The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, following warnings by the organisation’s human rights chief that “ethnic cleansing” is taking place.
Britain and Sweden requested Wednesday’s meeting against the backdrop of a growing humanitarian crisis.
Around 370,000 of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya population have fled the country’s western state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the UN, since the violence began on August 25, after Rohingya fighters attacked police posts, prompting a military crackdown.
Bangladesh has stepped up efforts to resolve the crisis, with Sheikh Hasina, the country’s prime minister, calling on Myanmar to “take steps to take their nationals back” on Tuesday.he Bangladeshi parliament approved a motion on Monday urging the international community to increase pressure on Myanmar to resolve the crisis.
A number of nongovernmental organizations have expressed concern at the escalating humanitarian cost of the crisis, with Save the Children claiming the situation is becoming increasingly desperate.