HRW: New Rohingya Villages Destroyed at Myanmar
International watchdog Human Rights Watch says that it has found fresh intrusion of Rohingya villages during October and November in northern Myanmar.
The group identified 40 brand new villages with building destruction, raising their preceding estimate to a total of 354 Rohingya villages that have been partly or totally destroyed because August 25, 2017. Over half a million Rohingya have fled into nearby Bangladesh to escape violence because that date.
The group also supported Monday “heaps” of buildings were burned in precisely the exact same week that Myanmar, also called Burma, signed an agreement with nearby Bangladesh to begin returning refugees in just two weeks.
“The Burmese military’s destruction of Rohingya villages in days of signing a refugee repatriation agreement with Bangladesh shows that obligations to safe yields were a public relations stunt,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“The satellite imagery shows exactly what the Burmese army denies, that Rohingya villages continue to be ruined. Burmese government pledges to ensure the safety of arriving Rohingya can’t be taken seriously”
An aerial perspective of a burned Rohingya village nearby Maungdaw, north of Rakhine country, Myanmar Sept. 27, 2017.
Over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have abandoned Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 25, following insurgents attacked security forces and motivated a brutal military crackdown that’s been called ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar’s government has repeatedly rejected claims that atrocities, including rape and extrajudicial killings, are occurring in northern Rakhine, the epicenter of this violence the United Nations has predicted “textbook ethnic cleansing”
Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya and prohibits them citizenship, ” referring to these as “Bengali” to imply roots in Bangladesh.
Though Myanmar’s de facto leader and nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticized for sidestepping allegations of abuses, many Western governments have been reluctant to ostracize her during a fragile transition to democracy.