Myanmar Violence Against Rohingya is 'Textbook' Ethnic Cleansing

Myanmar Violence Against Rohingya is 'Textbook' Ethnic Cleansing

The Dalai Lama said he had spoken to Aung San Suu Kyi in the past about religious tensions in her country and was urging her again to curb the violence. Until the current crisis, there were around 1 million Rohingya in Myanmar. What are the crimes of the women, children, the innocent people?

These claims have been denied heavily by Myanmar officials, yet the Rohingya is considered a "stateless" minority and are illegal immigrants in this heavily Buddhist country.

The estimated1.2 million Rohingyas, most of whom live in Burma's Rakhine State, have always been targets of government discrimination, facilitated by their effective denial of citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law.

Speaking at the start of a UN Human Rights Council session, Zeid, a Jordanian prince, said he was "further appalled" by reports of Myanmar authorities planting land mines along the border.

In Washington, the US said it is "deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis", reiterating an earlier condemnation of the August 25 attack on a Myanmarese security post "and ensuing violence".

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is worsening every day and the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has now raised concerns that the violence against Rohingyas is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Previously only those in two official camps were being documented, but government teams are now collecting fingerprints and details from all newcomers, including those in makeshift shelters.

Myanmar Violence Against Rohingya is 'Textbook' Ethnic Cleansing

The minister's comments come as the chair of Bangladesh's National Commission for Human Rights said leading figures in Myanmar could face trial for "genocide" at an global tribunal.

It is still not clear who is responsible for the placing of landmines, or when they were laid, but the issue raises uncomfortable questions for the Myanmar government.

The Ambassador also demanded to create conditions conducive to protection of lives, livelihoods and human dignity of Myanmar's Muslim population.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled in the wake of violence from nationalist militias, who have torched dozens of villages, killing Muslim in the their path.

Ali called on the global community to urge the Myanmar government to immediately implement the recommendations of the commission's report "in its entirety".

Once lauded by the global community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country's Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.



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