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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dozens of Cases Approve Myanmarese Forces Rape Rohingya Women: UN Medics

The doctors of United Nations have confirmed several reports regarding sexual abuse committed by Myanmarese military against Rohingya women. According to Reuters, doctors treating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, UN clinicians and other health workers said; "Since August 25, over 429,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh when Myanmar regime forces and extremist Buddhist started a new wave of crack down which the United Nations has termed as ethnic cleansing.  
 Recent exodus of Rohingya has brought the number of refugees from Rakhine living in Bangladesh to over 800,000.The UN medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters, lend weight to repeated rape allegations leveled by women from the stateless minority group against Myanmar’s armed forces. According to Reuters report, eight health and protection workers  had treated more than 25 individual rape cases since late August in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.
The medics say they do not attempt to establish definitively what happened to their patients, but have seen an unmistakable pattern in the stories and physical symptoms of dozens of women, who invariably say Myanmar soldiers were the perpetrators. It is rare for UN doctors and aid agencies to speak about rape allegedly committed by a state’s armed forces, given the sensitivity of the matter.


The doctors at the clinic operated by The UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the Leda makeshift refugee say they treated hundreds of women with injuries they said were from violent sexual assaults during the army operation in October and November.
Dr. Niranta Kumar, the clinic’s health coordinator, told Reuters they have seen have injuries among recent influx of refugees suggesting “more aggressive” attacks on women. Several health workers suggested that, whereas in October many women had initially remained in their villages believing the army sweeps were only targeting Rohingya men, this time most had fled at the first sign of military activity.


In April, the UN Secretary General reported that sexual assaults were "systematically employed to humiliate and terrorize their community". Before her rise to power, Suu Yi gave a speech concerning rape last year. It is used as a tool of division in the country's myriad ethnic conflicts. 
“It is used as a weapon by armed forces to intimidate the ethnic nationalities and to divide our country, this is how I see it,” she said in 2011 in a video message to a conference on sexual violence in conflict. However, the Buddhist Nobel laureate has chosen to keep silence when it comes to brutal sexual attacks committed by regime’s forces against Muslim women.
Her spokesman Zaw Htay said there was “nothing to say” when asked if her view had changed since then. “Everything should be according to the rule of law,” he said. “The military leaders also have said they will take action.”


United Nations. Dozens of Cases Approve Myanmarese Forces Rape Rohingya Women. UN Medics. 27th September, 2017

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