Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

United Nations voices concern over 'excessive violence' against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

United Nations voices concern over 'excessive violence' against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

On Thursday, Tillerson directed the blame toward Myanmar's powerful military, which is responsible for security operations that have seen almost 400,000 people flee to neighboring Bangladesh in the past three weeks after Rohingya insurgents launched coordinated attacks on government forces.

A spokesman for the presidential office in Myanmar said Wednesday that Suu Kyi had called off her upcoming trip to the 72nd UN General Assembly in NY for two reasons.

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will raise the issue at the UN.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been urging the council to help resolve what he calls a catastrophic situation.

Suu Kyi has long faced criticism for failing to champion religious tolerance in Myanmar, where a powerful monk-led Buddhist nationalist movement has fed on seething anti-Muslim sentiment. McConnell said he spoke with Suu Kyi by phone on Wednesday and she repeated her call for "peace and reconciliation" in strife-torn Rakhine state.

More than 370,000 Rohingya - many of them women and children - have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations, an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

The diplomat said there will be pressure for more council action if Myanmar authorities do not change course. Weeks have passed since the incident took place in Myanmar, over 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh by foot or using boats.

The Rohingya people are a minority ethnic group in Myanmar, largely shunned by much of the country's mostly Buddhist population.

New Delhi also said that it would "provide any assistance required by Government of Bangladesh in this hour of need". The people of Rohingya are being killed senselessly.

"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. This week's unanimous adoption of a new resolution sends a clear message that the DPRK must comply fully with its global obligations", Mr. Guterres said referring to new sanctions, which among other measures, limit the imports of crude oil and oil products, ban textile exports, and prevent new visas for DPRK workers overseas.

KELEMEN: Suu Kyi's fellow Nobel laureates, including Malala Yousufzai and Desmond Tutu, have gone further, urging her to stop Burmese military attacks on Rohingya villages.

"The number may rise to 600,000, 700,000, even one million if the situation in Myanmar does not improve", he said.

The statement follows United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's briefing to the UN Human Rights Council in which the situation in Myanmar was declared a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The Security Council statement acknowledged the August 25 attacks on Myanmar's security forces but it "condemned the subsequent violence" that sent more than 370,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.

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