Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a top UN human rights official has said in an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva. He denounced the “brutal security operation” against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks carried out last month.
More than 310,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings. Buddhist nationalists, led by firebrand monks, have operated a long Islamophobic campaign calling for them to be pushed out of the country.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister accused the Burmese government of committing genocide against the Rohingya, AH Mahmood Ali’s language the strongest yet.