Conditions get worse for Rohingya in Rakhine state despite world court ruling to protect them

Rohingya who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state, on Jan 13, 2020. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - Almost a month after the International Court of Justice's historic ruling ordering Myanmar to protect its Rohingya people from genocidal violence, conditions in Rakhine state, where most of this minority live, have only become grimmer.

While airstrikes and landmines used in the bitter war between Myanmar military and ethnic Rakhine Arakan Army are imposing a heavy civilian toll, a government-imposed blackout on mobile Internet coverage is hampering aid and preventing locals from accessing information needed to protect themselves, say organisations monitoring the situation.

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