Myanmar building military bases in burnt Rohingya villages

Myanmar building military bases in burnt Rohingya villages

Myanmar building military bases in burnt Rohingya villages

In a new report, the worldwide human rights group claims, with the help of satellite images and witness accounts, Myanmar's military has been bulldozing the remains of torched villages to make way for new infrastructure in the Rakhine state, where the majority of the estimated 1 million Rohingya in Myanmar used to reside.

While admitting the images paint a partial picture, Amnesty's report, Remaking Rakhine State, suggests that at least three new bases are being built in the area.

The Special Rapporteur said she hoped to make official visits to India and China as part of her preparation to report to the General Assembly later this year, and said she remained hopeful the Myanmar Government would revisit its decision and grant her access.

"New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya", Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's Crisis Response director, said, as quoted in the press release.

Burma is allegedly building military bases on top of razed Rohingya villages, raising questions over the safety of hundreds of thousands of persecuted refugees who are due to be repatriated.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 750,000 refugees, mostly children, and women have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to Amnesty International. Myanmar, which impedes entry into Rakhine of independent United Nations researchers or human rights organizations, has in past argued that its need to reinforce security and invest in infrastructure in that area responds to need to make In face of threat posed by ARSA, which it considers a terrorist group.

Nearly six months after launching the military operation, Myanmar's military has admitted to only killing 10 captured Rohingya men, who, it claims, were "terrorists".

They say satellite images show Rohingya villages are being bulldozed to make way for military bases.

"The bulldosing of entire villages is incredibly worrying". Not only have ir homes been destroyed, but new constructions dehumanize even more discrimination y already suffered, "says Hassan".

The reports underscores fears that Myanmar could be setting the land aside for ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and other non-Muslim groups, or that it hopes to erase any evidence of the alleged atrocities that occurred during the crackdown.

Myanmar has built two repatriation centers at Taungpyo Letwe and Nga Khu Ya and a transit camp at Hla Pho Khaung to handle returning Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh once the repatriation program gets under way. Meanwhile, Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed a repatriation deal, though it has not begun yet.

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.

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