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A Nobel Peace Prize recipient who defied Myanmar’s military dictatorship is now presiding over what U.N. officials call “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing” against a religious and ethnic minority.
Human rights groups accuse Aung San Suu Kyi, a national icon who is currently the state counselor to Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, of remaining silent as the government persecutes hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.
Rohingya - Bangladesh - August - Myanmar - Rakhine
Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since fighting broke out in August in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, according to reports from human rights groups in the area. The government’s crackdown indiscriminately targets innocent women and children in addition to militants within the Rohingya population, the U.N.’s top human rights official said Monday.
“We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council, according to Reuters.
Government - Operation - Accountability - Violations - Pattern
“I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” he added.
Rohingya Muslims are a hated minority group in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. The government considers them to be Bangladeshi illegal immigrants, while Bangladesh says they are Burmese. In 2016, about 85,000 Rohingya poured into Bangladesh, fleeing rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar security forces.
Conflict - Aug - Rohingya - Militants - Security
The latest conflict began on Aug. 25, when Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers in...
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