UN Agency: Increasing reports of sexual violence against Rohingya Muslims

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On Wednesday, the head of U.N. ‘s migration warned about increasing reports of sexual violence against Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks.

International Organization for Migration(IOM) said rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence have been identified. It did not specify who was responsible for the violence.

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Image resultDirector-General William Lacy Swing of the International Organization for Migration said he was “shocked and concerned” about the reports of sexual and gender-based violence among Rohingya newly arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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An agency statement said IOM doctors have treated dozens of women who experienced “violent sexual assault” since August, but that the known cases likely represent only a “small portion” of actual cases.

“We found skin marks, it showed a very forceful attack, an inhuman attack,” said IOM medical officer Dr Tasnuba Nourin.

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Swing said such “egregious violence and abuse is underreported” even in more stable and better-resourced humanitarian aid situations.

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