UN Chief calls for effective action plan to address Rohingya problem

UN Chief calls for effective action plan to address Rohingya problem

UN Chief calls for effective action plan to address Rohingya problem

Violence in Myanmar has invited reactions from around the world.

During a press conference at Lancaster house in London on Thursday, Tillerson stressed that the violence against the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority group, must stop.

Talking to reporters here, Tillerson also likened the violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims to ethnic cleansing. We want the lies and accusations of ethnic cleansing and genocide to stop so we're protesting together in front of the United Nations office here in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Myanmar's Vice-President Henry Van Thio will be attending the UN Security Council meeting today (September 13) instead of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Earlier on Thursday the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the "military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately cease the killings, harassment, and rape of the Rohingya people, and the burning of their homes".

The humanitarian crisis overwhelming Myanmar - call it Burma if you must - is a blood stain on the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's de facto leader.

Close												Indonesian police stand by to bar protesters from an anti Myanmar rally in Central Java on Sept. 8
Close Indonesian police stand by to bar protesters from an anti Myanmar rally in Central Java on Sept. 8

Since Aug. 25, more than 370,000 Rohingya have escaped from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Wednesday called on Myanmar to halt military action and atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, saying the ongoing violence by security forces against the Muslim minority was "completely unacceptable and catastrophic".

An estimated 380,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the violence in Myanmar and are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh, UN Secretary General António Guterres said Wednesday.

Guterres repeated his call for "an effective action plan" to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.

"I think nobody wants to see a return to military rule in (Myanmar), nobody wants to see a return of the generals", he said, adding that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi should use her moral capital to highlight the plight of the Rohingya.

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