Myanmar's ethnic cleansing of Rohingya continues: United Nations human rights official

Ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya continues says UN

Ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya continues says UN

Satellite imagery obtained by rights groups have shown entire villages bulldozed in what seems to be an attempt at destroying crime scenes.

The Rohingya immigrants, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine state of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Some 700 000 people from Myanmar's Rohingya community have fled over the border to Bangladesh since August, following an army crackdown that the United Nations has said amounts to an ongoing campaign of "ethnic cleansing".

More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August.

Rohingya are still fleeing because of "systematic" if lower-intensity persecution and violence there, Zeid said.

Refugees who have arrived recently gave Gilmour "credible accounts" of continuing killings, rape, torture and abductions, as well as forced starvation.

Myanmar's government spokesman did not answer repeated calls for comment on Gilmour's statement. Bhushan told the court, "By this policy, the BSF does not arrest the Rohingya trying to enter India, but they push them back and do not allow them to pass through the border".

"A recent announcement that seven soldiers and three police officers will be brought to justice for the alleged extra-judicial killing of ten Rohingya men is grossly insufficient", he added.

The Rohingya, a vast majority of whom are Muslims, have been denied citizenship rights.

A fact-finding mission set up by the Council, headed by former Indonesian Attorney-General Marzuki Darusman, is due to report on its initial findings on Monday after interviewing victims and survivors in Bangladesh and other countries.

Gilmour said that it is "inconceivable" that any Rohingya would be able to return to Myanmar in the near future, despite pledges to start repatriating some refugees.

Finance minister A.M.A Muhith said it was unlikely the displaced Muslims would ever return to their homeland.

Myanmar's government has built two reception camps and a transition camp for Rohingya refugees in northern Rakhine.

Myanmar and Bangladesh originally agreed to begin repatriations in January, but they were delayed by concerns among aid workers and Rohingya that they would be forced to return and face unsafe conditions in Myanmar.

But the plan has courted controversy from the outset.

But the United Nations, rights groups and many Western powers have accused the army of using those attacks as a pretext to expel a minority which has faced brutal discrimination for decades.

The UN expert also questioned how the Myanmar government could say that it was ready for the return of the Rohingya refugees while atrocities committed against them continued, and argued that "safe, dignified and sustainable returns are of course impossible under current conditions".

Muhith said Myanmar would "take 15 a day when there is one million", referring to the Rohingya in camps strung along the border.

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