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Myanmar forces burning Rohingya Muslims alive: Report

16 November 2017 9:22

 

A human rights group says Myanmar’s army has been slitting the throats of Rohingya Muslims and burning them alive.    

According to a Wednesday report by the group Fortify Rights, Mayanmar forces engaged in “widespread and systematic attacks” on Rohingya Muslims over the last two years.

The report titled “They tried to kill us all,” is based on over 200 interviews with survivors, eyewitnesses, and international aid workers.

“Myanmar state security forces and civilian perpetrators committed crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing,” said the report.

It noted that there is a large amount of evidence, which proves that the Myanmar army’s actions amount to an act of genocide against the Rohingya.

“There is mounting evidence to suggest these acts represent genocide of the Rohingya population,” it stressed.

It also presented extensively documented evidence of various large-scale and systematic attacks against the minority group.

“State security forces opened fire on Rohingya civilians from the land and sky. Soldiers and knife-wielding civilians hacked to death and slit the throats of Rohingya men, women, and children,” it said.

A Rohingya refugee man gives hair cut to a child in the Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 15, 2017.

 

“Rohingya civilians were burned alive. Soldiers raped and gang-raped Rohingya women and girls and arbitrarily arrested men and boys en masse,” it added.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled the predominantly-Buddhist country of Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25, when a crackdown on the Rohingya intensified in Rakhine. The government has been engaged in a campaign against the minority, which the UN and human rights groups have called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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