Rohingya insurgent group declares monthlong ceasefire in Myanmar

  • Rohingya insurgent group declares monthlong ceasefire in Myanmar

Rohingya insurgent group declares monthlong ceasefire in Myanmar

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", he told the UN Human Rights Council.

Myanmar rejects this, saying its military is fighting against Rohingya "terrorists".

On the basis of witness testimonies and the pattern of previous outbreaks of violence, said Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, "perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead".

Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, implored the State Counsellor to speak out. Mr Ali told diplomats on Sunday that unofficial sources had put the Rohingya death toll from the latest unrest in Rakhine at about 3,000.

The monthlong cessation of military operations will take place from September 10 to October 9, to allow humanitarian groups to respond to the crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

In order to register Pakistan's protest against the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslim community, Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua has summoned Myanmar's ambassador U Win Myint to the Foreign Office on Saturday.

At the same time, Malaysia will send a humanitarian mission to help refugees seeking shelter at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

He said stronger action was needed from the worldwide community, including the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Mr Ali said about 10,000 homes had been burned in Rakhine state, a figure that can not be verified as Myanmar has restricted independent access to the state.

Those who have fled Rakhine describe village burnings, beatings and killings at the hands of the security forces and Buddhist youths. Indiscriminate firing at local communities and torching of entire villages and other human rights violations were also reported.

On August 25, Rohingya militants killed 12 security officers in co-ordinated attacks on border posts, according to Myanmar's state media.

The statement called on the Myanmar government to do the same to address the "humanitarian crisis" unfolding in the state.

Amnesty researchers found "several eyewitnesses" who said they had seen Myanmar's military and border police planting miles near the border.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is coming under more pressure by the global community to end the violence against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

It called on the UN Security Council to hold a public emergency meeting and warn Myanmar's government that it would face severe sanctions unless the campaign against the Rohingya is halted. So still I feel that.

It's unclear where Myanmar purchased the mines, or if they were manufactured within the country.