Myanmar Is Building Military Bases on Torched Rohingya Villages, Rights Group Says

Myanmar Is Building Military Bases on Torched Rohingya Villages, Rights Group Says

Myanmar Is Building Military Bases on Torched Rohingya Villages, Rights Group Says

Rakhine State remains among the poorest in Burma (Myanmar) and the government of Aung San Suu Kyi has pledged to invest in rebuilding the region after "clearing operations" by the Tatmadaw army devastated scores of Rohingya villages, leaving them deserted.

ROHINGYA Muslim villages in Rakhine State are being bulldozed and replaced by military bases, roads and heavily guarded refugee reception centres, according to a new report released by human rights group Amnesty International.

"Myanmar's authorities are erasing evidence of crimes against humanity, making any future attempts to hold those responsible to account extremely hard", Hassan said.

Amnesty International also said that the building activity raises serious concerns that authorities are destroying evidence of crimes against the Rohingya, making it impossible to conduct investigations and hold accountable those who perpetrated the atrocities.

"What we are seeing in Rakhine State is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale", Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's crisis response director, said in a statement".

"Just yesterday, new satellite imagery has revealed that military bases are being constructed in these bulldozed areas", he added.

Amnesty's findings will likely cast major doubts over the Myanmar government's pledge to welcome back Rohingya refugees who fled across the border in Bangladesh during the crackdown.

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The UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour last week said that "ethnic cleansing" against the Rohingya was continuing in Rakhine State through a "campaign of terror and forced starvation" intending to drive the remaining Rohingya population into Bangladesh. Called Remaking Rakhine and elaborated through analysis of satellite images, photographs, videos and interviews with Rohingya in Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladésh, where y flee, report assures that landscape of that Burmese western state, with Not only houses, but also trees and vegetation devastated, is "unrecognizable" in contrast to a few months ago. Meanwhile, Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed a repatriation deal, though it has not begun yet.

"Before repatriation can be really considered, Myanmar must break the cycle of violence in Rakhine, recognize the Rohingyas' right to self-identify, restore their citizenship, and uphold their human rights", Lee said.

The global rights watchdog said although the violence in Rakhine State has subsided, the campaign to drive Rohingya out of their homeland - and ensure they can not return - continues but has taken on new forms.

Lee, who was informed late past year that her access to the country was denied, also expressed serious concern that "the repressive practices of previous military governments were returning as the norm once more" in Myanmar, describing the situation faced by civil society across the country as "increasingly perilous".

"This must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups", said Lee.

It said it was a crackdown on insurgents, but reports have emerged of widespread human rights violations, killings, and the burning of villages.

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