Thousands of Bangladeshi protest Rohingya killings


A major at the border guard police headquarters in northern Maungdaw near the Bangladesh border also refused to comment. Many villages were burned and hundreds of people died, mainly Rohingya Muslims.

Successive regimes have historically discriminated against them even though many have lived for generations in Rakhine state.

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine, fleeing burning villages, the army and ethnic Rakhine mobs - who Rohingya refugees accuse of attacking civilians - only to become stranded in hills without food, water, shelter or medical care.

In a statement, the demonstrators condemned the global silence on the ongoing crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar and called on the worldwide community to take action to restore the rights of the oppressed Muslims.

Some 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists have also fled in the opposite direction saying Rohingya militants have murdered members of their community.

Most live in the impoverished western state of Rakhine but are denied citizenship and harassed by restrictions on movement and work.

There are regular clashes between the Rohingya and the country's security forces, as well as other ethnic groups in Rakhine, which are predominantly Buddhist.

They have urged Myanmar's army to reciprocate by ceasing its own military operations to enable aid groups to participate in assisting victims of the humanitarian crisis irrespective of their religion or ethnicity.

Almost 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25 when the fresh wave of violence erupted.

"We salute President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and Turkish people for raising voice for the Rohingya Muslims", Haq said.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence, according to an United Nations estimate.

Suu Kyi, the de facto ruler of Myanmar as state counselor, has repeatedly come under criticism for her lack of action to help the Rohingya, a stark contrast to her previous image as a champion of human rights.

With the Kutupalang refugee camp at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, filling up, these people have to camp in the woods while waiting for spaces.

A Rohingya refugee woman wiping her tears after crossing the border at Teknaf, Bangladesh.

The resolution called upon Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to take immediate steps to stop the atrocities being committed in Myanmar where her party is in power.

"This is a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution", she said. The Narendra Modi government has also been consistent in its stand of calling the Rohingyas "illegal immigrants" and officially maintaining that they must be sent back to their country.