United Nations envoy says Muslims facing 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

United Nations envoy says Muslims facing 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar”

The total, during the period from August 25 through Sunday, is 19,000 more than Saturday's estimate of 294,000.

Since then Buddhist hardliners have led sporadic attacks on mosques and other Islamic sites across the country.

"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".

Over 300,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to seek protection after an insurgent attack on security forces on August 25 in Rakhine sparked off a brutal military counteroffensive.

Speaking at the start of a UN Human Rights Council session, Zeid pointed to satellite imagery and reports of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and extrajudicial killings.

"The problem is that in both Indonesia and Malaysia, where anger towards Myanmar is building, there is a risk that the plight of the Rohingya could become a lightning rod for underlying divisions between Muslims and non-Muslims, which in turn is being exploited by politicians with domestic agendas", he said.

Successive regimes have historically discriminated against them even though many have lived for three generations in Rakhine state.

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday alleged the Rohingya Muslim community posed a "threat to the integrity and security" of Myanmar, prompting "strong action" by the country's government. It is a moral obligation of the United Nations to hold a special session to consider this human right disaster and set up funds to rehabilitate the displaced Rohingya.

Nobel Prize victor and de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has been sharply criticized for her equivocation in the face of the military's campaign, despite questions about her influence.

The people - many hungry and exhausted after a days-long march through the mountains and bushes in the monsoon rain - have been unable to cross because of a crackdown on Bangladeshi boatmen charging Tk10,000 ($122) or more, sources said.

"It is now a national problem", Ali said.

"The Myanmar Government should stop claiming that the Rohingya are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages", the prince said.

"He would definitely give help to those poor Muslims".

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said those who are harassing Muslims "should remember Buddha".

Recalling the atrocities carried out by the Pakistan army on Bangalees, especially women and children, during the Liberation War in 1971, Hasina said Myanmar was carrying out exactly the same brutality on Rohingyas.

Geneva: As central government plans to deport Rohingya refugees, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC) on Monday said the principle of non-refoulement - or not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger - is binding on all states.

"And at the same time we urge the global community to come forward with their help", Hoque said.

Thousands of Rohingya refugees are still stranded on the Myanmar side of the River Naf, which separates the two countries, with the biggest gathering south of the Rakhine state town of Maungdaw, monitors and sources in the area told Reuters.

He also said the government would be registering the new arrivals on Monday.

The Department of Immigration and Passports began the registration at 8:00pm ahead of Hasina's visit to Cox's Bazar today.

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