Over 1,000 Rohingyas killed in Myanmar violence

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30,000 people had reached Bangladesh and about 20,000 could not. They are stuck between borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar
INP
GENEVA
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, has said that the number of people killed in the violence since August 25 in Myanmar has crossed 1,000.
In an interview, she informed that about 30,000 people had reached Bangladesh and about 20,000 could not. They are stuck between borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Ms Suvojit Bagchi said that when the October 2016 attacks happened, about 70,000 to 75,000 crossed over to Bangladesh within a period of 2-3 months. Now, within a week at least 50,000 people have been displaced, perhaps the worst situation in Myanmar in a long time.
To a question, she said a recent Human Rights Watch video of satellite images indicate that villages are being torched along the 100 km border in Rakhine State. It is hard to believe that only a few have been killed. The Government gave a figure of 50 or 100 insurgents who have been killed and we don’t know if they are insurgents or civilians.
To another question, the UN Special Rapporteur said Rakhine State is ripe for radicalisation. If you look at the kind of conditions that they lived in from 2012 with no freedom of movement or access to basic services, they lived with decades of discriminatory laws. The young people don’t see any future and in such a situation it is easy to cross the line.