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Report depicts violations against Rohingya in Myanmar

Members of the minority Rohingya community in Myanmar have reported mass gang rapes, killings, beatings and other violations they have suffered at the hands of the security forces.

The stark findings come in a report published this Friday by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) based on interviews conducted with Rohingya in neighbouring Bangladesh.

They had fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State in October following stepped up military operations in response to attacks on police outposts near the border.

The Rohingya, an ethnic, linguistic and religious minority in Myanmar.
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Targeted action needed to address plight of world’s deprived minorities – UN expert

With greater international and national attention to their plight, disadvantaged minorities – often among the world’s most economically, politically and socially marginalized communities – can break free of their “left behind” status to participate in and benefit from the post-2015 development process, a United Nations human rights expert stressed today.