Myanmar says no request received from Malaysian aid flotilla

Sunday January 1, 2017

File picture shows Malaysian activists and ethnic Rohingya protesters gathering at the National Mosque to protest against the Myanmar government on violence against the Rohingya people. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaFile picture shows Malaysian activists and ethnic Rohingya protesters gathering at the National Mosque to protest against the Myanmar government on violence against the Rohingya people. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — The Myanmar government said that it did not receive any request by a Malaysian flotilla to enter its borders to deliver aid to the Rohingya Muslims.

According to PressTV, the Myanmar presidential office said that the government will also not receive the flotilla without permission.

“If they are looking for trouble, we will not accept that,” Zaw Htay, the spokesman for the presidential office, reportedly said.

“No non-Myanmar citizens can enter our body of water without our permission. If they do, we will respond — we will not attack them, but we will not receive them,” he added.

The coalition organising the flotilla, led by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisations, said that it had applied for permission to cross into Myanmar’s waters through the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur but are yet to receive a response.

The flotilla would set sail on January 10 from Malaysia, according to organisers.

It would carry 1,000 tonnes of rice, medical aid and other essentials for the Rohingyas.

Ties between Myanmar and Malaysia have been strained in recent times after the latter’s public criticism of the Myanmar government’s handling of the plight of Rohingyas.

Many Rohingya Muslims are not recognised as Myanmar citizens, and have been fleeing to Malaysia and other countries as refugees following violence in the Rakhine state.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak attended a rally in Kuala Lumpur over the plight of the Rohingyas, prompting Myanmar to reject any “interference” in its domestic affairs.

 

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BURMA’S ARMED FORCES – A LIE TOO MANY

BURMA’S ARMED FORCES – A LIE TOO MANY

BURMA’S ARMED FORCES – A LIE TOO MANY
Leaked video of Koe Tan Kauk
By Haikal Mansor, A Journey Through Darkness
RB Article
January 2, 2017
When an army lies, it lies too many too often
Since General Ne Win’s coup on March 2, 1962, Tatmadaw (Burma’s Armed Forces) becomes a delusional institution entirely built on a lie.
He announced the lie after coup, “I have to inform you, citizens of the Union that Armed Forces have taken over the responsibility and the task of keeping the country’s safety, owing to the greatly deteriorating conditions of the Union.”
For 55 years, the military tells lie after lie and commits crimes after crimes against the country’s ethnic minorities.
On December 6, 2016, the current commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing also lied to the world that “Myanmar (Burma) security forces have never committed any human rights violations,” after pouring of international condemnations on his army’s severe human rights abuses which could amount to “crimes against humanity”, “ethnic cleansing” or even “genocide” against Rohingya minority.

A video leaked from Police officer Zaw Myo Htike on December 31 speaks otherwise, highlighting the security forces rounding up, kicking, racially abusing and torturing Rohingya men and boys above 8 in entire Koe Tan Kauk, Rathedaung Township on November 5, 2016.
Caught in lie, the office of State-Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of founder of Burma Independent Army, the predecessor of modern-day army, released a statement confirming the incident took place, but with full of lies, too many lies.
LIE No. 1: Release villagers on the same day
The villagers were subjected torture, hunger and forced to remain under the open-air in the 2-day siege in an atrocious position frequently intimidated, humiliated and kicked.
LIE No. 2: Search for six attackers
It is a collective punishment towards the villagers for highlighting the human rights abuses with posters and signs (with phrases such as ‘Stop Genocide’, ‘Stop Killing’, ‘Stop Raping’, ‘Stop Ethnic Cleansing’, ‘Stop Religious Discrimination’, ‘Safety and Dignity’, Equality and Humanity’, ‘Access Humanitarian Aid’, ‘Access Medical Care’ and ‘We need UN Protection’) during the visit of a delegation led by UN Envoy Renata Lok-Dessallien on November 3.
During and after the 2-day Siege, 5 religious scholars – MD. Halim, Rahmat Ullah Abul Kasim, MD. Shomu and MD Syed were brutally assaulted, and Shomu and Syed were killed in the custody.
LIE No. 3: Attack on Outpost
The statement claimed that 6 armed Rohingya in 2 motorbikes attacked No. 22 Border Guard Police Outpost in Nu Ru Lar village at 5:50 pm, November 3, killing Sub-inspector Myint Myint Soe and injuring Inspector Moe Zaw Ko.
There was no attack taken place on the day rather than a reportedly infighting between border guards on the same day.
LIE NO. 4: Attackers hide in Koe Tan Kauk
The government also claimed that the six attackers fled Nu Ru Lar and hid in Koe Tan Kauk village. It is a blunder lie considering, the region is declared as ‘operation zone’ and in complete lockdown since October 9; the curfew has been in place with prohibition of more than 5 individuals gathering; and the distance between Nu Ru Lar and Koe Tan Kauk is approximately 52 km with a checkpoint in every 7-8 km along the route, which is dementedly impossible for any Rohingya to travel such as long distance.
The statement ended with a promise of taking disciplinary actions against the police officers who were present at the time of Border Guard Police’s acts of crimes against humanity.
The Burmese army lies and too often fails to keep the promise.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi, on the other hand, a newcomer to the vicious cycle of promise and lie, assured in Singapore, “to find out if the allegations of human rights violations are accurate and if so, we will take necessary action.”
 
