Selin ATAY-TDO- In Bangladesh, Rohingya Muslim refugees staged a” silent protest" on Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of clashes between Rohingya rebels and Myanmar security forces. This protest sparked a massive movement for people who were in Bangladesh seeking safety.
More than 1 million Rohingya live in the world's largest refugee settlement in southern Bangladesh. Refugees are highly unlikely to return to Myanmar, where they are often denied citizenship and other rights.
The refugees said that because of the COVID-19 they would not hold a mass gathering to mark what they call “Remembrance Day”.
Three years ago, Rohingya insurgents raided 30 police posts and an army base in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Myanmar military crackdown that followed forced 730,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh, joining more than 200,000 there.
Rohingya groups said they were forcibly driven out from their motherland to the world’s largest refugee camp.
The U.N. said the crackdown by the Myanmar military was carried out with genocidal intent.
Myanmar denies genocide, saying its forces were engaged in a legitimate campaign against the Rohingya insurgents. Also, it was the insurgents who were responsible for most of the violence, including the torching of villages.
The refugees said Rohingya had faced “hidden genocide” in Myanmar for decades and they appealed to the U.N. and other organizations to declare what happened in 2017 genocide.