A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope

Posted August 28, 2018

"This anniversary marks a shameful milestone", Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's crisis response director, said in a statement.

Despite reports by global organisations and the discovery of mass graves, Rohingya guerrillas reject charges of violence, calling on the Myanmar military and other ethnic groups "not to blame the victims". They have to stop torturing us.

The efforts have helped save thousands of lives, and prevented and rapidly curtailed deadly disease outbreaks among the almost one million Rohingya refugees, but they remain vulnerable even today with their evolving health needs, and severe funding crunch threatening continuity of life saving health services in their camps.

"The reality is that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been displaced in Bangladesh and elsewhere for decades, and it may be decades until they can safely return to Myanmar, if ever".

"The worldwide community must learn from these experiences and not let history be repeated". It is undeniable that Myanmar's security forces committed crimes against humanity against the Rohingya.

The United Nations refugee agency has urged the global community to step up its support for the stateless Rohingyas in Bangladesh and to "show solidarity with their generous hosts".

Last week Washington hit four Myanmar military commanders and two infantry divisions with punitive financial sanctions over rights abuses and "ethnic cleansing".

The Muslims who fled to Bangladesh do not trust Myanmar authorities. The sanctions freeze US assets owned by the individuals, prohibit Americans from doing business with them, and bars their entry into the United States.

Since Myanmar is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, the ICC does not have the jurisdiction in the country and only the UNSC can trigger an investigation by the Court, according to the statement UNB received from Jakarta. "We want justice. We want to go back to our homes". As Myanmar is clearly both unwilling and unable to investigate itself, we're now at a stage where the global community must step in to ensure accountability, ' said APHR chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of Malaysian Parliament.

Nazi camp guard deported to Germany from US
German prosecutors had opened a criminal investigation against Palij in 2015 but closed the case for lack of evidence. Palij was taken to a home for the elderly in the western town of Ahlen, some 130 kilometers northeast of Dusseldorf.

Elias, who fled Rakhine state in August 2017 with his family, believes there is absolutely no excuse for the Rohingya not to be recognised as citizens of Myanmar.

About 100 protesters from a group of non-governmental organizations formed a human chain in front of the national press club in Dhaka to demand the worldwide community put pressure on the Burmese government to try those responsible for murder, rape and arson, the English-language Daily Star reported.

Ullah was one of the 700,000 Rohingyas, who had fled to Bangladesh following the offensive that was launched on August 25.

Rashida Begum, a Rohingya refugee woman bathes her son in the Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Donors and governments with influence over the government of Myanmar have failed to show the necessary leadership by not pressuring it to end persecution against the Rohingya, which is the cause of their displacement.

"The crisis has done enormous damage to Myanmar's standing in the world", said Richard Horsey, a former United Nations diplomat in the country and a political analyst.

But "that will only happen when Myanmar is able to look at a long-term solution in conjunction with Bangladesh and support from the region".

More than half a million Rohingya refugee children are being denied the chance of a proper education, UNICEF said in a report marking one year since the start of the latest influx of Rohingya into Bangladesh.

One year on, Rohingya survivors who remained in Myanmar are at risk of starvation.

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