Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh
Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh
UN warns of sex trafficking, abuse among Rohingya refugees
15 November, 2017, 12:24
Today's report says Myanmar security forces have already committed several of these actions against the Rohingya and points out that the Myanmar government has thwarted investigations that could reveal whether these actions were committed with the intent to destroy the Rohingya as a group.
"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent global investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible", Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The report stated that almost 376 "terrorists" were killed in fighting during the August attacks.
The Myanmar military's report and its denunciation by Human Rights Watch came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Myanmar on Wednesday.
Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof also called Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi "a handmaiden to genocide".
Human trafficking and sexual abuse are rampant among Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus of concern, informing ASEAN leaders he has tasked his special envoy to engage in diplomatic efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
Parmaukkha is one of the most prominent nationalist monks in the country. In the past week, some 1,200 people crossed over on such flimsy rafts, according to police.
"It's a major humanitarian crisis". It is widely believed among the Buddhist-majority population that Rohingya are "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh, despite having resided in Burma for hundreds of years.
The Nobel peace prize victor has failed to speak out strongly over the Rohingya's plight.
An image which appears to show Burmese army officers interviewing a villager in Maungtaw region of Rakhine State, Burma. No reason for Major General Maung Maung Soe's transfer was given, but a senior officer with the military's media department told Reuters the general had no new assignment, and had been placed on a reserve list.
Nevertheless, Burma has denied access to a specially created United Nations fact-finding mission as well as many global humanitarian organisations to operate in affected areas of the Rakhine.
The Myanmar military and government have denied accusations that security personnel burned Rohingya villages and indiscriminately killed, tortured, and raped residents, despite testimony to the contrary by survivors and satellite imagery of the ravaged communities.
"This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing", she said in a speech in London.
As people fleeing violence in Myanmar relate the horrors of escaping military violence, Myanmar army released a report late night Monday in which it concluded there were "no deaths of innocent people".
"And it is something for which the Burmese authorities - and especially the military - must take full responsibility".
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