“My home is near a security outpost. On August 25th at 12 pm the security forces starting shooting. They shot all day and night, and finally stopped at 5 am. I saw them kill 12 people at the outpost alone. They burned our village, and when people ran from their burning homes they captured the beautiful women. I knew it was for rape. They didn’t rape me, I think because I speak Rakhine and work as a translator. I knew two women taken by the police. When I inquired about the women, I heard that the women were dead.”
Starting in August 2017, Myanmar began a campaign to systematically kill and drive out the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country. The military executed men, women and children, raped women and girls, burned villages, and pushed hundreds of thousands of surviving Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh. The large-scale and premeditated slaughter amounted to genocide, and the Rohingya that were able to make it to Bangladesh have been forced to live in what is now the largest refugee camp network in the world.
The international community must ensure that the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are fully met; that the perpetrators of the genocide and other crimes against humanity are held accountable; and that Myanmar implements the structural reforms needed to ensure that the human rights of the Rohingya and all people in Myanmar are fully respected, allowing the Rohingya to safely and voluntarily return to their homeland.