Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine


In an address to Burma and the worldwide community on Tuesday, State Counsellor Suu Kyi professed that "Myanmar does not fear global scrutiny" and repeatedly invited "friends" who "wish Myanmar well" to visit the country and help its process of democratisation and peacebuilding.

"I am happy to inform you that the situation has improved", Myanmar's second vice president Henry Van Thio told the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday.

The United Nations has warned that ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority and possible crimes against humanity may be taking place in the country. "During our visit, we witnessed rows and rows of persons helplessly standing by the roadside", the chairman of NHRC said.

"There has been much concern around the world with regard to the situation in Rakhine".

Wild elephants trampled two elderly Rohingya refugees to death Monday as they slept underneath a plastic sheet near a forest in Bangladesh, police said.

Pointing that the influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar started in 2012-13, the Centre said there was an organised "influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts" facilitating their entry into India through West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

Almost 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state as recent satellite images released by Amnesty International provided evidence that security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country.

"But the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls". The Rohingyas claimed that if they go back to Myanmar they would be killed by the military of the country.

Stranded after their villages burned to the ground, many Rohingya Muslims left inside Rakhine are in especially desperate need of aid.

At a meeting of Islamic nations on the sidelines of the UN assembly, Hasina said Yangon was spearheading a state-sponsored propaganda campaign to call the Rohingya "Bengalis", adding that they must be given Myanmar citizenship.

The latest crisis began on 25 August, when Rohingya militants attacked police posts.

The Thai Sheikul Islam team will coordinate with other aid agencies that have in recent years been working in Cox's Bazar, mostly those from other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia or Indonesia.

Myanmar rejects the charge, saying its forces are tackling insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army who it has accused of setting the fires and attacking civilians.

The commission also stated that while Myanmar had every right to defend its own territory, a highly militarised response was unlikely to bring peace to the area of Rakhine State. Amid increasing global criticism, Myanmar's civilian leader - and Nobel peace prize victor - Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday in which she will address the Rohingya crisis.