Hundreds of people showed their solidarity with Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar at a noisy protest outside the country's Ottawa embassy Sunday afternoon. It said at least three people including two children were injured in the past week.
The diplomats praised Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas for decades and giving the shelters to new arrivals, according to the foreign ministry statement. Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid. An Associated Press reporter witnessed hundreds streaming through the border at Shah Puri Dwip today.
Replying to a question by the Chinese and Indian envoys, Shahidul said: "As China and India are our brotherly countries, they expressed solidarity with Bangladesh and assured us of staying with us to face the situation".
A Rohingya refugee woman cries after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh. It has become the most serious and widespread form of violence against the Rohingyas.
AT least 313,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar in the past two weeks and sought shelter in Bangladesh, a Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) report released on Monday stated. The continuing issue of cow vigilantism came up for criticism again - Al Hussein said: "The current wave of violent, and often lethal, mob attacks against people under the pretext of protecting the lives of cows is alarming".
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". "To bring them under trial, the government of Bangladesh will have to file a case at worldwide court", Riazul Hauqe, chief of Bangladeshi National Human Rights Commission, told Anadolu Agency.
Zeid said he was "further appalled" by reports that Myanmar authorities planting land mines along the border.
He said the Bangladesh government had also asked the UN, German and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take the initiative to create the safe zone as had been done in other conflict-stricken countries.
Operations carried out by government security forces against Rohingyas led to grave breaches of human rights, including mass killings, third-degree torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, rapes and other sexual violence.
In response, the military intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists", driving thousands of people from their homes.
The Muslim Rohingya minority community has always been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship. Myanmar denies Rohingya exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
Protesters lined Island Park Drive for hours, directing their ire at the goverment building across the street with slogans that both warned of potential genocide and heavily criticized Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's de facto leader.
While Burmese Buddhists in Myanmar also worship the Buddha, they follow a different religious tradition than Tibetans and do not recognize the Dalai Lama as their spiritual leader.