Guterres Calls Displacement of Myanmar's Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

Nigeria urges end to ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

Guterres Calls Displacement of Myanmar's Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's nominal leader, will skip a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday amid a growing controversy over what U.N. high commissioner for human rights has said seems to be "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" against the country's Rohingya minority.

Bangladesh was already home to about 400,000 Rohingya, who fled earlier conflict in Myanmar including a similar security crackdown in western Myanmar's Rakhine state in response to militant attacks in October.

The tweet came shortly after UN Secretary General António Guterres gave a press conference in NY, calling the humanitarian situation "catastrophic" and urging Myanmar's security forces to suspend their actions.

Asked if the situation could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres replied: "Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?"

On August 25, Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in the eastern Myanmar's state of Rakhine. They have lived in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for generations but are denied citizenship.

Myanmar's response: The country's foreign affairs ministry said that it shared concerns over the violence in all communities, but didn't mention the Rohingya community specifically, The Guardian reported.

"We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to feed the 700,000 refugees", she said after the visit.

According to different organizations, recent military offensives by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. The United Nations estimates that more than 270,000 people have now crossed the border in order to escape violence in Rakhine State.

Also: Myanmar's defacto leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced Tuesday that she will also miss the UN General Assembly's debate next week because of the crisis, with one source telling BBC she has "more pressing matters to deal with".

The 15-member council "expressed concern about reports of excessive violence" and called for immediate action to protect civilians and resolve the refugee problem. "We will do all we can to ease the suffering of the Rohingya refugees".

"The Indian government should follow the country's tradition and adopt a humane view towards Rohingyas", the former UP Chief Minister said.

British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first statement from the Security Council on Myanmar in nine years.

Other Rohingya have been living in camps for displaced people within Myanmar.

Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in NY.

Quader had said on Sunday that Bangladesh needed "crucial" Indian support in handling the crisis.

The Council issued a unanimous statement which condemned "the initial attack on security forces and subsequent violence".

Rohingya people have always been subjected to discrimination in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.

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