Britain and Sweden calls on UN to look into Myanmar's Rohingya crisis.
Sep 12, 2017 World 0 1583 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- Britain and Sweden calls on UN to look into Myanmar's Rohingya crisis.
- UN's Security Council to hold emmergency meeting over this isue.
- This renewed call comes after a top UN Human Rights chief claimed ethnic cleansing was taking place in Myanmar.
British and Swedish government representatives at the United Nation have called on the world body to look into the
ongoing crisis in Myanmar after one of the UN's top Human Rights expert claimed that the crisis is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
The United Nations Security Council will now hold an urgent meeting to look into the Myanmar's Rohingya crisis.
In less than a month, more than 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the ongoing violence into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN's high commissioner for human rights, accused Myanmar authorities of acting in a "clearly disproportionate" manner, "without regards for basic principles of international law", on Monday.
"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population," he said.
Bangladesh has stepped up efforts to resolve the crisis, with Sheikh Hasina, the country's prime minister, calling on Myanmar to "take steps to take their nationals back" on Tuesday.
"Myanmar has created the problem, and they will have to solve it … We want peaceful relations with our neighbours," she said during a visit to a refugee camp in southwestern Ukhiya province, near the border with Myanmar.
Officials in Buddhist-majority Myanmar claim its security forces are fighting Rohingya combatants.
"The government of Myanmar fully shares the concern of the international community regarding the displacement and suffering of all communities affected by the latest escalation of violence ignited by the acts of terrorism," said a foreign ministry spokesperson on Tuesday.
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