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NewsHour Treats Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar as Matter of Opinion — ACTION ALERT

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Debra Rodriguez | 18 September, 2017, 00:25

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed by Rohingya Muslims since violence erupted in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 25.

The military offensive was launched in response to coordinated attacks on police posts and an army camp by fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) that killed a dozen people.

The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar rejects such accusations, saying it is targeting "terrorists".

The violence has mounted worldwide pressure on Myanmar's military leaders and civilian administration, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

There was no mention in the statement of Suu Kyi's reaction to Trudeau's call for ending the violence against the Rohingya, except to say that "the state counsellor expressed appreciation for Canada's contribution to humanitarian efforts".

The Secretary-General also said he has spoken to Suu Kyi several times.

"Grievances that have been left to fester for decades have now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region", Guterres told reporters at the United Nations.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy will travel to Myanmar to meet with officials this weekend regarding the violence in the country, including the attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

"Hence, the global communities should now step in and help the country in its efforts to stop the violence happening in Rakhine state", Masing said.

"We have put Myanmar on notice that unless the persecution and violence stops, we will take action".

This came just a day after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called off plans to attend the UN General Assembly session in NY amid growing outrage over the unfolding Rohingya crisis.

The secretary-general has been outspoken about calling for an end to the violence in Burma's Rakhine state, and sent the Security Council an official letter raising his concerns about a crisis - the first time a United Nations chief has done so since 1989. Despite the council's unity, Myanmar state media yesterday reported China had endorsed the offensive against the insurgents. They are often described as the world's most persecuted minority.

"It's very hard to conclude that it is anything other than a deliberate effort by the Myanmar military to drive Rohingya out of their own country by any means necessary", Mr Blomqvist added. With little assistance from major worldwide aid organizations, the Rohingya are left entirely to the charity of local nongovernmental organizations for their survival.

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