Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Myanmar a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', warns UN

Myanmar a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', warns UN

The top United Nations human rights official has denounced Myanmar's "brutal security operation" against Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to militia attacks carried out last month.

"I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country", Zeid said, noting that some 40,000 Rohingyas had settled in India, including 16,000 who have received refugee documentation.

Aside from Myanmar, although he didn't specify the countries by name, Mr. Zeid said the council should consider "the need to exclude from this body states involved in the most egregious violations of human rights".

Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama said the suffering of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar would have inspired Buddha to help.

"We will come to a decision after assessing what are the steps that should be taken to that end".

"I am further appalled by reports that the Myanmar authorities have now begun to lay landmines along the border with Bangladesh" targeting Rohingya who might return, Hussein said. The surge in refugees has led Bangladesh authorities to look for land to rehabilitate the Rohingyas.

The United Nations' top human rights official has denounced the Myanmar government for its apparent "systematic attack" on Rohingya Muslims, warning that "ethnic cleansing" seems to be underway against the minority community.

Some analysts estimate that almost 10 lakh Rohingyas have fled Myanmar in the last three decades and taken refuge in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. On Sunday, a ceasefire was declared by ARSA to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced and hungry people in the north of Rakhine state, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.

For the objective of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights, it also says.

A Rohingya man stretches his arms out for food distributed by local volunteers, with bags of puffed rice stuffed into his vest at Kutupalong, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. "We want peaceful relations with our neighbours", she said during a visit to a refugee camp in southwestern Ukhiya province, near the border with Myanmar.

"If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep", said Tutu, who became the moral voice of South Africa after helping dismantle apartheid there.

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