South Africa's Tutu asks Myanmar's Suu Kyi to help Rohingya

South Africa's Tutu asks Myanmar's Suu Kyi to help Rohingya

South Africa's Tutu asks Myanmar's Suu Kyi to help Rohingya

Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims marks the "death of the Nobel Peace Prize", Iran's supreme leader said today in a sharp attack on Burmese laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi has not spoken out against what the United Nations is calling ethnic cleansing, which has incited outrage from the global community and calls for her Nobel Prize to be revoked.

Suu Kyi shares power with the military, and the Buddhist majority in Myanmar largely dismisses the plight of Rohingya Muslims, calling them "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh.

Undoubtedly, "a genocide is taking place, ethnic cleansing [is] taking place, and day by day the situation of Rohingya Muslims is actually deteriorating", the analyst said on Friday night.

Myanmar says its forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against terrorists responsible for a string of attacks on the police and army since last October. It has also blamed Rohingya for burning their own homes even though new fires were occurring after Rohingya fled.

Rohingya described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

Myanmar has said it is negotiating with China and Russian Federation to ensure they block any Security Council censure over the crisis.

Thailand has also said it is preparing to receive people fleeing Myanmar, while Singapore said it was ready to help the humanitarian effort.

Another Islamist group, Hefajat-e-Islam, said it will surround the embassy on September 19 if the Myanmar government does not stop violence against the Rohingya in its Rakhine state.

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed with the massive influx of Rohingya, many of whom arrived hungry and traumatized after walking for days through jungles or being packed into rickety wooden boats.

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

Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.

A clearance operation by Myanmar's military targeting the Rohingya intensified after 12 security officers were killed by militants in co-ordinated attacks on border posts.

United Nations officials in Bangladesh now believe the total number of refugees from Myanmar since August 25 could reach 300,000, said Dipayan Bhattacharyya, who is Bangladesh spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP).

Before Aug. 25, Bangladesh had already been housing some 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled earlier flashes of violence including anti-Muslim riots in 2012. While the government of Bangladesh is accommodating many displaced Rohingya, significant numbers of civilians are stranded along the border waiting for much-needed relief, while other communities in Rakhine have become internally displaced.

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