Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh

Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh

Trump did not make public remarks about the intensifying violence enveloping Myamnar's Rakhine state, which has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslim people to flee their homes into Bangladesh.

Contradicting the army report, several Rohingya who fled violence have already detailed accounts of mass killings, brutal beatings, torture and rape against Rohingya children, women, and men.

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent worldwide 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.

Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof also called Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi "a handmaiden to genocide".

Mohammad Shobaik, 12, a Rohingya refugee boy who said he was shot by the military during an attack on his village in Myanmar, shows his wound at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 14, 2017.

If another 200,000 are pushed out it would virtually fulfil Myanmar's long-term goal to depopulate the Rakhine State of the Rohingya minority group.

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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.

The military campaign drew criticism from various organisations which denounced the authorities' numerous abuses against civilians, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described the situation as an "ethnic cleansing".

The Danish state secretary congratulated Bangladesh for its results within poverty reduction, access to education and health as some of the most significant results, the foreign ministry said. He is expected to meet senior officials to hold talks on the crisis.

The government in mostly Buddhist Burma regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The Nobel peace prize victor has failed to speak out strongly over the Rohingya's plight.

"There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground", Amnesty said in a statement released on Monday evening.

"After recording countless stories of horror and using satellite analysis to track the growing devastation we can only reach one conclusion: These attacks amount to crimes against humanity".

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