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New wave of Rohingya refugees flock to Bangladesh camps

The NGO said it had carried out interviews with more than 100 refugees who have fled the townships alleged to have been badly burned, none of which suggested Rohingya were responsible.

These refugees were waiting to be registered by the Bangladeshi authorities before being transferred to camps, Efe news reported. "We would like to talk to those who have fled, and those who have stayed - more than 50% of villages of Muslims are intact and are as they were before the attacks took place". "It is vital that Members of this Parliament, which is seen as a beacon of democracy in the world, send a powerful message today that we will stand with the people being persecuted, the Rohingya population and other minorities in Myanmar", Rushanara added.

"We had been nearly starving, along with our kids, for a long time", refugee Md Islam, 45, a resident of a village in Buthidaung township told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

Many of the Rohingyas who arrived since Sunday told the UNHCR they were forced to leave when their villages were set on fire.

Feltman visited several communities affected by the recent violence in northern Rakhine state by air.

Designating the Rohingya as victims of genocide under a 1948 United Nations convention would increase pressure on the global community to take action to protect them, and could expose Myanmar officials to a greater threat of worldwide justice.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 25, when the military launched a crackdown decried by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing".

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Refugees International described the actions of the military in Myanmar as "crimes against humanity" in a report released earlier this month.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has called the situation "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", but he has not used the word genocide.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a militant group, claimed responsibility for the attacks as well as for deadly smaller-scale raids on three border guard stations in October 2016.

Amnesty International has accused Myanmar's security forces of killing hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel the Rohingya.

It said the council should explore options for bringing the perpetrators to justice under worldwide law if Myanmar authorities do not act swiftly.

"The efforts must be scaled up and expanded to receive and protect refugees and ensure they are provided with basic shelter and acceptable living conditions", the officials said Monday.

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