Ro­hingya at­tacked, says UN

Waikato Times - - World -

Myan­mar se­cu­rity forces have bru­tally driven out half a mil­lion Mus­lim Ro­hingya peo­ple from north­ern Rakhine state, torch­ing their homes, crops and vil­lages to pre­vent them re­turn­ing, the United Na­tions hu­man rights of­fice said yes­ter­day. It said the ’’clear­ance op­er­a­tions’’ be­gan be­fore Ro­hingya in­sur­gent at­tacks on po­lice posts on Au­gust 25, and in­cluded killings, tor­ture and rape of chil­dren. The UN said the cam­paign was ‘‘well-or­gan­ised, co­or­di­nated and sys­tem­atic’’, and be­gan with Ro­hingya men aged un­der 40 be­ing ar­rested a month ear­lier, cre­at­ing a ‘‘cli­mate of fear and in­tim­i­da­tion’’.

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