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Amnesty: Burma Behind “Scorched Earth” Campaign Against Rohingya

HeadlineSep 15, 2017

In Burma, Amnesty International said Thursday it has evidence the Burmese military has directed a massive scorched-earth campaign against minority Muslim Rohingya, burning villages to the ground and shooting people at random as they try to flee. Amnesty’s report cited fire detection data, satellite imagery, photographs and videos from the ground. At the United Nations, officials said Thursday the number of Rohingya who’ve fled to neighboring Bangladesh has reached 400,000, warning as many as a million refugees could flee by year’s end. This is Rohingya activist Zaw Win Maung, speaking at a protest outside the United Nations building in New York Thursday.

Zaw Win Maung: “The U.S. government needs to stand up, along with the U.N. We want to have a tough resolution on this crisis. This crisis is not the regular small community violence. This is a genocide.”

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