The refugees who arrived in Bangladesh on Monday said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have been shut down and aid deliveries restricted.
The dramatic exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s northwest is putting pressure on Western policymakers to take action.
Any resolution imposing economic or military sanctions on Myanmar is likely to be vetoed either by China or Russia – or both.
While the influx of refugees into Bangladesh continues, the needs of the more vulnerable populations such as women and children are yet to be fully responded to.
Thai foreign ministry said its statement was in response to views raised by some human rights groups regarding Thailand’s position on the unrest in Rakhine.
If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation.
Myanmar said before the mass graves were found that more than 400 people had been killed, most of them insurgents.
The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery of vital supplies.
Stressing on dialogue to end the “fire of war” , China supported Myanmar’s actions as in the interest of national security while promising humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.