Myanmar continuing 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya

09 March, 2018, 09:47 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Reuters

Recently-arrived Rohingya reported credible accounts of continued violence against their people, including killings, rape, and forced starvation, Gilmour reported.

"Safe, dignified and sustainable returns are of course impossible under current conditions", Gilmour added.

They recounted incidents where family members were taken away by Myanmar's security forces and later found dead.

While the majority of those refugees fled Myanmar previous year, Rohingya Muslims continue to stream across the border to Bangladesh by the hundreds every week.

The office of the United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees is monitoring developments after several thousand people living in a makeshift camp "were reportedly ordered to vacate the area by the Myanmar authorities", the agency said.

Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities had held talks over repatriating refugees in the coming months, but a build up of Myanmar military on the border last week sparked concern.

"The Government of Myanmar is busy telling the world that it is ready to receive Rohingya returnees, while at the same time its forces are continuing to drive them into Bangladesh", Gilmour said.

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The northern Rakhine state has been largely closed off to journalists, diplomats and most aid organisations by Myanmar's military.

After Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 police posts and an army base on August 25, Myanmar soldiers and police swept through villages in what the government says was a legitimate operation to root out "terrorists".

But the United Nations, rights groups and many Western powers have accused the army of using those attacks as a pretext to expel a minority which has faced brutal discrimination for decades.

The area now occupied by the Kutupalong refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar has always been an important habitat for East Asian Elephants, the agency said.

An estimated 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed by security forces joined by Buddhist mobs in the first month of the crackdown alone, according to Doctors without Borders. "We've asked Myanmar for humanitarian access in order to help people like them and others affected by the recent violence".

Gilmour said the rate of killings and sexual violence in Rakhine has subsided since August and September a year ago, but "It appears that widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya persists".

Myanmar's civilian government, led by former democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, lacks control over the military but has been castigated by rights groups for failing to speak out in defence of the Rohingya.

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