Exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing genocide in Myanmar hits 379000

Rohingya refugees at a camp in New Delhi

Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi | Source Nayanika Chatterjee ThePrint

But worldwide pressure on Myanmar heightened this week after United Nations rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein said the violence seemed to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

More than 370,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations, an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

The Associated Press reports that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that Myanmar must uphold the rights of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority without citizenship rights in the Buddhist majority country.

Guterres said the situation in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine can be described as ethnic cleansing.

The crisis over the security forces' fierce response to Rohingya is the biggest problem Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar's leader previous year.

"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", he said, noting that at the time of his briefing to the press last week, there were 125,000 Rohingya who had fled into Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi has been the subject of global opprobrium over her handling of the Rohingya minority in her country and her failure to speak out forcefully against the violence directed toward them.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has said that her country can feed 700,000 of the Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar. "How can they deny they are not their citizens?" she asked.

Her perseverance in opposing the military junta is well-documented and under the lash of worldwide pressure political change finally came to Myanmar (also known as Burma).

Some critics have called for Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 1991 for standing up to Myanmar's military junta in a campaign for democracy.

The UN refugee agency says not enough aid is getting through to the Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh.

Ethiopian Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, who is presiding over the council this month, said the 15 member nations expressed concern over the violence that occurred during the Myanmar security forces' counteroffensive.

Sweden and the United Kingdom requested the meeting, saying in a statement they were "deeply concerned" by the reports emerging from Myanmar. The Rohingyian will suffer and their will be very hard to get worldwide attention and the west that is shouting for "DO MORE" to continue their so called war against terrorism will "DO NOTHING" to save innocent lives in Myanmer because this is war of civilizations and the victims are Muslims.

Myanmar's government regards Rohingya as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, even though many have lived in the country for generations.

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft added that it was the first time in nine years that the Security Council was able to agree on a common stance on Myanmar.

While the current crisis has seen almost 400,000 Rohingya flee, the United Nations says Bangladesh was already hosting several hundred thousand undocumented Rohingya who had fled earlier violence.

"This roadmap fulfils an urgent need, a moral duty, an operational necessity - and a personal priority", he said.

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