Rights group slams Myanmar's crackdown on ethnic Rohingya

Rights group slams Myanmar's crackdown on ethnic Rohingya

Rights group slams Myanmar's crackdown on ethnic Rohingya

The interventions add to global pressure over the crisis that has sent almost 380,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh, particularly on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya minority.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya, to "condemn unequivocally" all incitement to racial and religious hatred.

About 400,000 Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority group long denied citizenship in Myanmar, have crossed the border into Bangladesh since a violent crackdown by government forces, described by some as ethnic cleansing, began on August 25. "We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership but also be very clear to the military that are power-sharing in that government that this is unacceptable".

But even as the United Nations has called the army crackdown on the Rohingya "ethnic cleansing", western diplomats - from countries competing with China for influence in the Southeast Asian nation - say abandoning Suu Kyi or reimposing sanctions could risk Myanmar's democratic transition.

The Security Council is due to discuss the situation this afternoon in an urgent closed-door meeting, following an official letter from the Secretary-General expressing his concern.

Suu Kyi, who will deliver a nationwide address on September 19, has been condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of a crisis that has shocked the worldwide community.

Trucks loaded with supplies including soap, diapers, towels and slippers were headed to Bangladeshi refugee camps sheltering almost 380,000 Rohingyas, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) said on Thursday. She instead blamed terrorists for the attacks on Rohingya communitites.

He acknowledged that the minority group was being ethnically cleansed in the Buddhist-majority nation. "Not a single one of them has ever engaged in any terrorist activity", the petition said.

According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by the military and Buddhist mobs.

Amnesty said it had detected at least 80 large-scale fires in predominantly Rohingya-inhabited areas since August 25, when the military's operation against insurgents began. The report also stated that the government claimed that the policy decision to expel Rohingya refugees from India is based upon objective factors and should not be tinkered with.

That prompted Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" against the rebels, setting off a wave of violence that has left hundreds dead, thousands of homes burned, and tens of thousands fleeing to Bangladesh.

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