Saturday 19 October 2019

Rohingya 'still being terrorised by military'

Ten Rohingya men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in September 2017. Photo: Reuters
Ten Rohingya men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in September 2017. Photo: Reuters

Nicola Smith

Burma's Rohingya Muslim minority is facing fresh atrocities and human rights violations at the hands of the military, according to a report by Amnesty International.

Evidence gathered through interviews in the western Rakhine state since January documents indiscriminate attacks, extra-judicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances.

The crackdown appears to have escalated in response to attacks on police posts by the Arakan Army (AA), a Rakhine armed group. Amnesty has also accused the AA of abducting civilians and endangering them with its operations.

The abuses are continuing despite global outrage at the brutal military operation in August 2017 that prompted 730,000 Rohingya to flee and take shelter in refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.

UN investigators said the army's campaign of murder, rape and arson had been conducted with "genocidal intent".

"Operations in Rakhine state show an unrepentant, unreformed and unaccountable military terrorising civilians and committing widespread violations as a deliberate tactic," said Amnesty.

In one incident, a boy (7), reportedly hurt by a military mortar, died after being denied treatment. The military has not responded and the AA denies endangering civilians.

Irish Independent

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