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UN Chief calls for effective action plan to address Rohingya problem

UN Chief calls for effective action plan to address Rohingya problem

It can not escape notice that there is a direct correlation between the spike in the intensity of state-perpetrated violence on the Rohingyas and the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Myanmar. The Rohingya are a minority ethnic group located in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and are considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has used strong language in addressing the atrocities in Myanmar, referring to it as "ethnic cleansing" and "an abomination".

The Southeast Asian nation's first civilian leader in decades has faced worldwide condemnation for a lack of moral leadership regarding the Rohingya, victims of what the UN views as a campaign of ethnic cleansing. And so we appreciate the hard and complex situation Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in.

archiA trade delegation from the European Parliament decided on Thursday to postpone a planned visit to Myanmar due to the recent violent crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

A top United States lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown.

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The Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing from Myanmar (Burma) by the thousands.

One Rohingya man said his village of Rashidong had been attacked six days earlier by Myanmar soldiers and police.

Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces.

He directed the blame toward Myanmar's powerful military, which is responsible for security operations that have seen almost 400,000 people flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in the past three weeks after Rohingya insurgents launched coordinated attacks on government forces. The government must recant its position on the status of the Rohingyas, who must be accorded the full citizenship rights. Since the Rohingya are considered to be illegal Bengali immigrants and were denied recognition as a religion by the government of Myanmar, the dominant group, the Rakhine, rejects the label "Rohingya" and have started to persecute the Rohingya.


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