Thousands of Rohingya refugees joined a rally to mark the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh, demanding that Myanmar grant them their citizenship and other rights before they return.
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The forced repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is a violation of international law. The repatriation has been halted, for now, and it gives the international community a chance to formulate a new solution.
Myanmar's military has been accused of committing atrocities in a crackdown that forced 720,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. An estimated 250,000 to 400,000 who remained in the Buddhist country "continue to suffer the most severe" repression.
Bangladesh's foreign minister called on developed countries to take in more Rohingya on a humanitarian basis. Some 700,000 Rohingyas crossed the border to escape mass killings and gang rapes by the Myanmar army.
The sanctions by the Treasury Department marked the toughest US action so far in response to Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingya minority.
The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, although the military has denied its soldiers raped any Rohingya women. Now, the babies conceived during those assaults have been born.
Eight countries requested the UN to discuss the fate of Rohingya Muslims as Amnesty International reported the Myanmar security forces’ devastating campaign against them in Rakhine state is "far from over."
The army said it has seized 22 camps of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) since mid-November, blocking off a key timber smuggling route to China from the mainly Christian state in the Buddhist-majority country.
Rohingya Muslims returning to Rakhine State following a Bangladesh-Myanmar repatriation agreement will initially have to live in temporary shelters or camps.
The deal could see hundreds of thousands of refugees start to return home. But Rohingya who fled violence in Rakhine state for shelter in Bangladesh were sceptical on news of the deal, and there is fear Myanmar's military could obstruct their return.
Muslim countries condemn Myanmar for killing Rohingya Muslims and burning their homes in Rakhine state as exodus to Bangladesh grows.
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