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September 26, 2017

Condemn persecution in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw on September 19, 2017. Aung San Suu Kyi said on September 19 she”feels deeply” for the suffering of “all people”caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state, her first comments on a crisis that also mentioned Muslims displaced by violence.Seven UN experts have called upon Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to personally meet the Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution in the country’s Rakhine State and taken shelter inBangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.“We call on Aung San Suu Kyi to meet the Rohingya personally in Rakhine State as well as in Cox’s Bazar to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed, as she says the Myanmar Government is interested in doing,” the experts said.Condemning the violence, the UN experts jointly asked the Government of Myanmar to stop all violence against the minority Muslim Rohingya community and halt the ongoing persecution and serious human rights violation in the country, according to a UN press release issued in Geneva today.The call comes a month after attacks in Rakhine State against 30 police outposts and the regimental headquarters in Taungala village, and subsequent indiscriminate counter-terror operations, the press release said. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has described the ongoing persecution as a“textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.In the press release, the experts said, “There have been credible allegations of serious human rights violation and abuse committed against the Rohingya people, including extrajudicial killings, excessive use of force, torture and ill-treatment, sexual and gender-based violence and forced displacement, as well as the burningand destruction of over 200 Rohingya villages and tens of thousands of homes.”

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