Asean parliamentarians urge Myanmar to protect civilians in Rakhine

UNSC meets on Wednesday to discuss deadly violence against Rohingya muslims

"Around 6,000 Myanmar nationals have gathered on the border and are trying to enter Bangladesh", a senior Border Guard Bangladesh official told AFP, referring to the Rohingya.

In a move that took observers by surprise, Ms Suu Kyi's information committee - which has been responsible for posting many of what is viewed as controversial statements and images coming from the government - dropped her official title "State Counsellor" from the name of the Facebook page it used to disseminate its messages.

Abdullah said four of the six hamlets in his village of Mee Chaung Zay had been burned down by security forces, prompting all its residents to flee towards Bangladesh.

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya Muslims late on Saturday after they crossed the "zero line" border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the unsafe dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh.

Edwards said the UNHCR can not verify reports that hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been killed and injured in Rakhine state.

The exodus began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts in the restive Rakhine state on August 25.

Alice Wells, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, arrived on a two-day visit to Bangladesh on Tuesday when thousands of Rohingya Muslims were seeking desperately for safety after ethnic violence killed almost 100 people in neighbouring Burma.

Some 2,000 Muslims have managed to cross into Bangladesh, according to the latest figures given by the makeshift refugee camps on the Bangladeshi side of the border.

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The Myanmar government called the Rohingya rebels terrorists, claiming that they were responsible for murders and arson. The Rohingya, however, track their ancestors many generations back in Myanmar.

Tension has always been high between the Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists, leading to bloody rioting in 2012.

Speaking to a gathering of worshipers at Vatican's St. Peter's Square on Sunday, the head of the Roman Catholic Church expressed sorrow over "sad news about the persecution of the religious minority of our Rohingya brothers" and prayed that they would receive their "full rights". In the process, even the common people among Rohingya Muslims are being targeted.

"Bangladesh has hosted refugees from Myanmar for decades, and UNHCR believes it is of the utmost importance that it continues to allow Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety there", he said.

"This turn of events is deplorable", Zeid said in a statement.

There are nearly 60,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, according to the United Nations, where they form part of a large workforce of immigrants doing low-skilled jobs spurned by locals in the relatively affluent country.

The UN, while condemning the attacks by ARSA, has pressured Myanmar to protect civilian lives without discrimination and appealed to Bangladesh to admit those fleeing the military counteroffensive.

He also reiterated that the United Nations is "lost" as an organization and does not have the power to make any difference until its member states recognize their commitment to the UN Charter and set aside their interests which secured through selling weapons and starting wars.

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