Bangladesh minister accuses Myanmar of 'genocide'

Bangladesh minister accuses Myanmar of 'genocide'

"Rather, they (Islamic governments) have to increase their political, economic, and trade pressure on Myanmar's government and cry out against these crimes in worldwide organizations", he said.

Unverified reports from refugees and rights groups paint a picture of widespread attacks on Rohingya villages in the north of Rahkine State by the security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who have put numerous Muslim villages to the torch.

"The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Bangladesh is already home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled previous outbreaks of violence in Myanmar.

The Trump White House had been facing questions about its silence in the face of a crisis that a United Nations envoy has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Among other issues raised in his address on Monday was the situation in Venezuela, where Zeid said that crimes against humanity may have been committed, and where tensions have the potential to escalate further.

The de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, is facing mounting global criticism, with The White House urging her to "respect the rule of law" and step up all efforts to end the widespread displacement of civilians.

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The government has made a decision to deport illegal migrants back to Myanmar, a move that has been criticised by United Nations Human Rights chief.

Over 310,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, according to the UN.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) women wing also staged protest rally in Charsadda to demand global community to stop the genocide of innocent people in Myanmar.

Rohingya residents say the response by Myanmar's military has been disproportionate.

Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims marks the "death of the Nobel Peace Prize", Iran's supreme leader said on Tuesday (Sep 12) in a sharp attack on Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

After reports of India planning to deport thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar after large-scale violence, the United Nations has slammed the country saying it can not force people to return to a place where they risk of torture.

Myanmar's government regards the approximately one million Rohingya as illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and denies them citizenship, even though many Rohingya families have lived there for generations.

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