The army dispatched about 500 soldiers to several towns near the border with Bangladesh on Thursday, including the towns of Buthidaung and Maungdaw.
Myanmar claims militants affiliated with, or part of Harakah al-Yaqin are behind the slew of attacks on the Rohingya that security forces blamed for, while the outfit denies ever attacking any civilians.
The 32 Rohingya people who had been living in New Delhi as refugees were produced before the magistrate on Monday which remanded them till May 2.
The leader of a Rohingya Muslim insurgency against Myanmar’s security forces said his group would keep fighting unless Aung San Suu Kyi took action to protect the religious minority.
For Rohingya women in Bangladesh who are struggling to make ends meet and rely on handouts from agencies, the only source of hope are their newborn children
Domestic law says children aged between seven and 12 are only criminally responsible if mature enough to understand the consequences of their actions. Two listed detainees are under 12, while two more are 13.
India continues to maintain a hands-off approach and advocates giving Myanmar’s democratic government more time to resolve the Rohingya issue, an approach encouraged by experts.
At least once a year, local administrators go house-to-house in Rohingya villages, lining up families to check their names against official lists. The names of those Muslims found missing are crossed through, residents say.
The UN human rights office said last month that the campaign of killings and rapes probably amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.
The UN said in a report last month that the army and police had committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State.
Nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on October 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.
Since Myanmar’s approach to the Rohingya has been marked by extreme prejudice, it was only a matter of time before the reaction set in.
Two senior government officials confirmed the news and said that the army will now just ‘maintain peace’.
Abuses on Rohingyas have reached new height but neither Myanmar nor neighbouring Bangladesh are taking responsibilities to grant basic human rights to this population.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s special envoy to Myanmar has requested the UN’s intervention as an estimated 66,000 Muslims flee to Bangladesh.
The 16-month-old’s picture strongly parallels Alan Kurdi’s who washed up on a Turkish beach last year. Meanwhile, Myanmar continues to flatly deny allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya.
In the footage, several policemen appeared to beat and kick two villagers during an operation in which dozens of Rohingya Muslims were told to line up for questioning.
The preliminary conclusion raises questions over whether the commission will deliver an independent verdict in its full report.
The world is reacting with horror to the massacre of Rohingyas in Rakhine State, but Suu Kyi and her government continue to turn a blind eye to what increasingly appears like a genocide.
Aung San Suu Kyi had appointed the nine-member commission before the current fighting erupted to advise on the restive state, where ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims have lived separately since clashes in 2012 in which more than 100 people were killed.
Soldiers have poured into northern Rakhine since October 9, after an insurgent group of Rohingyas that the government believes has links to Islamists overseas launched coordinated attacks on several border posts.
A journalist at an English-language newspaper said she was fired following government criticism of her reporting of allegations of rape by soldiers
Human rights monitors and a leader of the mostly stateless Rohingya told Reuters the move risked sharpening intercommunal tensions in the region.
Suu Kyi may be treading carefully over the Rohingya issue for fear of alienating the Buddhist factions in her country, but it is time for her to earn her Nobel Peace Prize and save her vision for Myanmar’s future.
Myanmar’s state counsellor said decades-old tensions cannot be resolved in a day in a very “young democracy”.
As Myanmar’s economy opens up, India must capitalise on its proximity, to avoid falling behind the US, China and others in the region.
The US may have lifted economic sanction, but must now work with Myanmar on issues like building a strong civilian government and the Rohingya crisis.
Myanmar’s lower house of parliament was on Tuesday discussing whether foreigners should be excluded from the commission, but the chances of such an outcome are low.
The Annan-led commission will look for “sustainable solutions”, but the thorniest issue will be how to grant some form of citizenship to the Rohingya community that will integrate them into the country without antagonising Buddhist nationalists.
If progress toward a “fix” on future forced displacement crises such as that which took place in the Andaman Sea a year ago was measured in the number of regional meetings that have taken place, it would be plentiful.