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14000 lone children among Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh

19 October 2017

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said almost 300 Rohingya villages have been torched in Myanmar since the current spate of violence began in late August.

During his visit, he met State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Tatmadaw (the country's armed forces) Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, among other officials, as well as with representatives of Myanmar's civil society, the resident diplomatic community and representatives of worldwide non-governmental organisations.

Human Rights Watch analysed a total of 866 villages in Rakhine State and found that up to 90% of villages were destroyed in some subareas between August 25th and September 25th.

"We're extraordinarily concerned by what is happening with Rohingya in Burma", Tillerson said.

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A new wave of up to 15 thousand Rohingya refugees have crossed the border from their homes in Myanmar to seek refuge in the makeshift camps inside Bangladesh.

ROHINGYA Muslims in Myanmar are being systematically raped and murdered in "clearance operations" by government forces, a report claims.

Amnesty International this morning warned that there has been a campaign of "crimes against humanity" against the minority.

In many places, satellite imagery showed multiple areas on fire, burning simultaneously over wide areas for extended periods, HRW said.

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The United Nations has yet to determine whether violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar meets the legal definition of genocide, Jyoti Sanghera, Asia Pacific chief at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

The new exodus comes amid media reports pressure by the Myanmar government led to the toning down of a damning report into the diet of Rohingya refugees. Many told relief workers they had walked for a week to reach Bangladesh after their villages were set on fire.

Faced with wide global condemnation over the exodus of half a million Rohingya people, mostly to neighbouring Bangladesh, Myanmar's military finally succumbed to growing pressure and ordered an internal probe into the conduct of its military vis-à-vis this minority Muslim group.

The continuing exodus of Rohingya has become a major humanitarian crisis and sparked worldwide condemnation of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which still denies atrocities are taking place.

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Amnesty said it had documented the killings of a dozen people in Chein Kar Li, Koe Tan Kauk and Chut Pyin villages in Rathedaung Township, in Inn Din, Min Gyi and in Maungdaw Township.

14000 lone children among Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh