Don't forget Rohingya, aid workers urge, one year since latest Burma exodus

More than 400,000 Rohingya children are living in poverty in shanty cities in eastern Bangladesh

Myanmar insists the Rohingya can return, and has built a series of camps for them, but few believe they would be safe there, or that they could finally be accepted as citizens.

"The global community must learn from these experiences and not let history be repeated". "It is time to tell the Rohingya that they are not a forgotten people".

The ensuing violent crackdown forced more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state for neighbouring Bangladesh, living in squalid conditions in overcrowded camps.

Earlier this week, Aung San Suu Kyi - a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize victor and de facto leader of Myanmar - continued to treat the issue as a security and diplomatic issue, insisting that there was no specific ethnicity that was targeted. Almost all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless.

"As Myanmar is clearly both unwilling and unable to investigate itself, we are now at a stage where the global community must step in to ensure accountability", Santiago said. Last year, August 25, we faced genocide in Myanmar. Many have arrived in the Bangladesh camps with stories of rape, torture and villages burned to the ground. "States around the world must push for Myanmar to dismantle its system of apartheid and allow Rohingya and all other ethnic minorities to enjoy their rights to nationality and freedom of movement", said Tirana Hassan.

Suu Kyi has been roundly criticized for her inaction on the Rohingya issue despite being seen as an icon of democracy for many years. About 300,000 were already in camps in the camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district and the latest arrivals pushed numbers to one million.

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The upcoming report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar will be an important addition to the existing mountain of evidence that crimes under global law were committed against the Rohingya as well as against ethnic minorities in Kachin and northern Shan States - where Amnesty worldwide has documented war crimes and where serious violations against civilians are ongoing. Lord Ross explained how he had requested the intervention of the United Nations to deal with the crisis, but could not gauge any response Suu Kyi. Key US allies, like the EU, Japan, and South Korea, account for more than 20% of Myanmar's exports, so sanctions against Myanmar beyond those targeting individuals could influence the government to alter the treatment of the Rohingya.

He said this must include "political steps" in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

"It may be decades until they can safely return to Myanmar, if ever", said MSF head of mission in Bangladesh Pavlo Kolovos in a statement. "We were so scared", said Aisha, 47, one of dozens of women at a gathering in the Kutupalong camp, recalling the outbreak of the conflict.

Myanmar says it is ready and willing to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh since a year ago.

In an editorial on Saturday, the Daily Star was critical of Myanmar for its failure to make any visible progress in taking the refugees back over the previous year, while it urged the global community to take action.

In a joint statement, 132 sitting lawmakers from five countries -Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste -including 22 members of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, called on members of the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court. Waves of Rohingya fled by foot or boat to Bangladesh in an exodus unprecedented in speed and scale.

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