UN calls end to violence against Rohingya

Added On September 14, 2017

The UN Security Council has expressed its "deep concern" over the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar.
On Wednesday it called for an end to violence against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group in the country.
Tekeda Alemu, president of the Security Council, addressed reporters in a readout of the council's agreement following closed-door consultations.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): TEKEDA ALEMU, President of Security Council
"Acknowledging the initial attack (by Rohingyas) on Myanmar security forces on Aug. 25, they condemned the subsequent violence (by Myanmar security forces), which has led to over 370,000 people being displaced. They expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rhakine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians, restore normal socio-economic conditions and resolve the refugee problem."
Earlier Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine as "catastrophic." 
He called on all countries to do what they can to help the refugees.
They called on the Myanmar government to fulfil its commitments and provide assistance to refugees without discrimination, and to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers.
The council members also encouraged dialogue among the states concerned and agreed on the importance of a long-term solution to the problem in Rhakine. 
The Rohingya people are denied citizenship under a 1982 Myanmar citizenship law. 
The Myanmar government recognizes them as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. 
Most families were brought from Bangladesh by the British when it controlled both countries during the colonial years. 
Since the beginning of the latest crackdown, over a third of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.