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Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh

Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh

Exonerating itself of blames regarding the Rohingya crisis, the Myanmar army has made the outrageous claim that "terrorists" from within the Rohingya community (which it called Bengali) were responsible for houses being torched, and that the hundreds of thousands of people who fled did so because they were instructed to do so and feared the terrorists.

His comments come as Theresa May said the current crisis in Myanmar "looks like ethnic cleansing".

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Sittwe airport in the state of Rakhine November 2, 2017.

According to the United Nations, the total Rohingya refugee population in the area is now over 830,000.

The U.N. humanitarian office said Tuesday that the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 has risen to 618,000. "Actually, the problem in Rakhine is just like fighting between two groups where some people have killed others".

A Myanmar military report that said no Rohingya civilians were killed during a months-long crackdown is "absurd" and the International Criminal Court must now launch its own investigtion, a human rights group said.

The U.N.'s migration agency on Tuesday warned of the trafficking, exploitation and sexual abuse of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi said it was most important to bring peace and stability Myanmar, but that should only be done on the basis of rule of law.

Targeted Young children in one of the refugee camps where pimps and human traffickers roam looking for women and children to force into prostitution
Targeted Young children in one of the refugee camps where pimps and human traffickers roam looking for women and children to force into prostitution

Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia James Gomez said in a statement that "once again, Myanmar's military is trying to sweep serious violations against the Rohingya under the carpet ... it has no intention of ensuring accountability - it's now up to the global community to step up to ensure these appalling abuses do not go unpunished".

With US senators in Washington pressing to impose economic sanctions and travel restrictions targeting the military and its business interests, Tillerson is expected to deliver a stern message to Burma's generals, while supporting the transition to democracy.

The military said that its report was based on interviews with 3,217 Rohingya villagers, whose citizenship has not been recognized in the country and were referred to in the report as "Bengalis".

"This trip can not become an endorsement of the current state of affairs in Myanmar", he said.

The migration agency is also concerned about forced and early marriages among the Rohingya, he said.

On Tuesday in Naypyitaw, the capital, Myanmar authorities began the first of five days of talks with Bangladesh border guard officials to discuss how to resolve the refugee crisis and other issues along their common frontier.

Aung Htay Myint said the two nations will discuss the policy to repatriate Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh and sign a memorandum of understanding when Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali visits Myanmar on November 19.

"We have our population list with data and documents from immigration and administrative departments", he said. "We heard [this] from people... over and over again", Lawrence added. Translated by Khet Mar.