World Bulletin / News Desk
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on Myanmar to halt military action and atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, saying the ongoing violence by security forces against the Muslim minority was "completely unacceptable”.
"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic," Guterres told reporters at a press briefing at the UN’s headquarters in New York City.
He said there have been "disturbing reports of attacks by security forces against civilians, which are completely unacceptable.
“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," Guterres said.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled a plan to attend the upcoming UN General Assembly as her government faces growing international pressure over its crackdown on the Rohingya.
Since Aug. 25, more than 370,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.
The refugees are fleeing a fresh security operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages. According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.
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