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European Union condemns Rohingya 'catastrophe' in Myanmar

European Union condemns Rohingya 'catastrophe' in Myanmar

The lawmakers called on Myanmar's government and leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to "condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities". It has been characterized by many as ethnic cleansing.

Speaking at a news conference alongside U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Johnson said he admired Suu Kyi's fight against Myanmar's former military junta, but "it is now vital for her to use that moral capital, that moral authority to make the point about the suffering" of the Rohingya.

After describing reports of security forces attacking civilians as "completely unacceptable", Guterres was asked if he agreed that the Rohingya population was being ethnically cleansed.

"All of them fled their country of origin i.e. Myanmar due to fear of persecution and are not illegal immigrants in India".

Murphy also emphasized the need for easier access for aid groups trying to reach Rakhine state, where journalists and human rights advocates have also been kept out.

Rohingya living in established refugee camps in Bangladesh have also been accused of joining the profiteering.

Even though India backed the internationally-isolated Myanmar government on the Rohingya crisis, facing the ire of several nations including Bangladesh, New Delhi has now made a decision to send relief materials to the refugees.

Rights groups had urged the council to meet in open session and send a clear message to Myanmar that the world is watching. "It's not us, it's them who are killing us and why aren't you talking about it?" said Thiri Thant Mon, who herself does not identify with such views.

In the northern area of Rakhine, 176 out of 471 Rohingya villages now stand empty after "the whole village fled", government spokesman Zaw Htay said in Yangon, adding others were partly deserted or intact.

But this didn't stop the world in criticizing Aung San Suu Kyi.

The government claims it is fighting a terrorist insurgency, targeting terrorists suspected of masterminding an attack on police posts in late August.

Bangladesh is struggling to provide relief for the huge influx of exhausted and hungry refugees-some 60 percent of whom are children-while almost 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also been displaced inside Myanmar.

Last week there were 125,000 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh and "the number has now tripled to almost 380,000", he said. Though it beat out the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party in the 2015 elections, rising Buddhist nationalism and stalling peace negotiations with armed ethnic groups nationwide have put the party at risk of losing power.

The refugees are fleeing a fresh security operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

The army denies the allegations.

It comes as Aung San Suu Kyi plans to skip a crucial United Nations meeting next week to discuss the crisis after a senior UN official accused her government of ethnic cleansing.

The U.N. General Assembly presents an opportunity to work on humanitarian problems, but it could be more hard without Suu Kyi's attendance or input.


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