Bangladesh restricts movement of Rohingya refugees


The 51-year-old rice farmer said 150 families from his village of Mae Di in Rakhine state were now living in the makeshift settlement after fleeing an attack by the Myanmar army and Rakhine Buddhists.

In Rangoon, Burma's largest city, presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said that while Burma's military denied crossing into Bangladesh's airspace, the matter was being investigated.

"At the same time, we have intelligence information on the possibility of Indonesians involved in militant activities in their country", Ayob told reporters after the launch of the "IS Threat to Youths Awareness Seminar" here yesterday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has affirmed the Indian Government's full support to Bangladesh's stance over the Rohingya issue.

Myanmar officials said he will meet government leaders in the capital, Naypyitaw, and attend an address to the nation by Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday.

Myanmar insisted on Friday that it was not barring aid workers but a government spokesman said the authorities on the ground might have concerns over security.

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Some 600,000 Rohingya children could flee to Bangladesh by the end of the year, a relief group said Sunday, highlighting the scale of the humanitarian crisis triggered by violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Myanmar rejects the accusations, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claimed responsibility for the August 25 attacks and similar, though smaller, attacks in October.

The Myanmar government has declared the group a terrorist organisation and accused it of setting the fires and attacking civilians.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military's "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of global law, and cited what he called refugees' consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities. He did not elaborate. Dozens of places have been burned and almost half of the 471 villages in the north of Rakhine had been completely or partly deserted, it said.

Separately, the Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Bangladesh to release two Myanmar journalists detained last week while covering the refugee crisis.