This brings the total number of villages partially or completely destroyed since the military crackdown began in August up to 354, it said in a statement on Monday.
Satellite imagery analysis performed by the group showed that dozens of buildings were burned the week of Nov 23, when Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement begin returning refugees in Bangladesh within two months.
“The Burmese army’s destruction of Rohingya villages within days of signing a refugee repatriation agreement with Bangladesh shows that commitments to safe returns were just a public relations stunt,” said Human Rights Watch Asia director Brad Adams.
“The satellite imagery shows what the Burmese army denies: that Rohingya villages continue to be destroyed. Burmese government pledges to ensure the safety of returning Rohingya cannot be taken seriously.”
“The UN Security Council and concerned governments shouldn’t continue to stand by as evidence of continuing attacks on the Rohingya community comes to light,” Adams said.
“Targeted sanctions need to be imposed now against those responsible for ordering and carrying out crimes against humanity.”
An estimated 655,000 Rohingyas have fled across the border from Myanmar since Aug 25, when armed insurgent attacks killed 11 members of the Myanmar security forces. Some 400,000 Rohingya refugees were already living in Bangladesh prior to the recent influx, having crossed the border to escape persecution at various points in the past few decades.