Myanmar army's 'systematic' crackdown aimed at expulsion of Rohingya, UN probe finds

Myanmar's ruling party holds interfaith rally to promote religious harmony

Myanmar's ruling party holds interfaith rally to promote religious harmony

He urged all Muslim countries to adopt the issue of the Muslim Rohingya and to inform their problem to the global public opinion to pressurize Myanmar to stop its massacres and offer political and humanitarian solutions to alleviate the suffering of these people to regain their rights.

Based on on-the-ground interviews in Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have sought refuge, the report also draws attention to a strategy to "instil deep and widespread fear and trauma - physical, emotional and psychological" among the Rohingya population.

Myanmar security forces have carried out "well-organised, coordinated and systematic" attacks aimed at preventing Rohingya ethnic group from returning, the UN Human Rights office said in a report on Wednesday.

The United Nations has called it "textbook ethnic cleansing".

"Credible information indicates that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingyas, targeting their houses, fields, food-stocks, crops, livestock and even trees, to render the possibility of the Rohingya returning to normal lives and livelihoods in the future in northern Rakhine nearly impossible", it added.

Over half a million refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing a military crackdown that followed attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts.

Armed Buddhist ethnic Rakhine "mobs" also participated in the violence that has driven almost 500,000 Rohingya Muslims into squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh since August.

"Efforts were taken to effectively erase signs of memorable landmarks in the geography of the Rohingya landscape and memory in such a way that a return to their lands would yield nothing but a desolate and unrecognizable terrain", it added.

Sanghera voiced concern that Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh might be "incarcerated or detained" on return to Myanmar, where she said they lacked citizenship and other civil and political rights.

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