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UN chief asks Myanmar to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims

UN chief asks Myanmar to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims
September 06, 2017

PESHAWAR, 6 September: The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appealed to the Myanmar government to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims.

The UN chief said that violence against Rohingya Muslims will create instability in the region. According to BBC, Antonio Guterres said the Myanmar government should give citizenship to Rohingyas or make arrangements for them to enable them to live a normal life. He said the Rohingyas should get all facilities of travel, jobs, education and healthcare.

According to media reports, nearly 125,000 Rohingya refugees — mostly women and children — from Rakhine state have crossed the border to Bangladesh in the past 11 days, fleeing a security sweep by Myanmar forces who have been torching villages in response to alleged attacks by Rohingya fighters.

Since the latest round of violence began on August 25, at least 400 people have been killed in the ensuing clashes and a military offensive. The situation worsened when some Rohingya militants allegedly attacked police posts in Myanmar, killing several policemen. The Rohingya refugees arriving in other countries say the Buddhist people in Myanmar are torching their villages and killing common people.

The UN chief has also urged the Security Council to press for calm, sending the 15-member body a letter saying that the international community has a responsibility to undertake concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has also expressed grave concern over the safety of Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh.

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