13 Nov 2018

Rohingya return: On the trail of the destroyed villages in Rakhine

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The United Nations human rights chief has called on Bangladesh to halt plans to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar on Thursday, saying it would put their lives in danger.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled across the border since August last year and the UN says it continues to get reports of serious rights violations in Rakhine state, including alleged killings, disappearances and arbitrary arrests.

We travelled to Rakhine, accompanied by Myanmar government handlers, where we repeatedly tried to visit the sites of villages which were destroyed, challenging the authorities to explain what happened.