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Abuse of Myanmar's Rohingyas amounts to ethnic cleansing: Rex Tillerson

The statement follows a visit last week to Myanmar by Tillerson, who met with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

IANS  |  Washington 

Abuse of Myanmar's Rohingyas amounts to ethnic cleansing: Rex Tillerson

The government on Wednesday said that abuses directed at the Rohingya ethnic group in amount to

"After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes against the Rohingya," said in a statement, Efe news agency reported.

Despite expressing concern about the plight of the Rohingyas, Washington has declined until now to ascribe their suffering to a deliberate campaign of

The statement follows a visit last week to by Tillerson, who met with State Counselor and the head of the armed forces,

The country's "government and security forces must respect the human rights of all persons within its borders, and hold accountable those who fail to do so," the secretary said.

"The United States continues to support a credible, independent investigation to further determine all facts on the ground to aid in these processes of accountability," he added.

More than 600,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring since launched a military operation against the mainly Muslim minority group following the deaths of a dozen members of the security forces in August 25 attacks by a group calling itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

State Department officials said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters that President Donald Trump's administration is weighing the idea of imposing sanctions on specific individuals in found responsible for what they described as "organised and planned"

Senior officials of and began talks on Wednesday on a plan to repatriate the roughly 622,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi territory.

In a report presented on Tuesday in Bangkok, Amnesty International accused of subjecting the Rohingya to a system of "institutional" discrimination tantamount to apartheid.

First Published: Thu, November 23 2017. 10:11 IST
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