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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am

Groups say UN ignoring Rohingya 'cleansing'

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS – Two human rights groups accused the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday of ignoring large-scale “ethnic cleansing” of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International representatives made the charge during a news conference held at U.N. headquarters ahead of closed council discussions today on the Myanmar crisis, saying they wanted to spotlight the failure of the U.N.'s most powerful body to demand an end to the violence being used by Myanmar to chase out Rohingya.

U.N. officials have said 370,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since Aug. 25.

Louis Charbonneau, the U.N. director for Human Rights Watch, said that “this is an international peace and security crisis,” with people dying and villages burning. He said there is no excuse for the Security Council “sitting on its hands.”

Echoing U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, Charbonneau said, “This is ethnic cleansing on a large scale, it seems.”