Returning Rohingya people to the hands of their persecutors, violates international law and raises fundamental questions about the protection of those fleeing the most heinous crimes and abuses.
A military clearance operation launched in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist-majority country since late August.
More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Since the ethnic violence erupted in late August, thousands of Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh each week, often travelling for days and even weeks.
More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
A senior UN official, who had toured the refugee camps in Bangladesh, on Sunday accused Myanmar’s military of conducting organised mass rape and other crimes against humanity.
About 450,000 children, or 55% of the refugee population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar, after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
The Security Council had urged Myanmar, in a statement on Monday, to “ensure no further excessive use of military force” and had expressed “grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine State”.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what UN officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army.
Witnesses describe how soldiers killed people inside wooden homes, arrested young men, raped women and burned homes to prevent the residents’ return.
With few news sources in their own language and low levels of literacy, Rohingya refugees rely on audio and video messages distributed on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube to stay updated.