Amnesty International Claims 'Evidence' of Ethnic Cleansings' of Rohingya

Amnesty International Claims 'Evidence' of Ethnic Cleansings' of Rohingya

Myanmar says refugees can return if they are citizens, but most Rohingya are stateless despite having lived in Myanmar for generations.

Noting the commitments made by Myanmar to provide humanitarian assistance to all displaced individuals without discrimination, they called on the government to fulfil these commitments, facilitate humanitarian assistance to those in need in Rakhine State, and to ensure the protection and safety of humanitarian actors.

He estimated that the Islamic Republic would be sending 150 more tonnes of relief supplies to violence-stricken Rohingya Muslims in the future, and said the Society was prepared to set up as many as 400 relief tents aimed at assisting the displaced.

The secretary-general has been outspoken about calling for an end to the violence in Burma's Rakhine state, and sent the Security Council an official letter raising his concerns about a crisis - the first time a United Nations chief has done so since 1989.

Tens of thousands of refugees are trapped on the border into Bangladesh without basic food and medicine amid operations by the Myanmar military, which have already killed hundreds.

Instead of attending the UN General Assembly's ministerial sessions, which open on Tuesday and run through September 25, Ms. Suu Kyi will give a speech in Myanmar next week that will cover the same topics she would have addressed at the United Nations, presidential office spokesman Zaw Htay said.

"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", Guterres said.

"And the Government of Myanmar has an important obligation in looking to the longer term in implementing the recommendations of the Annan Commission", he said.

Recently, a Rohingya militant group coordinated a series of attacks on police and military in Myanmar. "But women and children are arriving hungry and malnourished", said Mr. Guterres.

Suu Kyi has been widely condemned for her inaction in the face of the crisis, denting the Nobel peace laureate's reputation.

(CNN) - Amnesty International said Thursday that Myanmar's ongoing crackdown on the Muslim minority Rohingya population is "ethnic cleansing".

Human rights groups and the United Nations describe that "reaction" as ethnic cleansing.

The Rohingya are fleeing from a Myanmar military offensive in the western state of Rakhine that began after a series of guerrilla attacks on August 25 on security posts and an army camp in which about a dozen people were killed.