Rohingya rebels call one-month Myanmar ceasefire as exodus grows

OIC raps Myanmar over Rohingya Muslims persecution

Last week, the United Nations placed the Rohingya death toll at more than 1,000, while Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, who said the attacks amounted to genocide, said it could be as high as 3,000.

On Friday, the United Nations in Bangladesh found tens of thousands of refugees who had not been counted before, raising the count to 270,000 from some 164,000 the day before.

Over the weekend, the United Nations appealed for aid as the number of Rohingya fleeing into southern Bangladesh neared 300,000 after the upsurge of violence began in Myanmar on August 25, Reuters reported.

On Sunday Human Rights Watch said that satellite analysis had shown evidence of fire damage in urban areas populated by Rohingyas as well as in isolated villages.

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.

Ali said in an attempt to address the security concerns of Myanmar, Bangladesh also proposed to sign MoUs in 2014 on "Border Liaison Office and Security Dialogue".

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Dhaka, which initially tried to block the Rohingya from entering, said Monday it would start registering all new arrivals.

At the makeshift camp near Shamlapur, Rohingya refugees doubted a ceasefire would allow their return any time soon. "We have to stop this violence, whether through worldwide pressure or through military intervention", Ahmed said.

"This genocide needs to be tried at worldwide court", National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque told a news conference in Cox's Bazar. "By the Myanmar's military and border guards is unprecedented", he said.

He also called on China and India to play a larger role in mitigating the crisis.

The UN Human Rights Chief has urged Myanmar to end the cruel military operation in Rakhine state.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say ethnic Rakhine Buddhists joined security forces in the indiscriminate killing of villagers.

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In response, the military intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists", driving thousands of people from their homes.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned Myanmar for "systematic brutal acts" against its Muslim Rohingya minority and asked it to accept global monitors.

Expressing solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, several organisations on Sunday took out protest rallies in different parts of the city against what they termed as the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in the neighbouring country.

Burma denies Rohingya exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

"Questions that are put to me suggest that many people have difficulty reconciling what appears to be happening to Muslims there with Myanmar's reputation as a Buddhist country", the Tibetan spiritual leader wrote in a letter to Suu Kyi shortly after the latest fighting broke out.

They raised slogans beside burning effigies of Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Because we now contemplate an extraordinary situation: "a Nobel peace laureate complicit in crimes against humanity".

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REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiRohingya children make their way through water as they try to come to the Bangladesh side from No Mans Land after a gunshot being heard on the Myanmar side, in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh.

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