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Myanmar situation 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', says UN

11 September 2017

"This mechanism will guarantee a proper channeling of aid to ensure that it will reach its target and to provide a strategic platform for a long-term solution to the long-standing humanitarian crisis suffered by the Rohingya Muslims", he said in a statement here today.

"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 said.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday discussed the issue of Rohingya Muslims being persecuted in Myanmar.

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been subject to brutal ethnic cleansing in the past two years.

The United Nations said 294,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since the militants' attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state on August 25 sparked a major military backlash.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday urged worldwide bodies and Myanmar neighbors to act in support of Muslims in Myanmar. The Bangladesh government has also made a decision to prepare a biometric database of the Rohingya refugees, Dhaka Tribune reported.

Since the latest military crackdown began in Rakhine two weeks ago following a series of attacks on Myanmar law enforcement by insurgents, almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh seeking refuge, according to the UNHCR.

The Iranian President also said that both Tehran and Ankara are trying to establish stability across borderlines in the region while they remain to protect territorial integrity of their neighbors.

Lt. Col. S.M. Ariful Islam, commanding officer of the Bangladesh border guard in Teknaf, said on Friday he was aware of at least three Rohingya injured in explosions. "It is now a national problem", he said.

Refugee accounts of the latest spasm of violence in Rakhine have typically described shootings by soldiers and arson attacks on villages.

Myanmar authorities deny citizenship to Rohingyas, classifying them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and imposing many restrictions on them, including limits to their freedom of movement.

Ali told the envoy that Bangladesh also proposed joint inspection, coordinated patrolling of border and joint operation along the border but, "unfortunately Myanmar has not responded to these proposals".

He called on all dignitaries, groups, parties, movements, Muslim world countries, the OIC and the Human Rights Watch as well as the UN Secretary General António Guterres to utilize all their capabilities and diplomatic means to exert more pressure on the government of Myanmar in order to prevent further crimes against the Rohingya Muslims.

"The Islamic world can not be silent towards these incidents", Rouhani said, referring to cruelty toward the Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist majority country.

Myanmar situation 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', says UN