Myanmar allegedly planting land mines on the border with Bangladesh, to make it impossible for Muslim Rohingya people fleeing violence in Rakhine state. About it reports Reuters, citing two government source in Dhaka.
Bangladesh on Wednesday will formally submit a protest against the deployment of landmines close to the border. “They put landmines on its territory along barbed wire” between rows of the pillars, said one of the sources.
The interlocutors Reuters did not specify whether the people making mine-laying, dressed in military uniform, Myanmar. Reporters of the Agency are unable to verify that the installed explosives are landmines and that there is any connection with the army of Myanmar.
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Representatives of the ethnic Rohingya people in Myanmar profess Islam. They do not have citizenship, and the Myanmar authorities consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
One of the last major outbreaks of violence in Myanmar, recorded in October of 2016: the army has begun to cleanse border areas of militants groups which, according to human rights activists, Amnesty International consisted mostly of Rohingya. In November, the UN representative in Asia, said that Myanmar has seen “ethnic cleansing” and human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch published satellite images of destroyed Rohingya villages for a couple of months, was burned about 1200 houses, schools and mosques.
From October 2016, tens of thousands of Rohingya were forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.