People flee home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state fearing ‘clearance ops’ | AFP

People from Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine flee to the state capital of Sittwe after warnings of military “clearance operations”, as the UN called to spare civilians amid intensifying fighting between the army and insurgents.

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Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine | AFP

Myanmar ships hundreds of recently released Rohingya inmates back to the country’s restive western borderlands, after fears that its overcrowded prisons could become hotbeds for runaway coronavirus outbreaks.

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Fear stoked by Chinese-funded port and SEZ in Myanmar’s Rakhine state | AFP

Myanmar has declared Rakhine state, associated by many worldwide with the military’s 2017 crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, open for business – but as China bids to transform the strategically key region into a shipping and industrial hub, locals fear being left behind in the gold rush.

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Protest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Buddhists monks lead protesters in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state during a demonstration against the planned repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, referring to them as “run-away refugees”.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest against repatriation

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees stage a demonstration near the Myanmar border against the repatriation program on the day the first group were due to be sent back. More than 720,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh after a military crackdown in August 2017 that the UN has said merits a genocide investigation.

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On Monday, a UN fact-finding mission released a damning report that accused Myanmar security forces of genocide, saying that the military “kill[ed] indiscriminately, gang rap[ed] women, assault[ed] children, and burn[ed] entire villages”.

This is the most serious charge the UN can make against a government.

It’s unclear, however, what the new report means for the estimated one million refugees living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

These camps became the world’s largest settlement of its kind less than a year ago, when Myanmar’s military launched a brutal crackdown that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee northern Rakhine state in a matter of weeks.

The UN, Myanmar and Bangladesh had previously agreed that the Rohingya would eventually be returned to their homes. But until their safety is guaranteed and long-term peace is assured, it’s unlikely they will be able to go back.

Myanmar authorities have denied almost all accusations, refusing to cooperate with international investigators and human rights organizations. The UN team behind Monday’s report, as well the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, have all been barred from entering the country at all.

Recently, the government granted VICE News rare access on an organized trip to northern Rakhine State, where much of the violence happened.

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