Myanmar agrees to UN Security Council visit

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"The BRAC team has been working hand in hand with the Government of Bangladesh and partner organizations, first to ensure emergency relief, and now gradually to address critical services and long-term livelihood needs in the Rohingya settlements", said Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC. Soros, who lived through the Nazi occupation and fled communism in Hungary, has always been committed to the needs of refugees.

"This is not a problem that will go away on its own", Smith said.

The navy and coastguard had stepped up patrols in the area after the boat briefly stopped on an island off Thailand's western coast Sunday, and the passengers said they were en route to Malaysia.

David Morley, president of UNICEF Canada said hundreds of thousands of children are at risk and they must be educated because "educating children in times of crises is key to helping them contribute to peace".

"As far as I know, some 400 people have paid for the boat trip across the Indian Ocean to Southeast Asia countries Thailand or Malaysia", he added.

In May 2015, human traffickers abandoned boats at sea carrying thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi survivors of trafficking after Thailand and Malaysia reinforced their borders and refused to allow the disembarkation of survivors, resulting in an untold number of deaths, according to Fortify Rights.

A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday and the refugees will be allowed to enter the country, but an expert played down fears of a new exodus. Myanmar blames Rohingya militants for an August 25 strike on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered a fierce army crackdown.

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In Bangkok on Monday, human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights urged Thailand and Malaysia to provide protection for Rohingya refugees in accordance with worldwide law and standards. It had since been escorted to the peninsula and its occupants handed over to immigration authorities for processing.

While describing Bangladesh's achievements, including its becoming eligible for graduating to a developing country from a least developed one, Ali narrated how the possibility of outstanding economic and social development tempo of Bangladesh may face challenge by the Rohingya influx.

The UN Security Council has been given green lights for visits this month to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where it expects to focus on the beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority, as well as to Iraq.

Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, will release a report outlining what he recommends the government do about the humanitarian and security conflict.

The military chief also said the tensions in Rakhine were "fuelled because the Bengalis demanded citizenship", using a term that Rohingya activists reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

Rohingya in the refugee camps and the global community have called for guarantees of a safe return and establishment of protected areas in Rakhine before repatriation begins.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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