While Rohingya have lived for centuries in Myanmar, they have long been treated as outsiders, Muslims in a largely Buddhist nation who are denied citizenship and many basic rights. Many in Myanmar ridicule them as Bengalis who came illegally from Bangladesh.
Most live in poverty in Myanmars Rakhine state, just across the border from Bangladesh. Over the past couple of decades, over 100,000 have fled into Bangladesh in earlier waves of violence. In total, more than 1 million Rohingya refugees currently live in Bangladesh.
In an editorial on Saturday, Bangladeshs Daily Star news** was critical of Myanmar for its failure to make any visible progress in taking the refugees back over the last year, while it urged the international community to take action.
We reiterate our call to the international community, particularly the U.N., to investigate allegations of crimes against the Rohingya people because the Myanmar government has shown little interest in bringing those responsible for such violations of to justice, the editorial sai>It is time to tell the Rohingya that they are not a forgotten people, it sai>The violence began on Aug. 24, 2017, with a series of attacks on Myanmar police stations by a small Rohingya militant group that killed a dozen security personnel. In retaliation, Myanmars military and Buddhist mobs launched waves of attacks, killing people and emptying villages in what many in the international community see as a calculated attempt to drive the Rohingya from the country.