Myanmar police fire warning shots in Rakhine as mob attacks aid boat

More than 400,000 Rohingya, many of them women and children, have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations - an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

The attack occurred in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state.

The Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and not refugees who have applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

The third recommendation says sanctions have to be imposed on Myanmar as the worldwide community including UN, OIC, and Commonwealth has done against North Korea for nuclear weapons. "We - the humanitarian agencies on the ground - are now a long way from being able to provide this, given the numbers and the speed at which people have arrived and continue to arrive". According to reports, the Rohingya crisis has left at least 1,000 people dead, including children and infants, with dozens of the Rohingya Muslims who drowned when their boat capsized while trying to escape on overloaded fishing boats ill-equipped for rough waters.

In 2015, a crackdown by Thai authorities on human trafficking activities saw migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh abandoned at sea by smugglers.

The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked United Nations accusations of military-led "ethnic cleansing".

As the Myanmar government continues its campaign against Rohingya, forcing thousands to flee the country, Facebook has reportedly banned posts of one of the minority's groups, labeling it a "dangerous organization".

Ethnic Rakhine believe foreign aid agencies ignore their needs and are biased towards the Rohingya-a minority denied citizenship in Myanmar and branded "Bengali" outsiders.

The Indian government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are at present staying in India.

The Rohingya are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people. In a report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

The new aid funding "reflects the U.S. commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people", according to the State Department press release.

  • Rogelio Becker