Bangladesh minister speaks of 'genocide' in Myanmar's Rakhine

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Bangladesh minister speaks of 'genocide' in Myanmar's Rakhine

The United Nations says 294,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked a major military backlash. "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", Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council.

The UN warning came as it emerged the Dalai Lama had written to Aung San Suu Kyi urging Myanmar's de facto civilian leader to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the mainly Buddhist country.

Over the weekend the Dalai Lama became the latest Nobel peace prize laureate to speak out about the crisis, telling the Burmese involved in attacks on the ethnic Muslim minority to "remember Buddha". Both communities got together and requested the Australian government to pressurize the government of Myanmar to stop the tragic massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

Turkish First Lady, Emine Erdogan, on Thursday visited fleeing Rohingyas who have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine after more than two weeks without shelter, food and water.

American Jewish leaders have called upon the Trump administration to aid the Rohingya Muslims now fleeing Myanmar. "We also say it is a genocide", AH Mahmood Ali told reporters after briefing diplomats in Dhaka on Sunday.

The UN has said it is receiving "constant reports" of violence carried out by security forces in the country, with claims that thousands of people have been killed or tortured.

The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) said on Tuesday that the persecution is backed by the government, elements among the country's Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.

Based on interviews with witnesses and analysis by its experts, Amnesty said there appeared to be a targeted use of landmines along a narrow stretch of the northwestern border with Rakhine state. Indiscriminate firing at local communities and torching of entire villages and other human rights violations were also reported.

The Red Cross organizations are scaling up operations in Myanmar's violence-riven northwest, after the United Nations had to suspend activities there following government suggestions that its agency had supported Rohingya insurgents.

At a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, the 57-member bloc hit out at what it said were "systematic brutal acts" against the Rohingya people. "He would definitely give help to those poor Muslims".

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