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.
“You are there trying to do your job with a camera in your hand. And then your heart overrules your head.”
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.
Witnesses describe how soldiers killed people inside wooden homes, arrested young men, raped women and burned homes to prevent the residents’ return.
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.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on Thursday with Myanmar’s army chief and expressed concern over reported atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, the US State Department said in a statement.
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.
Aid workers and UN staff have said that they fear enforced segregation by Buddhist majority may trigger further displacement in Rakhine.
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.
The US is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday.
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.
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.
Suu Kyi said in a televised address on Thursday evening that she would invite aid organisations and business leaders to take part in the initiative.
Domestic investigations, including a previous internal military probe, have largely dismissed refugees’ claims of abuses committed during security forces’ “clearance operations”.
The chief justice said the court and government cannot be oblivious to the plight of Rohingya women and children, added that petitioners can approach the court in case of ‘contingency’.
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.
Behind the savaging of a land and its people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a murky tale of resource appropriation and prospects of spoils from reckless industrial development.
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.
There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar.
While the influx of refugees into Bangladesh continues, the needs of the more vulnerable populations such as women and children are yet to be fully responded to.
“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.
The RSS chief while addressing a crowd in Nagpur spoke on a range of issues including violence in the name of cow protection and the government’s resolution of the Doklam crisis.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims.
If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation.
A number of winners of the peace prize have gone on to launch wars or escalate them.
Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction.
Bangladeshi media says that India’s modified policy towards the Rohingya crisis came through a Thursday phone call between Sushma Swaraj and Sheikh Hasina.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.