Rohingya crisis deepens; thousands stage protests

Protesters at a demonstration against the Myanmar government in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. Thousands of Muslims mounted similar peaceful protests across several Asian capitals.
Protesters at a demonstration against the Myanmar government in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. Thousands of Muslims mounted similar peaceful protests across several Asian capitals.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

The unfolding violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state "is a complex inter-communal issue with deep historical roots", the Singapore Government said yesterday, as it called on all parties involved to avoid any action that would worsen the situation on the ground.

The United Nations refugee agency has reported an unprecedented surge of 270,000 Rohingya fleeing to seek refuge in Bangladesh in the past two weeks, and the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar said more than 1,000 people may have been killed - more than twice the figure given by the government.

Yesterday, thousands of Muslims across several Asian capitals mounted peaceful protests against the Myanmar government.

Meanwhile, Muslim and Buddhist leaders in Singapore have expressed concern over the ongoing violence in Rakhine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2017, with the headline 'Rohingya crisis deepens; thousands stage protests'. Print Edition | Subscribe