The UN defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part.
The pope held talks with Myanmar’s military chief and will meet Aung San Suu Kyi as well. He will also travel to Bangladesh, where over 620,000 Rohingya have fled.
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.
“The United States will also pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions” against those responsible for the alleged abuses, Rex Tillerson said.
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.
The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. However, the Myanmar government has denied such allegations.
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.
Suu Kyi had not previously visited Rakhine state since assuming power last year after a landslide 2015 election victory.
Residents of Cox’s Bazar also fished 37 survivors out of the water and 11 have been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
An estimated 603,000 refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 25.
UN humanitarian agencies have not been able to access northern Rakhine to deliver aid since the attacks on police stations in August triggered an army crackdown.
Rohingya refugees have testified about a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson, UN human rights investigators said.
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.
The hatred towards the Rohingya is well known. But less documented is the spread of this hate towards other Muslims in Myanmar.
Officials did not elaborate on the specific steps the authorities would take for the repatriation, adding that the bulk of discussions was dedicated to border and security cooperation agreements.
Some 600,000 people have crossed the border since August 25, when insurgent attacks on security posts were met by a ferocious counter-offensive by the Myanmar army.
Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation.
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.
India’s relationships with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China hang in the balance.
Domestic investigations, including a previous internal military probe, have largely dismissed refugees’ claims of abuses committed during security forces’ “clearance operations”.
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.
Earlier this week, Myanmar authorities had displayed the bodies of Hindu villagers they say were killed by Muslim insurgents.
Myanmar said before the mass graves were found that more than 400 people had been killed, most of them insurgents.
As Rohingya people continue to flee Rakhine State and allege widespread persecution, a look at their struggle through the years.
Rohingya families who were living in Jammu have moved to Khimber in Kashmir, fearing violence against them.
This is the first time India has mentioned the cause of the refugee crisis, though it has still not named the Rohingya.
New Delhi has to find ways to pressure the Myanmar authorities to create a safe atmosphere for the Rohingya.
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
How else are we to explain Turkey’s ambition to take the lead in the current crisis and champion the voice of the Rohingya Muslims internationally?
Politicians around the world must concretely acknowledge the life of those minorities who are excluded on a daily basis from our social lives and our modes of thinking.
Enforcing the laws in the case of illegal migrants should not be mistaken for lack of compassion, India’s envoy said.
Rohingya refugees having been crossing over to Bangladesh in large numbers, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bring up this issue on his recent trip to Myanmar.
Despite widespread accusations against the Myanmar government of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, India has planned to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees.
The police has said that the refugee cards issued by the UNHCR are not sufficient for the migrants to continue living in the country and has ordered them to vacate their homes immediately.
The army dispatched about 500 soldiers to several towns near the border with Bangladesh on Thursday, including the towns of Buthidaung and Maungdaw.