UN High commissioner Deplores India Over Rohingya Refugees, Says Can't Deport Them

12 September, 2017, 16:22 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • A Rohingya man stretches his arms out for food distributed by local volunteers

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Hussein said on Monday that Myanmar authorities' operation against Rohingya Muslims in the country's state of Rakhine in recent weeks could be regarded as ethnic cleansing.

Hasina, who inquired into the conditions of those arrived recently in the camp, said Bangladesh faced a similar situation during its war of liberation.

She has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses against the Rohingya, and in April denied to the BBC that ethnic cleansing was taking place.

The attacks triggered a sweep by the Myanmar security forces, in which refugees and right groups say many innocent Rohingya have been targeted.

The insurgency offered a temporary ceasefire on Saturday to address the "humanitarian crisis" unfolding in the state but the Myanmar government rejected it, saying it doesn't "negotiate with terrorists".

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"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation" and to stop discriminating against Rohingya, Zeid said.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled in the wake of violence from nationalist militias, who have torched dozens of villages, killing Muslim in the their path. Many more of Myanmar's 1.1.m Rohingya population are attempting to join them.

Some observers point out that the Rohingya issue is so heated in Myanmar that the Nobel laureate would lose her popularity, and eventually possibly her position, if she backed the ethnic minority.

The US said the violent displacement of Rohingya Muslims showed Myanmar's security forces were not protecting civilians.

"This is anger! We are expressing our anger against the Burmese government who is doing genocide against our people", Nurul Islam, president of Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO), told Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

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More than 310,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, a United Nations spokesperson said Monday.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned Myanmar for "systematic brutal acts" against its Muslim Rohingya minority and asked it to accept global monitors.

The clashes and counter clash left 400 people killed as per the official counts, but the Rohingya leaders say the army killed more than 3,000 civilians.

Officials in Bangladesh have said growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river which divides the two countries.

For the goal of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights, it also says.

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