New fires ravage Rohingya villages in northwest Myanmar


In Tehran, demonstrators condemned, in a resolution read at the end of the rally, the silence shown by the worldwide circles and heads of Islamic countries on the crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims. "And at the same time we urge the global community to come forward with their help", Hoque said.

In recent weeks many have called for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 1991 for her campaign for democracy in Myanmar. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which consists of more than 50 member states, also had sent letters to United Nations agencies and the European Union by Wednesday urging them to take action.

Myanmar's population is overwhelmingly Buddhist and there is widespread hatred for the Rohingya, who are denied citizenship and labelled illegal "Bengali" immigrants.

The violence was triggered on August 25th when a Rohingya militant group attacked more than a dozen security sites and killed 12 people.

The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship and regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even if they have lived in the country for generations. The package would be "immediately sent to the oppressed people of this country if we receive authorization from Myanmar", he said, adding it had been ordered by President Hassan Rouhani.

"We did not create the problem".

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The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said the truce would start on Sunday, urging Mynamar's army to lay down weapons as well.

A Myanmar military source said no landmines had been planted recently, while a government spokesman told Reuters more information was needed. "Our Jewish tradition teaches us to stand up for those who are in danger, and our own history teaches us that, as Elie Wiesel taught us, 'Silence helps the oppressor, never the oppressed'".

The monthlong cessation of military operations will take place from September 10 to October 9, to allow humanitarian groups to respond to the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

The insurgents' temporary ceasefire declaration comes at a time when the number of Rohingya who have fled across the border to Bangladesh in the latest exodus has swollen to around 290,000, according to the United Nations.

Ali called on the global community to urge the Myanmar government to immediately implement the recommendations of the commission's report "in its entirety".

Bangladesh already hosts around 400,000 Rohingya from previous crises.