Bishop of Pyay: Rohingya do not want to return to Myanmar
Aug 28 2018
"We must not let this happen", said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International.
"The global community must learn from these experiences and not let history be repeated".
Among their demands are for Myanmar to grant them citizenship, greater inclusivity in government services such as education and workforce, the ensuring of safety and security, as well as reparations for all that they have lost.
The U.S. Treasury Department's sanctions did not touch Min Aung and also stopped short of labeling the military counterstrikes as genocide or crimes against humanity.
The UN documented mass gang rapes, killings - including of infants and young children - brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by Myanmar state forces. Almost all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless.
"We want to be citizens of our country".
"As Myanmar is clearly both unwilling and unable to investigate itself, we are now at a stage where the global community must step in to ensure accountability", Santiago said.
This weekend marks the first year of the military crackdown on the Rohingya in Rakhine state in Myanmar. Many brought horrific stories of sexual violence, torture and villages burned to the ground.
They also urged the worldwide community to support the calls of Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, to establish an global accountability mechanism aiming to impartially investigate human rights violations in the country.
Now, Myanmar has reportedly asked Bangladesh to stop giving aid to the stranded group of refugees who are already living in dire conditions and are completely reliant on aid sent by Bangladesh.
"Many children have seen their parents killed in front of them, they've had to endure long, hard journeys where they have arrived here with basically no food and then they've had to survive now in these camps for about a year now", she told Al Jazeera in an interview at Cox's Bazar. Lord Ross explained how he had requested the intervention of the United Nations to deal with the crisis, but could not gauge any response Suu Kyi. Many wore black ribbons to commemorate what they said was the start of the "Rohingya genocide". Bangladesh is a member of the court, but Myanmar is not. "It may be decades until they can safely return to Myanmar, if ever", Medecins Sans Frontieres head of mission in Bangladesh, Pavlo Kolovos, said in a statement. In late August 2017, an influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh became an unstoppable flood.
Rashida Begum, a Rohingya refugee woman sits with her son infront of her makeshift tent in the Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, August 24, 2018.
And the Rohingya exodus from western Myanmar continues today, with refugees still trickling over the border throughout this year.
"Despite Myanmar's rhetoric guaranteeing a safe and dignified return, the reality is that Rohingya who go back still face the persecution and abuses they were forced to flee".
"(This is) in order to expand the response from day-to-day life saving operations to also addressing challenges such as education and self-reliance for the Rohingyas". "This investment should be matched with reforms to refugee policy in Bangladesh that promote and protect Rohingya rights, including the right to work and freedom of movement, to support their ability to meet their own needs and better prepare them for voluntary, sustainable return if and when the time comes".