How Myanmar expelled the majority of its Rohingya

29 September, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman. – AP

The agency is coordinating the humanitarian response among United Nations agencies and aid providers amid the exodus of an estimated 480,000 people who have reached Cox's Bazar since August 25, when attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group against police posts in Myanmar led to massive retaliation by the country's army.

"The government-organized visit was postponed to next week because of weather conditions", a spokesman for the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar said, without giving further details.

Implementation committee chair U Win Myat Aye said the relevant ministries will implement the recommendations of Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and a government investigation commission led by Vice President U Myint Swe, prioritizing putting stability, security and rule of law in place and acting depending on the situation on the ground.

Myanmar had around 1.1 million Rohingya before the Aug 25 attacks by militants from the minority group sparked a massive security crackdown. Images and reports from journalists confirm many villages have been razed.

IOM said rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence have been identified.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 300,000 Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh in the 1990s.


"We urge the government and authorities of Myanmar to ensure that all people in need in Rakhine Sate have full, free and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian assistance".

The government and military have denied the accusations, saying the attacks were launched by ARSA and that Muslims were setting fire to their own homes.

Rohingya refugees who have made it to Bangladesh have brought with them multiple accounts of murder and systematic arson of their villages by Myanmar soldiers and mobs of ethnic Rakhine, who are Buddhists.

"The government hates us", said refugee Zafar Alam, 55, sheltering from rain near a refugee settlement in Bangladesh, referring to the Myanmar government.

Myanmar rejects accusations of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity but Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism and calls for her Nobel prize to be withdrawn.

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