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214 Rohingya villages in Rakhine completely destroyed, says Human Rights Watch

Sun Online Desk     19th September, 2017 04:55:18 printer

214 Rohingya villages in Rakhine completely destroyed, says Human Rights Watch

New York based international human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said that a total of 214 villages have been completely destroyed at Rakhine in Myanmar.

 

They concluded this after analyzing the new satellite imagery from Rakhine State.

 

The world leaders meeting at the United Nations should urgently adopt a General Assembly resolution condemning the Myanmar military's ethnic cleansing while the UN Security Council should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo, it said in a statement.

 

The rights body said the detailed satellite images, made possible due to a clearing of monsoon cloud on September 16, revealed the destruction from burning much greater than previously known.

 

They show the destruction of tens of thousands of homes across Maungdaw and Rathedaung townships, part of the Myanmar security forces' campaign of ethnic cleansing that has forced over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

 

"These images provide shocking evidence of massive destruction in an apparent attempt by Myanmar security forces to prevent the Rohingya from returning to their villages," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

 

"World leaders meeting at the UN should act to end this mounting crisis and show Burma's military leaders they will pay a price for such atrocities," he said.

 

New maps of the damage show near-total destruction of the 214 villages seen in satellite imagery analysed by Human Rights Watch, with over 90 percent of the structures in each village damaged. The images corroborate accounts gathered by Human Right Watch from refugees who have described arson, killing, and looting by the Myanmar military, police, and ethnic Rakhine mobs.

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