The UN called hostile actions of Myanmar’s government against Rohingya people ‘ethnic cleansing’. This was part of the statement of Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as quoted by The Independent.
‘Since Myanmar refused to let the human rights observers in, the current situation cannot be observed in full extent; however, it appears that this situation is an example of ethnic cleansing – just like in textbooks,’ the official said in his speech, when opening the 36th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Zeid Raad al-Hussein urged the Burmese government to cease the cruel military operation against the Rohingya insurgents and to let UN human rights activists inside the country.
The military operation of Burmese troops against Rohingya Muslims kicked off last month. Since then, it has claimed at least 400 lives, according to the government sources; the insurgents say the actual number of casualties is measured by thousands. Over 70,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the country, heading to the neighboring Bangladesh.