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A Year of Rohingya Massacres -The Rohingya Refugees Demand Justice

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims commemorated on Saturday the first anniversary of the attacks that forced them to flee to Bangladesh, praying that they will one day be able to return to their country Myanmar …

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Bangladeshi military officers reviewing vehicles in search of Rohingya refugees on August 23, 2018, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Altaf Qadri AP Photo

Rohingya Massacres: Thousands of Rohingya refugees staged protests for “justice” on Saturday on the first anniversary of a military crackdown in Myanmar that forced them to flee to camps in Bangladesh.

Around 700,000 of the Muslim minority crossed the border after attacks by the Myanmar army and Buddhist groups that the United Nations has compared to ethnic cleansing.

A Year of Rohingya Massacres

Thousands of people marched peacefully and attended rallies singing “We want UN justice.” In the Kutupalong camp, a giant banner proclaimed: “Never again: the Day of Commemoration of the Rohingya Genocide.” August 25, 2018. ”
Some wore handkerchiefs with the slogan “Save Rohingya”, while others waved flags.

More marches and meetings were planned in what has become the largest refugee camp in the world, activists said.

Rohingya militants carried out attacks on Myanmar police posts on August 25 last year, unleashing a bloody crackdown on Rakhine State. Nearly 7,000 Rohingyas were killed in the first month, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

The refugees fled the region and arrived in Bangladesh on foot or in fragile boats. Many brought horrible stories of rape, torture, and people burned on the ground.

The Myanmar authorities have insisted that their forces only attacked the insurgents. They have reached an agreement with Bangladesh to repatriate the refugees, but only a handful have returned. We are here to remember the 25th of August. We want justice. We want them [Myanmar] to recognize us as Rohingya Mohammad Hossain.

Rohingya leaders insist that exiles will not return to their homes unless their safety is guaranteed. Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said this week that it is up to Bangladesh to “decide how fast” the repatriation of refugees can be achieved and insisted that the “terrorist threat” posed by the Rohingya militants remains ” real and present. ”

The Rohingya Refugees Demand Justice

The Rohingya Salvation Army of Arakan, which has been blamed for the attacks in Myanmar, issued an anniversary statement in which it condemned the “terrorist government and the military genocide” of Myanmar.

Mohammad Hossain, a 40-year-old protester from Kutupalong, said: “We are here to remember August 25. We want justice, we want [Myanmar] to recognize ourselves as Rohingya, we are very sad because we are not in our homeland.”

The Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship decades ago by Myanmar and have been persecuted from the country in successive convulsions of violence. Around 300,000 were already in camps in the camps in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh and the latest arrivals increased the figures to 1 million.

Abdul Malek, a 27-year-old refugee who fled an attack in his village last year, said the Rohingya’s situation was far from over.

“This year is just the beginning of many more to follow,” he said. The Rohingya and aid agencies are more concerned about the uncertain future of the refugees, who are stateless and apparently unwanted in Bangladesh, while the conditions in their Rakhine territory remain dangerous. It may be decades before they can safely return to Myanmar, if at any time Pavlo Kolovos, MSF

Access to medical care and freedom of movement remain beyond the reach of the remaining Rohingya in Rakhine. And the Rohingya exodus from western Myanmar continues today, with refugees still crossing the border this year. The UN and international rights groups say that conditions are not ready for their return. “It may take decades until they can safely return to Myanmar,” said MSF mission chief in Bangladesh Pavlo Kolovos in a statement.

Calls have been made for the Myanmar military to be held responsible for the campaign, with security forces accused of torture, rape, and murder. The United States has sanctioned two army brigades and several commanders who supervised the expulsion. Appeals have been made for an investigation of the International Criminal Court, but Myanmar has been irritated by international criticism.

The humanitarian agencies leading the relief efforts in Bangladesh say that only one third of the roughly one billion dollars needed for refugees has been raised until March.

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