Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the UN General Assembly meeting in New York next week, the media reported on Wednesday, amid growing calls for Myanmar’s security forces to be held accountable for crimes against the Rohingya Muslims.
The new UN human rights chief has called on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting of the military’s ethnic-cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country.
Foreign ministers of Muslim countries have gathered in Bangladesh to discuss the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees as a main theme of the 45th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.
Ordinary Bangladeshi citizens have turned out to help the Rohingya Muslim refugees as the country works to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of the persecuted minority who are fleeing an escalation of violence back home in Myanmar.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned Myanmar’s “brutal crimes” against Rohingya Muslims, calling on the Southeast Asian country’s leaders to immediately end the “inconceivable ethnic cleansing” of the religious minority.
The European Union has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to investigate widespread crimes being committed by the government armed forces against persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
At least 65,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since the army launched a crackdown in the northwestern Rakhine State early October, the United Nations says.
A new wave of violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has prompted members of the minority community residing in neighboring Bangladesh to speak out about their ordeal at the hands of Myanmarese Buddhists and forces.