AP Exclusive: Myanmar security forces profiting from fleeing Rohingya Muslims

November 7, 2014 1:35 AM

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AP Exclusive: Myanmar security forces profiting from fleeing Rohingya Muslims

In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo, a Rohingya boy wades through the water carrying a basket of fish at The' Chaung refugee camp, on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar. The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar’s own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world’s most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press, indicate the practice is far more widespread and organized than previously thought, with Myanmar naval boats going so far as to escort asylum seekers out sea, where larger ships operated by transnational criminal networks wait to pick them up. (AP Photo/Kaung Htet) (The Associated Press)

In this Nov. 29, 2013 photo, Rohingya fishing boats are docked at The Chaung refugee camp, on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar. The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asi...

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