UK-based Rohingya group reacts to Myanmar atrocities

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Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing Myanmar's Rakhine state as government troops have intensified a crackdown on the country's Muslim minority since Friday. He would visit the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, from November 30 to December 2.

The U.N. refugee agency is urging Bangladesh to give refuge to Rohingya Muslims, amid reports that people fleeing violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state are being turned away.

Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division, said Thailand should re-evaluate its policy towards fleeing Rohingya.

More than a million Rohingyas live in Rakhine state where an outbreak of sectarian violence in 2012 left at least 160 dead and some 120,000 confined in 67 camps for displaced people. It also disrupted the networks that brought migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to countries like Thailand and Malaysia.

Bangladeshi border guards, who had provided them with food and water, on Monday sought to push them back to their own country.

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The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is a militant group that says it is fighting to protect the Muslim minority from abuses by Myanmar security forces and the majority-Buddhist Rakhine community.

"These terrorists' goal is to get their own territory", said major General Aung Ye Win, vice chairman of the Myanmar military's True News Information Team, at the press conference attended by local and worldwide reporters and military attaches from the United States, China, and Bangladesh. "Shuffling all the blame on insurgents doesn't spare the Burmese government from its worldwide obligations to stop abuses and investigate alleged violations".

These events violate the basic rights of the Rohingya and they also represent a grave violation of Myanmar's government worldwide commitments to protect civilians.

The UN refugee agency said on Monday more than 3,000 had arrived in the past three days, as people told of how they fled for their lives from Myanmar's army.

In a statement posted on the United Nations website, he also expressed concern at the violence and the incitement to further violence in the state since the attacks on security forces in three northern townships on Friday. "So we don't know what to do", said Aung Myaing, from Taung Bro Let Way village, standing knee-deep in the river. Many have turned to monasteries for shelter.

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