The United Nations said some 370,000 Rohingyas fled their homes to Bangladesh at a time of increasing international and Islamic pressure on the Myanmar authorities to stop the campaign of violence against the Muslim minority in the western province of Arakan.
The spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said that an estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh since late August / August last.
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged to provide food aid and shelter to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who fled the violence. Hasina’s pledge came during her visit to a Rohingya refugee camp in the Cox-Pazar region near the border with Myanmar and called on the international community to increase pressure on Myanmar to repatriate and ensure the safety of Rohingya Muslims.
In the meantime, diplomats said that Sweden and Britain requested a closed meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the “deteriorating situation” of the Rohingya, and hoped to hold the meeting on Wednesday.
Britain’s permanent representative to the United Nations said on Monday that the UN Security Council would hold an emergency session on Wednesday on the crisis of the Rohingya Muslims.
“The meeting is a sign of the Council members’ concern about the fate of the Rohingyas who are fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh,” the delegate said in a press statement from the organization’s headquarters in New York City.
The White House also called on the Myanmar government to respect the rule of law “to stop violence and end the displacement of civilians of all sects.””The security forces in Myanmar are also working with the elected government to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Committee,” the statement said, referring to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report in August.
For his part, the Iranian leader Ali Khamenei said that there is no solution to the crisis in Myanmar only by the intervention of Islamic governments, calling for political and economic pressure on the Government of Myanmar to stop its atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.