Timeline: Two years on, a look at the Rohingya crisis

Timeline: Two years on, a look at the Rohingya crisis

TIMELINE:  Plight of the Rohingya Muslims - Two Years On
FILE PHOTO: An exhausted Rohingya refugee fleeing violence in Myanmar cries for help from others crossing into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Nov 2, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Hannah McKay)

YANGON: This month marks the second anniversary of the fleeing of more than 730,000 Rohingya from Myanmar's northwest Rakhine State to Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in response to an attack by Muslim militants on Myanmar police posts.

Here is a timeline of key events in the crisis:

Aug 25, 2017
Muslim insurgents calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) launch an assault on 30 Myanmar police posts and an army base in the north of Rakhine State, in which nearly 80 insurgents and 12 members of the security forces are killed.

Refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh have brought with them stories of villages being burned by
Refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh have brought with them stories of villages being burned by mobs after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launched attacks on security posts last month. (Photo: AFP/STR)

Aug 26, 2017
As fighting spreads between the army and ARSA, thousands of Rohingya flee to Bangladesh. Some 3,000 Rohingya cross the Naf border river, says a Bangladeshi border guard commander.

Sep 2, 2017 
More than 2,600 houses are razed in Rohingya-majority areas of northwest Myanmar in the week following the Aug. 25 attack, the government says.

Sep 11, 2017 
The UN human rights high commissioner calls the military operation in Rakhine "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", citing satellite imagery and accounts of extrajudicial killings.

Sep 19, 2017 
In a televised speech, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi vows to punish the perpetrators of human rights violations in Rakhine, but does not address UN accusations of ethnic cleansing by the military.

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a speech to the nation over Rakhine and
Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to deliver a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Sep 19, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun)

Oct 10, 2017 
Suu Kyi holds inter-faith prayers at a Yangon stadium. On the same day, Bangladesh border guards report more than 11,000 Rohingya refugees crossing into their country, in a sudden surge, according to the UN refugee agency.

Oct 12, 2017 
Rohingya Muslims are not natives of Myanmar, says the army commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, during a meeting with US ambassador Scot Marciel.

Oct 13, 2017 
An investigation begins into the conduct of soldiers during the counteroffensive that sent Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh, the office of Myanmar's army commander-in-chief says.

Nov 2, 2017 
Suu Kyi urges people "not to quarrel" on her first visit to Rakhine since the military crackdown.

Nov 27-Dec 2, 2017
Pope Francis visits Myanmar and Bangladesh, avoiding the word "Rohingya", which is rejected by Myanmar, until meeting refugees in Bangladesh.

Pope Francis waves to Catholic faithful as he arrives to lead a mass at Kyite Ka San Football Stadi
Pope Francis waves to Catholic faithful as he arrives to lead a mass at Kyite Ka San Football Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov 29, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Jorge Silva)

Dec 13, 2017 
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are arrested after police invited them to a Yangon restaurant.

At the time, they were working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Inn Din village in Rakhine.

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Mya
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar on Dec 11, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Antoni Slodkowski)

Dec 18, 2017 
The Myanmar military releases a statement saying it found unidentified bodies in a mass grave in Inn Din.

Dec 21, 2017 
The United States imposes sanctions on 13 "serious human rights abusers and corrupt actors" including the general who oversaw the crackdown against the Rohingya Muslims.

Jan 10, 2018 
Pre-trial hearings begin in the Reuters case, with prosecutors seeking charges under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty sentence of 14 years.

On the same day, the military says its soldiers murdered 10 captured Muslims in Inn Din during insurgent attacks, whose bodies were those discovered in the mass grave.

Human bones are seen in a shallow grave in Inn Din
Human bones are seen in a shallow grave in Inn Din, Myanmar on Oct 26, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Wa Lone)

Feb 23, 2018 
Myanmar has bulldozed at least 55 Rohingya villages that were emptied during last year's violence, Human Rights Watch says, citing a review of satellite imagery.

Mar 12, 2018 
Myanmar's military is building bases where some Rohingya homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International says.

Apr 11, 2018
Seven Myanmar soldiers are sentenced to 10 years of hard labour for participating in the Inn Din massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims.

Jul 30, 2018 
Myanmar establishes a commission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine.

Sep 3, 2018 
The two Reuters journalists are found guilty and jailed for 7 years.

Reuters journalists jailed for 7 years
Graphic on the two Reuters jounalists who were jailed for seven years for breach of state secrets in Myanmar AFP/Laurence CHU

Sep 13, 2018 
Suu Kyi says in hindsight her government could have handled the situation in Rakhine better, at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi.

Nov 15, 2018
A Rohingya repatriation effort stalls amid protests at refugee camps. No one wanted to return, said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jan 4, 2019 
The Rakhine nationalist Arakan Army insurgent group kills 13 policemen and wounds nine in attacks on four police posts as Myanmar marks Independence Day, setting off more conflict in the region.

Mar 18, 2019 
Myanmar's army says it has set up a military court to investigate its conduct during the 2017 crackdown.

May 7, 2019 
The two Reuters journalists are freed under a presidential amnesty.

Reuters Myanmar journalists walk free
Graphic on two Reuters Myanmar journalists who were jailed for seven years in September 2018 for breach of state secrets and freed following a presidential amnesty on Tuesday. (Graphic: AFP/Laurence CHU)

May 27, 2019 
A military spokesman says Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the Inn Din killings.

Jun 22, 2019 
Myanmar authorities order telecoms companies to shut down internet services in the conflict-torn west, operator Telenor Group says, where government troops are fighting Arakan Army rebels.

Aug 20, 2019 
The UN refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities launch a new repatriation bid, starting consultations with more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees to determine if any want to go home, officials said.

Source: Reuters

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