Rights groups urge immediate action to protect Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims
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urged the government of Myanmar on Saturday to take immediate steps to stop violence against the Rohingya Mohammedan population in the Arakan State of western Myanmar.
According to a statement by the rights group, new satellite imagery obtained by the right group shows extensive destruction of homes and other property in a predominantly Rohingya Mohammedan area of the coastal town of Kyauk Pyu – which, it says, is one of several areas of new violence and displacement.
The group called on Myanmar to urgently provide security for the Rohingya, which it said were under “vicious attack”, and to ensure protection and aid were given to the affected Mohammedan and Buddhist communities in the region.
HRW released the satellite images on Saturday which appears to show mass burnings and widespread destruction of a coastal district marred by ethnic unrest.
According to the group, a total of 811 destroyed building structures can be identified from the images of the eastern edge of Kyauk Pyu city – a predominantly Rohingya area. The destruction, it says, was likely caused by arson attacks occurring October 24.
It adds that the victims were mostly Mohammedan Rohingyas.
“Unless the authorities also start addressing the root causes of the violence, it is only likely to get worse,” said Phil Robertson, HRW deputy Asia director.
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