Amnesty International have reported that Burma’s military forces are waging a scorched earth campaign against ethnic Rohingya in the northwest of the country.
The Amnesty International report states that “more than 80 sites set ablaze in orchestrated campaign since 25 August, more than 370,000 Rohingya fled across border in less than three weeks” and that “testimonies show attacks were planned, deliberate and systematic.”
Amnesty International said in its report that it has new evidence that reveals that the governments’ armed forces have wages “a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State, where Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee.”
The AI said that it based its analyses “active fire-detection data, satellite imagery, photographs and videos from the ground, as well as interviews with dozens of eyewitnesses in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh.”
Amnesty International reports that the evidence “shows how an orchestrated campaign of systematic burnings has targeted Rohingya villages across northern Rakhine State for almost three weeks.”
Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Director quoted in the report said.
“The evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. Make no mistake: this is ethnic cleansing.”
The Amnesty International report pointed out that the “evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar.”
Tirana Hassan said that “there is a clear and systematic pattern of abuse here. Security forces surround a village, shoot people fleeing in panic and then torch houses to the ground. In legal terms, these are crimes against humanity – systematic attacks and forcible deportation of civilians.”