World UN chief Guterres calls on Burma to halt military action against Rohingya

22:06  13 september  2017
22:06  13 september  2017 Source:   France 24

Myanmar faces international condemnation over Rohingya

  Myanmar faces international condemnation over Rohingya Myanmar's security forces and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been facing international condemnation over the recent plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days following an uptick in fighting between fighters and Myanmar's military in strife-torn western Rakhine state.

UN chief Antonio Guterres acknowledged Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims were being ethnically cleansed in Myanmar as he called for a halt to a military campaign in Rakhine state. International pressure mounts on Burma ’s Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis.

United Nations : UN chief Antonio Guterres called Wednesday on Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingyas in Rakhine state, acknowledging that the Muslim minority was facing ethnic cleansing.

Sajjad Hussain, AFP | Indian demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, in New Delhi on September 13, 2017.© Provided by France 24 EN Sajjad Hussain, AFP | Indian demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, in New Delhi on September 13, 2017. UN chief Antonio Guterres acknowledged Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims were being ethnically cleansed in Myanmar as he called for a halt to a military campaign in Rakhine state.

Speaking ahead of a Security Council meeting to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis there, Guterres described reports of security forces attacking civilians in Rakhine as "disturbing" and "completely unacceptable."

Global rep in shreds, but Suu Kyi still the star in Myanmar

  Global rep in shreds, but Suu Kyi still the star in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi's global image is in tatters over her stubborn refusal to protect the Rohingya -- but her stance has been widely applauded inside Myanmar where hatred abounds for the Muslim minority. Desperate Rohingya have fled Rakhine state since August 25 in droves, trudging through mud-slaked hills and paddy fields in a human tide that has shocked the international community.

United Nations , Sep 13 (AFP) UN chief Antonio Guterres today called on Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingyas in Rakhine state, acknowledging that the Muslim minority was facing ethni.

UNITED NATIONS : UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on Myanmar authorities to suspend military action and end violence against the majority-Buddhist nation's Rohingya Muslims, saying the crisis was destabilizing the region.

"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military activities and violence and uphold the rule of law," the secretary general said in a press conference.

Asked if he agreed the Rohingya population was being ethnically cleansed, he replied: "When one-third of the Rohingya population has got to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?"

The crackdown by Myanmar's army, which followed attacks by Rohingya militants late last month, has prompted around 380,000 to flee across the border into neighboring Bangladesh.

Guterres called for authorities "to assure the delivery of vital humanitarian aid," with thousands of Rohingya still crossing the border every day.

The 1.1-million strong Rohingya have suffered years of discrimination in Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship even though many have longstanding roots in the country.

But Guterres said that the Myanmar government should either grant the Rohingya nationality or legal status that would allow them to live a normal life.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been widely condemned for a lack of moral leadership and compassion in the face of the crisis, denting the Nobel peace laureate's reputation.

However Suu Kyi, Myanmar's first civilian leader in decades, has no control over the powerful military, which ran the country for 50 years before elections in 2015.

(AFP)

Opinion: Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fallen Heroine Turns a Blind Eye to the Rohingyans .
She could have used the bully pulpit to change minds and indirectly influence the military. In a major address to the Myanmar public, and the international community on September 19, Aung San Suu Kyi gave her first significant speech about the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State.

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