Can she keep her promise this time or will she apply her new talent – LIE?

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Police to investigate abuse of Rohingya caught on video

Police to investigate abuse of Rohingya caught on video

Selfie-style video filmed by border guard police shows officers kicking, punching and slapping Rohingya men.

YouTube footage purportedly showed an officer kicking a Rohingya in the face [Mir Ahmed A.B Siddiquee/YouTube]

Myanmar authorities opened an investigation into the abuse of Rohingya Muslims by security forces after a video showing police officers beating and kicking villagers went viral over the weekend, state media reported.

The selfie-style film was shot by a member of the border guard police on November 5 during “clearance operations” in Kotankauk village, northern Rakhine state, the state counsellor’s office said in a press release cited in state media.

Three officers responsible for beating villagers were identified and more were under investigation, the press release said.

READ MORE: Who are the Rohingya?

“Now, according to the initial reports, three police officers were detained,” Zaw Htay, chief government spokesperson, told DPA news agency on Monday. “We have rules and regulations for police … They will be punished according to that police law.”

The video, which contains images some viewers may find distressing, shows police hitting a young boy around the head as he walks to where dozens of villagers are lined up in rows seated on the ground, hands behind their heads.

Three officers in uniform then start attacking one of the sitting men, beating him with a stick and kicking him repeatedly in the face.

A Rohingya activist contacted by AFP news agency said the footage had been verified by a refugee from the nearby camp, Shilkhali.

Myanmar security forces have been accused of extreme violence during security sweeps of villages throughout northern Rakhine, near the country’s western border, following deadly attacks on police in October.

Thousands of Rohingya have since fled across the border into Bangladesh

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EXCLUSIVE: UN warns Myanmar that demolishing Rohingya homes will ‘heighten tensions’

EXCLUSIVE: UN warns Myanmar that demolishing Rohingya homes will ‘heighten tensions’

Basara IDP camp near Sittway, Myanmar. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Recent tension in Myanmar have forced thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims into makeshift camps.

David Longstreath/IRIN

 

The UN has warned authorities that plans to demolish hundreds of homes belonging to ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims will “heighten tensions” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the military is accused of abusing civilians during counterinsurgency operations.

The warning came in a 28 December letter, obtained by IRIN and addressed to Rakhine State Chief Minister Nyi Pu. It said that more than 100 structures have already been destroyed, and the UN has “received reports that the Border Guard Police have served orders to demolish 819 buildings owned by Muslims, including 696 houses.”

The UN is also concerned about a “household survey” underway in areas where tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled military operations, according to the letter. The survey could mean that the displaced are struck from the official list of residents, leaving them unable to legally return home once the violence stops.

UN officials have confirmed the authenticity of the letter, which was signed by the UN’s senior advisor on Rakhine State, Chris Carter.

