Violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar 'seems like ethnic cleansing'

Bangladesh Plans To Move Reluctant Rohingya Refugees To Remote Island That Floods Every Year

Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a "textbook example" of ethnic cleansing, the top United Nations human rights official has said.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Myanmar, said Friday that at least 1,000 people had been killed in the violence, though she said that figure is "very likely an underestimate."Figures are hard to verify because of lack of access to the affected areas", she said".

Myanmar says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organisation.

The UN earlier has announced that it had a plan to provide up to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh with food, shelter, water, health care and other services until the end of the year.

Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination and persecution in Myanmar and are denied citizenship despite centuries-olds roots in the Rakhine region. Many of the Muslims have lost their lives while tens of thousands have been displaced as a result of attacks by Buddhists.

Aid workers say a serious humanitarian crisis is also unfolding on the Myanmar side of the border.

"This genocide needs to be tried at worldwide court", National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque told a news conference in Cox's Bazar.

The State Department is working with worldwide partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the global Committee of the Red Cross and the worldwide Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

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The violence was triggered on 25 August when a Rohingya militant group attacked more than a dozen security sites and killed 12 people.

Mr Zeid added that the Myanmar Government should stop pretending that the Rohingya "are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages".

He called on all dignitaries, groups, parties, movements, Muslim world countries, the OIC and the Human Rights Watch as well as the UN Secretary General António Guterres to utilize all their capabilities and diplomatic means to exert more pressure on the government of Myanmar in order to prevent further crimes against the Rohingya Muslims.

The plight of the Rohingya has triggered broad worldwide condemnation of Myanmar and the country's Nobel peace prize laureate leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Around 3,13,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in the last two weeks, pushing the number of Rohingyas living in this country to over 6,00,000. It said at least three people including two children were injured in the past week.

"The global community must take immediate notice of these brutal, mass killings of innocent Muslims and we will not leave our Muslim brothers of Myanmar alone in this hour of crisis", she said while addressing a gathering.

Bangladesh Monday urged the worldwide community to pursue Myanmar for "immediate and unconditional" implementation of Kofi Annan Commission's recommendations on Rakhine state where Rohingya Muslims have been facing widespread abuses that created serious humanitarian crisis.

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