Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh

Temporary shelters at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp near Cox's Bazar yesterday

Temporary shelters at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp near Cox's Bazar yesterday

Many recruiters are said to be from Bangladesh, the country where over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have immigrated since August.

Contradicting the army report, several Rohingya who fled violence have already detailed accounts of mass killings, brutal beatings, torture and rape against Rohingya children, women, and men.

While world leaders wrung their hands, thousands of Rohingya remained stranded in Burma, on beaches around the mouth of the Naf River, hoping to find a boat to make the short, sometimes perilous crossing to Bangladesh.

"The security forces were only fighting against the ARSA Bengali terrorists".

"The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has found that human trafficking and exploitation is rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh", Xinhua news agency quoted UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, as saying on Tuesday.

"Once again, Myanmar's military is trying to sweep serious violations against the Rohingya under the carpet", AI's Director of Southeast Asia and Pacific James Gomez said.

"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".

Fatema a Rohingya woman and her two children sit inside a mosquito net in Palong Khali refugee camp
Fatema a Rohingya woman and her two children sit inside a mosquito net in Palong Khali refugee camp

Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, November 12, 2017.

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

"The Burmese authorities have once again shown that they can't and won't credibly investigate themselves", Adams added.

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent global investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible", said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement.

Tillerson and Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a less than two-year-old civilian administration that has no control over the military, met in Manila on Monday, where they were both attending a regional summit.

Nevertheless, Burma has denied access to a specially created United Nations fact-finding mission as well as many worldwide humanitarian organisations to operate in affected areas of the Rakhine. While Bangladesh reels from the pressures of looking after almost a million people on its soil, we have neither received the necessary foreign financial commitments from the developed nations, nor have any meaningful steps been taken by the UNSC that could check the violence against an unarmed people.

A growing list of prominent worldwide figures have criticised Suu Kyi's response to the crisis including the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, and several fellow Nobel laureates such as Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Tutu.

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