Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar

by Antonio Miles September 2, 2017, 0:44
Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar

Last week, Rohingya insurgents attacked at least two dozen police posts in Burma's Rakhine state, triggering fighting with security forces that left more than 100 people dead and forced at least 18,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

UN's statement made it clear that Secretary-General António Guterres is concerned about the situation.

"Further, India is also a signatory to the Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment", the plea said, adding that all these global treaties and conventions lay down the Principle of Non-Refoulement. Rights groups say the true toll is likely much higher.

Fortify Rights, an NGO with a focus on Myanmar, said eyewitnesses alleged mobs shot and hacked down Rohingya villagers - including children - in a five-hour "killing spree" in the village of Chut Pyin in Rathedaung township on Sunday afternoon.

Myanmar state media denies the allegations of army atrocities, reporting that civilians had been advised to flee a spate of arson attacks across the state. They claim to be the victims of Myanmar military offensive.

The Rohingya people are an ethnic Muslim group from the Rakhine state in Myanmar, a majority Buddhist country.

"Now we are training them in our camp", said the young fighter clad in tracksuit bottoms, a polo shirt and sandals.

Besides, BGB men retrieved another body from the Naf river in Shahparir Dwip area, said the OC adding the victim might have died when a boat, carrying Rohingays, capsized in the river early Wednesday.

New recruits are being trained and armed in the hillsides across the border in Myanmar's Rakhine State, Omar told AFP, where a week of bloody conflict has left at least 110 confirmed dead and driven almost 20,000 civilians into Bangladesh.

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The rag-tag unit has a real fight on its hands against Myanmar's well-equipped army, which has been offered military assistance from Bangladesh to root out rebels near the border.

Some Buddhists and Hindus also have fled the recent violence in Burma.

The UN estimates that as many as 27,000 Rohingya have arrived in the country in the past seven days.

Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages by security forces - as well as by militants - have further amplified tensions, raising fears that communal violence in Rakhine is spinning out of control.

An AFP reporter on a government-led trip to Maungdaw this week saw columns of smoke rising from several burning villages, while terrified Buddhist and Hindu civilians huddled in schools in the main town.

United Nations special rapporteur Yanghee Lee expressed alarm Thursday about a worsening cycle of violence in the area that she said was "of grave concern" and "must be broken urgently".

"The worsening cycle of violence is of grave concern and must be broken urgently", she added.

They include, according to Time Magazine, bolstering socio-economic development in Rakhine state, enhancing freedom of movement for the Rohingya, consolidating and recalibrating the military operations in the region, and granting citizenship to the Rohingya, who under a 1982 law are considered illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, despite having lived in Rakhine state for generations.

Considered by the United Nations as the "most persecuted minority group in the world", the Rohingya are branded by Myanmar as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Bangladesh's unwillingness to host more refugees became apparent in the government's plan to relocate Rohingyas to a remote island that is mostly flooded during the monsoon season.


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