No End in Sight for Myanmar's Long-suffering Rohingya

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Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, a senior United Nations Human Rights official whilst addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday has described the ongoing crisis in Myanmar as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

At the same time, he deplored measures taken by India, which has said it is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention and can deport Rohingyas.

The military retaliated with a violent operation that is "clearly disproportionate and without regard for basic principles of global law", Hussein said.

Myanmar has come under global scrutiny lately for the escalating crisis among its Rohingya Muslim population.

Clashes between the minority Rohingya population and security forces in Myanmar's Rakhine province have resulted in a mass exodus into Bangladesh.

With the military's brutal reprisal, burning villages and attacking civilians in order to drive the militants out, Rohingya Muslims started fleeing the country.

"Myanmar will have to take back all Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh", Hasina said while on a visit to the Cox's Bazar border district where she distributed aid.

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Washington, Sep. 12 (BNA): The White House has called on Burmese authorities to "respect the rule of law, stop the violence, and end the displacement of civilians from all communities".

A Rohingya refugee woman sits next to a newly built makeshift shelter in a camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 9.

Ruling Awami League general secretary and senior Bangladesh minister Obaidul Quader today said, "The entire world is today anxious with the Rohingya issue and India also expressed its concern.their (India s) concern and stance beside us is very crucial at this moment".

Last year, Zeid issued a report warning that the pattern of gross violations of the human rights of the Rohingya suggested a widespread or systematic attack against the community, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity.

Militants in Myanmar's Rakhine state are declaring a temporary ceasefire from yesterday after more than two weeks of violence in the western state. The Jordanian said it was damaging the improved reputation of Myanmar, where Aung San Suu Kyi leads the government after her lengthy struggle for democracy.

Health experts have urged people across the country to help the crisis-stricken people by providing them with baby foods.

The OIC meeting also urged the government of Myanmar to honor its obligations under worldwide law and human rights covenants, and to take all measures to immediately halt acts of dispersion and discriminatory practices against Rohingya Muslims, as well as the continuous attempts to obliterate their Islamic culture and identity.

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