Rohingya crisis: Newborns left to die on beach, according to United Kingdom report


The military's self-exoneration came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to visit Myanmar today for talks with leaders.

The refugees have told how the Myanmar military conducted a systematic campaign of murder against Rohingya men, women and children, including babies.

On Monday, Suu Kyi said at the summit with her Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) counterparts that she was willing to receive worldwide aid for the Rohingya and is prepared to begin the process of repatriation of the over 614,000 members of the minority group who have fled to Bangladesh after violence erupted late August in Rakhine state.

Relations between the neighbors have been strained by the continuing flow of refugees into Bangladesh - over 600,000 of Rohingyas since August 25 at last count.

One paragraph of the communique, seen by Reuters on Monday, mentions the importance of humanitarian relief provided for victims of natural disasters in Vietnam and a recent urban battle with Islamist militants in the Philippines, as well as "affected communities" in northern Rakhine state.

In a recent report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted to crimes against humanity.

The Myanmar military and government have denied accusations that security personnel burned Rohingya villages and indiscriminately killed, tortured, and raped residents, despite testimony to the contrary by survivors and satellite imagery of the ravaged communities.

Fatema a Rohingya woman and her two children sit inside a mosquito net in Palong Khali refugee camp
Fatema a Rohingya woman and her two children sit inside a mosquito net in Palong Khali refugee camp

From Southeast Asia, leaders to take part in the summit are Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Myanmar's de facto leader and State counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Numerous recruiters are Bangladeshi, while some are Rohingya, and many were established in the area prior to the most recent influx.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the military's report into allegations made by a wide range of governments, rights groups, and the United Nations was concocted to fit Myanmar's "manufactured narrative".

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

In a related development, Bangladeshi authorities on Tuesday handed over four Rohingya "terrorists" to Myanmar, said Police Colonel Aung Htay Myint of the Myanmar Police Force's Transnational Crime Department. In the past week, some 1,200 people crossed over on such flimsy rafts, according to police.

"After that, Myanmar will accept refugees back by forming joint committees", he said. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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