Rohingya Militants Killed Myanmar Hindus, Says Amnesty International: Here’s What You Must Know

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Amnesty International report on how Rohingya militants massacred dozens of Hindus in Myanmar during attacks last August(2017): Here is what you must know. Eight survivors told Amnesty they saw their relatives killed, or heard their screams. Who are Myanmar's militants? Who are the Rohingya? Read everything.
Amnesty International report on how Rohingya militants massacred dozens of Hindus in Myanmar during attacks last August(2017): Here is what you must know. Eight survivors told Amnesty they saw their relatives killed, or heard their screams. Who are Myanmar's militants? Who are the Rohingya? Read everything.

According to Amnesty, armed men dressed in black and plain-clothed Rohingya villagers appeared in the village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik around 8 a.m. local time and rounded up dozens of Hindu women, men and children. Starting with the men, the victims were blindfolded and 53 people executed.

Eight survivors told Amnesty they saw their relatives killed, or heard their screams
Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.
Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians, according to an investigation by Amnesty International. (Image- For Representational Purpose only)

“They slaughtered the men. We were told not to look at them … They had knives. They also had some spades and iron rods. … We hid ourselves in the shrubs there and were able to see a little … My uncle, my father, my brother – they were all slaughtered,” said Raj Kumari, 18, according to the report.

The killings took place on August 25, 2017, the report said, the same day that the Rohingya insurgents staged coordinated deadly raids on police posts that tipped the state into crisis.

A Hindu villager looks on at the site of an alleged mass grave in Myanmar's Rakhine state
A Hindu villager looks on at the site of an alleged mass grave in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. (Image- news.sky.com)

Myanmar’s military responded to the insurgent raids with harsh reprisals that forced some 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the mainly Buddhist country where they have faced persecution for years.

Amnesty International said yesterday that a new investigation had confirmed the group killed 53 Hindus “execution-style” — mostly children — in the Kha Maung Seik village cluster in northern Maungdaw.

“Members of ARSA captured scores of Hindu women, men, and children and terrorized them before slaughtering them outside their own villages. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be held to account,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty’s crisis response director.

Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.
Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.

The report said that in a separate village nearby called Ye Bauk Kyar, 46 Hindu men, women and children disappeared on the same day. It cited information from local Hindus who believe they were killed by ARSA.

The atrocities committed against the Hindu community allegedly occurred on the same day that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked 30 Myanmar military outposts, prompting bloody reprisals. Around 700,000Rohingya Muslims fled over the border to Bangladesh amid a military-led campaign of violence the U.N. called “ethnic cleansing.” According to Doctors Without Borders, at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed during the first month alone.

Amnesty says the inconsistencies were the result of “pressures and threats to personal safety,” with ARSA forcing the victims to pin the Hindu massacres on Buddhist Rakhine villagers return.

Amnesty International report on how Rohingya militants massacred Hindus: Here is what you must know.
Bina Bala, 22, who survived the attack by Rohingyas in Myanmar/ Courtesy: Official website of Amnesty International
Bina Bala, 22, who survived the attack by Rohingyas in Myanmar/ Courtesy: Official website of Amnesty International
Bina Bala, a 22-year-old survivor of an ARSA massacre.”

“[The men] held knives and long iron rods. They tied our hands behind our backs and blindfolded us. I asked what they were doing. One of them replied, ‘You and Rakhine are the same, you have a different religion, you can’t live here. He spoke the [Rohingya] language. They asked what belongings we had, then they beat us. Eventually I gave them my gold and money.

Rohingya militants kill Hindu men, women and children in execution style:

Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) unlawfully killed and abducted Hindu villages in August 2017 in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. According to the report, the group is responsible for at least one, and potentially a second, massacre of up to 99 Hindu women, men, and children.

Abducted women were spared after they agree to ‘convert’ from Hinduism to Islam:

Amnesty International said that eighth Hindu women and eight of their children were abducted and spared after ARSA militants forced the women to agree to “convert” to Islam. The survivors were forced to flee with the fighters to Bangladesh several days later, before being repatriated to Myanmar in October 2017 with the support of the Bangladeshi and Myanmar authorities.

The men held knives and long iron rods. They tied our hands behind our backs and blindfolded us. I asked what they were doing. One of them replied, ‘You and Rakhine are the same, you have a different religion, you can’t live here. He spoke the [Rohingya] language. They asked what belongings we had, then they beat us. Eventually, I gave them my gold and money.

Survivors recalled horrific details of Militants killing their relatives:

Raj Kumari, 18, said, “They slaughtered the men. We were told not to look at them… They had knives. They also had some spades and iron rods. We hid in the shrubs there and were able to see a little … My uncle, my father, my brother – they were all slaughtered.”

Who are Myanmar’s militants?

ARSA stands for the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. According to CNN, “ARSA says it is fighting on behalf of the million Rohingya living in virtual detention in the western coastal state of Rakhine. They are fighting for freedom of movement, right to education, healthcare, and citizenship.”

Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are one of the many ethnic minorities in the country. Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state. They say they are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations. But the government of Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, denies the Rohingya citizenship and even excluded them from the 2014 census.

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