Myanmar's military accused of "land grab' in Rakhine State"


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Meanwhile, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, sees growing evidence to suspect genocide has been committed in Rakhine State against the ethnic Rohingya population.

Detailed satellite images published by Amnesty International appear to show security infrastructure replacing homes burned when Burmese forces moved in to the northern Rakhine state. According to a report by Amnesty International (AI) made public on Monday, military bases, heliports and roads have been built in area of origin of Muslim minority, which raises even more doubts about viability of a repatriation plan that It should have started last January. At least three new such facilities are reportedly under construction.

In Rakhine state, Myanmar appeared to be pursuing a policy of forced starvation to make life there unsustainable for the Rohingya, Lee said.

In one instance, the group found, a new border police post was recently built near what used to be a mosque.

"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.

Myanmar has asked for "clear evidence" to support the conclusion of the United Nations and others that ethnic cleansing has taken place in Rakhine.

The atrocities by the Myanmar security forces drove out some 700,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh since August 25 past year. The exact death toll can not be confirmed since Myanmar's government restricts obstructs reporters from covering the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State.

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.

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". Not only have ir homes been destroyed, but new constructions dehumanize even more discrimination y already suffered, "says Hassan".

"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.

Lee also expressed concerns that as the world's attention was drawn to the recent crisis in Rakhine State, scant attention had been afforded to continued and escalating violence in Kachin, Shan and other conflict affected States in Myanmar.

The two groups, who began returning to Rakhine on March 6, had been living in southeastern Bangladesh's Chittagong region for generations from the time when the territory was part of the old Rakhine kingdom.



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