Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

'Myanmar erects security posts on burned Rohingya land'

'Myanmar erects security posts on burned Rohingya land'

Myanmar's Rakhine State, where hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee a violent expulsion campaign past year, is being militarized by Burmese security forces at a rapid pace, according to a chilling new report from Amnesty International.

Myanmar and Bangladesh were supposed to start repatriating Rohingya refugees in late January but many are reluctant to return to a place without guarantees of basic rights and safety.

A top United Nations rights expert said the crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority bears "the hallmarks of genocide", as a new report accuses Myanmar's military of building bases where some of the Rohingya homes once stood.

The rights body warned that militarization in Myanmar's Rakhine State was continuing at an "alarming pace".

The report said the bases would house the same security forces that committed crimes against the Rohingya.

"This makes the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees an even more distant prospect". Not only have ir homes been destroyed, but new constructions dehumanize even more discrimination y already suffered, "says Hassan".

A United Nations investigator also confirmed the satellite images, while the Myanmar ambassador in Geneva said bulldozing is created to prepare for return of those who fled.

By bulldozing entire villages the authorities are also "erasing evidence of crimes against humanity, making any future attempts to hold those responsible to account extremely difficult", said Ms Hassan.

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The report, which said construction of the three army outposts began in January, is based on satellite imagery and witness statements from Rohingya refugees.

Without responding to the criticism in detail, Myanmar's envoy Lynn said it was wrong to assert that Myanmar's leadership remained indifferent to the allegations.

Myanmar's security forces have, as per independent reports and investigations, tortured, killed and raped scores of Rohingya people and burned down whole villages in the name of fighting alleged Rohingya insurgents. "As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media", he said.

The Myanmar government has temporarily barred Lee from visiting the country for her periodic missions to evaluate rights developments, particularly in violence-wracked Rakhine state.

In a report to the Council on Friday, Lee said she believes that events in northern Rakhine "bear the hallmarks of genocide" based on interviews she had with Rohingya living in displacement camps in Bangladesh.

Thein Shwe Oo, administrator of Aung Thapyay village, said the returnees have asked village administrators to allow them to live in Maungdaw.

The Special Rapporteur added that the investigative body should maintain and prepare evidence in a master database to support and facilitate impartial, fair and independent global criminal proceedings in national or worldwide courts or tribunals in accordance with global criminal law standards.

Rohingyas are a Muslim minority ethnic group in Myanmar.

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