Despite violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya Muslims

Aug 29, 2017, 00:37
Despite violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya Muslims

Advocates for the Rohingya suggest many more civilians have died in army attacks on villages, but they have not given a total.

The clashes were deadlier than an attack by the militants on three border posts last October that killed nine policemen and set off months of brutal counterinsurgency operations by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya communities in Rakhine.

Considered by the United Nations as the "most persecuted minority group in the world", the Rohingya have been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016, when the government used a deadly militant attack on border guards back then as a pretext to enforce the siege.

Their statement says they absolutely do not accept terrorist attacks and they can not accept terrorist acts in the name of Islam.

Another 20 Rohingya were caught on Sunday and sent back after crossing the Naf river, a natural border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, according to Ariful Islam, a commander with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has asked the home affairs ministry to withdraw its advisory on deportation of Rohingya Muslims. "We helped them enter through several points but are sending them to Kutupalong", said Mia, referring to another camp.

The group also urged the members of ASEAN, the neighboring countries Bangladesh, India and China to push Myanmar to abide by rule of law and refrain from human rights violations, prevent the use of disproportionate force on the Rohingya civilians and safely return the civilians to their respective villages. Tens of thousands of Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, accusing Myanmar authorities of ethnic persecution.

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Border officer Manzurul Hassan Khan said that fresh gunfire could be heard across the border in Rakhine, a hotbed of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority.

The residents and activists in the Rakhine region have accused the Myanmar Army soldiers of opening fire, carrying out arson attacks and indiscriminately shooting Rohingya civilians men, women, children in the region after civilians attempted to escape bloodshed trying to cross Bangladesh border.

For some years now, global human rights groups and the United Nations have reported wide-scale human rights violations against the Rohingyas, including extrajudicial killings, gang rapes, arsons and other violence.

Ashin Wirathu, a leader of a hard-line Buddhist movement, Ma Ba Tha, told the New York Times: "There is no Rohingya ethnic group in our country, but the pope believes they are originally from here".

A militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, took responsibility for the Thursday night attacks on more than 25 locations, saying they were in defense of Rohingya communities that had been brutalized by government forces.

On August 8, the MHA had issued an advisory titled Identification of illegal migrants and monitoring thereof, asking states to take "prompt steps in identifying the illegal migrants and initiate deportation processes expeditiously and without delay".

Such attacks deserve to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

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