Myanmar: Global uproar over Rohingya crackdown, exodus

Sep 12, 2017, 5:44 AM EDT
Taung Paw Camp in Rakhine State - Burma
(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/flickr)

A day after U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein referred to Burmese military’s crackdown in Rakhine state as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing," the U.S. urged Myanmar to respect the rule of law and contain mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims.

The global community has been voicing concern over Rohingya persecution in turbulent Myanmar state as shocking tales of abuse continue to emerge from the ground. The human rights group Amnesty International has slammed Aung San Suu Kyi’s government for laying landmines that maimed civilians, writes the BBC.

Myanmar government, which considers Rohingya illegal immigrants, responded by a statement saying that its military is conducting legitimate operations to rein in acts of extremism, notes Reuters.