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Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

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The US secretary of state has condemned "just horrific" scenes during a visit to Myanmar for talks with Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Speaking on Wednesday during a joint conference with the country's leader, he called for a impartial investigation into human rights abuses and for those who had committed them to be held accountable."We are deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces," he said.But he said the US was evaluating whether to use the term "ethnic cleansing" over the crisis and regarded levying sanctions against the state as "not advisable" at this time."We want to see Myanmar succeed," he said. "I have a hard time seeing how that helps resolve the crisis."Video:Why has th...
'All hell breaks loose' in Rohingya camps

'All hell breaks loose' in Rohingya camps

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More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh following a two-week surge in violence in majority Buddhist Myanmar, formerly Burma.Aid officials said refugee camps in the neighbouring country were reaching capacity, as fleeing Rohingyas claimed security forces and Buddhist mobs in Rakhine state had attacked them and set fire to their homes.The violence began on 25 August, when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated.The UN has condemned what it called a cruel military operation against the minority community and said it appeared to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".But the Myanmar government has dismissed the Rohingya claims, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi blaming fake news and a misinformation campaign.Foreign ...
Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

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A small muddy creek separates the two neighbours. On one side Myanmar. On the other Bangladesh. Between the two is what is known as no man's land, a buffer zone. Caught inside are thousands of Rohingya refugees.Armed Bangladesh border guards regularly patrol the strip, trying to stem the exodus of refugees.Image:Guards are stopping the Rohingya from entering BangladeshImage:Only children are allowed to cross the creek in order to get clean drinking waterSmall children navigate through the murky brown water carrying heavy vessels of clean water. They are the only ones who are allowed to cross the boundary.Hussein Ahmed is given permission to wade across the stream to speak to us.He is a 39-year-old farmer. He looks 15-20 years older. Wiry framed and hollow-eyed. It is obvious that he has su...
Rohingya raids on Myanmar forces leave dozens dead

Rohingya raids on Myanmar forces leave dozens dead

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Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A series of attacks on Myanmar government forces claimed by Rohingya fighters left dozens of people dead, Myanmar officials said.The raids took place on 30 posts on the Bangladesh frontier in the Maungdaw district and left a Myanmar solider, 10 police and an immigration official dead, the Office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement. Seventy-seven Rohingya militants also died.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, an insurgent group seeking to create a democratic Muslim state for the ethnic group, said it carried out the attacks in response to "atrocities" and a blockade carried out by the government against Rohingya people. The group said the blockade is starving people to death."Over the last two days, Burmese security forces along with some Rakhine extre...