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UN says Myanmar violence is ethnic cleansing as Rohingya exodus continues

UN says Myanmar violence is ethnic cleansing as Rohingya exodus continues

IAF officials said one more C-17, a large strategic heavy-lift cargo aircraft, was scheduled to airlift additional relief material to Bangladesh on Friday.

For the proper and equal distribution of aid items to the refugees the Cox's Bazar deputy commissioner's (DC) has already opened a control centre to receive donations and relief items.

An estimated 380,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Myanmar and reached Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmar security forces in response to an attack on a military outpost by Rohingya militants on August 25.

The ISCI also documented how these genocide processes have been orchestrated at the highest levels of state and local Rakhine government.

"The State's persistent and intensified 'othering' of the Rohingya as outsiders, illegal Bengali immigrants and potential terrorists has given a green light to Rakhine nationalists and Islamophobic monks to orchestrate invidious campaigns of race and religious hatred reminiscent of those witnessed in Germany in the 1930s and Rwanda in the early 1990s", the report said.

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The ISCI, a highly respected community of scholars working to expose, document, explain and resist state crimes, is based at Queen Mary University of London.

As well as his parents, Maung said many students had returned to his village from the regional capital Pathein as anonymous warnings about violence between Buddhists and Muslims spread via social media and text message.

They also visited Ghundum point along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Naikhangchhari, where landmines had been discovered.

Other Rohingya have been living in camps for displaced people within Myanmar.

The Myanmar government has blamed Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents for fomenting the latest cycle and for burning Rohingya villages, although eyewitnesses have reported that members of the military and local militia were targeting Rohingya civilians.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, seen as a national hero in Myanmar and the face of a free civilian government, has come under intense international criticism for failing to openly support the Rohingya.

"The state counsellor won't attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly", government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP, using Suu Kyi's formal title.

Now that the UN human rights chief has termed the situation "a textbook case of ethnic cleansing" the demand for more actions can be heard louder.

On Wednesday, the government was registering new refugee arrivals and collecting biometric data from them, Bangladeshi State Foreign Affairs Minister Shahriar Alam told reporters in Ukhia.

Erdogan and leaders of several other Muslim-majority countries had issued strong statements against the persecution of the Rohingya.

But outside of her country Suu Kyi's reputation as a defender of the oppressed is in ruins over the Rohingya crisis.

This policy continued in bits and pieces until the actions escalated in October last year and again this time in 2017 that has successfully reduced the Rohingya population by half in Myanmar.

"I repeat my call for an effective action plan to address the root causes of the crisis".

"The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting".