Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

"According to eyewitness accounts, photographic evidence, and multiple reports, antipersonnel mines have been laid between Myanmar's two major land crossings with Bangladesh, resulting in casualties among Rohingya refugees fleeing government attacks on their homes", the group said.

Yet another Rohingya leader commented on how nearly 40,000 refugees - now present in India - are at a risk of expulsion, following the fresh series of attacks.

Myanmar government is working for the resettlement of refugees displaced at home and overseas due to conflicts in the country's northern Rakhine state.

Amid escalating trouble for the immigrated Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Bangladesh has now banned telecom operators from providing mobile services to the refugees.

The violence in Rakhine State and the refugee exodus is the biggest crisis the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since it came to power last year in a transition from almost 50 years of military rule.

Doctors treating some of the 430,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, United Nations clinicians and other health workers said.

But the army has blamed the violence on the Rohingya - a Muslim minority it has been trying for years to eject from Myanmar - while highlighting the suffering of other ethnic groups swept up in the violence.

It said 300 Arsa militants had rounded up about 100 villagers and killed majority on 25 August, the same date as the start of the latest phase of the conflict, in claims attributed to an unnamed Yebawkya villager.

The once 1.1-million strong group are denied citizenship in mainly Buddhist Myanmar and widely viewed as foreign invaders from Bangladesh, a narrative pushed by army chief Min Aung Hlaing in regular Facebook posts.

Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine have been subject to systematic persecution and violence at the hands of the military and Buddhist mobs for decades.

Rohingyas are stateless Muslims minorities, who primarily reside in Myamnar's Rakhine state.

The European Rohingya Council chief on Monday called for an independent probe into the August 25 mass murder of Hindu villagers as authorities unearthed 45 more bodies in the conflict-torn western Rakhine state.

Bangladesh is keeping a close watch on the refugee influx to make sure Rohingya camps are not targeted by extremist elements for potential recruits, a senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Khaleej Times.

The top court is going to hear the plea by Salimullah challenging the government's move to deport Rohingyas on October 3.

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