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13th September 2017, 10:46:05 UTC

What is happening to the Rohingya in Myanmar right now is planned, deliberate and targeted. It is the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. It is ethnic cleansing.

We now know that at least 80 inhabited sites have been set alight by Myanmar’s security forces and vigilante mobs, with massive fires. Entire villages have been burnt to the ground.

In less than three weeks, more than 370,000 people have fled Myanmar to nearby Bangladesh, making this the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. 80 percent of those fleeing are women and children, and many are badly injured.

There are reports of brutal violence and killings.

Not only are the security forces using violence to drive the Rohingya away, but they are shooting people at close range as they try to escape. The nightmare continues at the border of Bangladesh, where land-mines have been placed, posing a deadly threat to the Rohingya who have already faced so much violence.

This is ethnic cleansing which amounts to crimes against humanity. These are systematic and coordinated attacks, and the Commander in Chief has the power to stop it.

Sign the petition and demand that the Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing:

• Immediately end the military’s campaign of violence and human rights abuses.
• Ensure free and unimpeded access to Rakhine state to humanitarian actors, the UN, independent journalists and human rights monitors and ensure their security.
We will continue to send your signatures to the Chief Commander. We won’t stop until the violence stops. Sign your name now.

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