Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Khamenei calls for action against Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown

Khamenei calls for action against Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown

She pledged that Bangladesh would do its best to help the Rohingya, but said Myanmar should take steps soon to "take their nationals back". "Because of their ethnicity, because of their faith and because of who they are".

The demonstration, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), saw dozens of protestors waving banners decrying the Myanmar military's ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims.

The U.N. refugee agency says the number of Rohingya refugees that have fled recent violence in Myanmar has spiked to about 370,000.

As tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee their homes in Burma's western Rakhine state, aid is desperately needed to provide them with simple necessities such as food and shelter.

The latest wave of violence in Rakhine State was sparked following a series of co-ordinated attacks on border posts by Rohingya militants on August 25.

"They, (Myanmar) are judging and would they like to be judged based on skin color and ethnicity".

Muslim scholars have demanded revocation of the Nobel Prize conferred on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Tom Malinowski told CNN's Nima Elbagir he's "very sad" about Suu Kyi's response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

More than 393,000 have signed an online petition calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize.

Myanmar authorities said more than a week ago that some 400 Rohingya, mostly insurgents, had died in clashes with troops, but it has offered no update.

One Nation has been working on the borders of Bangladesh and Burma since December past year, and has launched a renewed appeal for donations following the latest influx in refugees crossing the border.

The UN documented mass gang rapes, killings - including those of infants and young children - brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.

According to the United Nations, 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh as of Friday.

In a report, United Nations investigators said the human rights violations constituted crimes against humanity.

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