EU Cancels Myanmar Trade Visit as Rohingya Violence Rages On

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

It has realised that the situation, which has been described as a "typical textbook ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations, merits dispatch of a senior-level state department official to that country.

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has called the crisis a "defining moment" for Myanmar and its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Other sums will be spent in Burma itself, providing life-saving assistance in Rakhine state. Opprobrium has been heaped on Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once a darling of the rights community but now faces accusations of turning a blind eye to - and even abetting - a humanitarian catastrophe by Western powers.

Tillerson stated that Suu Kyi has found herself in a hard and complex situation and that Myanmar's democracy is facing a defining moment.

Violence in Myanmar has invited reactions from around the world.

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NY (U.S.A.) Sept 14 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the worldwide community to help provide assistance for the almost 380,000 people who have fled into Bangladesh. Since August alone, more than 270,000 Rohingya families have fled across the border to Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

He also called the violence, which has disproportionately affected the country's Rohingya Muslim community, "unacceptable", and said the attacks - which some have deemed ethnic cleansing - "has to stop". Observers say the violence is being carried out by the Burmese military.

Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces.

According to the government of Bangladesh - where thousands of Rohingya have fled - around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown. Since the Rohingya are considered to be illegal Bengali immigrants and were denied recognition as a religion by the government of Myanmar, the dominant group, the Rakhine, rejects the label "Rohingya" and have started to persecute the Rohingya.

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