United Nations warns of 'ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Muslims

The Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned the Myanmar government for the "systematic brutal acts" against the Rohingya Muslims minority and called upon the government to allow the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council's fact finding mission to probe into all alleged violations of worldwide human rights law and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

In a report, United Nations investigators said the human rights violations constituted crimes against humanity.Fresh violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community.

More than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population", he added.

She has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses against the Rohingya, and in April denied to the BBC that ethnic cleansing was taking place.

The surge of refugees - many sick or wounded - has strained the resources of aid agencies already helping hundreds of thousands from previous spasms of bloodletting in Myanmar.

Some have called for the Nobel Peace Prize Suu Kyi won in 1991 as a champion of democracy to be revoked.

His statement followed the Indian government's decision to expel 40,000 Rohingya from India.

The situation deteriorated sharply on August 25 when hundreds of militants of the grouping that calls itself the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army attacked 30 police stations.


Militia groups, local security forces and the Burmese army responded with "clearance operations" that have forced refugees into Bangladesh and left tens of thousands more displaced inside the state.

"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. "We also say it is a genocide", Ali told reporters in Dhaka.

He said he was particularly "appalled" by reports that Myanmar authorities had begun laying landmines along the border with Bangladesh to prevent those who fled from returning.

Shahidul said his boss highlighted that Bangladesh has always preferred having a bilateral solution to this longstanding problem and was successful in repatriating 236,599 Rohingya to their homeland through a bilateral agreement in 1992.

Rakhine, the poorest region in Myanmar, is home to more than a million Rohingyas.

Refugee accounts of the latest spasm of violence in Rakhine have typically described shootings by soldiers and arson attacks on villages.

He noted that the situation could not be fully assessed because Myanmar had refused access to human rights investigators.

The resolution was passed in the wake of fresh refugee inflow from Myanmar, triggered by what the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing being carried out by the Myanmar military in the Rakhine state following insurgent attacks on police posts and an army base on August 25.

REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiRohingya children make their way through water as they try to come to the Bangladesh side from No Mans Land after a gunshot being heard on the Myanmar side, in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh.


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