UPDATE 16 March 2018: The ASEAN Summit is happening from 16-18 March and Australia has been shamefully silent on what is happening in Myanmar. It is high time ASEAN take meaningful action and lead on human rights. The orchestrated campaign to drive Rohingya out of Myanmar and ensure they cannot return must end. Even if the violence has subsided, ethnic cleansing continues – authorities are starving Rohingya and erecting security force bases on their lands in a bid to force them out.
In less than 4 weeks, more than 400,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to nearby Bangladesh. Reports are flooding in of killings by the Myanmar security forces, as satellite images suggest that entire villages have been burned.
Many more are risking their lives by trying to escape in fishing boats, travelling from Myanmar to Bangladesh – some are badly injured, and with children.
All the refugees are confirming that the attacks are by the Myanmar security forces.
Thousands of people – mostly Rohingya – are also believed to be stranded in the mountains of northern Rakhine State. They are being denied basic aid because NGOs and humanitarian organisations are not being allowed access to the area.
This isn’t the first time Myanmar Security Forces have abused Rohingyas – in the last year, they have tortured, raped, arrested and disappeared many of them, and destroyed their homes and property.