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Bangladesh to limit movement of Rohingya

17 September 2017

Mr Zaw Htay, the Myanmar government spokesman, said any information that Bangladesh provided would be checked.

The authorities plan to construct 14,000 shelters, each with the capacity to hold six families, with the help of global aid organisations and the Bangladesh military.

He added that Burma was "transporting rations for displaced people for emergency assistance" to areas close to the border and that Bangladesh "needs to understand that as well".

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The Advisory Commission recommended that the Myanmar Government take concrete steps to end the enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims; ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout the state; tackle Rohingya statelessness and "revisit" the 1982 Citizenship Law; hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable; and end restrictions on freedom of movement, among other recommendations. Those fleeing have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs. Many in Myanmar insist on referring to the Rohingya as "Bengalis".

Unicef says 60 percent of the Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar are children. It has offered no proof to back these charges. United Nations officials are among those labeling the crisis as a clear instance of ethnic cleansing. Some nations, such as the United States and Britain, have refused to adopt the name change.

"Not allowed", Mr Tin Maung Swe said, when asked if Mr Murphy will be going to Maungdaw district, at the heart of the strife that began when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army camp, killing a dozen people.

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Camps in Bangladesh were already overflowing with at least 400,000 Rohingya before the current exodus was provoked by Rohingya militants' attacking Myanmar police posts and an army base on August 25.

Mohammed Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh's junior foreign minister, said Saturday that India, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia, Iran and Malaysia have sent aid and that the goods are waiting in an airport in nearby Chittagong.

Bangladesh authorities say they are also preparing special measures to care for Rohingya orphans.

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As the weather fluctuates in Cox's Bazar between rains and sunny and humid days, many children are suffering from flu and risk pneumonia, Salam said. He acknowledged that aid distribution remained haphazard three weeks into the crisis.

Bangladesh to limit movement of Rohingya