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Action needed to stop Myanmar ethnic cleansing: Analyst

This photo is taken on January 21, 2017 shows refugees in the morning sun in front of their temporary shelter near Lung Byeng village, Waimaw township in Kachin state. (Photo by AFP)

At this time that the United Nations has admitted that the government and army in Myanmar are committing “ethnic cleansing” against the Rohingya minority in the Rakhine state, the international community is expected to take a real action, says an activist.

There is no need to wait and listen to the lies of the Myanmar government about halting persecution of Rohingya Muslims, but there is a dire “need to take action” and “action needs to be taken immediately,” Massoud Shadjareh told Press TV on Tuesday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for an immediate end to violence in Rakhine. Also, the UN Security Council, in its first statement on Myanmar over the past nine years, condemned what it described as “excessive violence” against Muslims in Rakhine.

The analyst, with the Islamic Human Rights Commission, warned that the Myanmar government was deliberately involved in ethnic cleansing and was intent to destroy, kill and deport the whole Rohingya Muslim community.

Shadjareh also criticized the inaction on the issue, saying, “The international community ... either deliberately or by default is just waiting for this policy of ethnic cleansing to be completed, because [there is not] any real action to try to stop this.”

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