Rakhine; Myanmar : Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred dozens of men, women and children, execution-style in Hindu villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine State last year, according to a new Amnesty International report. Amnesty has investigated the alleged killings of minority Hindus on 25 August last year and concluded that Rohingya militants were involved.
Who are the Rohingyas
The Rohingya are an ethnic group, comprising mainly of Muslim population who have lived for centuries in the mainly Buddhist country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. There is also a minority Hindus also living alongside them. Government and security forces have claimed that Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) had carried out a massacre in a village called Ah Nauk Kha Maung Sei first surfaced hours after it took place. Rohingya are not recognized as an official ethnicity by the Myanmar government, which denies them citizenship, effectively rendering them stateless
Mass graves containing dozens of bodies were said to have been found at the time. About 100 Hindus were also reported missing. In December, Myanmar’s military flew reporters to a spot in the north of Rakhine where they showed the bodies of Hindus in mass graves. The reports proved hard to confirm initially as survivors who reached Bangladesh gave conflicting accounts. Some blamed ethnic Rakhine villagers.
A Rohingya Muslim militant organization slaughtered dozens of Hindus in Myanmar last year amid violence that included the military’s bloody campaign that forced some 700,000 Rohingya to flee the country, according to a report released by Amnesty International.
Amnesty International’s report
According to the Amnesty International on August 25, 2017, ARSA militants attacked a Hindu village in northern Maungdaw Township, and rounded up some 69 men, women and children, the majority of whom were executed.
46 members of a Hindu community in a nearby village disappeared. As many as 99 people are claimed to be killed, according to Amnesty. Amnesty International reported that it had carried out “a careful review of the evidence” including a study of the statements of witnesses and the analysis of images by forensic pathologists.