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    HRW Accuses Myanmar's Soldiers of Systematically Raping Rohingya Women

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    The HRW has issued a report shedding light on sexual violence against Rohingya women.

    "Since August 25, 2017, Burmese security forces have committed widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine State," the report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) dubbed "'All of My Body Was Pain’: Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Women and Girls in Burma" reads.

    The report is based on 52 interviews with Rohingyas from 19 different villages, including 29 survivors of rape, who have fled to Bangladesh since August.

    According to the rights group, almost all the rapes mentioned in the report were gang rapes conducted by people in military uniform.

    Rohingya Crisis

    The conflict between the Rohingya minority and Myanmar's military has escalated since August, when Rohingya militants had attacked government positions, prompting the government to launch a military campaign that has been widely condemned by the world community.

    According to the International Organization for Migration, the ensuing violence drove more than 610,000 Rohingya across the border to Bangladesh.

    READ MORE: Rohingya Women Living Without Basic Health Care, Sanitation in Refugee Camps

    The conflict between the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, and the Bamar Buddhist majority dates back to the 20th century as the country’s authorities have been considering the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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