As Rohingya Flee Violence, Myanmar's Leader Cancels UN Meeting

BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND- NOVEMBER 29 Malala Yousafzai gives a speech as she unveils her official portrait by artist Nasser Azam at Barbar Institute Of Fine Art

Guterres said the situation in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine can be described as ethnic cleansing.

There are nearly 60,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, according to the United Nations.

Myanmar has accused the Rohingya of burning their own homes and villages - a claim the United Nations criticised as a "complete denial of reality".

Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

Analysis of active fire-detection data, satellite imagery, photographs and videos from the ground - as well as interviews with dozens of eye witnesses - reveals that security forces set more than 80 separate fires in the country's troubled Rakhine State since fighting broke out on August 25, according to an Amnesty press statement.

The exodus of refugees, sparked by the security forces' fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since taking charge a year ago.

Meanwhile UN agencies UNHCR and IOM have launched a joint appeal seeking enhanced humanitarian assistance for fleeing Rohingyas fearing their number could exceed a million as surges of the minority ethnic community from Myanmar continued to hit Bangladesh.

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Tens of thousands of refugees are trapped on the border into Bangladesh without basic food and medicine amid operations by the Myanmar military, which have already killed hundreds.

However, Trudeau said on Twitter that: "Today I spoke with Aung San Suu Kyi to convey Canada's deep concerns for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar".

The UN Security Council has condemned the violence and there are now calls for Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same.

"The government's attempts to shift the blame to the Rohingya population are blatant lies". "The counter-attacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", he said.

The Secretary-General also said he has spoken to Suu Kyi several times.

The actions of Myanmar's armed forces are believed to have intensified following the recent attacks, and United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein described them Monday as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". The army denies allegations, while Suu Kyi has also played down claims of atrocities instead blaming "a huge iceberg of misinformation" for complicating the conflict.

The secretary-general said there were 125,000 refugees in Bangladesh last week as he called on Myannmar's authorities to grant the Rohingya Muslims nationality or legal status so they could work, and get an education and health care.

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