Alarming violence in northern Rakhine was preventable: United Nations human rights commissioner

Geneva Matthews
August 30, 2017

Since the massive counter-offensive previous year, about 87,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

Thailand is preparing to receive people fleeing fighting in Myanmar and send them back "when they are ready", the prime minister said on Tuesday, following a series of attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Myanmar security forces last week.

In light of escalating tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged Bangladesh not to turn back Rohingyas fleeing the violence, while also communicating its readiness to support Bangladesh in helping the Rohingya flee.

Edwards said the UNHCR can not verify reports that hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been killed and injured in Rakhine state.

The casualty report confirmed at least 59 dead insurgents and twelve government soldiers also lost their lives.

But in October ARSA, a small and previously unknown militant group, staged a series of well coordinated and deadly attacks on security forces.

He called on Bangladesh to step up assistance to civilians escaping the violence, noting "many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded".

At least 109 people were killed in the recent violence in Rakhine, majority militants, but also members of the security forces and civilians.

"The world should not condone oppression against anyone including Rohingya people", he said.

"The Bengali extremists' goal to get their own territory will be accomplished if our western defense is penetrated", Than Htut Thein said, using a derogatory word for Rohingya Muslims who are deemed illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Myanmar.

At least 100 people have died in the crackdown by the predominantly Buddhist government against Myanmar's Rohingya people, a Muslim minority. "So we don't know what to do", said Aung Myaing, from Taung Bro Let Way village, standing knee-deep in the river.

Violence has forced thousands of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

This has been clearly evidenced in the systematic and organized destruction of many villages and homes by vigilante groups under the cover of army and police forces, particularly in Quarter No. 5 in Maungdow city. Reuters reporters at the border heard gunfire from the Myanmar side, which triggered a rush of Rohingya towards the no man's land between the countries.

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