In the letter, Carter called the demolitions and the survey “provocative”.

The demolitions and survey are taking place in northern Rakhine State, where the military has been conducting “clearing operations” after a Rohingya insurgent group attacked border police posts on 9 October. Rohingya who fled over the border into Bangladesh have told journalists and rights groups that soldiers have committed widespread atrocities, including burning houses, as well as raping and killing civilians.

SEE: Myanmar says Rohingya rape and abuse allegations “made up”, despite mounting evidence

Government confusion

Demolitions are not unusual in Myanmar, where laws require the destruction of structures built without permits. But there is confusion among government officials as to why the survey and demolitions are taking place now, while the military is clashing with insurgents and about 80,000 civilians have been displaced.

“We already told them to hold their plan in this very sensitive situation,” said Zaw Htay, a spokesman for the office of President Htin Kyaw, referring to orders given to state officials. “The central government has already intervened.”

A UN official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IRIN the UN has received similar assurances from the central government, but structures are still being destroyed.

“We are still trying to determine whether the ongoing demolitions are just actions by rogue local officials… or a more calculated move by others,” the official said.

Tin Maung Shwe, the deputy director for Rakhine State at the central government’s powerful General Administration Department, told IRIN there has been “a misunderstanding at the grassroots level”.

“We are making inquiries,” he added.

Growing tensions

Rohingya Muslims comprise about a third of Rakhine State’s population of just over three million, where the majority are ethnic Rakhine Buddhists. There have long been tensions between the communities, and violence in 2012 killed hundreds of people and displaced about 140,000. Almost all the victims were Rohingya, and about 100,000 still remain in camps.

Almost all Rohingya are stateless, having had their citizenship stripped by Myanmar’s former military rulers. Although Rohingya have lived in the area for hundreds of years, many in Myanmar consider them illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. They are forced to live under an apartheid system in which their movements are strictly controlled.

Rakhine State conducts the household survey on a yearly basis for the purpose of monitoring the Rohingya community. Only those on the “household lists” produced by this exercise are eligible to reside in their homes.

“It usually takes place in January in northern Rakhine, but began in November this year,” said the UN official. “It’s not happening elsewhere in Rakhine at this time, only in the three northern townships.”

The three northern townships of Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw have been highly militarised since 9 October. The townships are home to most of the state’s Rohingya – and all of those displaced by the counter-insurgency operations. That means tens of thousands of people who have fled their villages could be made permanently homeless, since they can’t take part in the survey.

The decision to conduct a household survey now and destroy homes will have the effect of “heightening a state-led campaign of atrocity crimes and ethnic cleansing,” said Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, a group that has recently collected testimonies from Rohingya of atrocities committed by soldiers.

“If they aren’t on the list, they will have no choice but to flee to Bangladesh,” he told IRIN. “Giving people no option but to flee the country can be considered forced deportation.”

The UN has similar concerns. The letter refers to reports that the “names of missing people identified by the new household survey are being permanently struck from the household lists.”

More than 50,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh in the past three months, according to the government there, while the UN has said another 30,000 people are internally displaced.

As many as half a million Rohingya are already living in overcrowded camps Bangladesh, having crossed the border during attacks against their communities since the 1970s.

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(TOP PHOTO: A camp outside the Ralhine State capital, Sittwe, for Rohingyas displaced by violence in 2012. CREDIT: David Longstreath/IRIN)

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Myanmar Government Admits That The Video Showing Torturing of Rohingyas Was Filmed In Koe Tan Kauk Village, Rathedaung Township

Myanmar Government Admits That The Video Showing Torturing of Rohingyas Was Filmed In Koe Tan Kauk Village, Rathedaung Township

