women and children. "Indonesia needs to fulfill its role as a regional leader by moving for the issue to be placed on the ASEAN agenda as a fundamental matter of regional peace and security", Sundari added.
The principle of non-refoulement - or not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger - is considered part of the Customary International Law and is binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not.
The U.N. human rights chief said Monday that the violence and injustice faced by the ethnic Rohingya minority in Myanmar, where U.N. rights investigators have been barred from entering, "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
Concerns about national security are raised by those who call for a deportation of Rohingyas. India has promised large investments in development of the troubled Rakhine state, which is home to the Rohingyas. We (India) are a nation with great democratic tradition. The the petition further said that India has traditionally been a hospitable host of refugees and displaced people, both from South Asia and across the world.
The State Department is working with global partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the worldwide Committee of the Red Cross and the worldwide Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.More news: Hurricane Irma: Florida shuts down air travel
Counter attacks by the military resulted in about 3.5 lakh Rohingyas homeless and almost 400 terrorists dead. They are scattered across the country from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu.
At least two diplomats who attended the briefings said the minister told them as many as 3,000 people may have been killed in the latest round of violence, AFP reported.
Over the past days, intensifying clashes between security forces and insurgents in western Myanmar have sent about 270,000 terrified civilians scrambling toward the Bangladesh border in a desperate search for refuge. They speak their own language, which isn't recognized by the state.
"Rohingyas are Burmese. Why are they being called "Bengalis"?"
Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as Myanmar's military has faced worldwide condemnation over its treatment of the Rohingya. Violent clashes erupted on August 25 when some Rohingya Islamic terrorists attacked police outposts and the military base along with several government offices.
Many in Buddhist-majority country consider the Rohingya as "Bengali", rejecting the term Rohingya as a recent invention. Many villages were burned and hundreds of people died, mainly Rohingya. Almost 60 percent of the households are landless in Rakhine.
There have been numerous reports of summary execution, rape, and other abuses against Myanmar's Muslims since late past year. To sum up, Myanmar is in a flux.