Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Rohingya face ethnic cleansing — United Nations rights chief

Rohingya face ethnic cleansing — United Nations rights chief

Myanmar officials claim violence broke out after Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

The protesters also urged the United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to play a role and ask the Myanmar government to immediately stop the brutalities against Muslims and provide them protection.

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council.

And now Myanmar's government has been accused of planting land mines along the border.

Myanmar is a mostly Buddhist country that denies Rohingya Muslims citizenship.

Lt. Col. S.M. Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh border guard in Teknaf, said on Friday he was aware of at least three Rohingya injured in explosions.

At least 313,000 Rohingya have arrived since August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts, prompting Myanmar's military to retaliate with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

Earlier taking part in the discussion, MPs termed the ongoing brutality on the Rohingyas genocide and urged the global community to file complaints against Myanmar with the worldwide criminal court.

The United States has been facing worldwide condemnation due to its failure to censure Myanmar's de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi over her complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Muslim-majority Rakhine region.

On Monday it emerged that the Dalai Lama had joined fellow Nobel peace laureates Malala Yousafzai and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in urging Suu Kyi to intervene.

"The Rohingya Muslims are being literally pushed into the seas, their houses burnt and demolished, their women being raped, their children, women and men butchered as part of an organized campaign of ethnic cleansing".

"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", Zeid said.

"That's why we are giving shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds as we are human beings".

Sources in the Rohingya camp here say they are apprehensive about their future if they are deported and fear that they would be killed or subjected to torture back home. He said nobody should preach New Delhi on the matter as India absorbed the maximum number of refugees in the world.

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims.

In response, the military intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists", driving thousands of people from their homes.

The apex court had earlier asked the ASG to take instruction from the Centre about its response to the petition challenging the decision on various grounds, including that it violated worldwide human right conventions.

In northern Rakhine state there are reports of at least another 30,000 Rohingyas trapped in hilly terrain without basic supplies of food, water or medicine, according to activists.

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