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Bangladesh truck carrying Rohingya Muslim aid crashes; 9 die

Bangladesh truck carrying Rohingya Muslim aid crashes; 9 die”

The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh.

More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 when Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces prompted a military crackdown and reprisals by majority Buddhists.

The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it meant to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

The announcement of a USA aid package comes just one day after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally broke her silence on the Rohingya refugee crisis in a speech that drew widespread criticism.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Suu Kyi and the Myanmar government must work to end discrimination against the Rohingya.

Myanmar insisted Wednesday to the United Nations that the crisis in violence-torn Rakhine state was easing after heavy worldwide criticism. Among the Buddhist-majority population of Myanmar, there is an extremely strong sense of prejudice against Rohingya Muslims.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared New Delhi's concerns over the situation in Rakhine during a meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month.

A truck filled with humanitarian aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh has veered off a road and fallen into a ditch, killing at least nine aid workers.

Long before the suffering inflicted on Myanmar's prompted global outcry, Nay San Lwin's website, Rohingya Blogger, provided daily updates on the Muslim minority's everday plight. Bangladesh, which is already host to more than 400,000 Rohingya said it will not accept any more refugees, despite an appeal by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for Dhaka to allow Rohingya to seek safety.

Besides repeatedly disabling his accounts, an activist who uses the name Rahim said Facebook has also removed individual posts he put on the site about Rohingya refugees.

Kolkata: Bangladesh's Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam on Monday claimed that despite several attempts, they have not received any favorable response from Myanmar government to discuss the Rohingya Muslims refugee issue.

"It's important for them to understand that we are working in neutral and impartial way", she said, adding that the work is being done "with full transparency with the Myanmar authorities".

"But the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls".

The plea said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of "Non- Refoulement', which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives".

Britain said this week it had suspended its educational training courses for the Myanmar military due to the violence, amid a mounting diplomatic spat between the countries.



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