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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:32

Attacks on Rohingya continue in Myanmar

Attacks on Rohingya Muslims are continuing despite Myanmar declaring an end to Myanmar’s military operation in Rakhine state, according to the Arakan Rohingya Union Wednesday.

 

The union made the observation in its "Narrative Report on Situation on the Ground in Northern Arakan/Rakhine State, Myanmar", noting that Myanmar government officials reportedly met leaders of the Rohingya community and told them that the military had completed its operation and rooted out “insurgents”.

The US-based Arakan Rohingya Union - a global Rohingya umbrella organization representing 61 Rohingya organizations worldwide - said reports on the ground, however, paint a different picture.

"In contrast, attacks on civilians and torching of homes by Buddhist Rakhine vigilantes under the cover of the police have dramatically increased since then," the report said.

"The pattern of attacks are evidently conducted systematically. The vigilante groups torch Rohingya homes, the Rohingya families flee and police forces open fire at them."

The report said information about “continuous killing of Rohingya families by the vigilantes under the cover of police and increased sexual violence against Rohingya women” were still being received from refugees arriving in Bangladesh.

"There are mounting allegations of Myanmar armed forces and the vigilantes demanding money and women from Rohingya families in certain locations in return for peace and security," the report said, adding that it then leads to new waves of refugees.

The report also emphasized that Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state face serious food shortages.

While extremist Buddhists obstruct traders from selling food to Rohingya Muslims, some store owners sell their food to Rohingya at high prices, the report added.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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