UN reports a “slow genocide” is taking place in Myanmar
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J-P Mauro - published on 09/12/17 - updated on 09/12/17
The number of displaced Rohingya refugees is estimated to be around 313,000
The Rakhine state of Myanmar is in chaos as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people flee their homes in hope of finding shelter in Bangladesh. The International Organization for Migration reports the number of refugees seeking asylum at 313,000.
NPR reports that the Rohingya people are fleeing murder, rape, and arson. These grievous crimes are being perpetrated by the government in retaliation for several August 25 attacks on military outposts. The militant group responsible for the attacks, which claimed about a dozen lives, is associated with the Rohingya.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, released a statement Monday admonishing the Myanmar government for impeding a UN investigation:
“Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation cannot yet be fully assessed… the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”