THIS IS ETHNIC CLEANSING UNFOLDING BEFORE OUR EYES
In just over 2 weeks, more than 370,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to nearby Bangladesh. Reports are flooding in of killings by the Myanmar security forces, as satellite images confirm that entire villages have been burned to the ground.
Many are risking their lives as they flee by foot and escape in fishing boats, travelling from Myanmar to Bangladesh - many are badly injured. Well over half are women and children.
All the refugees are confirm the attacks are by the Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs.
HAVE BEEN BURNED
Thousands of people – mostly Rohingya – are also believed to be stranded in the mountains of northern Rakhine State. They are being denied basic aid because NGOs and humanitarian organisations are not being allowed access to the area.
This isn’t the first time Myanmar Security Forces have abused the Rohingya people – over the last year, they have tortured, raped, arrested and forcibly disappeared many of them, destroying their homes and property.
This is ethnic cleansing, which amounts to crimes against humanity. These are systematic and coordinated attacks against the Rohingya people, and the Commander in Chief has the power to stop it. Add your voice now!
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and why are they fleeing - Sept 12
Amnesty Report: “WE ARE AT BREAKING POINT” - Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, Neglected in Bangladesh - December 2016
Dear Chief Commander Senior General Min Aung Hlaing:
I urge you to immediately stop the violence and human rights abuses against the Rohingya people, and ensure free and unimpeded access to Rakhine state to humanitarian actors such as: the UN, independent journalists and human rights monitors and ensure their safety and security.