The governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar’s plans to start repatriating Rohingya refugees from the Cox’s Bazar area ran into difficulty when not a single Rohingya volunteered to return.
That’s no surprise considering it was only a couple of weeks ago that Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, described the situation inside Myanmar as “an ongoing genocide” against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority country.
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The small proportion (less than 30%) of the Rohingya people left in Myanmar — those who have not already fled over the border to Bangladesh since August 2017 — continue to be subject to arbitrary violence by state authorities and non-state militant groups alike. And nothing regarding the legal and social environments which enabled the military’s original “clearance operations” in the northwestern state of Rakhine have changed.
The Burmese government denies claims that it has committed crimes against the Rohingya people. Authorities in Myanmar say they the clearance operations are targeting violent militants in the region.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Salimullah and Shaqir, had said various basic facilities related to education, healthcare and foodgrains were being denied to the Rohingya people as they did not possess IDs like Aadhaar.
Sep 21, 2020he persecution, ethnic cleansing, and attempted genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is an affront to the rule of law, a well-documented atrocity and, according to a top international lawyer, a moral stain on “our collective conscience and humanity”. So why are the killings and other horrors continuing while known perpetrators go unpunished? It’s a […]
Sep 01, 2020