US now terms Rohingya crisis as ‘ethnic cleansing’; heres what it said to Myanmar
In a setback to the Myanmar regime, the US House of Representatives has condemned “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims and called on Myanmar’s leadership to end attacks on minorities in the northern Rakhine state.
This is by far the strictest congressional criticism of the government in the Buddhist-majority country.
The House passed a resolution yesterday, urging immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the Rakhine state where unrest has forced over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.
Introduced by Congressmen Joe Crowley and Eliot Engel, the resolution condemns the “horrific actions” of the military and security forces and calls for an immediate cessation of violence.
The resolution also urges the restoration of humanitarian access to the restive Rakhine state where unrest has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.
Clashes erupted after the August 25 deadly attacks by militants on security forces in the Rakhine State, sparking a major army crackdown on the community.
According to the UN estimates, more than 600,000 members of the minority Muslim group have fled across the border into Bangladesh since then, triggered a grave humanitarian crisis in the country.>