Army offensive aimed at 'preventing' Rohingya return


The UN has said Myanmar's army is involved in a "systematic" effort to rid the country of Rohingya.

The attacks against Rohingya in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state by security forces and Buddhist mobs were "coordinated and systematic", with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but preventing them from returning, the report said.

He said the dossier of the Muslim minority tops the Kingdom's priorities in view of the plight of the Rohingya Muslim population who suffered from inhumane suppression and forcible deportation and their citizenship rights were usurped by Rangoon government.

"In the light of the disproportionate use of force carried out by the security forces, the European Union and its member states will suspend invitations to the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar/Burma armed forces and senior military officers and review all practical defense cooperation", the agreement says, while calling on all sides to end violence immediately.

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Myanmar's months-long attacks on Rohingya Muslims have been a concerted, well-organized campaign explicitly meant to push them out of the country into Bangladesh and block their return, a new United Nations report said on Wednesday.

Myanmar's Buddhist majority denies that Rohingya Muslims are a separate ethnic group and regards them as illegal immigrants.

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has described Myanmar's government operations in northern Rakhine as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

But the probe found that the latest wave of military "clearance operations" in Rakhine actually began before that date, possibly in early August, contradicting government claims that the crackdown was a response to militant strikes.

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Myanmar's government does not consider Rohingya citizens, referring to them instead as Bengalis from Bangladesh, despite their presence in the country for decades.

The report says efforts were made to "effectively erase signs of memorable landmarks in the geography of the Rohingya landscape", and teachers, cultural and religious leaders were targeted.

KSRelief Cetnre also intends to establish refugee camp projects in Kuala Lumpur to meet the needs of Rohingya refugees there.

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