Rights group accuses Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing'
HRW warns of a further humanitarian crisis in Rohingya camps with the coming of the rainy season .
April 22nd, 2013
09:49 AM ET

Rights group accuses Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing'

Burmese security forces backed by Buddhist monks have "committed crimes against humanity" in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has displaced more than 125,000 Rohingya Muslims in the southwest of the country, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.

The report comes as the European Union was due to meet this week to decide whether to lift sanctions on Myanmar, the South East Asian country also known as Burma.

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority living in Rakhine - thought to number between 800,000 and one million - who claim they have been persecuted by Myanmar's military during its decades of authoritarian rule.

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  1. banasy©

    Ah, religion is so peaceful. No matter what kind.

    April 22, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Animal Mother

    What's wrong with cleaning the ethnics? (Idea: bar of soap, towel and fire hose)

    April 22, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chelada Charlie

    The place looks like the inside of a dumpster. They probably don't even know that it's filthy. Hose the place out!

    April 22, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @Chelada Charlie, they probably DO know which is why they are so upset!

    April 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    So where was the great human rights champion & Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi who we honored for standing up for these rights in Maynamar, when all this was happening?

    April 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Never a word from her on the plight of these people under brutal Junta rule?

    April 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Mohammed or Buddha: Pick your champion!

    April 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Oh@Portland tony. You hit the nail on the head.
    So thats what human rights are all about? despite seeing the causes that we champion and those we scorn I failed to see that.

    April 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    You were being missed.

    April 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sam

    i cant believe how shallow some of these so called educated tarts comment

    April 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |