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UN Security Council to discuss Rohingya situation

UN Security Council to discuss Rohingya situation
From Al Jazeera - September 12, 2017

The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, following warnings by the organisation's human rights chief that "ethnic cleansing" is taking place.

Britain and Sweden requestedWednesday'smeeting against the backdrop of a growing humanitarian crisis.

Around 370,000 of Myanmar's minority Rohingya population have fled the country's western state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the UN, since disruption began on August 25, after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts, prompting a military crackdown.

Zeid Ra'ad, the UN's high commissioner for human rights, accused Myanmar authorities of acting in a "clearly disproportionate" manner, "without regards for basic principles of international law", on Monday.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population," he said.

Bangladesh has stepped up efforts to resolve the crisis, with Sheikh Hasina, the country's prime minister, calling on Myanmar to "take steps to take their nationals back" on Tuesday.

"Myanmar has created the problem and they will have to solve itWe want peaceful relations with our neighbours," she said during a visit to a refugee camp in southwestern Ukhiya province, near the border with Myanmar.

The Bangladeshi parliament approved a motion on Monday urging the international community to increase pressure on Myanmar in order to resolve the crisis.

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