UN: Myanmar engaging in "textbook" example of ethnic cleansing

Myanmar's government is waging an all-out genocide against the Rohingya population of Rakhine state, said Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations' top human rights official.
By Joseph Scalise | Sep 13, 2017
Myanmar's government is waging an all-out genocide against the Rohingya population of Rakhine state, said Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations' top human rights official. Hussein said that the government is guilty of a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
"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," al-Hussein said, noting reports of security forces burning whole villages to the ground and shooting fleeing civilians.
Myanmar has said that its security forces are simply trying to quell the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a militia that attacked an army base in northwestern Rakhine on August 25. Myanmar declared ARSA a terrorist organization and dispatched security forces on a massive counter-offensive to flush it out in the wake of this attack.
The military operation has sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya civilians fleeing for their lives, with many pouring across the border into Bangladesh. Aid organizations in Bangladesh counted more than 300,000 refugees in the last two weeks.
The Rohingya are Muslims, whereas the rest of Myanmar's population is predominantly Buddhist. Human-rights observers assert that Myanmar marginalizes the Rohingya community and that its wholesale destruction of their villages is a systematic campaign to drive them out of the country.
Myanmar military leaders acknowledged the razed villages but claimed that Rohingya militants themselves were setting them on fire to smear the government. Zeid derided these claims as a "complete denial of reality" and called on Myanmar's government to own up to burning the villages down as its pretending otherwise is damaging the government's international standing.

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