RB News
January 1, 2017
A video filmed by a Myanmar policeman showing a large group of Rohingya villagers, who were detained by security forces, being kicked and beaten with objects was circulated on social media on December 31st, 2016. The video was quickly spread around the world through Facebook and Twitter and has been picked up by news outlets.
The video shows Myanmar police torturing, cursing, kicking and humiliating innocent Rohingya villagers who were gathered in a massive group and forced to sit outside while they were randomly beaten and abused. The video was filmed in Koe Tan Kauk village of Rathedaung Township on November 5th, 2016.
Villagers from Koe Tan Kauk had held a protest with some signs and posters when the UN resident coordinator and some other diplomats visited their village on November 3rd, 2016. After the delegation left Rakhine state the villagers who held the protest were targeted by Myanmar armed forces. The villagers were attacked brutally from early morning on November 5th, 2016 until late in the evening on November 6th, 2016.
The Myanmar Government’s security forces gathered all the male villagers who were older than 8-years-old in a single location and kept them there for two days. In the video it is clearly shown how the boys and men had to place their hands on their head while they were brutally beaten by the police.
While Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi’s office released a statement admitting the incident took place, they also attempted to justify the mass detention of civilians by saying the security forces were searching for men they say attacked a Border Guard Police outpost in Nurullah hamlet in southern Maungdaw Township. The information provided by Suu Kyi’s office refers to an incident on November 3rd 2016, which villagers attribute to infighting between border guards police, and they say it did not involve any Rohingya or militants.
Koe Tan Kauk village is located 20 miles from Nurullah hamlet in southern Maungdaw, where the incident mentioned by Suu Kyi’s office took place. There are more than ten checkpoints between the two villages and it would be virtually impossible for any Rohingya to travel between the two locations during a period of calm, let alone while curfews have been implemented and there is unrest in the region. These circumstances draw serious question regarding the sincerity and credibility of Aung San Suu Kyi’s office’s statement.
It is believed by locals that the true reason the villagers in Koe Tan Kauk were tortured was that the security forces were seeking to punish them for the protest they staged when diplomats were visiting the village.
Some of the villagers who were tortured in the video have been identified as:
(1) Noor Boshor s/o Abdul Aziz (35 year old) – The man wearing Blue colour longyi.
(2) Yaseen s/o Molvi Abul Kasim (15 year old) – The boy wearing Red and Yellow colour Soccer T-Shirt, he is Grade 8 student.
(3) Mohammed Sodolok s/o Abdul Salam (13 year old) – The boy wearing Yellow colour T-Shirt
Today on January 1st, 2017 two staff members from the Military Security Affairs department (locally known as Sa Ra Pha), based in Aley Than Kyaw village in Southern Maungdaw Township, visited the village and took photos where the incident took place. Some military were also seen taking photos of the village’s in-charges.

 

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Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Vow Never to Return to Myanmar

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Vow Never to Return to Myanmar

January 01, 2017 6:20 AM

Rohingya men have just arrived from Myanmar, at an unidentified place in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh.

Rohingya men have just arrived from Myanmar, at an unidentified place in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh.

Authorities in Dhaka have demanded that Myanmar repatriate tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who crossed the border to escape what they say is persecution, and are now living illegally in Bangladesh.

Myanmar says it will accept a small fraction of the refugee population now in Bangladesh, but the Rohingya themselves say they are unwilling to go back to Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Refugee community leaders are appealing to “Rohingya-friendly” countries to take them in.

Ko Ko Linn, a Rohingya community leader in Bangladesh, told VOA that conditions in Myanmar had become unlivable, particularly in recent weeks, and “they do not want to return to this anti-Rohingya Myanmar.”

Rohingyas who fled Myanmar over the past decades live in this decrepit Kutupalong illegal Rohingya refugee colony in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh.

Rohingyas who fled Myanmar over the past decades live in this decrepit Kutupalong illegal Rohingya refugee colony in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh.

‘Unlivable’ situation

Linn, an executive member of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization, said, “The Myanmar government and the country’s Buddhist-majority society have turned extremely hostile against the Rohingya Muslims, turning the country into a hell for them.”

An Amnesty International report last month accused Myanmar security forces of being responsible for unlawful killings, multiple rapes and the burning down of houses and entire villages in a “campaign of violence against Rohingya people that may amount to crimes against humanity.”

The Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh called in Myanmar’s ambassador Thursday to complain about the refugees and to demand an early return of all Rohingya migrants to Myanmar.

Kamrul Ahsan, Bangladesh’s Bilateral and Consular Secretary, told Ambassador Myo Myint Than there is “deep concern at the continued influx of Muslims” from Myanmar.

A Foreign Ministry statement in Dhaka said Ahsan asked “the Myanmar government to urgently address the root cause of the problem,” so that the Rakhine Muslims are not forced to flee Myanmar and seek shelter in Bangladesh.

Less than 1 percent can return

One day after that tense meeting in Dhaka, Myanmar said it would agree to accept the return of fewer than 2,500 Rohingya from Bangladesh — less than 1 percent of the total refugee population, which is estimated to be at least 350,000 people.

Authorities in Yangon contend most of the impoverished Rohingya now seeking shelter in Bangladesh are not citizens of Myanmar, because they are descended from illegal immigrants who arrived years ago. The Rohingya, however, claim their community has lived where Myanmar is located for several centuries.

Separately, Bangladesh’s foreign secretary, Shahidul Haque, said Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to send a special envoy to Bangladesh soon, to take stock of the Rohingya refugee situation.

Violence directed at Rohingya Muslims has broken out in Myanmar sporadically in recent years, and members of the Muslim minority fleeing persecution kept crossing over to southeastern Bangladesh, which lies adjacent to their home villages in Rakhine state. The situation worsened considerably 11 weeks ago, however, after nine Myanmar border guards were killed in an armed attack blamed on Rohingya militants.

Refugee tide swelled recently

A military crackdown in Myanmar that followed the border attack has been blamed for human rights abuses including extrajudicial killings, rapes and arson in Rohingya villages. In those recent weeks up to 50,000 Rohingya men, women and children have crossed into Bangladesh seeking safety.

Bangladeshi officials’ estimates of the Rohingya population vary, but most contend there are 350,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, over 90 percent of whom are illegal refugees.

Bangladesh, one of the world’s most densely populated countries, has long complained that its congested urban areas and villages cannot cope with the burden of Rohingya refugees pouring into the country. About 10 years ago, Bangladesh quietly adopted a policy to push the refugees back to Myanmar, yet the Rohingyas have consistently managed to return, slipping through the porous border, usually by river crossings.

Authorities in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, claim that all the allegations of abuse, killings and rapes by soldiers are fictitious, but such complaints by newly arrived refugees have increased dramatically since October. The Rohingya say they have been the victims of violence by Buddhists in Rakhine, also known as Moghs, as well as government soldiers.

Habiba, 32, and her three children at a Rohingya village in Bangladesh. According to the Rohingya woman, she was raped by a Burmese soldiers and a Mogh, after her husband was beaten up and taken away from her village in Rakhine in December.

Habiba, 32, and her three children at a Rohingya village in Bangladesh. According to the Rohingya woman, she was raped by a Burmese soldiers and a Mogh, after her husband was beaten up and taken away from her village in Rakhine in December.

Hasina Begum, who has been staying in the illegal Rohingya settlement of Kutupalong in Bangladesh since November, said that under no circumstances would she agree to return to Myanmar.

“Soldiers and Moghs were raping and torturing the people around us. My children were murdered. I was beaten and they broke my waist. My husband was taken away by the soldiers and he has disappeared since then,” Begum told VOA.

“Moghs looted my house before burning it. … Unable to bear this torture I have fled to Bangladesh,” she continued.

“If Bangladesh says we must go back, we shall kill ourselves. But we will not return to Myanmar,” the Rohingya woman added.

Nuruzzaman, a 55-year-old Rohingya man, told VOA, “I had eight members in my family. I lost three of them, including my young daughter, to the violence there. To save our lives five of us have fled to Bangladesh. … In Burma they say, ‘You belong to Bangladesh.’ In Bangladesh they are saying, ‘you belong to Burma.’

“Where shall we go? … The world is so big. Is there not some space for the Rohingyas to live?”

Noor Ayesha, 40, and her daughter at an illegal Rohingya settlement in Bangladesh.

