U.S. condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya in Myanmar

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines- AP

Referring to "horrendous atrocities" that have occurred, Tillerson said in a statement, "After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya".

Although a top United Nations official in September described the military actions as a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing", Tillerson left Myanmar, also known as Burma, after a visit last week without using the label.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Rakhine State in recent months amid the violence.

Tillerson had previously stated that he holds the leadership of the Myanmar military responsible for attacks carried out against the Rohingya people and their villages and that "the world can't stand idly by and be witness to the atrocities that are being reported in the area".

"These abuses by some among the Burmese military, security forces, and local vigilantes have caused tremendous suffering".

"The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the chief of the UN's Human Rights Council, said in September.


While the army insists it has only targeted Rohingya rebels, refugees massing in Bangladeshi camps have given chilling and consistent accounts of widespread murder, rape and arson at the hands of security forces and Buddhist mobs.

The army and administration of de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi - a Nobel peace laureate - have dismissed reports of atrocities and refused to grant entry to United Nations investigators tasked with probing allegations of ethnic cleansing.

In Washington, the U.S. State Department is considering whether to officially designate the conflict as ethnic cleansing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on November 13 the actions of the military in Rakhine State "looks like ethnic cleansing", adding it was a "major humanitarian crisis".

Meanwhile, the military's True News Investigation Team last week announced an internal investigation had exonerated Myanmar's armed forces of any abuses during the security crackdown that followed the attacks.

Various rights groups said there was mounting evidence that Myanmar army was conducting in a genocide against the Muslim minority.

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