Myanmar crisis textbook example of ethnic cleansing

Myanmar crisis textbook example of ethnic cleansing

Myanmar crisis textbook example of ethnic cleansing

The mass influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh has prompted the Sheikh Hasina government to pass a resolution in Parliament to put diplomatic pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas.

Unverified reports from refugees and rights groups paint a picture of widespread attacks on Rohingya villages in the north of Rahkine State by the security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who have burned numerous Muslim villages.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called [press release] the situation in Myanmar "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's 36th regular session [press release] Monday.

The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, following warnings by the organisation's human rights chief that "ethnic cleansing" is taking place. The UN estimates that some 290,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh over the past two weeks alone.

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Almost 300,000 ethnic Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh since fighting broke out on August 25.

The violence began on 25 August when the Rohingya militants attacked police posts in northern Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel.

Fresh violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community.

At least 313,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh since fighting broke out on August 25, according to the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Bangladesh, which represents United Nations and aid agencies.

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"It's the responsibility of the worldwide community to move, to act, immediately to stop the bloodshed", said Sarsur, who is also a lawmaker from the Joint (Arab) List.

Around 370,000 of Myanmar's minority Rohingya population have fled the country's western state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the United Nations, since disruption began on August 25, after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts, prompting a military crackdown.

Bangladeshi sources say Myanmar's army recently planted new mines - an allegation denied by Myanmar officials.

The UN warning came as it emerged that the Dalai Lama had written to Ms Aung San Suu Kyi urging Myanmar's de facto civilian leader to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the mainly Buddhist country.

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The Bangladesh government says it has offered a plot of land for a new camp to shelter Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar.

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