Mass murder of nearly 300,000 Rohingyas is ‘genocide’: Bangladesh foreign ministry 

September 11, 2017, 12:53 pm
Mass murder of nearly 300,000 Rohingyas is ‘genocide’: Bangladesh foreign ministry 
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Mass murder of nearly 300,000 Rohingyas is ‘genocide’: Bangladesh foreign ministry 

Mass murder of nearly 300,000 Rohingyas is ‘genocide’: Bangladesh foreign ministry 

The mass violence against Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine State, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Rohingyas is genocide said Bangladesh's foreign minister. "The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide," AH Mahmood Ali told reporters after briefing diplomats in Dhaka on Sunday.

Ali met Western and Arab diplomats and the heads of UN agencies based in Bangladesh to seek support for a political solution and humanitarian aid for the Rohingya.

He told the diplomats that some 300,000 Rohingya had fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks, taking the total number of such refugees in the country to more than 700,000.

The UN said 294,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya fighters on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked a major military backlash.

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine.

On August 25, the Myanmar Army began an operation following armed assaults on several police posts by hundreds of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) rebels.

Hundreds of people, mostly Rohingyas, were killed during the attacks and the government response later.

International organisations have reported claims of human rights violations and summary executions allegedly carried out by the Myanmar army.

The exodus of Rohingyas from Rakhine comes after at least 70,000 Rohingyas fled the same area amid alleged attacks by the military following a similar assault on border posts by the group's militants in October 2016.

The military's response was slammed by the UN for human rights violations.

More than a million Rohingyas live in Rakhine, where they face growing discrimination due to sectarian conflict, which killed at least 160 people in 2012 and displaced nearly 120,000.

Myanmar authorities do not recognise members of the community as citizens, while Bangladesh considers them to fall under Myanmar's authority.

Between 300,000 and 500,000 Rohingyas live in Bangladesh, of whom only about 32,000 have refugee status.