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Myanmar committing genocide against Rohingyas: National Human Rights Commission

Myanmar committing genocide against Rohingyas: National Human Rights Commission”

"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", he told the UN Human Rights Council.

The recent outbreak of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state has caused thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

Zeid said more than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

Attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants on police posts and an army base in the northwestern state of Rakhine on August 25 provoked a military counter-offensive.

Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since then say the military responded with a brutal campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians in a bid to drive them out.

Cox's Bazar, Sep 11 (AFP): The number of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25 has reached 313,000, a United Nations spokesman said today.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned about the continuation of the ongoing crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, urging the global community and the United Nations in particular to take swift action to end the crisis.

The wave of traumatised refugees is "showing no signs of stopping", overwhelming agencies in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar region already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous spasms of conflict in Rakhine State, the United Nations said. Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.

The foreign minister said the worldwide community described the violence in Rakhine as "genocide and we, too, think so".

Police fired rubber bullets to break up a mob which stoned the home of a Muslim butcher in central Myanmar, authorities said Monday, as religious tensions rise amid a surge of violence in the west.

Bangladeshi officials and Amnesty researchers believe new explosives have been recently planted, including one that the rights group said blew off a Bangladeshi farmer's leg and another that wounded a Rohingya man. But the current move may help the government as it engages in a diplomatic battle about the Rohingyas' future, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports.

He said the Bangladesh government had also asked the UN, Germany and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take the initiative to create the safe zone as had been done in other conflict-stricken countries.

Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who are residing in various parts of India.

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.



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