Myanmar builds military bases on the site of Rohingya homes and mosques – report

Myanmar builds military bases on the site of Rohingya homes and mosques – report

Amnesty International says satellite images show ‘reshaping’ of the region to accommodate more security forces deter refugees from agreeing to return

Myanmar’s military is building bases where Rohingya homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery.

Nearly 700,000 members of the Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh in 2017 after Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown on insurgents that the US and UN have called ethnic cleansing. Myanmar rejects that accusation, saying it was responding to attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in late August.

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