Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh


Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh

The latest military operations began late August in response to a series of assaults by a group of Rohingya insurgents on police posts, causing more than 614,000 people, majority members of the minority community, to flee to Bangladesh, reports Efe news.

In reporting the findings of a supposed investigation posted to the Facebook page of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team, the Burmese military claimed that none of its soldiers had acted improperly in responding to attacks on security force outposts by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Aug 25.

But in its report on Monday, the Tatmadaw claimed that there had been "no deaths of innocent people".

De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has also come under fire for allegedly not doing enough to stop the persecution the Rohingya people.

Trudeau said he would nominate a Canadian special envoy to the region to "engage in diplomatic efforts, and identify ways in which Canada can support the response to the situation and the plight of the Rohingya minority".

But the Rohingya-who have their own language and culture-say they are descendants of Muslim traders who have lived in the region for generations. It is widely believed among the Buddhist-majority population that Rohingya are "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh, despite having resided in Burma for hundreds of years.

With fewer boats available, desperate Rohingya have been stringing together rafts from bamboo and plastic canisters.

"They're still coming, risking their lives, driven by fears of starvation and violence", Shariful Azam, a police official in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, a narrow spit of land where the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

The Nobel peace prize victor has failed to speak out strongly over the Rohingya's plight. Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash".

"It is something for which the Burmese authorities ― and especially the military ― must take full responsibility", May said.

On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman stated that the crisis in Myanmar "looks like ethnic cleansing".

"There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground", the group said.

Vice President Mike Pence said in September that Trump urged the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to end the bloodshed.

"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".

Tillerson has deemed Myanmar military leaders "responsible" for atrocities that the army denies.