Noor Ayesha, 40, and her daughter at an illegal Rohingya settlement in Bangladesh.

Hoping to refuge in Muslim-majority countries

Nuruzzaman said he hoped Muslim-majority countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, all of whom have been sympathetic to the Rohingyas’ cause, could provide refuge.

“They can perhaps arrange our transportation from Bangladesh to their countries by ship or plane,” the refugee told VOA. “That way, perhaps, the Rohingyas could be saved from dying a bad death here.”

Nurul Islam, a Britain-based Rohingya rights activist and community leader, said that there is an exodus from Rakhine state because Rohingyas there “are desperate to save their lives.”

“By just crossing a river they can reach safety, they know,” said Islam, who is president of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization, told VOA.

“If Bangladesh really does not want to host these refugees any more and some other countries are willing to help,” Islam told VOA, “we will be thankful if those countries offer temporary refuge to this hapless community.”

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Myanmar detains police officers over Rohingya beating video 2 hours ago

Myanmar detains police officers over Rohingya beating video

Image allegedly showing police beating Rohingya detaineesImage copyrightOTHER
Image captionA screen capture of the footage which shows villagers sitting in lines in front of police officers

Myanmar has detained several police over a video that appears to show officers beating members of the Muslim Rohingya minority during a security operation.

The government said the incident, filmed by a police officer, happened in restive Rakhine state in November.

The office of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi named four officers who took part in the operation.

They include Zaw Myo Htike, who can be seen smoking as he films the video.

“Those who [were] initially identified were detained,” Ms Suu Kyi’s office said in a statement. “Further investigations are being carried out to expose other police officers who beat villagers in the operation.”

There have been repeated allegations of abuses against the minority in Rakhine since a military counter-insurgency campaign was launched there in October.

Some have even said the state’s actions amount to ethnic cleansing., and Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, has faced international criticism.

The admission that security forces may have carried out abuses is an unusual development, as Burmese leaders have previously insisted they are following the rule of law.

Rakhine state is closed to journalists and investigators, making it difficult to independently verify the allegations.

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Scores of people have been killed in the recent military operation, launched after armed militants attacked border posts near Maungdaw on 9 October, killing nine policemen.

The government said the footage was filmed in November as police conducted a “clearance operation” in Maungdaw after two police officers were shot, one fatally.

The video shows a large group of villagers sitting in lines in front of police officers. One officer can be seen beating a man, while another kicks him in the face. Other men are then also kicked or hit.

The State Counsellor’s Office Information Committee said action would be taken against officers who violated police force rules.

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Who are the Rohingya?

Rohingya women at a camp in BangladeshImage copyrightAP

The estimated one million Muslim Rohingya are seen by many in mainly Buddhist Myanmar as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. They are denied citizenship by the government despite tracing their ancestry back generations.

Communal violence in Rakhine state in 2012 left scores dead and displaced more than 100,000 people, with many Rohingya still remaining in decrepit camps.

They face widespread discrimination and mistreatment.

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented Rohingya are estimated to live in Bangladesh, having fled Myanmar over decades.

Bangladesh says around 50,000 Rohingya have crossed its border over the past two months.

The situation has drawn global condemnation. Over a dozen Nobel laureates wrote to the UN Security Council last week demanding action to stop the “human tragedy amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in northern Rakhine.

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‘A revealing glimpse’ – Jonah Fisher, BBC Myanmar correspondent

This is a revealing glimpse into the way security forces are operating in Rakhine.

It’s just one incident, but it supports Rohingya claims that they are being abused and collectively punished by the military.

Media captionRohingya Muslims ‘hated and hounded from Burmese soil’

For the last three months there has been a steady flow of video footage from northern Rakhine. Rohingya men and women have alleged, rape, massacres and the burning and looting of villages at the hands of the military.

The response of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has been unequivocal. The footage has been denounced as “fake news”, while at the same time journalists and aid workers have been prevented from seeing for themselves.

This video should make uncomfortable viewing for Ms Suu Kyi. Official figures show that at least six Rohingya have died in custody in the last three months. Is she asking why?

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