Report shows refugee settlements and nearby residential areas in Bangladesh face significant food insecurity as Bangladesh police shoot refugee suspects accused of economic crimes.
Amnesty International says it has "received reports that army divisions involved in atrocities against Rohingya in 2017 have been deployed to Rakhine state again in recent weeks," amid fighting between the military and a Buddhist militia.
Fighting between government forces and Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy of the restive state, has forced some 5,000 civilians to flee their homes since early December, the UN says.
Ethnic Rakhine militants launched pre-dawn raids on four police stations near Bangladesh border, Myanmar army says. Militant group Arakan Army, which wants more autonomy, says it took 14 security personnel "prisoners of war".
The UN says about 2,500 people had been driven from their homes since early December when clashes broke out between government forces and the Arakan Army, one of several groups fighting for more autonomy for ethnic minorities in Myanmar.
UN refugee agency spokeswoman says many of the Rohingya sold or lost all their possessions, including their shelters, to pay the extortionate fees to traffickers, but they were stopped at sea and returned.
Rohingya refugees demand Dhaka recognise their ethnicity as 'Rohingya' and that officials and aid agencies stop sharing their family information with Myanmar fearing reprisals.
The forced repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is a violation of international law. The repatriation has been halted, for now, and it gives the international community a chance to formulate a new solution.
Southeast Asian countries will call for those responsible for atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya minority to be held "fully accountable," according to a statement prepared for a regional summit.
Myanmar's Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye said Bangladesh will start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya back to Myanmar on Thursday.
China voted against a move by the UN to set up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar and look into possible genocide in the country's western state of Rakhine.
The 47-member UN Human Rights Council has voted in favour of a resolution to set up a body to prepare evidence of international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011.
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