UN aid agencies have not had access to the shrinking Rohingya population in northern Rakhine state since the August 25 coordinated insurgent attacks on police posts and army campaign.
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.
Domestic investigations, including a previous internal military probe, have largely dismissed refugees’ claims of abuses committed during security forces’ “clearance operations”.
Credible information indicates that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingyas and entire villages in northern Rakhine State.
Literally every woman, except the very old and young, has had experiences of either being molested or experiencing an extreme level of abuse like gangrape.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister said about 500,000 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh out of the total 900,000 that have left Myanmar after an army crackdown on the community.
The insurgents said on Saturday they were ready to respond to any peace move by the government, even though the ceasefire was ending at midnight on Monday.
The dramatic exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s northwest is putting pressure on Western policymakers to take action.
The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip on the southern tip of Bangladesh late on Sunday with up to 35 people on board, the Bangladeshi police said.
Any resolution imposing economic or military sanctions on Myanmar is likely to be vetoed either by China or Russia – or both.
There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar.
“The bottom line? This is a deplorable situation. This is as bad as it gets. We need 75 million for the next six months.”
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.