'Textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

'Textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

'Textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

Almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar army unleashed a "clearance operation" at Rakhine state in response of attacks by Muslims insurgents on 30 security posts on Aug 25.

The violence and exodus began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.

The Turkish president said the Muslims seeking shelter in Bangladesh also need support.

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators, the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", he said. However, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has dismissed the Rohingya crisis as a misinformation campaign, rejecting the occurrence of any clampdown on the minority. While pointing towards oblivious global community, he further said that, "Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators".

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The word "Rohingya" means "from Arakan" and refers to the historical origin of the ethnic Rohingyas, who fled Arakan for Burma, modern-day Myanmar, when the British began colonizing Southeast Asia.

It has posted photos of the basic weapons seized from people fighting under the Arsa banner, including petrol bombs and improvised explosive devices and has said its forces have been ambushed by groups of up to 150 at a time.

"In Myanmar, our Muslim brothers experience very abusive treatment, they are made to flee their houses, and we must apply every effort to prevent the unfair attitude to them", he said.

The stateless Muslim minority blames Myanmar's army and Buddhist mobs for the widespread killings. A prior report; "Yale study" carried out much earlier than the current wave of violence had 'suggested that the brutality toward the Rohingya might qualify as genocide.' Many global peace prize winners have joined the movement, asking Aung San Suu Kyi to return the Nobel Peace Prize.

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India also stepped up pressure on Myanmar, urging the authorities to show restraint as Delhi outlined its own plan to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees. The worldwide media clearly revealed; "During the crackdown, government troops were accused of an array of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killing, rape and arson".

Also on Sunday, the Myanmar government faced accusations it had planted landmines close to the Bangladesh border that have killed and injured several Rohingya civilians in recent days.

Many tell similar stories - of Myanmar soldiers firing indiscriminately on their villages, burning their homes and warning them to leave or to die.

Myanmar presidential spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer phone calls seeking comment Sunday.

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