Myanmar should stop the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

Rohingya Muslim girl Afeefa Bebi who recently crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh holds her newborn brother as doctors check her mother Yasmeen Ara at a community hospital in Kutupalong refugee camp Bangladesh on Wednesday September. 13 2017

Myanmar should stop the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

Instead, the State Department has called for a de-escalation of tensions between security forces and Rohingya militias and urged Myanmar's government to expand access to humanitarian aid groups and journalists. They claim to be descendants of Muslims and have had a tension-filled relationship with Myanmar's Buddhist population for several decades.

Amnesty's findings released on Friday in Myanmar offer some of the most precise evidence that Rohingya areas were specifically targeted. The refugees speak of indiscriminate clearance operations, huts set on fire and family members being taken away and never heard from again.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on Myanmar to end the violence following a close-door meeting.

India has had to modify its position to acknowledge the refugee crisis in Bangladesh after Dhaka indicated that it was not happy with Indian statements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Myanmar, which only talked of "extremist violence".

Prime Minister Hasina also said she will raise the Rohingya issue at the UN General Assembly now under way in NY.

Violence, discrimination and a military crackdown on the Rohingya have caused them to flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh by the hundreds of thousands.

Bangladesh's foreign ministry in the capital summoned the charge d'affaires of Myanmar's embassy and warned that the encroachments could lead to "unwarranted consequences".

This came after renewed violence in the Rakhine state, which occurred between security forces and Rohingya militants after the latter staged raids on police posts.

The government, which has come under intense worldwide pressure over its brutal crackdown, claims 432 people have been killed in the military offensive, but the United Nations and rights groups have give much higher figures.

He said Hasina explained to Swaraj the helplessness and miseries of the refugees, particularly of the minor children and women, and said Bangladesh is trying to address their basic needs. "The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", he said. "We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works", spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.

Critics have called for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her peace prize amid reports of "ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslimse.

The chief of United Nations human rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, has named it as ' a textbook example of ethnic cleansing'.

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