Security Council condemns Myanmar Rohingya violence

Myanmar's military retaliated, but those who have fled say soldiers shot indiscriminately and warned them they should leave or face death.

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.

While Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is the de facto leader of the country, its the generals who continue to control national security policy.

It was unclear whether Murphy would be visiting Rakhine State, and Zaw Htay declined to say whether any request by the US diplomat would be accepted.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on Myanmar to end the violence following a close-door meeting.

In its response, the United Nations agency has been dispatching trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to Cox's Bazar (located near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border), with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days and weeks.

The Bangladesh government plans to construct a large camp to house some 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured in from neighboring Myanmar over the past three weeks, officials said.

Mr. Trudeau called on Myanmar's military, which retains significant power in the country, and civilian leaders "to take a strong stand in ending the violence, promoting the protection of civilians and promoting unimpeded access for the United Nations and global humanitarian actors".

Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay said he did not have information about the incidents Bangladesh had complained about but Myanmar had denied an earlier accusation.

About 400,000 Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority group long denied citizenship in Myanmar, have crossed the border into Bangladesh since a violent crackdown by government forces, described by some as ethnic cleansing, began on August 25. "1st consignment of #Indian humanitarian assistance of 53 MT for #Bangladeshi arrives under Operation #Insaniyat @SushmaSwaraj", it said.

Suu Kyi's appearance at last year's General Assembly was a landmark: her first since her party won elections in 2015 and replaced a military-dominated government.

"The situation remains, or seems, a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

  • Eleanor Harrison