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United Nations urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims

11 October 2017

Turkey-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said Wednesday that it had delivered aid to 270,000 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine state since August 25 when the latest violence erupted.

Myanmar's ruling party has held an interfaith rally to promote religious harmony as thousands of Rohingya Muslims continue to flee persecution in northern Rakhine state.

According to the United Nations researchers, measures against the minority group began nearly a month before the August 25 attacks on police posts by Muslim militants that served as a pretext for what Myanmar's military called "clearance operations" in Rakhine.

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The UN said there was evidence to suggest military operations are ongoing despite government claims they have ended.

The report released Wednesday is based on 65 interviews conducted in mid-September with Rohingya, individually and in groups, as more the half a million people from the ethnic group fled into Bangladesh during a violent crackdown in Myanmar. He urged all Muslim countries to adopt the issue of the Muslim Rohingya and to inform their problem to the worldwide public opinion to pressurize Myanmar to stop its massacres and offer political and humanitarian solutions to alleviate the suffering of these people to regain their rights. "If you do not leave, we will torch your houses and kill you".

(L-R) Karin Friedrich, Thomas Hunecke, and Jyoti Sanghera attend a news conference on the Mission Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) rapid response mission to Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, for the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

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Meanwhile, in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh, the police said the bodies of another nine refugees washed up after an overloaded boat carrying scores of desperate Rohingyas sank in rough seas on Sunday, taking the death toll to 23, the Daily Star reported.

One statement, "received by an extremely credible source, referred to a (pregnant) woman whose stomach was slit open after she was raped", the report said.

"It is highly likely that these mines have been planted in order to prevent the Rohingya population from returning", he said.

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The report said efforts were made to "effectively erase signs of memorable landmarks" in Rohingya areas to make the landscape unrecognizable.

United Nations urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims