Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Bangladeshi government to protect the Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing persecution in neighboring Myanmar by accepting them.
The rights group made the plea on Wednesday after Bangladesh said it will sent the Rohingya refugees who have arrived in its territory back to Myanmar.
The Rohingya Muslims have been harassed by Myanmar’s government and extremist Buddhists.
Bangladeshi police arrested some 70 Rohingya Muslims, including several children yesterday.
According to reports, 500 Rohingya Muslims arrived in Bangladesh over the past week.
More than 2,000 Rohingyas have fled to the country despite heavy security on both sides.
Attacks by extremist Buddhists have been increase during the past couple of years. The Myanmar government, too, has imposed a siege on the state of Rakhine, where the Muslims are concentrated.
HRW has released satellite imagery showing how Rohingya villages in Myanmar have been burned down.
There are also reports of murders and rape by the government forces and the Buddhists in Rakhine.
The Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh have said that their villages were burned down and their relatives murdered by Myanmar’s army.
Rakhine, which is home to around 1.1 million members of the minority Rohingya Muslim community, has been facing a surge in violence since 2012. The Rohingyas are mostly confined to camps in very difficult situations.