Rohingya crisis: Humanitarian situation catastrophic, United Nations says

The Security Council issued its first statement on Myanmar in nine years

Earlier in the week, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the violence that has so far driven over 300,000 Rohingya out of their homes in Rakhine state and into Bangladesh "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country", the Secretary-General said in his first press conference since the opening of the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked a harsh military crackdown on the minority Muslim community and the exodus started nearly straight away.

About 370,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to seek protection after an insurgent attack on security forces on August 25 in Rakhine sparked off a brutal military counteroffensive. Myanmar has a long history of brutally discriminating against Rohingya people.

That prompted Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" against the rebels, setting off a wave of violence that has left hundreds dead and thousands of homes burned - mostly Rohingya in both cases.

What's happening: The Myanmar military has cracked down on the Muslim Rohingya minority group with "clearly disproportionate" insurgent attacks that led to a death toll of almost 3,000 people, according to The Guardian.

The violence has spurred an exodus among Rohingyas living in Myanmar, a community of about one million people.

In her first address to the General Assembly as national leader in September a year ago, Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government's efforts to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Muslim minority.

"I hear one of (my) sisters has already crossed to Bangladesh, but two other sisters - I have not heard about them", Mr Sha, a community leader in Australia, said.

Then again on March 20, 2003, The United States with his several coalition allies invaded Iraq to save the world from weapons of mass destruction that were never discovered from Iraq, but in case of Rohingyan Muslims they have been denied basic rights by the Myanmar state, which does not recognise them as citizens instead of voting for the adoption of UDHR.

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft added that it was the first time in nine years that the Security Council was able to agree on a common stance on Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi's attends a Myanmar parliament meeting on April 8, 2015.

Global aid groups such as the Red Cross have been confronting the hard task of tending to those crossing the border from Myanmar, averaging 20,000 a day.

The council later issued a statement expressing their deep concern and calling for peace.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back.

"What are the crimes these innocent children, women and people have committed.we can't tolerate such activities", Ms. Hasina said.

"This roadmap fulfils an urgent need, a moral duty, an operational necessity - and a personal priority", he said.

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