Myanmar Builds Military Bases On Razed Villages Of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims: Amnesty
This makes the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees an even more distant prospect

Myanmar government is building military bases on top of razed Rohingya villages of nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled the country in 2017, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery.

After Myanmar army launched a brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority, which the UN labeled ethnic cleansing, nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh escaping attacks executions and rape by government forces.

“What we are seeing in Rakhine State is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale. New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Director.

Detailed analysis by Amnesty International shows the remains of Rohingya villages burned to the ground

New images show new military infrastructure replacing the bulldozed homes

“This makes the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees an even more distant prospect. Not only are their homes gone, but the new construction is entrenching the already dehumanizing discrimination they have faced in Myanmar.” Hassan added.

The military has razed emptied Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine state to build bases on the rubble, raising fears that evidence of human rights abuses are being concealed before they can be properly documented.

Read More: Amnesty International: Rohingya Muslims Are Trapped In Dehumanising Apartheid Regime Of Myanmar

According to Amnesty, Rohingya mosques and homes have been bulldozed “at an alarming pace,” and new infrastructure, including roads, helipads, and military bases, are being built in their place.

Myanmar’s authorities are erasing evidence of crimes against humanity, making any future attempts to hold those responsible to account extremely difficult,” Hassan said.

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Although Myanmar officials claim villages were being bulldozed to make way for new homes for returning refugees, detailed satellite images published by Amnesty reveal that new security bases are replacing those homes burned.

In one Rohingya village, satellite imagery showed buildings for a new border police post appearing next to where a recently demolished mosque had stood.

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