United Nations urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims

Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip. Reuters

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In this October 2, 2017 photo, two-year old Noyem Fatima offers a piece of banana to her elder brother Yosar Hossein, 7, as they sit on a sidewalk with their belongings in Leda, Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh, the police said the bodies of another nine refugees washed up after an overloaded boat carrying scores of desperate Rohingyas sank in rough seas on Sunday, taking the death toll to 23, the Daily Star reported.

More than half a million Rohingya villagers have fled to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" aimed at pushing the Rohingyas out of the country for good.

The report based on interviews with Rohingya who arrived in Bangladesh in the past month, said that "clearance operations" had begun before armed attacks on police posts on August 25 and included killings, torture and rape of children. "If you do not leave, we will torch your houses and kill you".

Fragile relations between the Rohingya villagers and their ethnic Rakhine Buddhist neighbours were shattered on Aug 25, when deadly attacks by Rohingya militants prompted a ferocious response from Myanmar's security forces. 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.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 25 when the military launched a crackdown that had been decried by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing".

The UN team said it spoke to hundreds of people in a series of 65 interviews, some with individuals and some with groups of up to 40 people.

Teachers, as well as cultural, religious and community leaders have also been targeted in the latest crackdown "in an effort to diminish Rohingya history, culture and knowledge", the report said.

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