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Saudi Arabia gives $62 million in aid to Myanmar Muslims

Published on Aug 12, 2012 7:27 PM
In this September 1, 2009 photograph, a Rohingya refugee woman carries a child in an unregistered camp in Kutupalong, some 400 kms southeast of Dhaka. Bangladesh has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to Rohingya refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar, an official said on Aug 2, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered US$50 million (S$62.2 million) in aid be sent to a Muslim minority in Myanmar which a human rights group said has been targeted by the authorities since sectarian riots in June.

A report on the Saudi state news agency said the Rohingya community had been "exposed to many violations of human rights including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement".

"King Abdullah ... has ordered that assistance of the amount of US$50 million be provided to the Rohingya Muslim citizens in Myanmar," said the report which was carried by Saudi media on Sunday. It did not say who was to blame for the abuses.

However, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 1 that the Rohingyas had suffered mass arrests, killings and rapes at the hands of the Myanmar security forces. The minority had borne the brunt of a crackdown after days of arson and machete attacks in June by both Buddhists and Rohingyas in Rakhine state, the monitoring group said.

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