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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 global Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

They have been denied citizenship and are stateless.

Various world leaders have urged Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who spent years under house arrest for her pro-democracy activism, to speak out on behalf of the Rohingya.

But since the latest upsurge in violence on August 25, hundreds of thousands have flooded across the border into Bangladesh bringing stories of entire villages burned to the ground by Buddhist mobs and Myanmar troops.

Manveer Singh Khalsa addressed the gathering, he said that the Australian government should definitely intercede in Myanmar's unfortunate situation where the Rohingya Muslims are being forced to flee.

"I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country", Zeid said, noting that some 40,000 Rohingyas had settled in India, including 16,000 who have received refugee documentation. "It is not acceptable", he said, adding Dhaka was seeking a peaceful solution, not a "war" against Myanmar.

Foreign office summons Myanmar ambassador over Rohingya crisis

Bangladeshi officials have said they believe Myanmar government forces are planting the landmines to stop the Rohingya returning to their villages.

Community groups in Hong Kong were set to protest on Sunday against the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar, urging the city's government and lawmakers to condemn violence against the Muslim ethnic minority and provide humanitarian support.

Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the current operation in Rakhine was "clearly disproportionate".

It is not known how many Rohingya remain in Rakhine state.

"We're trying to progress as quickly as possible on the development front, because one of the biggest problems is the matter of very limited resources". "Our Jewish tradition teaches us to stand up for those who are in danger, and our own history teaches us that, as Elie Wiesel taught us, 'Silence helps the oppressor, never the oppressed'".

His comments reaffirmed the country's position that the militant group, which says it is fighting for the rights of "persecuted" Rohingya Muslims in southern Rakhine state (previously known as Arakan state), is a terrorist organization that wants to create an Islamic republic in the region.