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'Ethnic Cleansing' Occurring Against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

'Ethnic Cleansing' Occurring Against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims”

Earlier on Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called on the Myanmar government to end the "brutal security operation" in the country's Muslim-populated areas.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar, regarded by majority Buddhists as illegal immigrants although many have lived in the ethnically diverse Southeast Asian nation for generations.

Violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese army men have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.

The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has said the latest violence may have left more than 1,000 dead, a lot of them Rohingya.

The military started its offensive after a group of Rohingya militants carried out an attack on a police post in northern Rakhine on August 25, killing 12 security personnel.

In response to that attack, the United Nations says Myanmar's military has struck back "without regard for basic principles of global law" targeting civilians, not just militants.

More than 300,000 Rohingyas - who are often described as the "world's most persecuted minority" - are understood to have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two weeks, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

More than 270,000 people have fled to nearby Bangladesh in less than a three-week span.

The Bangladesh government says it has offered a plot of land for a new camp to shelter Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar.

He added that Myanmar's government must address the long-standing grievances and the miserable situation of its Muslim community, observe their rights in an effective manner and recognize them as equal citizens while protecting them in the face of violence and discrimination.

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.

They said that thousands of women have been widowed in the crisis and scores of children have lost their parents.

"It is vital that aid agencies working in Cox's Bazar have the resources they need to provide emergency assistance to incredibly vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes and have arrived in Bangladesh with nothing", he said.

Thousands of Rohingya remaining in the northwestern state of Rakhine have been left without shelter or food, and many are still trying to reach Bangladesh.

"The UN and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and.they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers", said Joy Singhal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). "I think such circumstances Buddha would definitely help those poor Muslims".

Dhaka, which initially tried to block the Rohingya from entering, said Monday that it would start registering all new arrivals. Hasina is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugees on Tuesday.



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