'Ethnic Cleansing' of Rohingya Continues in Myanmar

UN official Myanmar violence precludes return of Rohingya

The "frenzied" scale of unspeakable violence against the minority Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar has shifted to a "lower intensity campaign of terror and forced starvation", seemingly meant to drive the remaining Rohingyas from their homeland, a senior United Nations human rights official has warned.

Geneva - Elephants searching for food have trampled 10 Rohingya refugees to death in multiple incidents, the United Nations said on Tuesday, announcing a new plan to foster "safe coexistence" between animals and sprawling refugee settlements.

They recounted incidents where family members were taken away by Myanmar's security forces and later found dead.

It has justified the crackdown as an effort to root out Rohingya militants who attacked border police posts in August, killing about a dozen people.

The refugees have settled at squalid camps in a region in Bangladesh known as Cox's Bazar.

"It appears that widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya persists", the United Nations statement stated. The Myanmar military's oppression was described as "ethnic cleansing" by the UN.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted more time to the Centre to file an affidavit in the Rohingya refugees case, where it argued that India did not want to become the world's refugee capital.

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His statement also said it was "inconceivable" that any Rohingya would be able to return to Myanmar in the near future, despite its pledges to start taking back some refugees.

Bangladesh and Burma made an agreement last November to repatriate the refugees, a process supposed to be completed within two years which was recently postponed.

Living conditions for refugees remain extremely hard despite a growing global response, but the United Nations refugee agency said the threat from elephants had emerged as a new concern.

Residents of what is called "no-man's land", as it sits outside Myanmar's border fence but on its side of a creek that separates the two countries, say Myanmar officials have warned them on loudspeakers that their presence on the border line is illegal.

Gabrielle Aron, an independent analyst in Myanmar, said a guilty verdict would be widely interpreted as a move to "politically oppress the Rakhine people".

"According to procedure security forces have to clear the area for security reasons", he said.

Bangladesh last week protested to Myanmar's ambassador in Dhaka after Myanmar security personnel, estimated to number more than 200, gathered near the border. "They are now even more reluctant to go back to their homeland".

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