A group of Rohingya Muslims are seen at a camp in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine. (File photo)
Rights Watch says new satellite images reveal that Buddhist
extremists in Myanmar carried out attacks against the Rohingya
Muslims with the support of state security forces and local
government officials in October.
rights agency said on Saturday that the local security forces killed
Muslim villagers and assaulted people trying to flee the violence in
the western state of Rakhine in late October.
forces killed minority Muslims in the town of Kyauk Pyu while
government troops “stood by and watched,” the agency stated,
adding that local border guards “severely beat” dozens of
displaced Rohingyas arriving by boat near Rakhine’s capital
satellite imagery also shows extensive destruction of homes and other
property in three mainly Rohingya areas.
Rights Watch also reported accounts of “gruesome casualties” due
to the ethnic violence in the area, including beheadings and killings
of women and children.
satellite images and eyewitness accounts reveal that local mobs, at
times with official support, sought to finish the job of removing
Rohingya from these areas,” said Brad Adams, the Asia director of
the rights agency.
called for US President Barack Obama, who will make his landmark
visit to Myanmar on Monday, to press Myanmar’s President Thein Sein
to address the issue of Rohingyas.
absence of accountability for this horrific violence gives a green
light to extremists to continue their attacks and abuses.”
of Rohingyas are believed to have been killed and thousands displaced
in recent attacks by the extremists, who frequently attack Rohingyas
and set fire to their homes in several villages in the troubled
army forces have allegedly provided the extremists with petrol to set
ablaze the houses of the Muslim villagers and force them out of their
government has been accused of failing to protect the Muslim
800,000 Rohingyas are deprived of citizenship rights and suffer most
from the policy of discrimination that has denied them the right of
naturalization, and made them vulnerable to acts of violence and
persecution, expulsion and displacement.
Myanmar government has so far refused to lift stateless Rohingyas in
Rakhine from the citizenship limbo despite international pressure to
give them a legal status.
Rohingya Muslims have faced torture, neglect and repression in
Myanmar since it achieved independence in 1948.