354 Rohingya Villages Burnt While Myanmar Signed A Refugee Resettlement Deal
The Myanmar government continued to destroy Rohingya villages while signing a Memorandum of Understanding

Human Rights Watch said Monday that Myanmar Forces burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within the same week that Burma and Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding to begin returning refugees in Bangladesh within two months.

The group’s analysis of satellite imagery revealed new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November 2017 in northern Rakhine State.

“The satellite imagery shows what the Burmese army denies: that Rohingya villages continue to be destroyed. Burmese government pledges to ensure the safety of returning Rohingya cannot be taken seriously.” HRV said.

The HRW said in a report that dozens of villagers’ buildings were burned the same week Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal to begin returning more than 650,000 refugees who fled across the border in the wake of the security crackdown in August. With 40 more villages destruction occurring in October and November, the total number of 354 villages have been burned since August 25.

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“The Burmese army’s destruction of Rohingya villages within days of signing a refugee repatriation agreement with Bangladesh shows that commitments to safe returns were just a public relations stunt,” Human Rights Watch Asia director Brad Adams said.

Myanmar’s government and armed forces have denied any wrongdoing against Rohingya’s Muslims, instead casting its operations as legitimate in the aftermath of attacks on security posts by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on August 25.

A top United Nations official said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Last week, Medecins Sans Frontieres said based on testimony from survivors in Bangladesh that at least 6,700 Rohingya civilians were killed in the first month of the violence.

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