Addressing Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh proposes UN-monitored 'safe zones' in Myanmar

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Notably, the midwives deployed at makeshift Rohingya camps in southeastern Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar delivered at least 200 babies since the refugees' influx began on August 25.

Referring to the clamour against the deportation, he said: "Do not commit the mistake of categorising the Rohingya as refugees".

He said India is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and deporting the Rohingya to their home country would not be violation of any law.

Two Rohingya refugees from inner areas of Rakhine state, one from Buthidaung and another from Rathedaung township, told Human Rights Watch they saw the Myanmar military laying antipersonnel mines on roads as the military entered and attacked villagers.

Rakhine Twenty homes caught fire and a bomb was detonated near a mosque in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the government said, the latest unrest in a region that has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee in under a month. The decision came days after Aung San Suu Kyi's televised address, where she invited diplomats to visit the troubled state and speak to Muslim residents who have stayed amid the ongoing exodus of more than 420,000 Rohingyas.

Bangladesh's prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya refugees who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country.

The Myanmar government has blamed the Rohingya, saying they set fire to their own homes, but the United Nations and others have accused it of ethnic cleansing.

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Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. "Rohingya are not involved in any act of militancy".

He described the Muslim minority as not being recognized as citizens, even though the Rohingya have been living for centuries in the country.

There is an abundance of material to show that the Rohingyas are being forced to flee Myanmar due to atrocities systematically carried out against them on account of their religious and ethnic identity, it said.

Human Rights Watch on Saturday also echoed allegations from Bangladeshi officials that Myanmar security forces were laying landmines along the border.

"The Kofi Annan commission was instituted by the Myanmar government".

Bangladesh's four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the almost 430,000 newly-arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans while the ban is in force.

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