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Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Is ‘Ethnic Cleansing,’ U.N. Rights Chief Says
GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights official accused Myanmar on Monday of carrying out "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing"
against Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands of whom have crossed into Bangladesh since late August to escape a military crackdown.
United Nations said that The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,
In his address on Monday, Mr. al-Hussein said he was appalled by reports that Myanmar’s military has placed mines along the border with Bangladesh.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military’s "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of international law,
and cited what he called refugees’ consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities.
Mr. al-Hussein said the crackdown "resembles a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return," noting
that Myanmar had progressively stripped its Rohingya minority of civil and political rights for decades.
Myanmar’s government has refused to cooperate with the mission and has said it will not allow members of the group into the country.
On Friday, the Dalai Lama became the latest Nobel Peace Prize laureate to raise the issue of her silence, following statements from Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa
and the rights advocate Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, both of whom called on Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi to take action.
Amnesty International said on Sunday that it had documented "what seems to be targeted
use of land mines" by Myanmar’s security forces at crossing points used by refugees.